June 9, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.
January 16, 2011 |
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.
June 21, 2011 |
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]
June 18, 2011 |
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.
June 24, 2011 |
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.
February 26, 2011 |
The Flyers downplayed Chris Pronger's hand injury - the defenseman is questionable for Saturday night's game in Ottawa - and were more concerned about their uneven play in recent games. In fact, after Friday's practice in Voorhees, general manager Paul Holmgren went so far as to say the players needed "a bit of an attitude adjustment" as the team heads toward the last six weeks of the regular season. As for Pronger, he missed Friday's practice because his right hand was still swollen and he was having a difficult time gripping a stick.