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.
December 8, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
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.
October 22, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Flyers, of all teams, have committed a league-low 12 minor penalties, and they have averaged the NHL's fewest penalty minutes per game (seven) in the first five games. It's a small sample, but it is still eye-opening for a franchise that usually leads the NHL - or is near the top - in both categories. It's been "way less taxing" on his penalty killers, said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Chicago on Tuesday night. "We've been good so far, and we have to continue to check properly, because when your sticks are in the air and you're hooking and tripping and stuff, you're going to get penalties.
December 19, 2013 |
LUKE SCHENN was sitting on the bench, 150-feet away, when he heard the crunch and the Wells Fargo Center crowd gasp in unison. His stomach was in his throat. The blood in his body worked to a boil. Witnessing any teammate fly face-first into the boards at warp speed is jarring, but when your kid brother is on the receiving end of a full-throttle blow, it's another story entirely. Luke had a sense Brayden was in trouble. "I knew right away it was him, "Luke Schenn said. "Your initial reaction is that you hope he gets up. Then he gets up and trips over himself, he couldn't even stand up. That hit pretty hard with me. " The sequence started with Brayden Schenn corralling the puck in the corner with under 5 minutes to go in the second period.
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)
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.
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.
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.