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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers picked a good time to be a stumbling hockey team. If they had been entrenched in a playoff spot, first-year general manager Ron Hextall may have been a buyer - in a seller's market. Instead, Hextall made his second move before Monday's trade deadline that conjured memories of the most successful general manager in Flyers history. It was the late Keith "The Thief" Allen whose shrewd moves helped build the Flyers into Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975. Hextall has a while before the Flyers can compete for a Stanley Cup, but his latest moves - getting four draft picks and a serviceable defenseman for an almost-40-year-old defenseman on the verge of retiring, Kimmo Timonen, along with underachieving Braydon Coburn - were a good start.
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March 1, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE MOMENT Kimmo Timonen learned his hockey season had been reduced to a couple of months, a few drugs and prayer in a hospital bed in Finland, he reorganized his priorities. "It wasn't about money, it wasn't about anything else," Timonen said. "The only thing I am missing is the Stanley Cup. It became my only goal to return to hockey. If I had won a Stanley Cup before, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation. " That's because Timonen, who turns 40 on March 18, would likely have decided the risk associated with a return with a blood disorder that causes blood clots too great.
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March 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmo Timonen, one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, said he wanted a chance to win a Stanley Cup in the final season of his superb NHL career. On Friday night, the Flyers gave him that opportunity, sending him to the powerful Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick in the June draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2016. "The only thing I'm missing from my hockey career is a Stanley Cup," Timonen, sidelined all season because of blood clots, said in a conference call Friday night.
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February 18, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
PHEW. That sigh of relief you just heard was from Flyers fans, thankful to learn rookie general manager Ron Hextall will not be fooled by his team's recent 6-0-3 surge in the standings. The Flyers will not be "buyers" in 13 days at the NHL's March 2 trade deadline. "I'm impressed with our guys' resiliency, for sure, but we're not depending on other teams to lose," Hextall said yesterday. "Five points is still a good haul. It's not as easy a feat as it seems, but it's certainly plausible.
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February 13, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
COLUMBUS - The NHL's trade deadline is 17 days away, Ron Hextall's last chance to shake up a stagnant Flyers roster until the summer. Right now, we know as much about Hextall's long-range plan for the Flyers as we did on May 7, 2014, the day he was promoted to general manager. That is to say: not much. "Nothing has really changed," Hextall said yesterday in a conference call with reporters. "If the right deal comes along for now and for the future, we'll make it. If it doesn't, obviously we won't.
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January 28, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE STATISTICS and analytics matched what Dean Lombardi's eyes were witnessing. He could see the drop-off in Mike Richards like everyone else, but didn't want to believe it. Managing a dynastic Stanley Cup enterprise isn't always black and white, after all. Not when people are involved. Lombardi had one final opportunity last June to buy out Richards' contract, but was swayed by the conversation he had with the player who made the Los Angeles Kings' 2012 Cup possible. He decided against it. It was a decision the general manager clearly regrets now, after placing the former Flyers captain on waivers yesterday.
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January 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RICK TOCCHET'S glimpse of hockey's best rivalry over the past few years has been no different than that of just about anyone in the general public. He offered commentary on the Flyers' games with the Penguins as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, but was really stuck watching the blood baths from afar as an outsider. On the inside now as Penguins assistant coach to Mike Johnston, Tocchet can appreciate the view. "You could feel the hate just boarding the bus to come to the rink," Tocchet said.
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January 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Flyers and New York Islanders have been chasing their glory days for decades, and one of them has finally put together a team that is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Hello, Islanders. The Flyers, setting the tone by allowing the first goal for the ninth time in 10 games, dropped a 7-4 decision to the speedy, upstart Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday afternoon. "We made too many mistakes and left the goalie hung out to dry," said former Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, who scored the Flyers' first goal.
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January 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
TELL ME if this sounds familiar. One star young prospect has sat out most of this season with a knee injury. Another was shipped out before the season began to get more seasoning, especially through international play. Still another player, the team's bonafide star and leader, is managing his recent injury ever-so-carefully, even at the risk of losses that will inch his team closer to a top pick in an upcoming draft that is top heavy in talent, and further from a playoff spot that is already highly improbable, if not impossible.
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January 6, 2015 | Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FLYERS are stuck in no-man's land. Entering yesterday's games, they were a full 10 points out of both a ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs and the largest lot of pingpong balls in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. You would not be wrong to think these are the darkest times for the Flyers' franchise since the string of five consecutive fruitless seasons in the early 1990s, save for that aberration in 2006-07. The Flyers have an unthinkable ending to their eight-game road trip to thank for that.
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