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February 3, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds missed Saturday's game against Carolina because of a concussion suffered when he was elbowed by John Erskine during Friday's 3-2 loss in Washington, general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed. Simmonds, who missed the last two-plus periods against the Capitals, will be reevaluated Sunday, Holmgren said, adding that Simmonds has head and neck injuries. "It's disappointing," coach Peter Laviolette said before the game. "We certainly can use him in the lineup right now with his ability to score, and his physical presence.
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August 17, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
WAYNE Simmonds did not flinch. Even in the middle of tenuous labor negotiations between the NHL and its players' association, Simmonds said he did not need to think long when Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dangled a 6-year contract extension. "Just to be a part of the Flyers organization for a substantial amount of time," Simmonds said, "I jumped on it. " Simmonds jumped into Philadelphia's hockey scene headfirst last season, producing new career-highs in goals (28) and points (49)
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September 23, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - The Flyers are rallying around teammate Wayne Simmonds, the right winger at the center of an apparent racial incident during Thursday night's exhibition game in London, Ontario. Simmonds, 23, one of the few black players in the NHL, had a banana thrown at him from the stands as he went in on a breakaway to start the shootout against Detroit. Simmonds scored, but the Flyers lost the game, 4-3. Simmonds said after the game - and again on Friday after the morning skate in Detroit - that he wants to move past the incident and not rehash it anymore.
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April 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes, underachieving teams that have tumbled out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, played a meaningless game Saturday night at PNC Arena. But don't tell that to Wayne Simmonds. The 24-year-old right winger scored his first career hat trick, sparking the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Simmonds had such a good night that even when he blocked a shot it led to a Flyers goal. He finished with a career-high four points.
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October 15, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of the attention has been on former Flyers captain Mike Richards' return to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night with the Los Angeles Kings. But another player who will be on the ice was a big part of the blockbuster summer trade: hard-nosed Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds. Acquired from the Kings with Brayden Schenn and a No. 2 pick in 2012, Simmonds will face his former teammates for the first time. "It's my old team, and I have a little bit to prove, but I think it's more that we have to focus on our team game," Simmonds said after Friday's practice in Voorhees.
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December 20, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The Flyers' five-game road winning streak was snapped Monday night, but they used some late theatrics to salvage a point at the Pepsi Center. Colorado escaped with a 3-2 shootout win, scoring on all three shots against Ilya Bryzgalov after the overtime. "I hate shootouts," Bryzgalov said after the Avs' sixth straight home win. Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout, but Matt Read's shot hit the crossbar. Ryan O'Reilly had the game-winner in the shootout.
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April 22, 2012
Here is staff writer Sam Carchidi's key to the game:   For the Flyers, containing the Jordan Staal line - which has been more effective than the heralded Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby units - and getting better production from Danny Briere and his linemates. Briere, Brayden Schenn, and Wayne Simmonds are a combined minus-16 in the last two games.
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June 24, 2011
The trades: Mike Richards to Los Angeles Kings for center Brayden Schenn, right wing Wayne Simmonds and a 2012 second-round pick. Jeff Carter to Columbus for right wing Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets' first-round pick (eighth overall) and third-round pick in this weekend's draft. The signing: Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9-year, $51 million deal
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April 10, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY COULDN'T win on the road. They couldn't take a punch, at least at the start of the season, and later, when the fight seemed to be turning in their favor. Shootouts were another thing that seemed to have gotten in their collective heads, and when you roll it all together, it's kind of incredible the Flyers stayed as relevant in the local sports conversation as they did, all the way up to that lost weekend in early March. But that's the good news, if there is such a thing to this season, why they did for as long as they did. Over this long, arduous haul a few people have stepped up as leader types, in the room and on the ice, guys who had been riders in years past.
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April 2, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
SOME OF THE PEOPLE in this city feeling like they're living on a prayer were given anything but bad medicine when Jon Bon Jovi showed up yesterday. In town to chair a board meeting with members of his nonprofit, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the hunky rocker paid a surprise visit to Project HOME's Hub of Hope - a drop-in homeless center in SEPTA's Suburban Station. "Our Soul Foundation, working with Project HOME, helped procure this space," Bon Jovi told me at Hub of Hope, where those less fortunate can come in for a break from the cold and grab a cup of coffee.
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March 30, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's easy to feel sorry for onetime superstar Vinny Lecavalier, the classy 34-year-old Flyers forward who is finishing the most disappointing season of his 16-year career. Oh, he is being well-compensated, but when you have made as much money as Lecavalier, pride trumps dollars. And make no mistake, Lecavalier's pride has taken a major hit with the way coach Craig Berube has used him. That is, when he hasn't been a healthy scratch. Despite the embarrassment of being benched 17 times on an offensively challenged team, Lecavalier, who turns 35 next month, isn't considering retirement.
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March 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wayne Simmonds' season-ending leg injury has had a ripple effect on the Flyers: Vinny Lecavalier has returned to the lineup and Ryan White has moved to the first power-play unit. In addition, defenseman Brandon Manning will replace the injured Andrew MacDonald (hand) and be paired with Carlo Colaiacovo when the Flyers host San Jose in a Saturday matinee. Lecavalier has been a healthy scratch 17 times, including the last three games, and will likely play the final seven games of the most frustrating season of his career.
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March 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The offense-challenged Flyers will have to play the final seven games of their season without their leading goal scorer, right winger Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffered season-ending injuries Wednesday when they were hit by third-period shots during a 4-1 win over Chicago at the Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds limped off the ice after getting hit on the left leg by teammate Mark Streit's blast, and MacDonald was hit on the right hand by a Chicago shot.
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March 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The enigmatic Flyers upstaged Kimmo Timonen's emotional return to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th goal as a Flyer, Claude Giroux netted his first even-strength home tally of the season, and Steve Mason stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 4-1 victory over the powerful Chicago Blackhawks at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers, who snapped a four-game losing streak, are 9-1-4 in their last 14 games against teams in playoff position. Conversely, they are 0-6-3 in their last nine games against teams that were not in playoff position when they met. "At this point, winning still feels good, but it's a sobering feeling where we are in the standings," Mason said.
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March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown onto the ice after Flyers center Brayden Schenn apparently scored the first hat trick of his career. As it turned out, Schenn will have to wait to accomplish the feat. The fans didn't seem to mind. They got to watch the Flyers continue their surprising domination of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers 7, Red Wings 2. Seconds after Schenn scored his "third" goal, Lou Nolan announced that his first goal had been changed and was being credited to Wayne Simmonds.
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March 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' much-maligned defense has played better lately, but their offense has not responded, causing the team to fall out of the playoff race. "We're not finishing, not executing - especially me," said second-line center Sean Couturier after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "I've been having a lot of quality scoring chances lately and haven't been finishing. . . . I think all year, we've been through stretches where we're not executing, we're not finishing. It's not always about competing.
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March 13, 2015
ST. LOUIS - Talk to those closest to Claude Giroux and they'll tell you that the person in front of the camera and front-and-center for questions after a gut-wrenching loss isn't always the same away from the microphones. Like, that time last April, a family member caught a ride home from Giroux after a Stanley Cup playoff loss the Rangers. The entire 15-minute trip, from South Philadelphia to Center City, Giroux slammed his fists on the steering wheel and cursed up a blue streak - in French.
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March 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
R.J. UMBERGER ran his fingers through his hair and sighed. After he had struggled through 67 games this season, coach Craig Berube's patience ran out. He was a healthy scratch last night for the first time this season. That it's been a tough year is an understatement, Umberger saying he's been bothered "more than anyone knows. " Umberger, 32, has nine goals and six assists for a career-worst 15 points. He collected more points than that (18) in a subpar, 48-game, lockout-shortened season in 2012-13.
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