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May 20, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
FLYERS CHAIRMAN Ed Snider recently shared his thoughts about the 40th anniversary of the team's first Stanley Cup. Here are some excerpts from the conference call: Q: When May 19, 1974, pops into your head, what's the first image that you remember that day? A: My brain isn't that good that I can remember that, but I can tell you that the tension of a game 1-0 like that, it's pretty amazing. It was like constant tension throughout the game, and the relief when we finally won and when Bobby Orr was called for the penalty . . . it was mind-boggling that this could really possibly happen.
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May 20, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
THE QUIET neighborhoods. That's one memory of the May 19, 1974 Sunday afternoon - 40 years ago today - when the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup, beating favored Boston, 1-0, at the Spectrum. While I was in the Spectrum, with the usual sellout audience of 17,007, Philly residents later told me how eerily quiet their neighborhoods were that sunny afternoon. Folks were either at the game, watching it on television or listening on the radio. It was as if the city stood still, waiting for the outcome.
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May 20, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE WAS a great goaltender, and an underappreciated amount of skill, and it was all cradled lovingly in a clenched fist. Those were the Flyers who won the Stanley Cup, 40 years ago. They won, and they won again, and they might have won a third consecutive time if the goaltender, Bernie Parent, had not been injured. And then, well, you know. The Parent injury, Leon Stickle, the Edmonton dynasty, the choking situation, the Lindros controversy, Michael Leighton apparently missing the lesson about acute angles in geometry class - to repeat, you know.
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May 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erik Gustafsson, who in 31 games had the highest plus-minus rating of any Flyers defenseman this season, is heading to the KHL in Russia. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that he was "disappointed" Gustafsson had signed with Avangard, but that he wished the young defenseman well. Gustafsson, 25, is a pending restricted free agent. The Flyers said they intend to give him a qualifying offer and retain his rights if he returns from Russia at some point. If the Flyers don't re-sign Kimmo Timonen, Gustafsson figured to find a regular spot in the defensive rotation until some promising prospects - most notably, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - are NHL-ready.
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May 9, 2014
Name: Ron Hextall Title: Flyers general manager Age: Turned 50 on May 3 Experience: Was the Flyers' assistant GM this past year after serving in the same role for the LA Kings . . . Was part of the managerial staff that helped the Kings win the 2012 Stanley Cup . . . Was also the general manager of the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' top minor league affiliate . . . Worked in the Flyers' front office from 1999-06, first as a scout and...
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May 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ABOUT AN hour prior to every Flyers home game this season, long before players even took the ice for warmups, a highlight video played featuring all of Ron Hextall's bloodiest adventures. There was his end-to-end brawl with Toronto's Felix Potvin 1997; the time Washington's Rob Pearson thought it would be smart to stop and say something to Hextall at the Cap Center in 1995; his two-handed slash of Edmonton's Kent Nilsson in the 1987 Stanley Cup finals; and of course, his revenge against Montreal's Chris Chelios during the 1989 playoffs.
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May 8, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DAVID POILE wanted to take his time and wait until at least June to officially replace the only coach the Predators have ever known. But with four other NHL head coaching vacancies and windows closing fast, it did not take Poile long to realize he'd been working with his top candidate for months. That's why Poile, son of the first Flyers general manager, Bud Poile, hired Peter Laviolette yesterday to be the second coach in the 16-year history of the Predators. Laviolette, 49, was out of work since Oct. 7 after being fired by the Flyers three games into the season.
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May 7, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ROSS LONSBERRY arrived in Philadelphia from sunny California on Jan. 28, 1972, as part of a seven-player deal from the Kings, the largest trade in NHL history at the time. He wasn't all that thrilled with the trade. "The travel is brutal for any player in LA, but other than that, I loved the West Coast," Lonsberry told reporters then. "I'd be lying if I said the weather didn't make me lose interest at times - not during a game, but maybe at 8 in the morning when I had to get up for practice.
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May 5, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF TIME IS FLEETING, Kimmo Timonen does not seem concerned. In fact, that is all Timonen asked general manager Paul Holmgren for in his exit interview yesterday. Not a new contract. Not a position in the front office. Just a few weeks to collect his thoughts. "Let's put it this way: If I won the Stanley Cup earlier, I probably wouldn't be here and talking to you guys. I would say, 'OK, that's it,' " Timonen said. "But I haven't won it. That's the only thing that keeps the hopes up. It's not money.
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