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.
March 23, 2013 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek looked outside the locker room and pointed toward the league standings that hung on the opposite wall. The playoffs are still in reach, said Voracek, who noted that the Flyers were just five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot Thursday. That's a rather positive outlook for a Flyers team that has dropped five of its last seven games. Three of the losses came to division opponents. In the midst of a five-day break before they face the Penguins Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers displayed a new look at Thursday's two-hour practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
March 15, 2013
The NHL suspended Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry for four games without pay for a high, late check on Minnesota's Jason Zucker. Zucker was leveled Tuesday by a violent hit from Perry nearly a full second after he passed the puck. Montreal wins shootout Shootout goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller lifted the Montreal Canadiens to their fourth consecutive win Wednesday night, a 4-3 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Eller also scored in the first period, and Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban added power-play goals in the second for Montreal.
February 28, 2013 |
The Flyers again went to their past in an attempt to improve their future. They acquired veteran left winger Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2013 fourth-round draft pick that was acquired from Phoenix. If the Flyers make the playoffs, the Kings will receive a third-round pick. "I'm going back to a place I'm really familiar with," said Gagne, who spent 10 years with the Flyers, "and I'm really excited to get back to Philly. " "He improves our depth up front automatically," said general manager Paul Holmgren, revealing that winger Tye McGinn suffered a broken orbital bone in a fight with Toronto's Mike Brown on Monday and will miss at least two weeks.