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.
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?
April 19, 2015 |
On the days, separated by seven months, that they promoted Craig Berube to head coach and Ron Hextall to general manager, the Flyers framed each announcement in the manner in which they conduct so much of their daily business - with a reverence for their past that bordered on the pathological. Berube and Hextall had been teammates with the Flyers a generation earlier, and both had worked for the organization after their playing careers had ended. Ed Snider, the Flyers' team chairman, and Paul Holmgren, the team's president, flanked Berube at the first news conference and Hextall at the second, and the stories and anecdotes from the old days flowed like foamy Molson from a just-tapped keg. That was the nostalgic veneer and implicit message of each image: that Chief and Hexy were Flyers once and Flyers forever, and they would stay true to the organization's core principles and practices.
February 6, 2015 |
J OHN BOLARIS is back on the regular broadcast beat for the first time since he was fired from Fox 29 in 2012, but this time he's radio-bound. Bolaris will host "CenterStage with John Bolaris," on WTEL (610-AM) (WIP's former signal) from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week. His first guests include Mayor Nutter and "Mob Wives" star Natalie Didonato . "I'm just going to be honest and real, nothing phony," Bolaris said. Bolaris told me that "CenterStage" will interview celebs both local and national, trying to get to the person underneath the status.
September 20, 2014 |
Sean Couturier has blossomed into one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, but that's only one of the reasons the Flyers selected him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. The 21-year-old center is starting his fourth NHL season, and the Flyers - who open training camp Friday morning in Voorhees - want him to be more than a defensive specialist, more than a superb penalty killer. They want him to become one of the team's offensive threats. "It's time for Coots to move forward here and become a better 200-foot player," first-year Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.
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)
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.
December 2, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The Flyers got the result they wanted - a 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Saturday night - but they need to play much better if their six-game road trip is going to be a success. They stole two points against the injury-riddled Predators because goalie Steve Mason was brilliant and because their penalty kill, led by the blossoming Sean Couturier, was 5 for 5. "I didn't think we were very sharp, but they hung in there and battled," said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Minnesota on Monday night.