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 28, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
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.
September 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - That Sam Gagner centered a line with Wayne Simmonds last night at Madison Square Garden had nothing to do with Sean Couturier being sidelined, coach Dave Hakstol said. But the fact that it was Gagner's number that was called shows the importance of versatility, which Hakstol has so frequently mentioned throughout his first NHL training camp. With more than enough natural centers, Gagner is one of those being tested in different spots. "I think versatility is important in a player, and Sam has some of that versatility," Hakstol said.
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.
October 28, 2014
In 2011, the Flyers made two blockbuster trades on the same day: They sent Jeff Carter to Columbus for Jake Voracek, a first-round pick that turned into Sean Couturier, and a third-round pick that turned into Nick Cousins . They also traded Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick, which they parlayed into Nick Grossmann . The Kings later acquired Carter from Columbus, and...
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.
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.
September 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Sean Couturier, penciled in as the Flyers' second-line center, missed the preseason game Monday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. According to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, Couturier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and should be ready for the Oct. 8 opener. Sam Gagner, a natural center who has been playing both wings during the preseason, replaced Couturier and centered R.J. Umberger and Wayne Simmonds. "I don't think much changes," Gagner said before the game.
September 20, 2015 |
IT WASN'T uncommon to see a Flyers player hunched over, using his stick to hold himself up at points throughout yesterday's first training camp session. There was even a time when captain Claude Giroux ended a one-on-one battle drill that finished with a missed shot on goal by taking a knee in the corner and waiting his turn in line. "I'm pretty tired, I'm not going to lie," Giroux said. "It's good. When you work hard during practice, it kind of becomes a habit during a game.