June 24, 2014 |
BOB CLARKE has been Eric Lindros' biggest advocate for an invitation to the Hockey Hall of Fame for years. But even Clarke, now part of the Hall's 18-member selection committee for the first time, might not be able to swing enough votes to avoid his controversial former superstar being passed over for the fifth straight summer. The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its induction class of 2014 this afternoon in Toronto. This year's first-ballot group - full of Philadelphia connections - may be powerful enough to bump Lindros again.
May 9, 2014
Name: Ron Hextall Title: Flyers general manager Age: Turned 50 on May 3 Experience: Was the Flyers' assistant GM this past year after serving in the same role for the LA Kings . . . Was part of the managerial staff that helped the Kings win the 2012 Stanley Cup . . . Was also the general manager of the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' top minor league affiliate . . . Worked in the Flyers' front office from 1999-06, first as a scout and...
April 18, 2014 |
Craig Berube did not have a plan with respect to his two goaltenders, Steve Mason and Ray Emery, as much as he had a philosophy. It is good that he did. Emery appeared in two games for the Flyers in February and two in March. Thursday night's playoff opener against the Rangers, when he starts in place of Mason, will be Emery's fifth game already in April, and the month will be just 17 days old. Part of this escalation was because in March, Emery suffered a lower-body injury (not to be confused with the mysterious "upper-body injury" that will keep Mason out of the lineup)
March 13, 2014 |
CLAUDE GIROUX remembers his first goal against Martin Brodeur as a little different than the 113 others he has scored in his 398-game NHL career. The date was Dec. 12, 2009 - part of his first full season in the league - and he used a power-play pass from one future Hall of Famer, Chris Pronger, to beat another in Brodeur. "I think I was a little bit more proud," Giroux said. "He is one of the best goalies I've ever played. " Giroux and the rest of the Flyers are running out of chances to beat him again.
June 14, 2013 |
OVER THE NEXT 2 days, the NHL will hand out its regular-season award winners for this season. Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, as a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, votes on all of the top awards. Here are his nominees and who he picked, in order: HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (Most valuable player to his team) 1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh 2. John Tavares, N.Y. Islanders 3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago The reason: By the letter of the award, it should probably go to Tavares, since the Islanders didn't have a prayer for the playoffs without him. But the Hart has always been about the league's top player, and it is tough to argue that anyone other than Crosby should win it. He played 12 fewer games than everyone else and finished just four points back of the scoring lead.
May 13, 2013 |
HENRIK LUNDQVIST slammed his stick in disgust when an overtime loss in Washington put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination. Two days later, the star goalie pumped his arm and let out an emphatic yell when his shutout kept the Rangers alive and set up a Game 7 in the nation's capital. Lundqvist was the difference yesterday in stopping 27 shots for his seventh NHL playoff shutout. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was perfect in making Derick Brassard's second-period goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the visiting Capitals that forced a deciding game tonight in the first-round, Eastern Conference series.
June 22, 2012 |
CLAUDE GIROUX is a cover boy. Electronic Arts Inc. and NHL.com announced Wednesday that the Flyers forward has been selected by fans as the EA Sports NHL 13 cover athlete. Giroux, who had 28 goals and 65 assists for 93 poiunts this past season, beat Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the final of the first-ever EA Sports NHL Cover Vote campaign by less than a 1 percent margin, in what was the closest matchup of the entire campaign. "The support fans have given me throughout the campaign has been unbelievable," Giroux said.
June 21, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian superstar and NHL scoring champion won the Hart for the first time at the NHL awards ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas casino. Malkin also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award from his fellow NHLPA members as the NHL's best player. "It's the best day of my life," Malkin said. "It's very exciting.
April 28, 2012 |
Another day, another Flyer bypassed in the voting for an NHL award. Center Claude Giroux was not named one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's MVP. After kidding that he didn't know what the Hart Trophy represented, Giroux said. "At the end of the day, that's not the trophy I want. " The finalists: Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist. The voting was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
April 26, 2012
Joel Ward slammed home a rebound at the 2 minutes, 57 seconds of overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the host Boston Bruins on Wednesday night as Washington advanced to the second round of the playoffs and ended the defending Stanley Cup champions' hopes of a repeat. Rookie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Washington in Game 7 - the seventh one-goal game of the series. It was the first time in NHL history that a playoff series had seven games determined by one goal.