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 23, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier made a surprise return Saturday night in Columbus, added to the lineup because of an injury to Steve Downie. Lecavalier, sidelined since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his lower back against Nashville on Nov. 30, had been expected to be out until next Saturday in Edmonton. "A guy like Vinny has been around a long time, and you have to trust his judgment that he's ready to go," general manager Paul Holmgren said before the game.
April 13, 2013 |
The Flyers on Thursday signed a speedy, late-blooming right winger who was a second-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010. Petr Straka, a 6-foot, 195-pound free agent who reportedly was courted by 12 NHL teams, signed a three-year, entry-level deal to start next season. He will earn $925,000 next year, including a $92,333 signing bonus, and likely will play for the AHL's Phantoms. Playing for Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Straka had 41 goals and 41 assists in 55 regular-season games this year.
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.
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?
September 5, 2013 |
If veteran left winger Simon Gagne is patient, he may return to the Flyers for the 2013-14 season. The Flyers cannot offer the unrestricted free agent a contract because they do not have cap space at the moment, but general manager Paul Holmgren said he was "kicking around" inviting Gagne to the team's camp next week on a tryout basis. "But I'm sure he's getting calls from other teams, too," Holmgren said Tuesday. "I have no gut feeling" as to what Gagne will do. Gagne's agent, Bob Sauve, was not available to comment.
October 10, 2013 |
Trying to put his imprint on the team early, new Flyers coach Craig Berube made adjustments to all four lines and the three defensive pairings Tuesday night. The lineup worked as the Flyers defeated Florida, 2-1, in Berube's head coaching debut at the Wells Fargo Center. Berube moved wingers Wayne Simmonds, Jake Voracek, and Matt Read to different lines from those in the previous game, a 2-1 loss in Carolina on Sunday that was the last contest Peter Laviolette coached for the Flyers.
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.