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 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Right winger Wayne Simmonds missed the Flyers' last preseason game Thursday night because of a lower-body injury. Simmonds led the Flyers with 29 goals last season. Coach Craig Berube said Simmonds' status for the season opener Wednesday in Boston was unknown, but it seems a good sign that he will travel with the team Friday to Cape Cod, where the Flyers will have two practices and some bonding activities. Blair Jones, a free-agent signee who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in training camp, replaced Simmonds on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read on Thursday.
October 3, 2014 |
IMAGINE, FOR one second, that the names and numbers were removed from the Flyers' jerseys during training camp. Imagine that contracts and salary-cap information were thrown out the window. Imagine that age really was just a number and experience counted only for as much as length of service in the NHL Players Association pension plan. Then judge the Flyers' defense. Pick the best six players and give them a name and a uniform number on Opening Night next Wednesday. Judging by that criteria alone, few who closely watched the Flyers this preseason would not have prospect Shayne Gostisbehere in their lineup at the Garden on Causeway Street in Boston.
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.
September 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - During training camp, one of the more interesting moves made by Flyers coach Craig Berube was creating a line that has Sean Couturier centering Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Last season, Couturier and Read were together with numerous other wingers, including Steve Downie. The addition of the high-scoring Simmonds gives them a fast, feisty player who distracts goalies, wins board battles, and could jump-start Couturier's production. "They've kind of got a little bit of everything on that line," Berube said Sunday before the Flyers lost a preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. "You have Read, who has speed and makes plays; Couturier is a good centerman who makes plays in the middle of the ice; and a guy [Simmonds]
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.
September 28, 2014 |
Midway through their eight-game preseason schedule, the Flyers roster is starting to shape up. They sent veteran center Darroll Powe and speedy left winger Taylor Leier to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, and they placed veteran winger Andrew Gordon and defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to the Phantoms. Lauridsen has a one-way contract, which means the Flyers will still pay him $650,000 if he plays for Lehigh Valley.
September 23, 2014 |
When the Flyers open their preseason schedule with a split-squad game Monday night against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center, they will showcase what appears to be their new No. 1 defensive pairing: Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald, 28, is looking forward to getting more chances to shut down opponents' top lines this season. "You want to be out there in all the high-level situations, the important ones, and help your team win," said MacDonald, who led the NHL with 242 blocked shots last season while playing for the Islanders and Flyers.
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.
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.