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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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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.
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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 17, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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June 24, 2011 | by Chuck Bausman, bausmac@phillynews.com
It is Thursday, Oct. 6, Opening Night in Boston. The Flyers are in the visitors' locker room, excited and nervous about the new season, as the Bruins break out their Stanley Cup banner and send it skyward. The lights come up and the Flyers hit the ice, led by new goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, followed closely by their new captain and the rest of the lineup. It's logical to think Chris Pronger will be the new captain. Here is a look, with caution, at who will line up wearing Flyers uniforms that night: Taking the opening faceoff is the Flyers' new first line of Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk.
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