September 28, 2011 |
The NHL said yesterday it doesn't know for certain if Wayne Simmonds directed a homophobic slur at the Rangers' Sean Avery in Monday's preseason game, so for now no punishment will be given to the Flyers' forward. Colin Campbell, the league's senior executive vice president of hockey operations and former disciplinarian, said last night that because of "conflicting accounts of what transpired on the ice, we have been unable to substantiate with the necessary degree of certainty what was said and by whom.
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
October 13, 2012
The NHL lockout could not prevent the Flyers from opening the 2012-13 season with a riveting, 4-3 win over the visiting Boston Bruins on Thursday night. OK, it was a Strat-O-Matic simulated game, but it's all we've got. The NHL season, which was supposed to start Thursday, has gone dark as the owners and players are locked in an ugly labor dispute. In the simulated game, Brayden Schenn scored with 1 minute, 14 seconds left to key the comeback victory. Bruno Gervais (!), Danny Briere, and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers In real life, eight Flyers are playing in Europe, nine who spent time with the team last season are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, and a handful of others are training on their own - and maybe even playing some Strat-O-Matic hockey.
January 10, 2012
A MAN WHO hurled a banana on the ice at Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during an exhibition game in London, Ontario, was fined $200, according to the Globe and Mail. Christopher Morehouse was charged with provincial traspassing because London police said there was not enough evidence to charge him with a hate crime. Morehouse, 26, pled guilty through his attorney, Faisal Joseph. He did not appear in court and was given 90 days to pay the fine. Joseph has said his client did not know that throwing a banana at a black player could be seen as hateful.
August 17, 2012 |
Right winger Wayne Simmonds has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Flyers, the team announced on Thursday morning. The deal is believed to be worth $4 million per season, according to a TSN.ca report. Simmonds, 23, scored a career-high 28 goals and added 21 assists while playing all 82 games in his first season with the Flyers. He came from the Los Angeles Kings with Brayden Schenn in June 2011 as part of the Mike Richards trade. The Scarborough, Ontario, native has 67 goals and 75 assists in 322 NHL games with the Flyers and Kings.
May 6, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Center Claude Giroux The shifty center has been stifled by rookie Adam Henrique, among others, and the Flyers need him to get untracked if they are going to even the series. Giroux has just one point in three games. DEVILS: Goaltender Martin Brodeur The Devils' future Hall of Famer can give his team a stranglehold on the series if he celebrates his 40th birthday with a win. He has a 2.39 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in the three games.
September 25, 2012 |
WHILE THE NHL lockout rolls on, players are rolling elsewhere. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has signed to play in a German hockey league, according to a report in truehockey.com. Simmonds signed a 6-year, $23.8 million contract extension in August with the Flyers. After being acquired in a trade with Los Angeles that involved Mike Richards, Simmonds had a career year last season with 28 goals and 21 assists. He played all 82 regular-season games and had 114 penalty minutes. In other Flyers news, the team announced that their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, will open training camp on Saturday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Camp will open with 21 forwards, 15 defensemen and three goaltenders.
May 16, 2012
Jake's Sandwich Board (122 S. 12th) is seeking a few hungry garlic lovers. These brave souls will attempt the shop's 5 Pound Philly Challenge from noon to 2 p.m. Friday while the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" documents the experience. The challenge features a supersized 2-foot-long, 3-pound version of Jake's Garlic Bomb — a cheesesteak with roasted garlic spread, sautéed garlic and deep-fried garlic cloves — accompanied by 24 Peanut Chews, 12 Tastykakes, four soft pretzels and one Champ cherry soda.
February 2, 2014 |
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - When Michael Raffl was bumped from the first to fourth line earlier this week, Flyers coach Craig Berube was careful to point out the move was not a demotion. "He's been a good player," Berube said then. "Wherever he goes, people seem to play good around him. It'll be a better fourth line with him on it. " Raffl, 25, has provided Berube with some unexpected flexibility in his first half season in the NHL. Originally considered a player with a top-end skill set, Raffl has demonstrated an ability to play the all-important "elevator" role - meaning he can move up and down the lineup with ease.
October 22, 2011 |
Maybe it's playing behind a new defense. Or maybe it's because he has faced mostly Eastern Conference teams and is unfamiliar with their tendencies. Whatever the reason, new Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov conceded he hasn't felt sharp in the early going. "I'm happy with the team overall, but not with my performance," Bryzgalov said after Friday's practice in Voorhees. "It's still not there. Some parts of my game, I'm still trying to find. " Specifically? "I just don't feel right," said Bryzgalov, who is expected to get the call Saturday against the visiting St. Louis Blues.