October 9, 2011 |
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)
July 8, 2014 |
The start of summer has not been good to the Flyers. Their captain, Claude Giroux, spent a night in jail last week after a bizarre incident in an Ottawa bar. Their new general manager, Ron Hextall, was hamstrung by the team's salary-cap situation and could not join the free-agent frenzy. And while the Flyers were signing spare parts - some for depth, some for their AHL affiliate - most of their Metropolitan Division opponents made improvements. So where will the Flyers stand when the season starts?
July 2, 2014 |
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.
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.
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.
August 28, 2012 |
Center Nick Cousins, regarded as the Flyers' top prospect, was charged with sexual assault and arrested over the weekend, police in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, said Sunday. Cousins, 19, and two of his Sault Ste. Marie Soo Greyhounds teammates - Mark Petaccio, 18, and Andrew Fritsch, 19 - were charged with sexual assault against a female known to them, according to a release from the Sault Ste. Marie police. Petaccio, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right winger, is from Sicklerville, N.J., and he has a bail court date on Monday.
February 10, 2014 |
Despite being in and out of the lineup all season, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has done a creditable job. Saturday was more of the same. Meszaros played solidly as the Flyers outlasted visiting Calgary, 2-1. He had an assist, blocked three shots, and was plus-2 in 21 minutes, 24 seconds before heading home and packing for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete for Slovakia in the Olympics. "I think he's improved throughout the year," said coach Craig Berube, who had been critical of Meszaros' defensive play a few weeks ago. ". . . He's been a good pro about being in and out of the lineup, and so has [Erik]
October 2, 2012 |
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.
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.
July 22, 2013
Sean Couturier, expected to be the Flyers' third-line center, agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday that will pay him a total of $3.5 million - a $1.75 million cap hit per season. Couturier, 20, could have become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. After a solid rookie year (13 goals, 27 points, plus-18 rating) Couturier went through a sophomore slump in 2013, when he had just four goals, 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. Before joining the Flyers after the lockout ended, he had 28 points in 31 games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms last season.