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June 11, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS will open their preseason slate on Monday, Sept. 21, when they host the New York Islanders at PPL Center in Allentown. It will be the first-ever NHL game played in the Lehigh Valley. The Sixers played a preseason game against Orlando in Allentown last Oct. 18. The Flyers' trip to PPL Center is expected to replace their annual trek to London, Ontario, to play at beautiful Budweiser Gardens - where they have visited every September since 2006, except when the 2012-13 preseason was canceled by the NHL lockout.
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June 4, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
LIGHTNING CAPTAIN Steven Stamkos, one of the great young players in the game, pointed out that Chicago's experience and familiarity with each other is the primary reason the Blackhawks are gunning for their third title in six years. "It's almost like the Harlem Globetrotters out there at times on the ice, the way they can pass it," Stamkos said. "You can see they've played together for a while. " They split a pair of meetings this season, with the home team winning each. Here are 15 more things to know about the Stanley Cup finals, which begin tonight in Tampa: 1 Four of Tyler Johnson's 12 goals this postseason have been game-winners for the Lightning.
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June 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Together, they formed the Flyers' top defensive pairing for most of their seasons in Philadelphia. Now, in a twist of fate, Tampa Bay's Braydon Coburn and Chicago's Kimmo Timonen - good friends dealt by the Flyers before the trade deadline - will oppose each other in the Stanley Cup Finals, which start Wednesday in Tampa. Both have had major medical problems this season but find themselves within four victories of winning their first Stanley Cup. "It's great. After everything I went through, this is the reason - and the only reason - that I came back," said Timonen, 40, who missed most of the season with blood clots.
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June 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Saleski, the scrappy former Flyers forward affectionately known as Big Bird during his playing days, has spread his wings. As a result, thousands of teenagers, primarily from the inner city, are benefiting through scholarships that pay for most of their tuition to parochial grade schools and high schools in the Philadelphia area. Forty years after he was on a Flyers team that won its second straight Stanley Cup, Saleski now is a partner with a company that processes payments for hospitals, but he also finds time to be chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS)
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May 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup, and many of the players from that 1974-75 team can't believe two things: that four decades have passed since that dramatic 2-0 win in Buffalo, and that the franchise hasn't won another championship. "My God, you look back, and 40 years went just like that ," said Bernie Parent, the Hall of Fame goalie who steered the Flyers to titles in 1974 and 1975. "I tell people don't waste time because it flies by, for sure.
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May 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE DARKEST of clouds hovered over the Wells Fargo Center at noon yesterday, threatening a downpour of epic proportions. Inside, though, the sun's high beams were on. Accolades for a coach who has never dipped his toes into the NHL, from a first-year general manager who has never hired a head coach before. Accolades for both from an 82-year-old chairman whose very approval of it clearly indicates a mindset that is now all-in. Give the old man credit for this. Ed Snider defended the hiring of a career college coach yesterday by referencing the humble starts of Fred Shero and Mike Keenan, reminding us not only that his stewardship has not always been about hiring known quantities and former players, but also how long his tenure as head of this team has been.
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May 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was hired by the Flyers and left the University of North Dakota on Monday, Dave Hakstol became just the third coach in NHL history to climb directly from the NCAA ranks to his first head coaching job in the NHL. He hopes to be as successful as one of them, the late Bob Johnson, who directed Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 1991. Johnson coached the University of Wisconsin for 16 seasons and won three national titles before being hired by the Calgary Flames in 1982. The Flames made the playoffs in all five of his seasons and reached the Finals in 1986.
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May 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MIKE BABCOCK promises this will all be over within a week. For the Flyers, the prospects of landing their No. 1 head-coaching candidate must seem at least a little dull, considering the optics of a 25-minute interview with TSN's Darren Dreger on Friday. Babcock thoughtfully answered every question, but the NHL's most sought after free-agent coach in history did so while sitting next to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a hotel room in Prague, where the two are scouting the World Championships.
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May 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER A WEEK of contemplation, Mike Babcock wants to see what's on the open market. And despite their interest in keeping Babcock on as head coach, the Detroit Red Wings will give him that opportunity. The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak to interested parties beginning at noon yesterday, the team announced. His negotiation window with interested parties will extend through May 25. Babcock, 52, is hockey's most sought-after free agent this summer - including players.
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April 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the days, separated by seven months, that they promoted Craig Berube to head coach and Ron Hextall to general manager, the Flyers framed each announcement in the manner in which they conduct so much of their daily business - with a reverence for their past that bordered on the pathological. Berube and Hextall had been teammates with the Flyers a generation earlier, and both had worked for the organization after their playing careers had ended. Ed Snider, the Flyers' team chairman, and Paul Holmgren, the team's president, flanked Berube at the first news conference and Hextall at the second, and the stories and anecdotes from the old days flowed like foamy Molson from a just-tapped keg. That was the nostalgic veneer and implicit message of each image: that Chief and Hexy were Flyers once and Flyers forever, and they would stay true to the organization's core principles and practices.
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