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 30, 2014 |
After he was a healthy scratch in the previous game, winger Steve Downie returned to the lineup Tuesday against Detroit and was placed on the third line for the first time since Jan. 11. Downie was reunited with Sean Couturier and Matt Read, a highly effective trio for most of December. "I'm looking for him to be an intense hockey player," coach Craig Berube said after Tuesday's morning skate. "The Steve Downie I know wins one-on-one battles in the corner, comes up with loose pucks, is strong on the puck, and has a heavy stick.
September 23, 2013 |
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Even 33 years later, when you walk into the Herb Brooks Arena, site of Team USA's epic hockey upset of the Soviet Union en route to Olympic gold, you feel your goose bumps rise. You look around at the Olympic flags, the signs that commemorate the victory, the photos of the shaggy-haired kids who created what Sports Illustrated labeled the greatest sporting event in the 20th century, and Al Michaels' voice pops into your brain. Do you believe in miracles?
September 22, 2014 |
The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level. But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position. That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
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 29, 2014 |
By now, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a 29-year-old rookie who signed as a free agent, had hoped to have opened eyes in the Flyers' training camp - and be close to nailing down the fourth-line center spot. But an undisclosed injury suffered early in camp has limited him to just one preseason game. Bellemare, who grew up in Paris and played the previous eight years in Sweden, rejoined the team at Saturday's practice in Voorhees and said he felt "pretty close" to being ready to return to the lineup.
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.
September 22, 2014 |
Center Claude Giroux's undisclosed lower-body injury, suffered 15 minutes after camp opened Friday, has had a domino effect on the Flyers. In Day 2 of coach Craig Berube's first camp, three of the lines were altered Saturday because of the injury. Brayden Schenn, who had been penciled in as the top-line left winger with Giroux and right winger Jake Voracek, moved to center - the position he primarily played last season, while Michael Raffl played left wing. Raffl had been on the third line the previous day. Because he played at center and wing last season, Schenn said he feels "confident and comfortable at both positions.
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.
October 2, 2014 |
Claude Giroux, playing in his first preseason game, made a solid return Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Sidelined by an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered 15 minutes into the first day of training camp, the Flyers captain made dazzling first-period passes and spent lots of time weaving around New York Rangers defenders. Giroux showed a bit of rust, but he still played 16 minutes, 53 seconds - the most among Flyers forwards - despite getting just five third-period shifts.