July 15, 2015 |
The Flyers have hired a coach with NHL experience to guide the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team announced Monday that Scott Gordon, 52, will coach the Phantoms, replacing Terry Murray, who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon is looking forward to working with the team's prospects. "It's really exciting," Gordon said in a conference call with reporters. He served as an assistant for three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-14.
July 10, 2015 |
The days of dump-it-in hockey are over. Speed rules. Which is why the Flyers are excited about two forwards making their first appearance at the team's development camp: Danick Martel and Travis Konecny. The solidly built Martel is all of 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds. He makes up for his lack of size with his quickness and grittiness. Just ask the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League opponents who watched him collect 102 points, including 48 goals, in 64 games last season. "I'm 5-8 off the ice, but on the ice, I'm not," he said Tuesday.
June 22, 2015 |
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
June 19, 2015 |
NEW FLYERS coach Dave Hakstol has yet to fill out his staff. The logical supposition, given Hakstol's college roots, is that at least one member of the staff will be an NHL veteran, possibly with head coaching experience. Phantoms coach Terry Murray, went the speculation, would have fit perfectly, given his head coaching experience with the Capitals, Flyers, Panthers and Kings. But Murray is going to Buffalo instead, joining new coach Dan Bylsma's staff. Buffalo's general manager is Tim Murray, Terry's nephew.
June 9, 2015 |
BUFFALO - From Bill Barber to John Stevens to Terry Murray, just one man without a tie as a Flyers player has been head coach of the Phantoms in the 19 years since the Flyers purchased managing control of their American Hockey League affiliate. That may change this summer. The Flyers interviewed Kris Knoblauch, who coached Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters to the Ontario Hockey League championship series this spring, during the NHL combine in Buffalo last week, according to sources.
April 23, 2015 |
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms didn't make the playoffs this season, but coach Terry Murray gave positive reviews on several of his players - especially defensemen Brandon Manning and Shayne Gostisbehere. Gostisbehere, 22, missed most of the season because of knee surgery. "But in the big picture, when you look back 10 years from now, you might say Gostisbehere's injury was a real positive in the sense he became a player who really paid attention to the off-ice part of it and became a bigger, stronger player," Murray said Tuesday, one day after he and general manager Ron Hextall had individual exit interviews with the Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL farm team.
April 21, 2015 |
TODAY IS Day 4 of the Flyers' head coaching vacancy. That in itself is a rarity in franchise history - a rather long length of time in between coaches for a team with an innately itchy trigger finger. In fact, six of the seven Flyers coaches hired since 1998 replaced their predecessor on the same day. Ken Hitchcock, who succeeded Jack Adams Trophy winner Bill Barber on May 14, 2002, was the lone exception. Eleven of the 17 coaches hired in franchise history after original boss Keith Allen were same-day replacements.
April 13, 2015 |
AS MUCH AS just about anyone, Phantoms coach Terry Murray has a Flyers logo tattooed on his butt. The Flyers' coach in the 1997 Stanley Cup final enjoyed stops in Florida, Washington and Los Angeles, but he's always made it back to his first home as a player - as a scout, assistant coach or minor league mentor. Murray should be forgiven if he is rooting for the Flyers to lose today in their meaningless season finale. That would mean his older brother, Bryan, can officially resume the chase of that elusive first Stanley Cup next week.
September 18, 2014 |
Defensemen Travis Sanheim and Shayne Gostisbehere showed exceptional poise with the puck. Sam Morin, another defenseman, threw his weight around and decisively won a fight, and goalie Anthony Stolarz, in his first game since offseason hip surgery, and Martin Ouellette were solid in the nets. Goals by Petr Straka and Nikolas Aube-Kubel also highlighted the Flyers' 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals in a rookie game Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. With a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,000 watching, rookie camp ended on a positive note for the future Flyers.
March 3, 2014 |
Center Nick Cousins, one of the Flyers' top offensive prospects, has struggled mightily in his first season with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. The Flyers believe it's simply a matter of growing pains. "We're still high on Nick," said Chris Pryor, the Flyers' director of scouting. "It's all a part of the learning process. " One year removed from a 103-point season with his junior team in the Ontario Hockey League, Cousins has just 14 points in 51 games with the Phantoms entering Saturday, and had one goal in his last 26 games.