January 27, 2013 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers center Danny Briere, who missed the first four games because of a hairline fracture of his left wrist, made his first appearance of the year Saturday night. Before the game, Briere said he had no problems shooting the puck, but faceoffs still gave him difficulties. He began the night at left wing. Earlier in the day, general manager Paul Holmgren said Briere was "probably a no-go" for Saturday, but Briere apparently talked his way into the lineup. Briere played on a line with center Sean Couturier and right winger Jake Voracek.
March 17, 2013 |
Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled recently, but coach Peter Laviolette doesn't pin the blame on the 32-year-old goaltender. "We definitely need to play better in front of Bryz," Laviolette said before the Flyers faced the New Jersey Devils on Friday night - and before Bryzgalov gave one of his best performances of the season. The defense was better than it has been, and Bryzgalov was brilliant. He made 27 saves and allowed just one goal in three shootout attempts as the Flyers outlasted the Devils, 2-1. "He got us the two points," Max Talbot said.
January 6, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Injured wingers Michael Raffl and Matt Read did not play Saturday night against Phoenix, causing coach Craig Berube to juggle his lines. Read, who was apparently hit in the head in Calgary, skated briefly in the morning practice but was not feeling well and left the ice. Raffl (concussion) skated and said he is almost ready to return. Both could be in the lineup Tuesday in New Jersey. "I felt good, actually. I didn't expect to feel that good," Raffl said.
September 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Sean Couturier, penciled in as the Flyers' second-line center, missed the preseason game Monday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. According to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, Couturier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and should be ready for the Oct. 8 opener. Sam Gagner, a natural center who has been playing both wings during the preseason, replaced Couturier and centered R.J. Umberger and Wayne Simmonds. "I don't think much changes," Gagner said before the game.
November 3, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - With Sean Couturier still sidelined by a concussion, the Flyers recalled winger Chris Conner from the AHL's Phantoms on Sunday, giving them more depth in the last four games of their road trip. "He's got some skill; he's a seasoned player," general manager Ron Hextall said. "He gives the coach another option. " Conner, a career journeyman, has 22 goals and 50 points in 180 NHL games. By adding Conner ($575,000 salary-cap hit), the Flyers are only about $95,000 under the cap. Conner was expected to arrive in Vancouver on Sunday night, and he does not figure to be in Monday's lineup against the Canucks.
October 9, 2015 |
Much-maligned defenseman Luke Schenn will be in the Flyers' starting lineup Thursday for their opener in Tampa. Schenn was with the since-demoted Andrew MacDonald on the fourth pairing for most of training camp, but he beat out Radko Gudas for the last defensive spot. A stay-at-home defender, Schenn, 25, will be paired with the puck-moving Evgeny Medvedev, the Flyers' best defenseman in training camp. "Pretty much all week long, Luke's been in that position - he's been rock-solid from the start of camp," rookie coach Dave Hakstol said after practice Wednesday in Voorhees.
August 1, 2015 |
The Flyers locked up Jake Voracek for the long term Thursday, signing the forward to a reported eight-year, $66 million contract extension. Voracek was golfing when he heard the news and joked that it messed up his game. But missed putts aside, the 25-year-old is excited about the extension. "I knew something was going to get done," Voracek said on a conference call Thursday. ". . . It's good that it came this early, so now we can focus on everything else. " Voracek, who led the Flyers with a career-high 81 points last season, still has one year left on his four-year, $17 million contract.
October 5, 2013 |
The Flyers generated a lot more scoring chances than Toronto in their season opener Wednesday, but they didn't supply the finishing touches and dropped a 3-1 decision. The Flyers fired 73 shots (32 on goal), compared with Toronto's 42 (25 on goal). "We did have the opportunities, and we didn't get it to drop," coach Peter Laviolette said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "It's like pitching a two-run game or a one-run game in baseball and not winning the game. " The Flyers lost because Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier was outstanding, making 31 saves.
November 13, 2013 |
TORONTO - The Flyers are likely to have winger Steve Downie back in the lineup when the face the Senators in Ottawa on Tuesday night. Downie, wearing a full cage, was on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read at the Flyers' practice Monday in Voorhees. "Today was another step," he said told reporters after the session. Downie, 26, suffered a concussion in a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti during the Flyers' 7-0 loss Nov. 1. It was Downie's first game after he was acquired from Colorado for Max Talbot, and he missed the next four contests.
January 18, 2016 |
Henrik Lundqvist remained on one knee for a moment, looking on in almost bewilderment as the Flyers celebrated an early lead. The New York Rangers goaltender was caught on the wrong side of the net as Sean Couturier sent a pass across the crease to Brayden Schenn, who fired it home less than four minutes into the first period. It had all the signs of a long afternoon for Lundqvist, who has long been a thorn in the Flyers' side. Instead, it proved to be a rare miscue. Lundqvist returned to his feet and rallied the Rangers to a 3-2 win. He recorded 34 saves, including a series of key stops late in the third period.