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.
October 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Right winger Wayne Simmonds missed the Flyers' last preseason game Thursday night because of a lower-body injury. Simmonds led the Flyers with 29 goals last season. Coach Craig Berube said Simmonds' status for the season opener Wednesday in Boston was unknown, but it seems a good sign that he will travel with the team Friday to Cape Cod, where the Flyers will have two practices and some bonding activities. Blair Jones, a free-agent signee who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in training camp, replaced Simmonds on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read on Thursday.
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.
February 9, 2015 |
Five wins in seven games and at least a point in five consecutive contests mean little if the losses come against teams well ahead in the standings. Still nine points out of a playoff spot with only 30 games to play, the Flyers (22-22-8) on Sunday can't afford a repeat of Thursday night, when they squandered a two-goal, second-period lead against the Islanders and lost in a shootout. Their likelihood of playing postseason hockey is slim enough as is. Wins in regulation carry added importance against teams such as the Washington Capitals (28-15-10)
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.
January 19, 2015 |
LEADERSHIP. When a team is performing better than expected or worse than expected, the word is invariably evoked. By words, example or both, great leaders compel teammates to test the limits of their abilities, to play better than what their resumé or skill set might suggest. That's the widely held belief anyway. Teams without leaders? Well they generally look a lot like the Flyers do these days - fragile, mentally weak, underachieving, bowing their heads at the first sign of trouble, succumbing to adversity rather than playing through it. "Well you do need good leadership to be a successful team," Craig Berube said this week, before the Flyers recorded back-to-back shutouts in losses to Washington and Vancouver.