July 30, 2015 |
The Flyers showed they believe Sean Couturier is about to turn the corner in his career, giving the 22-year-old center a six-year contract extension Tuesday that totals $26 million, with an annual cap hit of $4.33 million. Couturier, who scored a career-high 15 goals last season, had one year left on a deal that will pay him $2 million ($1.75 million cap hit) in 2015-16. "We're happy to be committed long term," Couturier said. "They believe in me, and I love Philly, and I'm really happy to be there.
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 19, 2013 |
SAMUEL MORIN'S accent was thick, but his message was clear. When the Flyers drafted Morin with the 11th overall pick in June, he said he wanted to arrive in training camp and immediately compete for a job. Some laughed. The Quebec native's face is still covered by teenage acne, and his lanky, 6-6 frame has hardly begun to fill out. But the Flyers took note. Training camp is not a week old, yet Morin already took the first step toward reaching his goal yesterday. The Flyers signed Morin to a 3-year, entry-level contract just hours after his impressive debut in Monday's exhibition loss to Washington.
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.
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.
December 6, 2013 |
DETROIT - The Flyers have struggled when center Vinny Lecavalier has been out of the lineup, and he did not play again Wednesday night in Detroit. The good news: Lecavalier was "making progress" and there is a chance he will play Saturday in Dallas, according to assistant general manager Ron Hextall. The bad news: The back can be fickle. Lecavalier, 33, who leads the Flyers with nine goals, missed his second straight game because of back spasms. Earlier this season, he missed four games because of other injuries.
February 14, 2013 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Flyers recalled left winger Harry Zolnierczyk from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms and put him into the lineup Tuesday night in Winnipeg, hoping he can awaken a sleepy offense. Zolnierczyk isn't exactly a prolific scorer, but he brings some much-needed quickness to a team that, entering Tuesday, had produced a total of nine goals in its six road losses. A year ago, Zolnierczyk collected six points in 37 games with the Flyers. He had nine goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Phantoms this season.
March 23, 2013 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek looked outside the locker room and pointed toward the league standings that hung on the opposite wall. The playoffs are still in reach, said Voracek, who noted that the Flyers were just five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot Thursday. That's a rather positive outlook for a Flyers team that has dropped five of its last seven games. Three of the losses came to division opponents. In the midst of a five-day break before they face the Penguins Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers displayed a new look at Thursday's two-hour practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
February 16, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Scott Hartnell skated Friday, but there is no change to the timetable for the injured left winger. Hartnell suffered a broken bone in his left foot Jan. 22 and was expected to miss four to eight weeks. Three weeks have passed since Hartnell underwent surgery. He met with a doctor Friday. Hartnell led the Flyers with a career-high 37 goals last season, and his absence has been felt this month as scoring has become an issue for the team. "He's a big part of our locker room.