April 14, 2015 |
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)
July 30, 2015 |
The Flyers showed they believe Sean Couturier is about to turn the corner in his career, giving the 22-year-old center a six-year contract extension Tuesday that totals $26 million, with an annual cap hit of $4.33 million. Couturier, who scored a career-high 15 goals last season, had one year left on a deal that will pay him $2 million ($1.75 million cap hit) in 2015-16. "We're happy to be committed long term," Couturier said. "They believe in me, and I love Philly, and I'm really happy to be there.
October 9, 2012 |
PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY will be played in the Delaware Valley this week. It just won't be at the NHL level. With established NHL players like Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustafsson chewing up valuable Phantoms roster spots during the lockout, the Flyers assigned six prospects to the ECHL's Trenton Titans on Monday. One of the surprise cuts was Jason Akeson, who spent a good part of the summer training with Claude Giroux in Ottawa. Akeson, 22, led the Phantoms last year with 55 points in 76 games.
April 18, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - After it was over and the Flyers had dropped a 4-1 decision to Washington on Saturday night, captain Claude Giroux looked and sounded stunned. "I'm not too sure what to say, to be honest," he said softly. "I think we played a good game, but at the end of the day, we have to win the game. " The Flyers outshot the Capitals, 42-23, after managing just 19 shots in their 2-0 loss in Game 1. Now they head home for Games 3 and 4. "We've been playing well at home this year," Giroux said.
March 4, 2016 |
Brandon Manning has put the death threats behind him. The Flyers defenseman said he received the threats after he collided with Edmonton's Connor McDavid on Nov. 3, and the Oilers' hotshot rookie suffered a broken collarbone on the play. "There was stuff on Twitter and everything, all kinds of threats," Manning, whose Flyers will host McDavid and the Oilers on Thursday, said after practice Wednesday in Voorhees. "Canadian fans are passionate, and I don't think it would be any different with Flyers fans if they saw that one of our guys went down like that.
February 6, 2016 |
NASHVILLE - The Flyers, one of the league's lowest-scoring teams all season, have suddenly become goal-happy. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored a pair of goals and collected three points as the Flyers ripped the Predators, 6-3, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Flyers have scored at least four goals in their last three games - all wins. Jake Voracek and Scott Laughton added two assists apiece as the Flyers evened their road record at 11-11-3. "We haven't had many nights like that," coach Dave Hakstol said after the Flyers' highest scoring output of the season, despite taking just 19 shots.
February 4, 2016 |
T HANKS TO wingers Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek - and a late five-minute penalty kill - the Flyers started the unofficial second half of the season with a win Tuesday night that they hope will propel them toward a playoff spot. Simmonds scored a pair of goals and Voracek contributed three assists as the Flyers outlasted Montreal, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's huge. It's a pivotal point for our season now," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "We have a game every other day, and this is where we make our money.
December 17, 2015 |
Jake Voracek, playing left wing for the first time in four years, seemed to find a new home on Tuesday night. Voracek had a goal, two assists and seven shots as the Flyers outlasted the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center. Voracek set up Shayne Gostisbehere for the game-winner with 3 minutes, 18 seconds left in OT, slipping a slick backhand pass to the rookie on a two-on-one. The winning sequence developed after Gostisbehere broke up Carolina's two-on-two.
January 23, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers scored the game's first two goals, both on the power play, and you could almost hear the home fans moaning Thursday night that the Orange and Black were still in the Penguins' collective heads. But a strange thing happened to the Flyers as they aimed for their ninth straight win over their hated archrivals: They found a way to lose. The Flyers' uncanny dominance of the Penguins came to a halt, 4-3, before the 400th straight sellout crowd at the electric Consol Energy Center.
February 22, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.