May 28, 2010 |
The last time the Flyers played Chicago in the NHL playoffs, Bobby Clarke was a 21-year-old budding superstar, 26-year-old goalie Bernie Parent had been traded to the Maple Leafs two months earlier, and the Blackhawks were known as the Black Hawks. It was April 1971, and the Flyers were coming off a 28-33-17 season and a third-place finish in the old seven-team West Division. Vic Stasiuk was the coach, and Doug Favell and Bruce Gamble were the postseason goaltenders. The top scorers during the regular season for the Flyers had been Clarke, with 27 goals, and right winger Serge Bernier, with 23 goals.
June 30, 1993 |
Scouting combines are old hat in the NFL, but in the NHL, where teams jealously guard information on prospects, they are unheard of. Or, at least, they were unheard of until yesterday when the Flyers announced they were forming one, along with Dallas, Hartford and Winnipeg. "For me, it's a way to try and preserve the quality that we think we've been working toward, but it also enables us to save quite a bit of money," Flyers general manager Russ Farwell said last night. Farwell said Flyers scout Doug Overton will leave the team payroll to join the combine staff and the Flyers' staff will be trimmed by three more people - scouts Glenn Sonmor, Red Sullivan and Peter Dineen.
May 28, 2010
The Flyers and Blackhawks have met only once in the playoffs and the series didn't last very long. Hall of Famers Bobby Hull had six goals and two assists and Stan Mikita scored twice and helped on five others as the Blackhawks swept the Flyers in a 1971 West Division quarterfinal. Simon Nolet had a pair of goals for the Flyers, who were outscored, 20-8. Game 3 of the series was a particular lowlight, and not just because it was the only game that was close. Unruly fans littered the Spectrum ice with debris following Chicago's 3-2 win. Hull, who scored the game-winner and tangled with Flyers defenseman Jimmy Mair at the buzzer, was a particular target.
May 6, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Flyers hold "The Meeting" every spring, and this was the one in 2006. The team employs more than a dozen scouts, scattered in outposts around the globe. Their task is both simple and simply daunting: to identify kids who will grow up to look good in orange and black. In the weeks before the NHL draft, the scouts gather to assemble and sift through a list of these kids. Arguments are had. Voices are raised. It is the scouts' business, after all, and their passions are being tested, their reputations on the line.
June 23, 1997 |
All weekend, the Flyers' draft took a back seat to the search for a head coach, which is understandable, considering that the Flyers' first pick came in the second round, 30th overall. And unlike last season, when the Flyers whisked Dainius Zubrus out of Tier II junior with the 15th pick, it seemed clear none of the 1997 picks would play in the NHL this coming season. The Flyers went for a goalie, Jean-Marc Pelletier, with their first selection. Given what happened in the Stanley Cup finals earlier this month, that makes sense, but Pelletier was the backup last season at Cornell University behind Jason Elliott, a 1994 Detroit draft pick.
October 25, 1992 |
Flyers coach Bill Dineen wished he had stayed home to watch the World Series. Flyers center Eric Lindros wished his team had played better defense. Flyers winger Greg Paslawski wished he had scored just one more goal. That's what's going to happen this season if teams play the energized Montreal Canadiens when their offense is plugged in. They, like the Flyers did last night, will go home wishing. The explosive Canadiens scored four goals in the first period, one more in the second and back-to-back goals in the third and outlasted the Flyers, 7-6, before a raucous sellout crowd of 17,380 at the Spectrum.
September 10, 2003 |
Of the more than two dozen prospects and rookies at the Flyers' camp, Robert Snowball is here on a free-agent tryout, which is uncommon. That's given rise to the expression that he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of making the Flyers, who are too deep at forward. The Phantoms, though, are another story. "Guys are finding more and more nicknames for me," Snowball said. "Snowy, Snows, but the best one I've heard is Snowbe One Kenobe. Guys are getting pretty creative.
June 22, 2008 |
For the Flyers, there was a central theme to their weekend in Ottawa: bulk up the defense - for the present and the future. In addition to acquiring Washington defenseman Steve Eminger, a former No. 1 pick who they expect to be a part of their six-man rotation, the Flyers drafted two defensemen and two goalies among their five picks in the draft, which ended yesterday. They also freed cap space, making it easier to land another much-needed, puck-moving defenseman, such as Montreal's Mark Streit.
September 17, 2000 |
The temptation is always there, but the urge must be resisted. Justin Williams, the Flyers' first-round pick in the summer draft, may be the most exciting young player in training camp. He already has gotten the most ice time among the junior players through two exhibition games. To look at Williams, who seems to cover a lot of ice in a short time, is to wonder whether the 18-year-old winger could play in the NHL right now. The Flyers did that a few years ago with Dainius Zubrus and later regretted the decision.
June 29, 1998 |
Had Simon Gagne been eligible a year ago, it is hard to imagine he would have been the Flyers' first pick in the NHL entry draft. Gagne, a slick centerman, is listed at 6-foot, 165, though he says he actually weighs 177. The Flyers, the NHL's biggest team the past two seasons, have concentrated on size ever since Bob Clarke returned as general manager in 1994. The most recent previous forward they took in the first round, Dainius Zubrus, in 1996, was 6-3, 215. But over the final few months of this past season, and even more after the Flyers' shocking, first-round playoff loss to Buffalo, Clarke talked about how the NHL's crackdown on obstruction was changing the game.