June 26, 2015 |
Left winger Lawson Crouse and right winger Travis Konecny, best friends since their early years, could be drafted in the opening round of Friday's NHL draft - and there's even an outside chance both will be selected by the Flyers. Getting drafted in the first round "has been a dream of ours," Konecny said at the scouting combine in Buffalo earlier this month. "I hope we're able to experience that together. . . . As much as we're best friends and help each other, we're also competitive and we push each other.
May 23, 2015 |
For the second straight day, the Flyers signed a player from Russia's KHL. They added speedy 5-foot-11, 188-pound free-agent right winger Aaron Palushaj, a Michigan native, on Thursday. Palushaj, 25, played 68 NHL games earlier in his career. He split last season between two KHL teams, collecting a total of seven goals and 21 points in 53 games. A former player at the University of Michigan, Palushaj played briefly with Montreal, Colorado, and Carolina in the NHL, accumulating three goals and 14 points while averaging 9 minutes and 2 seconds of ice time in 68 games.
January 29, 2015 |
The timing, totally unplanned, could not have been better. Two hours before the game Tuesday, as new Flyers left winger Petr Straka was talking to reporters about making his NHL debut, Al Hill walked past him. Hill, a longtime Flyers scout, happened to set an NHL record by scoring five points in his NHL debut for Philadelphia in 1977. Straka was excited to be called up from the AHL's Phantoms earlier in the day, but he took a low-key approach to his first NHL appearance.
October 23, 2014
GOING HOME Flyers winger R.J. Umberger is excited to play the Penguins, the team he adored as a boy. D3.
July 4, 2014 |
The Flyers re-signed winger Jason Akeson on Wednesday and traded winger Tye McGinn to San Jose. They also added a pair of unrestricted free agents - defenseman Nick Schultz and winger Andrew Gordon - who figure to be spare parts next season. Late Wednesday night, the Flyers also signed unrestricted free agent Zack Stortini, a 6-4, 214-pound forward, to a one-year, two-way deal. Stortini, 28, led the AHL with 299 penalty minutes last season. Yes, it was a busy day for new general manager Ron Hextall.
June 13, 2014 |
AFTER STRIKING gold last summer with free-agent forward Michael Raffl, the Flyers have once again turned to Sweden in an attempt to fill a hole on their roster. The Flyers announced the signing of French left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract yesterday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Bellemare, 29, is a native of Paris. He has spent the last five seasons skating in Sweden's top league with Skelleftea AIK, capturing two consecutive championships. Bellemare likely stood out to the Flyers' scouting staff last month at the world championships, when he skated alongside Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel.
June 5, 2014 |
Senior Matt Hatch, a fleet left winger who helped Union College win the NCAA national championship this season, signed a free-agent contract Tuesday with the Flyers' top affiliate and will play for Lehigh Valley in the AHL. "He's a gritty kid with high-end speed," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. Hatch, 24, is the second player from Union in the Flyers' organization, joining highly touted defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Hatch had 13 goals this season, then added four more in the postseason.
May 7, 2014 |
ROSS LONSBERRY arrived in Philadelphia from sunny California on Jan. 28, 1972, as part of a seven-player deal from the Kings, the largest trade in NHL history at the time. He wasn't all that thrilled with the trade. "The travel is brutal for any player in LA, but other than that, I loved the West Coast," Lonsberry told reporters then. "I'd be lying if I said the weather didn't make me lose interest at times - not during a game, but maybe at 8 in the morning when I had to get up for practice.
October 26, 2013 |
After missing three games with an unspecified lower-body injury, Vinny Lecavalier returned to the Flyers' struggling lineup Thursday night against the visiting New York Rangers and was shifted to right wing. Lecavalier had been centering the second line, and he was moved to the first unit to try to ignite the goalless Claude Giroux. "I think they can get each other going," Flyers coach Craig Berube said before the game. "Center is my natural position - I've always been there - but I feel very comfortable on the right side," said Lecavalier, who began the night seven assists shy of 500 for his career.
June 23, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks have that look again, and another Stanley Cup is within reach. Kane scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 24 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins, 3-1, on Saturday night to take a three-games-to-two lead in the Finals. Kane had a terrific postseason when Chicago won it all in 2010, including the winning score in a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia that secured the title. Now he's picking up steam as the Blackhawks move closer to another championship, collecting seven goals in the last seven games.