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 19, 2013 |
On their car rides to the hockey rink earlier this season, forward Brayden Schenn tried to keep his brother, Luke, in a positive mind-set after the defenseman was a healthy scratch for three straight games. Now it's Luke's turn to pump up his brother. Entering Tuesday's matchup against visiting Washington, Brayden Schenn had been held without a goal in his last 11 games. "We've always had each other's backs," Luke Schenn said Tuesday after the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.
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.
November 3, 2013 |
After Troy Brouwer scored late in the second period to give Washington a 6-0 lead on Friday night, the fans directed their anger toward the team's general manager. Their chants echoed loudly around the Wells Fargo Center: "Fire Holmgren! Fire Holmgren! Fire Holmgren!" About 30 seconds later, the fans were so restless, so disgusted, that they booed - loudly - when public-address announcer Lou Nolan announced that the "Flyers are going on the PECO power play!" It was that kind of night in South Philly, a night when the Flyers were thoroughly embarrassed, dropping a fight-filled, 7-0 decision to a Capitals team playing without injured superstar Alex Ovechkin.
April 1, 2012 |
When he plays in Pittsburgh, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a certified Penguins killer. The Flyers hope that trend continues Sunday afternoon. They face the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center in what is likely a first-round playoff preview. With Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa, the Flyers inched to within three points of the fourth-seeded Penguins in the East. Both teams have four games left in the regular season. "We still control our own destiny," winger Wayne Simmonds said.
January 11, 2013 |
MATT READ waddled off the ice and into the Flyers dressing room on Thursday and snuck over to his stall in the only quiet corner. It's a space usually reserved for the Flyers' unnoticed players, with his locker located next to Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood. There, it would be easy to forget that the player unlacing his skates led all rookies in goals last season, topping rookie of the year Gabriel Landeskog and burgeoning Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Read, 26, was one of only two rookies to break the 20-goal pleateau, finishing with 24 - nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire total (264)
October 11, 2013 |
Flyers captain Claude Giroux says the golfing injury that caused him to have finger surgery in August has nothing to do with his slow start. Craig Berube, his new coach, agrees, and says Giroux, pointless in four games, is simply "trying too hard. " Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: The Flyers will not be a very good team this season unless Giroux - and some of his other talented teammates - get untracked. In four games, the Flyers have scored a total of five goals.
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.