October 5, 2014 |
After Sam Morin's impressive training camp, the Flyers considered keeping the 19-year-old defenseman on the roster before "reality" hit and they sent him back to juniors Friday. "It gets a little tempting, and then you kind of hit 'refresh' and think about reality, which is these are preseason games and there's a lot of young players in the lineups and a lot of the older players in the league aren't necessarily brining the good stuff," general manager Ron Hextall said. The 6-foot-7, 224-pound Morin will play for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
October 3, 2013
* Will the defense hold up? Including Hal Gill, the Flyers have one of the oldest defense corps in the NHL, with an average age of 30.1. Three of the eight (Gill, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen) are 35 or older. More important, Andrej Meszaros (27) and Nick Grossmann (28) have bodies that have held up like 40-year-olds over the last two seasons. If they can all stay on the ice, it's possible the Flyers could be in for a better season than most predict. * Can they get off to a good start?
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]
September 21, 2014 |
As star center Claude Giroux took a long, slow walk to the locker room Friday morning, you couldn't blame the Flyers if their season passed in front of their eyes. Fifteen minutes into their first day of camp in Voorhees, Giroux, the team's high-scoring captain, left the ice because of what the team later called a lower-body injury. New general manager Ron Hextall said Giroux would be sidelined for about two weeks. Giroux missed most of last year's camp after a bizarre golf injury in which he splintered his right index finger, requiring tendon surgery.
September 20, 2013 |
WHO KEEPS SENDING Comcast SportsNet's Sarah Baicker dinosaur T-shirts? Baicker certainly doesn't know. For the past couple of years, the Flyers reporter has received T-shirts with dinosaurs printed on them from anonymous senders. In the past year, the arrival of T-shirts has ramped up. During her recent birthday week alone, she got two Ts. She estimates she's gotten about 10 since they started arriving in the mail without prompting. The first one had a pink brontosaurus emblazoned on the front, but, for the most part, she receives Tyrannosaurus rex Ts. "People have learned [T-rexes]
October 16, 2014 |
Maybe they'll recover, like last season, and become a very good hockey team. But right now, the Flyers are going through a frustrating period and are off to another dismal start. They dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Anaheim on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, slipping to 0-2-2, which gives them the same point total they had at this time last year (1-3). William Karlsson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. The Flyers have lost seven straight shootouts, and are a league-worst 27-53 lifetime in the penalty-shot showcase.
January 29, 2012 |
OTTAWA - One is the son of a military man and someone who lived all over North America during his formative years. The other is the son of a former NHL player and someone who was a certified rink rat - always trailing after his dad - as a youngster. But the different career paths of speedy winger Matt Read - he's the son of the military lifer - and unflappable center Sean Couturier intersected with the Flyers this season and took them to Ottawa this weekend, where they were recognized as two of the NHL's elite rookies.
January 17, 2012 |
Though Sergei Bobrovsky has played like the Flyers' top goalie, coach Peter Laviolette made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1. "I don't use numbers - you know that," Laviolette said when asked who his No. 1 was after Monday's practice in Voorhees. "Now Bryz has gotten a majority of the starts. I don't know if that answers your question or not. . . . Bryz was brought here to be a horse, and he's received a majority of the games. I don't see that changing. " That means Bryzgalov figures to start Tuesday against visiting Minnesota.
January 13, 2012 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - As expected, center Claude Giroux and defenseman Kimmo Timonen were selected for the NHL All-Star Game, but the omission of winger Scott Hartnell was a surprise, especially to his teammates and coach Peter Laviolette. In addition to Giroux and Timonen, Flyers forwards Matt Read and Sean Couturier were among 12 rookies chosen to compete in the weekend skills competition. The All-Star Game will be held Jan. 29 at Ottawa. Last week, fan voting determined the first six players for the game.