March 31, 2011 |
With Tuesday's critical 5-2 victory in Pittsburgh, the Flyers took a major step toward winning the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. They also may have discovered something that will serve them well in the forthcoming Stanley Cup playoffs. Specifically, an adjustment made by the Danny Briere line helped that unit break out of a funk and spark the win. Briere and linemates Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino combined for three goals and four assists and the line was plus-7 as the Flyers moved closer to securing their first Atlantic title since 2003-04.
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 26, 2011 |
The Flyers got younger, faster, and bigger in the last three dizzying days. Oh, and their locker room became much more upbeat. They also got much tougher to score against by signing Ilya Bryzgalov, arguably just the fourth shutdown goalie in the franchise's history. But did they get better? Well, with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter traded, it will be difficult for the team to match last year's production (3.12 goals per game, third in the league), and their penalty kill took a step backward.
January 3, 2011
Flyers Notes DETROIT - Winger Ville Leino had Sunday's game in Detroit circled on his calendar since the start of the season. It was a chance to show the Red Wings, up close, that they made a mistake when they dealt him to the Flyers last February for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 2011 fifth-round draft pick. "I've been thinking about it since the first day of the season," Leino admitted before the Flyers' exciting 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Leino was plus-1 in the game, but he was called for a highly questionable goalie-interference penalty that set up the Wings' second goal and cut the deficit to 3-2 with 7 minutes, 32 seconds left.
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 2011 |
Forget the Steven Stamkos hype. The Flyers have decided not to pursue the Tampa Bay superstar. Yes, the Flyers kicked the tires and thought about giving the 21-year-old center an offer sheet. "But it was nothing serious, really," Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said Thursday evening. The Flyers, who are now among the teams interested in 39-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr, are happy with the team general manager Paul Holmgren has assembled, Luukko said, and would have had to remove some key pieces to fit Stamkos under the cap. "Plus you're talking about giving away four No. 1 picks," Luukko said.
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.