November 1, 2012
LAST WEEK, when the NHL canceled its entire slate of games for the month of November in order to free up arenas dates, the league reportedly sent an accompanying memo to clubs. Before immediately relinquishing dates to booking agents, the NHL wanted clubs to hang on to them for an additional couple of days - you know, in case last-ditch talks with the players' association proved meaningful. We all know how that turned out. There are now eight additional dates available at the Wells Fargo Center next month.
October 26, 2012 |
David Letterman's staff must be writing the itinerary for the NHL. You have to admit, it's pretty funny stuff. No season. No negotiating. No chance of the lockout ending anytime soon. Ah, but in the middle of all that gloom and doom Wednesday - the same day the closed-for-business NHL decided not to meet with the players' union for a last-ditch attempt to salvage the full season - the league proudly announced that the New York Islanders were moving from Uniondale, N.Y., to Brooklyn in 2015-16.
October 25, 2012 |
NOW HOCKEY is coming to Brooklyn. The NHL's New York Islanders have agreed to move to the Barclays Center starting with the 2015-16 season. "Hello, Brooklyn!" Islanders owner Charles Wang said as he made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. The lease agreement is for 25 years. Officials in nearby Nassau County, N.Y., have struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build a new arena to replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1972.
October 13, 2012 |
The NHL had another fruitless day of labor negotiations Thursday, meaning Peter Laviolette will continue coaching a youth hockey team. Laviolette, 47, misses coaching the Flyers, but the lockout has given him more time to spend with his wife and three children - and an opportunity to watch some of the team's minor-league prospects. Oh, and he has become an assistant for his 14-year-old son's hockey team. "I get to do a lot of things I can't normally do during the season," Laviolette said Thursday, which was scheduled to be the night the Flyers opened the season by hosting the Boston Bruins.
August 17, 2012 |
WAYNE Simmonds did not flinch. Even in the middle of tenuous labor negotiations between the NHL and its players' association, Simmonds said he did not need to think long when Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dangled a 6-year contract extension. "Just to be a part of the Flyers organization for a substantial amount of time," Simmonds said, "I jumped on it. " Simmonds jumped into Philadelphia's hockey scene headfirst last season, producing new career-highs in goals (28) and points (49)
August 3, 2012 |
Lots of local hockey fans would love to see the Stanley Cup. But maybe not if it's being presented by two former Flyers who helped win it just this season for another team. The Flyers' last championship came in 1975, and fans have since endured the heartbreak of losing in the finals a half-dozen times. Thursday afternoon at Caesars Atlantic City, the famous trophy will be accompanied by Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams and Kings assistant coach John Stevens, with Trenton Titans assistant coach Todd Fedoruk, another ex-Flyer in attendance.
July 12, 2012
In Brielle, N.J., amateur Ben Smith shot a 2-under 70 on Wednesday and grabbed a 2-stroke lead in his bid to become the first amateur to win the New Jersey Open since 2007. Smith had five birdies and three bogeys in his second trip around the Manasquan River Golf Club and has a 36-hole total of 6-under 138. Fellow amateur Niall Handley and professional Bobby Gage were tied for second heading into Thursday's final round in the 54-hole tournament. The 40-year-old Handley shot a second-straight 70 despite breaking his 3-wood with seven holes to play.
July 6, 2012 |
LESS THAN a day after watching four important pieces — Matt Carle, Jaromir Jagr, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter — slip through their grasp, the Flyers focused their attention on adding economical pieces to their lineup on Thursday. Such is life in a salary-capped world. The Flyers signed two players Thursday, former Flyer Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Bruno Gervais, in an attempt to fill their holes on the wing and blue line. Fedotenko, 33, signed a 1-year deal for $1.75 million.
July 3, 2012 |
Goalie Michael Leighton, who was a hero in one 2010 playoff series and then became known, fairly or not, as the Guy Who Lost the Stanley Cup, re-signed with the Flyers on Sunday, the first day of the free-agent period. Saying he was excited to return to the NHL and be reunited with goalie coach Jeff Reese, Leighton signed a one-year, one-way deal for $900,000 to serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup. He spent most of the last two seasons with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. The signing of the 31-year-old goalie was not popular with most fans on Twitter.