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.
December 16, 2009 |
Nylander demoted The Washington Capitals sent high-salaried forward Michael Nylander to the minor-league Grand Rapids Griffins on loan yesterday, ridding the team of a $4.875 million salary. Nylander, the team's premier free-agent acquisition in 2007, had not been activated for any of this season's first 33 games. "It was just playing style," said general manager George McPhee. "It just didn't work out. For lots of reasons, players excel in one place and don't in another.
November 17, 2012 |
Hockey is back. Now, before you think we're talking about the start of the NHL season, stop dreaming. Friday was the 62d day of the lockout, and there is no end in sight. But a benefit hockey game featuring several NHL players will be played at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, with proceeds aiding those affected by Sandy. The game, billed as Operation Hat Trick because it aids three organizations, will feature all-stars Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers.
June 23, 2011
Here are some facts about the new Flyers: Brayden Schenn 6-foot, 190 pounds Center, 19 years old Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called Schenn one of the best young players not playing in the NHL, calling him a "hidden gem. " Schenn was the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft and has recorded an impressive 315 points in 224 games playing in the Western Hockey League. Holmgren said Schenn will go to the Flyers' development camp in July and then training camp.
September 23, 2011
LONDON, Ontario - Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, one of the NHL's few black players, had a banana thrown at him from the stands as he started the shootout against Detroit on Thursday night at the Labatt Centre. The arena is operated by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. The banana sailed past Simmonds, and he kept his concentration and scored, but the Flyers lost in the shootout, 4-3. "At first, I thought 'I better get another shot if I miss,' " Simmonds said in the Flyers locker room after the game.
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)
January 17, 2012 |
Though Sergei Bobrovsky has played like the Flyers' top goalie, coach Peter Laviolette made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1. "I don't use numbers - you know that," Laviolette said when asked who his No. 1 was after Monday's practice in Voorhees. "Now Bryz has gotten a majority of the starts. I don't know if that answers your question or not. . . . Bryz was brought here to be a horse, and he's received a majority of the games. I don't see that changing. " That means Bryzgalov figures to start Tuesday against visiting Minnesota.
February 8, 2012 |
After missing six games because of a concussion, Flyers center Danny Briere returned to the lineup Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. Briere, who began the game with 13 goals this season, suffered the concussion Jan. 21 during a 4-1 win in New Jersey. "Hopefully, I can provide a little spark," Briere said after taking part in Tuesday's morning skate. "It's been a little tough since the [all-star] break, especially at home. I don't like our record at home; it's something we want to improve.
October 5, 2011 |
Sean Couturier is in. Brayden Schenn is out. For now. The Flyers' opening-night roster became clearer after they waived three players - including veteran center Blair Betts, one of their top penalty killers - and sent Schenn, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Erik Gustafsson to the AHL Phantoms on Tuesday. Schenn, a 20-year-old center, was acquired in the blockbuster trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles in June. In addition to Betts, defensemen Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis were waived.
December 14, 2011
Flyers Notes WASHINGTON - Even with all their injuries, the Flyers have eight players who have participated in all 29 games, including Tuesday's matchup at the Verizon Center against the Washington Capitals. One of them is defenseman Matt Carle, who entered Tuesday second on the Flyers in time on ice, averaging 22 minutes, 26 seconds per game. Only Chris Pronger, who has averaged 22.28, but has appeared in just 13 games, has a higher average among Flyers.