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May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SEAN COUTURIER arrived back in Quebec on Monday night with a World Championships gold medal, a new coach for the Flyers and a brimming level of confidence. He just didn't have any clue that his solid three-week run for Team Canada in Prague with teammates Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn turned so many heads around the hockey world. "There weren't many North American media covering the tournament, so I didn't have that much of a sense," Couturier said. "The only thing I felt as the tournament went on was that I gained more and more trust from the coaching staff.
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October 9, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Based on their seven exhibition games and their season-opening, 2-1 win in Boston on Thursday, maybe the Flyers slogan should be, "The Kids Are All Right. " It's unusual to thrust a rookie onto the penalty-killing units, but that's what coach Peter Laviolette did with forwards Sean Couturier and Matt Read - and both were effective in the hard-fought victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Couturier, who is just 18, played more time on the penalty kill (4 minutes, 34 seconds)
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April 18, 2015
Flyers forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier were added to Canada's roster Thursday for the IIHF world championships in Prague, Czech Republic. They will join teammate Claude Giroux on Team Canada, which starts play May 1 against Latvia. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins withdrew from Team Canada because his fractured right foot needs more time to heal. - Sam Carchidi
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July 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Scott Laughton seemed out of place doing drills with Sam Dove-McFalls, David Kase, and Travis Konecny, among others, during the Flyers' development camp Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The latter three players, all 18 years old, were selected in the NHL draft last month. Laughton, at 21, is in his fourth development camp since he was a first-round pick (20th overall) in 2012. "I feel like the old guy here a little bit," Laughton, who appears more physically fit than last year, said with a smile.
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January 2, 2014
Thanks to goalie Steve Mason, the Flyers have improved in shootouts this season. Here are Mason's shootout numbers, compared with Ilya Bryzgalov's in his two years with the Flyers.                            Rec.   Shots GA Save % Steve Mason (2013-14)       3-3    20       6       .700 Ilya Bryzgalov (2011-13)      4-7    34        18    .471 Shooters' statistics The Flyers' statistics this season: Shots Goals Shooting % Claude Giroux.
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August 18, 2011
The Flyers announced Wednesday that they will host the Washington Capitals in a preseason rookie game at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will mark the conclusion of a Flyers rookie and prospect camp held before the main Flyers camp, which will begin with on-ice workouts Sept. 17. Prospects scheduled to participate in the camp and game include recently acquired center Brayden Schen; 2011 eighth-overall pick Sean Couturier; 2011 draft picks Nick Cousins, Colin Suellentrop, Marcel Noebels, and Derek Mathers; and Jason Akeson, Oliver Lauridsen, Zac Rinaldo, and Eric Wellwood.
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April 14, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
So what went wrong this season and where do the Flyers go from here? The first part of the question is the easiest to answer: The Flyers didn't get enough secondary scoring, struggled mightily in close games, and couldn't find a way to win on the road. That's the abbreviated version on why the Flyers finished 33-31-18, missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, and wasted career years by right winger Jake Voracek (81 points) and goalie Steve Mason (.928 save percentage)
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January 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news shook Flyers center Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare to the core. Twelve people were killed Wednesday when masked gunmen attacked the Paris offices of a satirical news magazine that has published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. "I woke up this morning to hear the news, and it seemed too crazy to be real," Bellemare, who was raised in Paris, said after the Flyers practiced in Voorhees on Wednesday. "I'm kind of eager to go home and see what's going on. It's all around the news, and what has happened is terrifying.
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October 2, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phantoms will play Albany, the New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. It is open to the public and free. The Phantoms' lineup will include Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Harry Zolnierczyk and Erik Gustafsson, all of whom spent considerable time with the Flyers last season. The Oct. 11 NHL openers and the first few weeks of the season are expected to be canceled later this week.
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June 22, 2012
Flyers' first-rounders Flyers' low first-round draft pick history since 2000: No. 11 overall 2003: Jeff Carter: 516 GP, 202 G, 175 A. Traded to Columbus on June 23, 2011. No. 19 overall 2008: Luca Sbisa: 195 GP, 7 G, 35 A. Traded to Anaheim on June 26, 2009. No. 22 overall 2006: Claude Giroux: 285 GP, 78 G, 165 A. No. 24 overall 2003: Mike Richards: 527 GP, 151 G, 242 A. Traded to Los Angeles on June 23, 2011.
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July 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Scott Laughton seemed out of place doing drills with Sam Dove-McFalls, David Kase, and Travis Konecny, among others, during the Flyers' development camp Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The latter three players, all 18 years old, were selected in the NHL draft last month. Laughton, at 21, is in his fourth development camp since he was a first-round pick (20th overall) in 2012. "I feel like the old guy here a little bit," Laughton, who appears more physically fit than last year, said with a smile.
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July 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For those expecting general manager Ron Hextall to continue his magic and quickly make the Flyers a contender, well, reality struck when the first day of free agency arrived Wednesday and the team was able to add only a backup goaltender. In other words, it's going to take Hextall time to climb out of the salary-cap hole he inherited. The Flyers have about $4.5 million in cap space and still need to re-sign restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto. The Flyers made a $1.3 million qualifying offer to the defenseman, but a much heftier, multiyear deal is being discussed.
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July 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Sam Gagner is staying with the Flyers and it seems like a low-risk, high-reward gamble. The Flyers' free-agency plans came into better focus Tuesday when they decided to retain Gagner, who was acquired Saturday from Arizona. Gagner, 25, has underachieved during his eight-year career but led Coyotes forwards in goals (15) and points (41) last season. He could center the second line or play wing. General manager Ron Hextall had been considering buying out Gagner's contract.
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June 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
HOW "THE LIST" shakes out is what makes drafts so interesting. Defenseman Ivan Provorov is believed to be the Flyers' No. 1 target. If he is unavailable by the time the Flyers select at No. 7, here are six options to help Ron Hextall restock his cupboard at forward (in no particular order): KYLE CONNOR Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Born: Dec. 9, 1996 (18 years old) Height: 6-1 Weight: 183 Hometown: Clinton Twp., Mich. 2014-15 Team: Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE OBVIOUS first and second overall picks at this weekend's NHL draft, in order, are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. That's been the consensus for a long time now. But the talent pool doesn't stop with those two offensive juggernauts. NHL scouts and experts believe this could be one of the most talented groups in recent history, which makes it a pretty good time for the Flyers to own two first-round draft picks. The Flyers, who finished 33-31-18 this season, will pick seventh overall.
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May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SEAN COUTURIER arrived back in Quebec on Monday night with a World Championships gold medal, a new coach for the Flyers and a brimming level of confidence. He just didn't have any clue that his solid three-week run for Team Canada in Prague with teammates Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn turned so many heads around the hockey world. "There weren't many North American media covering the tournament, so I didn't have that much of a sense," Couturier said. "The only thing I felt as the tournament went on was that I gained more and more trust from the coaching staff.
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May 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TODAY MARKS Day 25 of the Flyers' tight-lipped head-coaching search. Little more information has leaked about the process, other than that No. 1 candidate Mike Babcock is now officially up for grabs. Here is where things stand with the two men the Flyers appear to be most interested in hiring: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 52 Record: 527-285-138 (.627); two seasons with Anaheim, 10 with Detroit. Playoff record: 82-62 (.589) Stanley Cup: 1 (2008) Status: Under contract with Detroit until June 30. Update: Granted permission by Detroit general manager Ken Holland to meet and discuss terms with prospective suitors until May 25. If Babcock decides to leave Detroit, his next team will owe the Red Wings one third-round pick of their choosing from among the 2015-17 drafts.
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April 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
An impressive name was added to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's list of coaching candidates Monday. San Jose coach Todd McLellan and the Sharks mutually parted ways, making him a major contender for the Flyers opening. McLellan, 47, a former Detroit assistant, will have a long line of suitors, including Buffalo and Toronto. Interestingly, when McLellan coaches Canada in the world championships in the Czech Republic next month, he will have three Flyers on his team: Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.
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April 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE FUTURE of one of 14 NHL franchises will change with the drop of four pingpong balls tonight in Toronto. The Flyers just aren't holding their breath. In fact, the Flyers are not sending a representative to see the draft lottery be conducted, even though Connor McDavid is hockey's first runaway consensus No. 1 pick since Steven Stamkos in 2008. The draw will be announced as part of a "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast, simulcast live on NBC, at 8 o'clock immediately preceding Game 2 of the Penguins/Rangers series.
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April 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
VINNY LECAVALIER and R.J. Umberger got one coach fired. It will be fascinating to see how far they can erode the new coach's equity. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers in 2013, before general manager Ron Hextall got the job. Hextall replaced popular, inconsistent Scott Hartnell with Umberger. Lecavalier and Umberger occupied a whopping 14 percent of the Flyers' cap room this season. They occupied about 1 percent of the opposition's attention. They were disasters that first-time head coach Craig Berube was unable to solve in his first full season.
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