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September 26, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell had an elevated heart rate during the team's last exhibition game and will see a cardiologist Tuesday, general manager Paul Holmgren said after Sunday's practice in Voorhees. Hartnell's heart rate has since gone down, Holmgren said, but the Flyers do not want to take any chances, and the 29-year-old forward will sit out Monday's exhibition against the visiting New York Rangers as a precaution. In Friday's 3-1 win in Detroit, Hartnell picked up an assist, but he did not play in the third period because of an elevated heart rate between the second and third periods, Holmgren said.
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March 31, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 14, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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June 21, 2011 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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February 28, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 21, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is attempting to do the seemingly impossible this offseason: sign Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and re-sign unrestricted free-agent left winger Ville Leino. First order of business may be signing Bryzgalov before this Friday's NHL draft. "Well, we would like that to get resolved at some point," Holmgren said Monday on a conference call. "There is still enough time after the draft to get a deal done. The important thing is that there was progress made when Ilya [Bryzgalov]
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June 18, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers did not reach a contract agreement during the goalie's two days in the area. But that doesn't mean the Flyers won't sign the talented goaltender. No one wanted to talk on the record about the negotiations, but there was an underlying flow of optimism coming from both sides. The Flyers acquired Bryzgalov's rights last week, and they hope to reach an agreement before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. "We have spoken with Ilya and his agent, Ritch Winter, about many different scenarios," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement on Friday.
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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.
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