March 9, 2014 |
The streaking Flyers play in Toronto Saturday night, but the conversation in the locker room after Friday's practice centered on two of their star players - Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds - getting ready to face the Harlem Globetrotters on the hardwood. Giroux and Simmonds will play for the World All-Stars in the game at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds, who played basketball in high school, said the Globies would probably make him and his hockey teammate look "pretty stupid.
March 8, 2014 |
The newest Flyers defenseman, Andrew MacDonald, worked well with Luke Schenn in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Washington. "I knew him a little bit before he even got traded here," Schenn said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "We were a little familiar with each other, and it was easy to go over some stuff before the game. " Four years ago, Schenn and some mutual friends on the New York Islanders vacationed in Mexico during the Olympic break. MacDonald was also on that trip. "We hung out a lot," Schenn said, "and I got to know him pretty well, so it was pretty easy to welcome him to the team.
February 28, 2014 |
THE ANSWER, sadly, is none. The question: Which of Philadelphia's four major sports teams is closest to winning a championship? It's an annual question, one that reached a ferocious crescendo around 2008, when it had been 25 years since the city's last title. The Sixers provided the championship that began the drought; then, inexplicably, dismantled themselves. For a generation, the teams went through cycles of respectability, of competitiveness. They built three new arenas and spent nearly as many millions on talent, but, until 2008, still nothing: Three Stanley Cup finals for the Flyers; a World Series glimpse for the 1993 Phillies; an NBA Finals for the 2000-01 Sixers; a Super Bowl for the 2004 Eagles.
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.
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
January 19, 2014 |
Wayne Simmonds plus Brayden Schenn would be better than Mike Richards - that's what Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the hockey world 21/2 years ago when he stunningly traded his in-his-prime captain, Richards, to Los Angeles for two young forwards. Simmonds and Schenn have blossomed, while Richards has dipped. Bottom line: Holmgren was right. Richards, a 31-goal scorer for the Flyers in 2009-10, has just six goals this season with the talented Kings. Simmonds (16)
March 10, 2014 |
PLASTERED HIGH on a beige cinderblock wall along the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, there is an orange basketball rim that strangely blends in. There is no backboard, no glamour of a big stage - though it is positioned down the corridor from where the Sixers' court is kept. It is a few feet from the loading docks, where you might think it was installed so arena workers could shoot a few hoops while on break. You probably wouldn't have guessed that Flyers captain Claude Giroux asked for the hoop to be set up. Shooting hoops is as much a part of his pregame routine as grilled cheese sandwiches - a chance to decompress before taking the ice. Part of that is because he isn't as talented a soccer player as some of the Flyers' European players, as one-touch soccer games are an NHL pregame staple.
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.
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.