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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 9, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call them the Ilya-delphia Flyers. That's what some fans were suggesting Wednesday after hotshot goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, whose rights the Flyers acquired the previous day from the Phoenix Coyotes, said he wanted to play for the Orange and Black. Now it's up to general manager Paul Holmgren and Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, to work out the costly details. The Flyers hope to sign Bryzgalov before he hits the free-agent market on July 1. "I am pleased the Flyers thought enough of me to make the trade with the Coyotes," Bryzgalov said in a statement.
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January 16, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers feel quite at home playing on the road, as demonstrated by their league-best 15-5-3 record in enemy arenas this season. But even a team having that much success needs a diversion once in a while, so when Madison Square Garden wasn't available Saturday afternoon, the Flyers held their practice outside in New York City's famed Central Park. They asked the media not to publicize it beforehand. "We didn't want Rangers fans to come there and throw snowballs at us," said Zack Hill, the Flyers' senior director of communications.
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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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July 1, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 3, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
All things considered, Jaromir Jagr would rather be in Philadelphia. In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, the new Flyers right winger said he signed a $3.3 million, one-year deal Friday even though "there were a lot more teams with a higher offer than Philadelphia. " A future Hall of Famer who ranks 12th in NHL history with 646 career goals, Jagr returns to the league after playing three years in Russia's KHL. Jagr, 39, said he didn't expect to become a Flyer.
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May 3, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 22, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 2, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - After their 1-7 start to the season, the Flyers' road to the precipice of the Stanley Cup playoffs has been so long, so bumpy that tonight's Game 75 might feel like Game 750. They have been through hell and back. Yet, as tough as the Flyers' schedule has been in recent weeks - Blues, Blackhawks, Stars, Penguins (twice) and Bruins - they still have the second-toughest remaining schedule (.567 points percentage) of any East team within sniffing distance of a playoff spot.
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July 2, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a dizzying day, the team that finished with the second-most points in the Eastern Conference last season continued its Great Makeover. The Flyers made several moves Friday, highlighted by the signing of two players with ties to archrival Pittsburgh - the once-great Jaromir Jagr, 39, and third-line center Max Talbot. They also lost Ville Leino, who signed a surprising six-year, $27 million free-agent deal ($4.5 million cap hit) with Buffalo, the team the gifted winger helped the Flyers beat in this year's conference quarterfinals.
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