May 3, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 8, 2011 |
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.
September 26, 2011 |
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.
April 25, 2011 |
BUFFALO - No need to revisit the lost Super Bowls and Stanley Cup playoff runs that fell short, but Buffalo for years has been a pessimistic, if not tortured, sports town. Sabres owner Terry Pegula changed the culture with his positive nature and commitment to winning. In less than 2 months, he restored faith and hope. Remember, winning is not a goal. It's a belief. Of course, you believed yesterday afternoon when Rob Niedermayer wired a wrist shot into the top corner for an early lead against the Flyers, sending the 18,600 fans inside HSBC Arena and another 6,000 outside its doors into pure, unbridled jubilation.
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.
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.
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.
April 2, 2014 |
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.
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.