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.
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.
September 15, 2014 |
Handcuffed by salary-cap woes he inherited, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was unable to upgrade the team in the offseason. Hextall isn't worried. The former standout goaltender believes he has a solid nucleus that features center Claude Giroux, right winger Wayne Simmonds, and goalie Steve Mason. He thinks a year of maturity will help the younger players make major strides, and says having their first training camp under coach Craig Berube will help the Flyers get off to a better start than last year.
July 8, 2014 |
The start of summer has not been good to the Flyers. Their captain, Claude Giroux, spent a night in jail last week after a bizarre incident in an Ottawa bar. Their new general manager, Ron Hextall, was hamstrung by the team's salary-cap situation and could not join the free-agent frenzy. And while the Flyers were signing spare parts - some for depth, some for their AHL affiliate - most of their Metropolitan Division opponents made improvements. So where will the Flyers stand when the season starts?
July 2, 2014 |
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.
June 23, 2014 |
The Flyers need to start developing their own draft picks before they can even be mentioned in the same sentence as the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, two of the league's heavyweights. The Flyers will get their latest chance to improve their pipeline when the NHL draft is held in Philadelphia for the first time. The first round is Friday night, while rounds two through seven will be held Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Take a look at the Flyers' roster and you will see that the team is allergic to homegrown players.
May 9, 2014 |
Ron Hextall, named the seventh general manager in Flyers history on Wednesday, called it "my dream job. " A former standout goalie with the Flyers who also was known for his brawling style, Hextall replaced Paul Holmgren, who stepped aside and was promoted to club president. "I've got a special feeling about this organization and I am absolutely honored and thrilled to be sitting here," Hextall said during a news conference Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. "I'll do the best job I can, and I'll work hard to reach the ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Philadelphia.
May 7, 2014 |
DANNY BRIERE has as many points in his first six games of the Stanley Cup playoffs as Vinny Lecavalier (2), Michael Raffl (1) and Sean Couturier (0) combined for in the Flyers' seven games against the Rangers. With each additional point Briere nets in Montreal's playoff run, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren should cringe. Hindsight might be 20/20, yes, but Holmgren's quick decision to cut Briere loose and sign Lecavalier to a 5-year, $22.5 million deal last summer will come back to haunt him. Few would argue that Lecavalier has more upside than Briere.
May 6, 2014 |
Changes coming for the Flyers this summer because, well, even the Stanley Cup champions will have a different roster next season. Such is life in a salary-capped world. With a look back at the season and one eye on the future, here is a player-by-player view of the Flyers (listed in salary order): FORWARDS Claude Giroux Age: 26 Key stat: 79 points in final 67 games Yearly contract: $8.275 million through 2021-22 Grade: A Scoop: The Flyers' first Hart Trophy finalist since 1996 started slow but picked his team up and carried them to a playoff berth.
May 5, 2014 |
Flyers fans feel frustrated, feel empty, as they watch the New York Rangers - the beatable team that eliminated the Orange and Black - face the beatable Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flyers, without a Stanley Cup since 1975, feel the same way after losing to the Rangers in seven opening-round games. "I still don't think they were the better team," winger Wayne Simmonds said. The Flyers, of course, have no one to blame but themselves.