May 31, 1991 |
The Flyers cast away one of the best players in franchise history and received nothing in return yesterday. That, said Tim Kerr, was the hardest part for him to understand. Flyers general manager Russ Farwell said that the club had to make someone available in the NHL expansion draft and that it was a matter of numbers. He preferred to lose Kerr, who was seeking free agency, in the draft than to expose another Flyer and then lose Kerr, too. Kerr, the club's third-leading career goal scorer, was left unprotected in yesterday's expansion draft, and the San Jose Sharks snapped him up as the first forward selected.
June 17, 1989 |
Tim Kerr, the Flyers' stoic goal-scoring machine, did something yesterday he doubted would have been possible only a year and a half ago. He hoisted a handsome, rather weighty trophy without his left shoulder screaming in protest. Kerr, whose career was in serious doubt while he endured five operations to reconstruct the shoulder, was named the winner of the William Masterton Memorial Trophy at the NHL awards luncheon. The Masterton, awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, has been presented each season to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.
October 25, 1988 |
Flyers right winger Tim Kerr, who has come back from a series of five operations to his left shoulder, yesterday agreed to terms on a four-year contract that will make him the highest-paid player in the club's history. Although the Flyers would not disclose the length or monetary terms of the contract, sources with the team said Kerr's salary in the first year of the contract would be $400,000, with raises in each of the next three years. Kerr's previous contract, which had two years to run, paid him roughly $350,000 per season.
September 12, 1988 |
Both the Flyers and Tim Kerr would like everybody to believe there is no question the burly right winger will be 100 percent by the time the regular season opens. He certainly looked healthy on the first day of training camp yesterday, when he put on a good show with some of those familiar lightning-bolt wrist shots. Granted, it was only the first day, and it was only practice, but there was no denying that he was snapping the puck much better than he did last spring. By all accounts, Kerr, 28, is well on the road to a complete recovery from the series of operations on his left shoulder that virtually wiped out last season for him. According to Kerr and coach Paul Holmgren, the latest series of tests indicated that Kerr was at "95 percent" of his old form, and that the remaining 5 percent was just a matter of time.
March 9, 1988 |
A guy who has had five operations on the same shoulder and has spent 14 weeks in often excruciating rehabilitation has certainly earned the right to turn on his own green light. And right winger Tim Kerr has decided that the time to switch on that green light will not be tomorrow night, when the Patrick Division-leading Washington Capitals will come to the Spectrum for a first-place showdown against the Flyers. "I felt real good, real strong," Kerr said yesterday after his first practice session since his often-injured left shoulder caved in during the sixth game of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals against the Islanders on April 30. "But I'm still not where I want to be before I play.
December 24, 1987 |
After five operations in the last seven months, Tim Kerr's left shoulder has gone numb. And so has the rest of him. How many times can you endure the trauma of major surgery - the tests, the prognoses, the anesthesia, the pain - before it becomes maddening? How many times can you face the same barrage of questions - How does it feel? Where does it hurt? - before you begin looking for some quiet, peaceful cocoon? How many times can you wonder why it had to happen to you before you just go numb?
May 8, 1987 |
Officially, Magnus Roupe has joined the Flyers just to get acquainted. The team is considering signing the 24-year-old winger, a late choice in a long-ago NHL draft, for next season. Coach Mike Keenan would like to see what makes the Swede tick, and also if he can get through one of Keenan's practices still standing. "It would be a long shot that we would use him," Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke said. "Like Kent Hawley (a No. 2 pick last June), he's here for acclimation purposes.
October 18, 1990 |
Flyers winger Tim Kerr remained in seclusion yesterday at his home in Haverford, the day after his wife, Kathy, passed away, apparently from complications arising from childbirth. Tim Kerr's agent, Steve Mountain, said Kerr asked him to thank the many people who have expressed their support and concern. "Tim said knowing that so many people care has been a great comfort to him in a very difficult time," Mountain said. Meanwhile, Kathy Kerr's sudden death became even more of a puzzle yesterday, when preliminary autopsy reports were inconclusive.
September 22, 1990 |
Defenseman Mark Howe played his first game of the preseason last night and scored a goal, but Hartford center Ray Ferraro had a hat trick as the Whalers beat the Flyers, 4-2, at the Civic Center. Defenseman Gord Murphy also scored for the Flyers, who are now 1-3-1 on the preseason. The Flyers play the New York Rangers tonight at the Suncoast Dome in Orlando, Fla. Right winger Tim Kerr, who was to make his preseason debut tonight, will wait another week to ensure that his left shoulder is fully recovered from off-season surgery, the Flyers said.
March 25, 1992 |
Tim Kerr could have been any player shifting restlessly on the New York Rangers' bench last night, waiting for the pregame festivities to conclude. At center ice, representatives of Flyers' Wives Charities were announcing that this year's Carnival to benefit leukemia research had netted $609,228. Several times, they paid tribute to their former chairwoman, Kathy Kerr, who died suddenly 17 months ago, from complications arising from childbirth. At each mention of his late wife's name, Tim Kerr joined in the polite applause, tapping his stick against the boards.