December 14, 2014 |
With lowly Carolina visiting the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers have a juicy opportunity to increase their points streak to five games and pick up ground in the Metropolitan Division. No NHL team has fewer points than the Hurricanes (19), who have lost four straight and slipped to 8-17-3. The Flyers (10-13-5) are coming off one of their better all-around performances of the season, a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Thursday that started a four-game homestand.
February 19, 2015 |
Ever since Flyers coach Craig Berube combined Wayne Simmonds with Matt Read and Sean Couturier, that line has thrived. Simmonds had been playing recently on a line with the since-demoted Scott Laughton and Ryan White until Berube made changes in a 3-1 Flyers win in Washington on Feb. 8. "I thought at times with the matchups and the way things were going, Wayne wasn't getting enough [chances]," Berube said Tuesday before the Flyers faced Columbus. "I always thought Wayne should be on that line with those guys.
September 9, 2012 |
If there is an NHL lockout, the Flyers may send a handful of their young players to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms to start the season. Players who are exempt from waivers could be sent down, and that list features Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, and Zac Rinaldo, general manager Paul Holmgren said on Friday. The Flyers would have to loan the players to the minors before the possible Sept. 15 lockout. The Phantoms will report to camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Sept.
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.