June 12, 1988 |
Perhaps some day they can stand side by side for a Flyers promotional bit to espouse the virtues of grind-it-out hockey. Rick Tocchet can do it in English. And Claude Boivin can do it in French. Boivin, 18, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound left winger with a reputation as a thumper, was the Flyers' first-round pick at yesterday's National Hockey League draft in the Forum. Boivin, selected 14th overall, scored 23 goals and amassed 233 penalty minutes for Drummondville in the Quebec Junior League last season.
March 8, 2010 |
Restricted by the salary cap and lack of attractive draft picks, the Flyers watched last week's trade deadline pass without adding some pop to their offense, leaving them to quietly wonder if Simon Gagne would address the problem by rekindling the scoring touch that once ranked him among the NHL's elite finishers. In a 3-1 win over sad-sack Toronto last night at the Wachovia Center, the veteran left winger offered some hope by continuing his modest surge. From the Flyers' perspective, Gagne's second-period goal had to be one of the more positive developments in a dreary contest that was hardly a rousing return to their home ice for the first time in 23 days following the break for the Olympics and a three-game road trip.
January 7, 2003 |
It really didn't matter that it took Radovan Somik 26 games to score his first NHL goal Sunday in Atlanta. And it doesn't matter that the 25-year-old rookie left winger from Slovakia looks like a 6-foot-4, 194-pound, thin European version of Paul Ranheim, the low-scoring left winger the Flyers recently traded to the Phoenix Coyotes. Like Ranheim, Somik has had lots of scoring chances but few successful finishes. But in the watchful eye of Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, none of that matters.
July 14, 2007 |
The next time the Flyers get to see forward James vanRiemsdyk at the Skate Zone, he should have completed his freshman year at New Hampshire. At that point, the question they will have to address is whether he is better at left wing or center. Yesterday, the Flyers ended their minicamp and vanRiemsdyk, the 18-year-old who was their top pick (No. 2 overall) in last month's draft, was playing center ? a position he has not played in quite a while. Maybe that explains why he spent so much time during the only scrimmage held this week trying to set up his linemates instead of using his burly, 6-foot-3, 191-pound frame to muscle pucks into the net from the crease.
November 18, 1993 |
Mark Recchi wants a day off in the worst way. The Flyers right winger said the team needed a break after it lost badly to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. And he repeated his plea Tuesday night after the Flyers were embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. What did coach Terry Simpson think of the idea? Not much. "I don't know if it's a mental thing," Recchi said after the Flyers lost their third straight home game, 7-2, to the Sabres. "Sometimes guys get a little mentally tired.
November 4, 2007 |
Simon Gagne skated for 45 minutes yesterday and reported no dizziness, vision problems or other concussion symptoms. The Flyers left winger said he felt "pretty good. " "I'm pretty happy the way I've felt the past two days," said Gagne, who had failed two baseline exams since being hit in the jaw Oct. 24 in Florida by the Panthers' Jay Bouwmeester. Yesterday, he passed the baseline test, which shows whether a player's reflexes are impaired as a result of a concussion. Gagne was cleared for full activity and will practice with the team today.
September 9, 2009 |
In the 2007 draft, Patrick Kane was chosen No. 1 overall, and the right winger has had two impressive seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. Flyers fans bemoaned receiving the No. 2 pick in the 2007 lottery, even though the team finished with the NHL's lowest point total (56). With that pick, the Flyers chose winger James van Riemsdyk, a Middletown, N.J., native who will always draw comparisons to Kane. That doesn't bother the player known as "JVR" and "Reemer. " Indeed, van Riemsdyk (pronounced van reems dike)
March 25, 2009 |
A year ago, Simon Gagne was not a part of the Flyers' late-season playoff drive. Now he's doing a lot of the steering. The 29-year-old left winger has picked up points in 10 of the last 11 games, and in Monday's 4-2 win over New Jersey, he scored his 30th goal - an impressive feat when you consider he missed most of last season with a concussion. Gagne, who reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in his career, said he was tempted to try to return to the lineup during last year's playoffs, but meetings with his family and trainer Jim McCrossin swayed him against it. "I looked at the big picture - this season," he said.
March 6, 2003 |
Barring the kind of unexpected setback that has kept his return on hold, Flyers left winger Simon Gagne could play against the New York Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden. Gagne has missed the last 13 games after reinjuring a muscle in his right groin, which he strained Feb. 4 in a road game against the New York Islanders. "I feel great," Gagne said after yesterday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I have been practicing hard, going one-on-one. A lot will depend on how I feel when I wake up. " The final test for Gagne will be how he feels after today's practice.
February 14, 1996 |
A big right winger with a hard shot, one who likes to go into the corners and knock heads, will be back on the Flyers' top line tonight when they play the Florida Panthers in Miami. He probably won't be Mikael Renberg. Bob Corkum, the newest Flyer, is likely to rejoin center Eric Lindros and left winger John LeClair because Renberg still has soreness in a strained lower abdominal muscle. "I'm not projecting him to be in there," Flyers coach Terry Murray said of Renberg yesterday after practice.