September 20, 2015 |
IT WASN'T uncommon to see a Flyers player hunched over, using his stick to hold himself up at points throughout yesterday's first training camp session. There was even a time when captain Claude Giroux ended a one-on-one battle drill that finished with a missed shot on goal by taking a knee in the corner and waiting his turn in line. "I'm pretty tired, I'm not going to lie," Giroux said. "It's good. When you work hard during practice, it kind of becomes a habit during a game.
September 18, 2015 |
DAVE HAKSTOL arrived at Flyers training camp Monday, when prospects reported, ready to get to work at his first training camp as a head coach in the NHL. The former University of North Dakota coach was wearing orange and black from head-to-toe, having traded in the green and white of UND for the big time. He was sporting a new haircut, too. "It's a new year," Hakstol said with a laugh. Those four words seem to be the most popular and perhaps most crucial around Flyers training camp, which gets underway in its entirety today when on-ice workouts with the entire group commence.
September 17, 2015 |
WITH THE Eagles' devastating loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, no doubt most Philly sports fans are turning their attention to the start of training camp for the 76ers. OK, that is obviously sarcasm, but coach Brett Brown will assemble a group of 20 players and take them down to Richard Stockton University beginning Sept. 29 to prepare for his third season at the helm. The offseason was another eventful one, topped with Joel Embiid's second foot surgery, which will cost him another season.
September 16, 2015 |
AFTER FINISHING a segment of yesterday's testing session, Scott Laughton stood in the locker room and spoke with members of the media. The Flyers' veterans had just wrapped up an informal, on-ice workout at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. - full training camp begins Friday - and were doing the same. But Laughton was in a locker room behind the "other" sheet of ice. The one that has a door under the large Phantoms logo. The goal, after his fourth training camp runs its course over the next few weeks, is to be on the other side, playing at the NHL level for the duration of the 2015-16 season.
September 15, 2015 |
Too young. Too soon. Too sad. That's what crosses your mind first when you wake up on a Sunday morning and find out that Moses Malone has died at the age of 60. Way too young. It was a little more than two weeks ago that we lost Darryl Dawkins, the vibrant, backboard-shattering giant whose departure from the 76ers in 1982 made room for Malone to become the team's missing link to an NBA title. One enormous character gone at the age of 58 and now the lunch-pail legend that followed Chocolate Thunder to Philadelphia is no longer with us, either.
September 10, 2015 |
WHEN ASKED his biggest concern heading into next week's training camp, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall talked at length about getting off to a good start, a problem that plagued the Flyers in the last two seasons. The Flyers were winless in their first four games last year and never recovered after starting 8-12-3 in the first two months. In an effort to change that, training camp will be held in its entirety in Vorhees, N.J., starting with Monday's rookie camp. Veterans report next Thursday for physicals and hit the ice the following day. And while Hextall's message is clear, that a slow start won't be tolerated, it perhaps minimizes the team's most glaring problem from 2014-15: the offense.
September 9, 2015 |
RASHEED BAILEY was hanging around his family home in East Falls yesterday, "waiting to see what's next," he said. Later, ESPN's Adam Caplan reported that Bailey will get a workout with Jacksonville this week, which is nice, but Bailey had begun the weekend pretty sure that he'd be reporting back to NovaCare today, at least as part of the Eagles' 10-member practice squad. "I'm really not sure what happened," Bailey said. He said when he was released, Eagles coach Chip Kelly told him, "I know you can play in this league," and said he hoped Bailey "could come back.
September 5, 2015 |
Before Mike Gesicki could make a case to be the starting tight end for Penn State, he had to pick up a few essentials needed to play the position. Like figuring out how to get into a three-point stance and learning how to block. He did little of the former, and hardly any of the latter, during his record-setting career as a wide receiver at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, N.J. But he studied the fundamentals, worked hard, put in a good 13-game freshman apprenticeship (one start)
September 4, 2015
The Flyers will open their three-day rookie camp Sept. 14 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday. The camp will consist of on-ice sessions beginning at 9:45 a.m. each day. The sessions are free and open to the public. A total of 24 players are scheduled to take part in the camp, including first-round picks Ivan Provorov (2015) and Travis Konecny (2015), Travis Sanheim (2014), Sam Morin (2013), and Scott Laughton (2012). The Flyers' training camp starts Sept.
September 4, 2015 |
EVER SINCE Zach Ertz arrived in town three drafts ago, with his second-round, PAC-12 pedigree and his 4.6 speed, we've all been trying to put Brent Celek out to pasture. Thanks for the memories, Brent. Thanks for that 76-catch, eight-touchdown season in 2009. Thanks for averaging 13.1 yards per catch in 2011, when you played most of the season with a torn hip labrum and a sports hernia and never even missed a practice or appeared on an injury report. Thanks for all of those kill shots to the head, ribs, groin and knees you've taken for the team, and all of the yards you managed to gain after them.