May 9, 2014 |
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.
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...
May 8, 2014 |
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.
May 7, 2014 |
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.
May 5, 2014 |
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.
May 4, 2014 |
Without trying, Ed Snider sounded as though he had created a slogan for next year's Flyers. "I'm happy with the core, but I know we need more," Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said during a news conference Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, where the players were clearing out their lockers. Snider gave the team a "B" grade for its overall performance this season, despite getting eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs. He said he factored in how the Flyers rebounded from a franchise-worst 1-7 start, going 41-23-10 the rest of the way before falling to the New York Rangers, four games to three, in the playoffs.
May 2, 2014 |
FORMER FLYERS coach Mike Keenan has another Cup: The Gagarin Cup. Keenan, whose first NHL head-coaching job was with the Flyers in the mid-1980s, coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the Kontinental Hockey League championship yesterday. Metallurg beat Lev Prague, 7-4, in Game 7, making Keenan the first North American coach to win the Gagarin Cup and the first to win the NHL and KHL championships. Keenan won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, his only season with the team.
April 28, 2014 |
THE FLYERS unearthed Kate Smith from the grave for another rendition of "God Bless America" last night, because, well, that is what they do when it is must-win. When the final horn sounded, practically blowing the roof off the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers high-fived and retreated to their dressing room. Inside, Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" was blasting - the same postgame victory anthem that carried the Flyers within two wins of a Stanley Cup in 2010. The Rangers gave enough last night.
April 24, 2014 |
The Flyers' inability to stop the Rangers line of Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, and Rick Nash has been a story line throughout their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series. It definitely continued during the 4-1 loss to New York on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers have regained home-ice advantage and take a two-games-to-one lead into Game 4 Friday in Philadelphia. The trio has been difficult for the Flyers to contain, at even-strength and on the power play. Stepan scored the first goal Tuesday, less than four minutes into the game, though it came on a gift from goalie Ray Emery.