September 5, 2013 |
If veteran left winger Simon Gagne is patient, he may return to the Flyers for the 2013-14 season. The Flyers cannot offer the unrestricted free agent a contract because they do not have cap space at the moment, but general manager Paul Holmgren said he was "kicking around" inviting Gagne to the team's camp next week on a tryout basis. "But I'm sure he's getting calls from other teams, too," Holmgren said Tuesday. "I have no gut feeling" as to what Gagne will do. Gagne's agent, Bob Sauve, was not available to comment.
June 20, 2013 |
Is another goalie shake-up in the works for the Flyers? The Los Angeles Kings have talked to the Flyers about trading them goalie Jonathan Bernier, an NHL source confirmed Tuesday. At the moment, the Flyers plan to have Ilya Bryzgalov and Steve Mason battle for the No. 1 goaltender's job in training camp. But the Flyers are considering buying out Bryzgalov's contract. If that happened, Bernier, who is a restricted free agent, would be a nice fit. Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, said last week the Flyers have not talked to him about buying out the goalie's contract.
October 6, 2013 |
MONTREAL - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he put high-scoring Jake Voracek on the third line Wednesday partly because he wanted him to help jump-start center Sean Couturier and partly because of the winger's recent back injury. "We're trying to get balance throughout the lineup," Laviolette said after Friday's practice in Voorhees. The Flyers, trying to rebound from Wednesday's 3-1 opening-night loss to visiting Toronto, play in Montreal on Saturday night. Laviolette didn't reveal whether Voracek will return to Claude Giroux's top line Saturday, but he sounded like he would still experiment with him on the third unit with Couturier and Max Talbot - and that Brayden Schenn will remain on the No. 1 line.
December 2, 2013 |
NASHVILLE - Outplayed by a depleted Nashville team that was missing its two best players, the Flyers used a late, game-tying goal from Sean Couturier and goalie Steve Mason's brilliance to steal two points at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night. They outlasted the Predators in a shootout, 3-2, to start their six-game, 6,801-mile road trip on a positive note. "It was an ugly win," said captain Claude Giroux, who scored the Flyers' first goal. "I think we know we can play better, but in the end, we got it done.
December 16, 2013 |
Six weeks ago, the Flyers took a 7-0 beating from the Washington Capitals. Thank you very much, said the players on the team that was embarrassed. "That was a big wake-up call for us when it happened," winger Scott Hartnell said after Saturday's practice in Voorhees, "and we went on a little bit of a run afterward. " After that game, which Washington won despite not having injured superstar Alex Ovechkin in the lineup, the Flyers went on a 7-1-2 spurt, and they have gone 11-6-3 since that Nov. 1 mismatch.
February 15, 2013 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - In the first three-plus weeks of the season, the Flyers have been maddeningly inconsistent and have rarely put together three strong periods. Tuesday was an exception. The Flyers finally played well in all three zones in each period, and the result was a much-needed, 3-2 win over Winnipeg, a victory that ended their four-game road losing streak. "What I liked about it was it was 60 minutes of a committed hockey team that went out to win a game to keep us moving in the right direction," coach Peter Laviolette said after the Flyers improved to 2-6 on the road.
January 17, 2014 |
NASHVILLE PREDATORS coach Barry Trotz was out of options. His team had not won a shootout this season (0-5). The traditionally low-scoring Predators had produced just one goal on 19 shootout attempts. And after Sean Couturier beat Carter Hutton for his first career shootout goal in an all-hands-on-deck skills competition, Trotz turned to a defenseman to keep Nashville alive. It worked. Both Couturier and Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers an opportunity to grab two full points, to walk away with their ninth third-period comeback win of the season, and their second in as many nights.
December 13, 2013 |
HE KNEW THIS would be the toughest part. When Paul Holmgren called Danny Briere into his office last summer for the meeting both realized was inevitable, the popular center knew he would have to find a new team and a new town, and he knew that meant leaving the three boys who so sustained his spirit through times triumphant and trying over his six seasons with the Flyers. So yesterday, as reporters peppered him with shots about pending emotions playing against his old team in his old town, the only time his voice seemed to wilt was when he spoke about sleeping in his own bed the night before, and about having the boys with him for at least one night of what may be, just 22 games into it, the most trying season of a career that began just before the first one was born.
December 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Flyers had an epic late meltdown Sunday, and what looked like an easy victory turned into a devastating defeat. They blew a 4-1 lead and lost to the Washington Capitals in a shootout, 5-4, at the percolating Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom scored what proved to be the game-winner in the shootout, sending the Flyers to their fourth straight road defeat. "We got that lead, and we were all over those guys. Good forechecking and smart with the puck, good decisions . . . and we're up 4-1, and we relaxed.
December 31, 2013 |
VANCOUVER - Some mornings, like yesterday at the team hotel overlooking Coal Harbour, Scott Hartnell is envious of Sean Couturier. It's not that Hartnell wishes he was was a decade younger. His body just feels the destruction his rambunctious style of play has wreaked. "I was looking at Couturier today in the locker room. He gets to sit there, relax, watch the football games and put on his skates to go practice," Hartnell said. "I wake up, my shoulders are tight, my hips are sore.