March 14, 2011 |
The Flyers left Sunday afternoon for their last extended road trip of the season, and on the flight to sunny South Florida they had a lot to think about. At the top of the list: Finding a way to close out tight games. If they don't find an answer - quickly - they will limp into the Stanley Cup playoffs next month. They have lost five of their last seven games, and in four of those losses they were ahead or tied in the third period. "The scary part is, it's happening way too often," said center Danny Briere after the Flyers' worst late-game collapse in 24 years, a 5-4 overtime loss to Atlanta on Saturday night.
June 8, 2011 |
In a deal designed to make them one of the league's top Stanley Cup contenders next season, the Flyers acquired the rights to Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on Tuesday for minor-league winger/enforcer Matt Clackson and a third-round draft pick in 2012. If they sign Bryzgalov, they will also give up a conditional pick, which will not be a first- or second-rounder, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Bryzgalov, one of the league's top goalies, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. That gives the Flyers a little over three weeks to try to sign him before he reaches the open market.
December 9, 2011
Flyers Notes More than four decades ago, Ed Snider introduced the region to another sport. Little did anyone know at the time that Philadelphia would become one of the nation's best hockey cities. For his role in bringing the Flyers to Philadelphia - and for giving thousands of inner-city youths a chance to play hockey - Snider will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Chicago. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said in a phone conversation earlier this week that he is "deeply honored.
January 26, 2011
Flyers Notes There are positive signs in negotiations between the Flyers and winger Ville Leino . Leino, who blossomed into one of the Flyers' key players in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It doesn't sound as if it will get to that stage. "I am optimistic we'll get a deal done," Bill Zito, Leino's agent, said in a text message on Tuesday. Entering Tuesday's game with Montreal, Leino had 11 goals and was third on the team with 25 assists.
May 3, 2012 |
THEY STARTED filing out of the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night at about the 6-minute mark, right after Travis Zajac scored the goal to put the Devils up by two. The talk of a Flyers sweep went with them. There was a popular school of thought last summer when Paul Holmgren pushed the plunger and decimated the Flyers roster that offense was going to be a problem. For most of the season, it was not. In Tuesday's Game 2, it was as the Flyers slogged their way to a 4-1 loss. With Mike Richards and Jeff Carter gone, the Flyers, it was thought, weren't going to have enough reliable scoring to make a serious playoff run. They entered the season having to replace the 59 goals the homegrown stars provided, plus another 19 that Ville Leino gave them.
June 21, 2011 |
LAS VEGAS - Paul Holmgren is not worried. Despite the fact that the Flyers general manager has one of the busiest weeks of his calendar on tap - including negotiations with free-agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, a possibly franchise-defining draft on Friday in Minnesota and a need to shift salaries - Holmgren sees no need to fret. "There is no fire sale going on here," Holmgren said yesterday in a conference call with reporters. "It's not like we are caught between a rock and a hard place right now. " In a sense, Holmgren is right.
February 28, 2011 |
One night after general manager Paul Holmgren said the team needed "a bit of an attitude adjustment," the Flyers played an inspired first period in Ottawa on Saturday - followed by 40 of their most listless minutes of the season. As a result, they are trying to regroup from a 4-1 loss to a lowly, dismantled Senators team that is playing out the string. Maybe one can blame the Flyers' latest loss on a patchwork lineup that was missing three key players. Or maybe the players are still in cruise-control mode after building a nice lead in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference races.
June 17, 2011 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said earlier this week that it was important for the recently acquired Ilya Bryzgalov to spend some time with goalie coach Jeff Reese. Consider their brief meeting Thursday a successful one. Bryzgalov met with several members of the Flyers' brass - including Reese - at their Voorhees practice facility as the goalie and his agent, Ritch Winter, began negotiations with Holmgren. The Flyers acquired Bryzgalov's rights from Phoenix last week and are trying to reach a contract agreement before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. "I had a lot of fun with him," Reese said.
July 7, 2011 |
Like the other up-and-comers on hand Wednesday for the start of the Flyers' developmental camp, forward Matt Read would like to capitalize on the team's recent roster overhaul and fill a vacancy left by a traded or non-signed player. "There could be an opportunity for myself," said Read, who signed a three-year, one-way deal with the club in March and then notched 13 points in 11 games for the Adirondack Phantoms. "If there's a spot open for me, I'd love to take it. " At a morning practice session at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, Read and others, including promising forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, showcased their skills in a variety of drills.
August 22, 2012 |
For the second time in four days, the Flyers signed one of their top wingers to a six-year contract on Monday. This time, it was Scott Hartnell, whose extension came after one given to Wayne Simmonds. Hartnell, 30, is coming off a season in which he posted career bests in goals (37) and points (67). Terms were not released, but the 11-year veteran reportedly will have a salary-cap hit of $4.75 million per season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season, one in which he has a $4.2 million cap hit. "I give Jaromir Jagr a lot of credit for my success last year in terms of focus on the game," said Hartnell, who finished second in the NHL with 16 power-play goals.