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 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.
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.
April 7, 2014 |
BOSTON - Despite a critical goal from seldom-used winger Jay Rosehill, the Flyers' skid continued with a closer-than-it-looks, 5-2 loss to Boston at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins scored two late goals 31 seconds apart to snap a 2-2 tie and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal as the Flyers suffered their fourth straight defeat - and sixth loss in the last seven games. "We've been getting some opportunities, but they have to go in the back of the net, plain and simple," said winger Scott Hartnell, whose team ended a 165-minute, 1-second goalless streak but was outscored, 4-1, in even-strength situations, excluding the empty-net goal.
April 18, 2014 |
The Flyers, their No. 1 goalie injured and unable to play in Game 1 Thursday against the New York Rangers, put on a brave face. Steve Mason, injured Saturday in Pittsburgh, is out. Backup Ray Emery is in. "I don't think our team feels like it's a blow at all," Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "Listen. There's injuries. Things happen. You're not always 100 percent. Good teams find a way to get it done. " In his only appearance against the Rangers this season, Emery dropped a 4-1 decision in New York on Jan. 12. Lifetime, he is 7-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .936 save percentage against New York.
April 4, 2014 |
BY THE TIME Steve Mason shuffled to the bench for an extra attacker, thousands of empty burgundy seats checkered the backdrop of the Flyers' third loss in a row. Last night, the Wells Fargo Center might as well have been Columbus, or Florida, or any other struggling hockey market - fans streaming for the exits with minutes to play and no hope of another brilliant comeback. When the final horn blasted, signaling the merciful end of the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, boos rained down from the few brave souls remaining.
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.
February 3, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Wayne Simmonds' transformation - from a checking-line winger with Los Angeles to one of the NHL's most productive players recently with the Flyers - is what general manager Paul Holmgren foresaw when he made the stunning deal with the Kings in 2011. Holmgren has made his share of questionable moves in recent years, with the trade that sent James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for Luke Schenn at the top of the forgettable list. But he got it right when he acquired Simmonds and the blossoming Brayden Schenn for captain Mike Richards.