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.
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 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.
July 3, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 2, 2011 |
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.