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Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury according to nhl.com. | 10/24/2014 5:57 PM
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Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury according to nhl.com.
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Impact
The Philadelphia defense looks pretty thin. They already lost Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn before MacDonald went down. MacDonald has a goal and two assists in 2014-2015.
Flyers center Sean Couturier scored three points against the Penguins on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 11:02 PM
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Flyers center Sean Couturier scored three points against the Penguins on Wednesday.
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Couturier assisted Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal in the first period and Matt Read's goal in the third period. Couturier then sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds left. The center was also plus-three.
Flyers goalie Ray Emery stopped 22 of 25 shots in a victory on Wednesday against the Penguins. | 10/22/2014 10:52 PM
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Flyers goalie Ray Emery stopped 22 of 25 shots in a victory on Wednesday against the Penguins.
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Emery wasn't particularly good, but the Flyers controlled the puck for much of the game. Emery helped the Flyers penalty kill keep the top power-play unit of Pittsburgh scoreless on two tries. Steve Mason is still the starting goalie, but Emery might receive some more playing time moving forward. Keep an eye on this situation.
Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins. | 10/22/2014 10:47 PM
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Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins.
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Impact
Read scored at the 8:50 mark of the third period to put the Flyers up, 4-2. Pittsburgh scored to cut the lead to one before Philadelphia added an empty-net goal. So Read's goal ended up being the game-winner.
Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scored the first of five Philadelphia goals on Wednesday night against the Penguins. | 10/22/2014 10:42 PM
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Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scored the first of five Philadelphia goals on Wednesday night against the Penguins.
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Impact
Streit scored on a slapshot to tie the game at one. Streit also made a nice defensive play that possibly prevented a goal. Philadelphia scored three third period goals to win, 5-3. Streit was plus-two.
The Flyers will start Ray Emery on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. | 10/22/2014 7:19 PM
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The Flyers will start Ray Emery on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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This isn't that surprising since Steven Mason played on Tuesday. Emery has a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage in two games this season. With Mason's slow start, perhaps Emery receives more playing time if he plays well on Wednesday.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason played well. despite giving up four goals. | 10/22/2014 9:45 AM
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Flyers goalie Steve Mason played well. despite giving up four goals.
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Impact
He faced 43 shots, and stopped 39 of them, but got no help from his team. Mason is off to a disappointing start this season, as he is now 0-3-1 with a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage.
Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Philadelphia completed a two-goal comeback on Saturday against the Stars. | 10/18/2014 10:55 PM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Philadelphia completed a two-goal comeback on Saturday against the Stars.
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Impact
The goal was Giroux's second of the season to give the Flyers its first victory. Philadelphia was aggressive, crashing the net in overtime, and drew a penalty. Giroux's goal came on the power play. Giroux also had an assist and finished plus-one.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds scored and had an assisst on Tuesday against the Ducks. | 10/14/2014 10:01 PM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds scored and had an assisst on Tuesday against the Ducks.
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Impact
Both of Simmonds' points came on the power play, and his goal tied the game at two with less than three minutes left in the second period. Simmonds had five shots and two hits in the game as well.
Flyers 34-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier is expected to miss two weeks with a lower body injury. | 10/14/2014 1:27 PM
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Flyers 34-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier is expected to miss two weeks with a lower body injury.
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Impact
It's been a few seasons since Lecavlier was an everyday fantasy starter.. Last year, he did play in 69 games, the most since 2009-2010, and he scored just 37 points. An ugly plus/minus of -16 hurts his value.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds put two in the nets, but it wasn't enough to help the Flyers get into the win column. | 10/12/2014 12:12 AM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds put two in the nets, but it wasn't enough to help the Flyers get into the win column.
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Impact
He now has three power play goals among four total goals and five points through three games.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shined on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey. | 10/09/2014 10:13 PM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shined on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey.
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He had two goals on the power play, and added an assist on Vincent Lecavalier's third period goal. Simmonds has been an animal on the power play, dating back to last season. Look for that to continue. Lecavalier finished the night with the one goal and one assist, along with three shots and a -1 rating.
Flyers center Claude Giroux produced two points, but had poor night against the Devils. | 10/09/2014 10:12 PM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux produced two points, but had poor night against the Devils.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with seven shots on goal. However, Giroux was on the ice during a lot of New Jersey's scoring outburst. He finished with a -4 rating on the night.
Flyers center Claude Giroux produces two points, but has poor night against the Devils. | 10/09/2014 9:54 PM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux produces two points, but has poor night against the Devils.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with seven shots on goal. However, Giroux was on the ice during a lot of New Jersey's scoring outburst. He finished with a -4 rating on the night.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shines on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey. | 10/09/2014 9:50 PM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shines on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey.
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Impact
He had two goals on the power play, and added an assist on Vincent Lecavalier's third period goal. Simmonds has been an animal on the power play, dating back to last season. Look for that to continue. Lecavalier finished the night with the one goal and one assist, along with three shots and a -1 rating.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shines on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey. | 10/09/2014 9:49 PM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds shines on the power play Thursday night against New Jersey.
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Impact
He had two goals on the power play, and added an assist on Vincent Lecavalier's third period goal. Simmonds has been an animal on the power play, dating back to last season. Look for that to continue.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason gets the nod again Thursday, against the Devils. | 10/09/2014 4:54 PM
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Flyers goalie Steve Mason gets the nod again Thursday, against the Devils.
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He started the season-opener Wednesday night against Boston, stopping 31-of-33 shots in a 2-1 loss. Mason was impressive against the Bruins, making the decision by coach Craig Berube an obvious one, this early in the season.
Flyers center Sean Couturier scored the lone goal for Philadelphia on Wednesday as the Flyers lost to the Bruins, 2-1. | 10/08/2014 10:41 PM
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Flyers center Sean Couturier scored the lone goal for Philadelphia on Wednesday as the Flyers lost to the Bruins, 2-1.
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Impact
Jakub Voracek and Matt Read picked up assists on the goal. Couturier scored in the third period.
Penguins left winger Steve Downie made it clear that "there won't be any liberties on those players this year," according to the team's website. | 10/01/2014 11:53 AM
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Penguins left winger Steve Downie made it clear that "there won't be any liberties on those players this year," according to the team's website.
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Impact
"Those players" refer to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Downie's role will be an enforcer as he will protect the Penguins' stars. He should rack up the PIM and have a respectable amount of points.
Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal and added two assists in a preseason victory against the Rangers on Tuesday. | 10/01/2014 11:25 AM
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Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal and added two assists in a preseason victory against the Rangers on Tuesday.
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Impact
Read scored 22 goals and 18 assists last year and our projections have him reaching the 20-goal mark for the third time in his four year career.
Fantasy owners should not overlook 34-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier on draft day. | 10/01/2014 11:16 AM
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Fantasy owners should not overlook 34-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier on draft day.
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Impact
He isn't a fantasy starter, but he should provide some depth off the fantasy bench. Lecavalier's biggest issue over the last four years has been staying healthy. Last year, he did play in 69 games, the most since 2009-2010, and he scored just 37 points while posting a plus/minus of -16. He isn't poised for a bounce back season, but Lecavalier has the potential to be better than that this year.
Flyers defenseman Mark Streit is a middle-of-the-road fantasy defenseman. | 10/01/2014 11:10 AM
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Flyers defenseman Mark Streit is a middle-of-the-road fantasy defenseman.
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Impact
Streit hasn't been the same player since he missed the entire 2010-2011 season with a shoulder injury. He turns 37 this season, and Philadelphia's defensive defenseman and power-play specialist Michael Del Zotto will continue to cut into Streit's ice time.
The Flyers are hoping center Sean Couturier will be more invovled offensively this season according to Comcast SportsNet. | 10/01/2014 11:07 AM
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The Flyers are hoping center Sean Couturier will be more invovled offensively this season according to Comcast SportsNet.
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Impact
Couturier has played great defensively, but Philadelphia has placed him on the same line with Wayne Simmonds in hopes of jump starting him offensively. Couturier scored 13 goals and 39 points last season, and we expect about the same totals again this year.
Flyers center Brayden Schenn is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy investment this year. | 10/01/2014 11:03 AM
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Flyers center Brayden Schenn is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy investment this year.
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Impact
Schenn showcased his skill at just 22 last year, scoring 41 points while playing fewer than 16 minutes per game. The problem is that other centers Vincent Lecavalier and Sean Couturier will also be in the mix on the second line. If Schenn can beat them out for the job, he has big splash potential.
Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek should easily repeat his totals from 2013-2014. | 10/01/2014 10:59 AM
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Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek should easily repeat his totals from 2013-2014.
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Impact
Voracek was a bit disappointing considering his skill and the talent around him. That means Voracek could improve upon his 23 goals and 39 assists from a year ago. Voracek and center Claude Giroux have great chemistry together, and it should not matter who replaces Scott Hartnell at the other wing position on the first line.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds should be a potent power play winger once again and perhaps even earn a top-line role at even strength. | 10/01/2014 10:53 AM
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Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds should be a potent power play winger once again and perhaps even earn a top-line role at even strength.
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Impact
Simmonds played on the second line last year, but the departure of Scott Hartnell allows for a different winger to step up and play alongside Claude Giroux. Simmonds finished third in power-play goals last year and also had 106 penalty minutes and 209 shots on goal.
Flyers center Claude Giroux will be able to put up the same kind of numbers from last season even without his linemate Scott Hartnell. | 10/01/2014 10:47 AM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux will be able to put up the same kind of numbers from last season even without his linemate Scott Hartnell.
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Impact
The Flyers traded Hartnell to the Blue Jackets, so Giroux will need a new winger, but we still expect him to finish with around 90 points. Giroux played in his first preseason game on Tuesday and although he was rusty, his lower body injury did not effect him. The Philadelphia center is a first-round fantasy pick.
Flyers center Claude Giroux returned to practice on Thursday according to Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News. | 09/25/2014 3:27 PM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux returned to practice on Thursday according to Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News.
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He still won't play in the team's preseason game against the Devils on Thursday. Flyers coach Craig Berube wants to get Giroux some playing time in preseason, but he did not give Giroux a timetable to return.
Philadelphia center Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury during the first day of practice. | 09/19/2014 6:54 PM
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Philadelphia center Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury during the first day of practice.
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Impact
He is expected to miss two week, but barring any further issues should still be ready for the regular season.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News. | 08/21/2014 1:56 PM
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Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
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Impact
He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey, but Mason should be ready for training camp. He posted a 33-18 record with a 2.50 goals against average in 61 games last year.
Flyers can't win Cup with G Steve Mason: JR | 07/20/2014 9:43 AM
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Former NHL-star-turned-broadcaster Jeremy Roenick does not believe the Flyers will win the Stanley Cup with Steve Mason in net.
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"I like Steve Mason, but I don't think [he] is the answer to winning a Stanley Cup," the former Flyer said in a radio interview. "I think you need an upper echelon defenseman, I think you need an upper echelon goaltender. Both, the Flyers do not have. I think that's something that you're going to have to look at in terms of improving your team." In his first full season with the Flyers, Mason posted a 33-18-7 record. The goalie also recorded a .917 save percentage, a 2.50 goals against average, and four shutouts in 61 games played.
Philadelphia signs Jesper Pettersson | 07/14/2014 7:23 PM
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Jesper Pettersson has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Impact
Pettersson was taken by the Flyers with the 198th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had an assist and 30 penalty minutes in 48 Swedish league games in 2013-14.
Sanheim feels like he has a lot of upside | 07/14/2014 9:51 AM
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Travis Sanheim isn't too worried about having more pressure on him this summer now that he's a first-round draft pick.
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"Maybe a little bit," Sanheim said. "But you know what, I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. I'm just developing as a player. I've got a lot of things to work on, but there's a lot of ups to my game and I'm just looking to build on them." The Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Sanheim isn't expected to make the Flyers' opening game roster as he needs more time to develop.
Smaller ice rinks appeal to Flyers' prospect | 07/12/2014 11:25 PM
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Flyers prospect Robert Hagg enjoys the smaller ice surfaces in North America more than the larger surfaces he played in in his native Sweden.
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Impact
"It is more fun to play here than in Sweden," Hagg said. "You can grab the forwards much easier in the corner. It's much more physical. Plus, you can make one good pass and have a good scoring chance. In Sweden, it takes four or five passes. The smaller ice makes the game a little bit faster. You have to more fully concentrate on every shift. There is going to be a goal (against) if you are going to just skate around out there." Hagg made a good impression on the Flyers' braintrust when he played for the team's AHL affiliate in Adirondack last season for 10 games. "He played like a really well-rounded defenseman," said Terry Murray, who coached Hagg at Adirondack and will again this season as the Flyers move the team to Lehigh Valley. "He showed a good defensive stick and reads the play well while showing good strength. He made a lot of good plays, not flashy, just efficient."
G Anthony Stolarz has quiet hip operation | 07/12/2014 10:06 AM
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Anthony Stolarz, the projected starting goalie for the Flyers' AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley next season and a top Philadelphia prospect, had hip surgery last month and needed additional time to recover, but should be cleared to resume on-ice activities in about a month.
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That's the word from Flyers' general manager Ron Hextall. Stolarz, a 20-year-old from Jackson, New Jersey, who was the Flyers' second-round pick in 2012, met with reporters at the Flyers' developmental camp the other day and talked at length about his skate cut injury last season but never mentioned he had hip surgery in the offseason.
Stolarz emulates Brodeur's puck-handling | 07/11/2014 10:05 AM
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Anthony Stolarz has a lot of respect for Martin Brodeur.
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When it comes to puck-handling, Stolarz has tried to model his game after Brodeur's. "Obviously, as a goalie you want to go out there and help the defensemen and play the puck," Stolarz said. "That makes their job a lot easier. For [Brodeur's] age, the way the game has progressed and how much faster it's gotten, he hasn't had to change his style. He still wins hockey games at the age of 40. It's pretty amazing." Stolarz had a 2.52 GAA and .926 save percentage in 35 OHL games in 2013-14.
Florida rejected in bid to get Wayne Simmonds | 07/05/2014 9:56 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers tried hard to get the first overall pick from the Florida Panthers last week to take defenseman Aaron Ekblad but balked at giving up tough-nosed, sure-handed winger Wayne Simmonds in the deal.
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Impact
That's the word from Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal, who said Simmonds may be as close to untouchable as there is on the Flyers' roster. Matheson said the Flyers likely were pitching winger Matt Read, and maybe defenseman Luke Schenn or Braydon Coburn in the proposed deal, and the feeling was Florida would have to take Vinny Lecavalier's contract in some form. Panthers defenseman Erik Gubranson would have come back Philly's way, Matheson said.
Chris VandeVelde re-signs with the Flyers | 07/04/2014 3:16 PM
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Chris VandeVelde has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Impact
VandeVelde will come with a $575,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had an assist in 18 games with Philadelphia in 2013-14. He turned 27 in March and should be regarded as an organizational depth forward.
Report: Lecavalier unlikely to go to Ottawa | 07/04/2014 8:02 AM
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Vincent Lecavalier isn't likely to be traded to Ottawa.
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Impact
He has four years left on a contract that carries a cap hit of $4.5 million per season. The Senators would want Philadelphia to retain $2 million per season, but the Flyers aren't keen on doing that. Ottawa may also want to send another unfavorable contract back Philadelphia's way, but that wouldn't fit the Flyers' agenda because they are trying to clear cap space. A deal between the two sides isn't believed to be close and Lecavalier's no-trade clause could halt the move anyway.
Claude Giroux apologizes for his actions | 07/03/2014 6:27 PM
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Claude Giroux issued a statement of apology for his arrest for a strange incident on Tuesday night.
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"I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor," said Giroux. "Following an investigation, law enforcement determined that charges are not warranted. I have the utmost respect for law enforcement and apologize to the Ottawa Police Department and specifically the individual officer. I will be making no further public comment on this matter." He added that his focus is preparing for next season and he won't let this incident distract him. Giroux reportedly grabbed the buttocks of a male officer twice after being warned not to do it again after the first time. He spent the night in jail.
Andrew Gordon signs with Philadelphia | 07/03/2014 9:22 AM
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Andrew Gordon signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Winnipeg Sun

Impact
He accounted for 23 goals and 56 points in 76 games for Winnipeg's AHL affiliate in St. John's last season. Gordon added eight goals and 11 assists in 21 playoff games to help the IceCaps reach the Calder Cup Final.
Flyers sign enforcer Zack Stortini | 07/02/2014 9:41 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with 6'4, 232 pound forward Zack Stortini to a one-year, two-way contract, announced general manager Ron Hextall.
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Impact
The 28 year-old spent the 2013-14 season in the Anaheim Ducks organization, posting nine points and an AHL leading 299 penalty minutes in 73 games for Norfolk.
Flyers sign defenseman Nick Schultz | 07/02/2014 5:27 PM
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Nick Schultz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Impact
Schultz had five assists in 69 games with Edmonton and Columbus in 2013-14. We can't see him getting much playing time in Philadelphia, if he makes the team at all.
Report: Giroux has been released from jail | 07/02/2014 2:55 PM
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Claude Giroux was released from jail Wednesday morning.
Ottawa Sun

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Giroux reportedly spent the night in a cell. According to the Ottawa Sun's sources, the police were on a routine patrol at a bar called The Great Canadian Cabin when Giroux grabbed a male officer's buttocks. He was asked not to do that again, but he did so anyways and was subsequently arrested. That being said, the Ottawa Police can't comment on an incident were charges aren't made and they previously stated that they don't expect any charges to be filed against Giroux.
Claude Giroux isn't expected to be charged | 07/02/2014 12:21 PM
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Claude Giroux is not expected to be charged for an incident Tuesday night that resulted in him reportedly getting arrested.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Giroux repeated grabbed a male officer's buttocks, according to an Ottawa Sun report. "Under Canadian law, I can not give out any information unless charges are made," said Ottawa police spokesman Marc Soucy said, "and we do not expect the police to make any charges." Flyers GM Ron Hextall issued a statement confirming that the team is aware of the report, but they aren't commenting further until they have more information.
Flyers sign Jason Akeson | 07/02/2014 12:17 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have inked Jason Akeson to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Akeson had 24 goals and 64 points in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. He's worth keeping an eye on during training camp even if he's far from a safe bet to make the team.
Flyers aware of Claude Giroux reports | 07/02/2014 11:21 AM
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Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall issued a statement saying that he's aware of the reports surrounding Claude Giroux.
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Impact
Hextall wants to hold off on making any further comments until he has more information. Giroux was reportedly arrested after allegedly repeating grabbing a male officer's buttocks. The incident occurred at an Ottawa bar and it's believed that alcohol was a factor.
Report: Claude Giroux arrested Tuesday night | 07/02/2014 10:10 AM
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Claude Giroux was reportedly arrested Tuesday night after repeating grabbing a male officer's buttocks.
Ottawa Sun

Impact
It's believed that alcohol was a factor. Giroux reportedly spent the night in a cell, but hasn't been criminally charged. Police said they can't comment unless there are charges laid.
Philadelphia, Ray Emery agree on extension | 07/01/2014 4:15 PM
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Ray Emery has agreed to a one-year, $1 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
Emery wasn't able to beat Steve Mason out for the starting job in Philadelphia last season and we don't expect that to change in 2014-15. That said, Emery should get another 25 starts or so as the Flyers' backup goaltender.
Flyers might stay quiet on July 1 | 07/01/2014 11:00 AM
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There's a good chance the Philadelphia Flyers will be relatively quiet on July 1.
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Impact
The Flyers don't have the cap space to make a splash, so the only realistic thing they can do is make a trade. They have been shopping Vinny Lecavalier, so that's certainly not outside of the realm of possibilities, but we wouldn't be surprised if that process drags out beyond July 1.
Flyers nearly trade Vince Lecavalier to Preds | 06/30/2014 7:32 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers were reportedly very close to trading center Vincent Lecavalier to Nashville Monday.
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Impact
The terms of the proposed deal are not known, but it's being reported that the Predators were very close to taking on the next two years of a deal that pays the forward for two more beyond that, but the pact hit a snag and the deal fell through. It's no secret that Philly would like to rid itself of the veteran forward in order to create much-needed cap space, but they have yet to find any takers.
Vincent Lecavalier not traded at draft | 06/29/2014 10:00 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers were unable to unload Vincent Lecavalier at the draft.
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Impact
The Flyers really want to rid themselves of Lecavalier's onerous contract as he is still owed $18 million over the next four years with a no-movement clause. A buyout is the most logical step as the Flyers are currently over the salary cap and it is unlikely that any NHL team will help them out. Look for Lecavalier to be looking for a new home by Tuesday which is the start of free agency. Lecavalier had 20 goals and 37 points in 69 games with a terrible minus-16 rating and chipped in with a goal and an assist in seven playoff games against the Rangers.
Cal Heeter's status still up in the air | 06/29/2014 9:53 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have yet to decide whether or not to give goaltender Cal Heeter a qualifying offer.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
The decision must be made by Monday and if the Flyers choose not to qualify Heeter, he becomes an unrestricted free agent, rather than a restricted free agent if they decide to qualify him. The 25-year-old Heeter is likely an AHL goalie next season after he managed to make his NHL debut in the regular season finale as he stopped 33 of 38 in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
Flyers to give Tye McGinn a qualifying offer | 06/29/2014 9:39 AM
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GM Ron Hextall says that the Flyers will give Tye McGinn a qualifying offer.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
McGinn will be fine for the start of training camp after undergoing off-season surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. McGinn split the season between the Flyers and Adirondack of the AHL as he had four goals and five points in 18 NHL games while managing 20 goals and 35 points in 54 AHL games.
Flyers make qualifying offer to Jason Akeson | 06/29/2014 9:36 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have made a qualifying offer to Jason Akeson.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
The 24-year-old was a pleasant surprise in the post-season after playing in the last game of the season in each of the last two seasons. Akeson managed two goals and three points in the seven game series against the Rangers and that play, along with a 24 goal, 64 point effort in the AHL in 2013-14, was enough to warrant a qualifying offer from Philadelphia.
Travis Sanheim shocked to be Flyers' 1st pick | 06/28/2014 9:55 AM
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Travis Sanheim wasn't sure he'd be chosen in the first round of the NHL draft Friday night so when the Philadelphia Flyers took him 17th overall, he was more than just surprised.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
"I was a little shocked," he said. "The last two months for me have been crazy, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be selected in the first round or not." Sanheim has all of one season in the Western Hockey League, one of Canada's three major junior leagues, and his rise was so rapid that it was only in the second half of that season that he began to emerge as a bona-fide first-round prospect. At the time the Flyers selected Sanheim, several higher-ranked players remained on the board, including Kasperi Kapanen, son of former Flyers forward Sami Kapanen. The interesting component to the rookie GM's first draft decision is that he and Sanheim have a familial connection, though a distant one. "His mother married my uncle through marriage," Hextall said.
Sanheim joins Flyers as 17th overall pick | 06/27/2014 8:57 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have used the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to take Travis Sanheim.
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Impact
Sanheim had five goals and 29 points in 67 games with the WHL Calgary Hitmen in 2013-14. Ever since Chris Pronger's career ended, the Flyers have been in a constant struggle to find high-end defenseman and while Sanheim will need some time to develop before he's NHL-ready, he certainly has top-four potential. That might not have been apparent even a year ago, but he's impressed scouts with the progress he's made. It helps that he now stands at 6'3", but he's also proven himself with and without the puck thanks in part to his smooth skating and poise.
Agent can seek trade for Vinny Lecavalier | 06/26/2014 11:30 AM
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Philadelphia have given Vincent Lecavalier's agent permission to speak with other teams.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
He will receive a $2 million bonus on July 1, so the cap-stricken Flyers don't have much time to deal him before that happens.
Sean Couturier spotted on crutches | 06/25/2014 9:17 PM
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Sean Couturier had a cyst removed from his foot and is walking around on crutches, said Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Wednesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Flyers' young center has now undergone two surgeries this off-season, one on his abdominal and one on his foot. Nonetheless, the two-way center should be completely healed from both operations by the time training camp rolls around later this summer.
Umberger feels he has plenty left in the tank | 06/24/2014 11:06 AM
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R.J. Umberger, who was reacquired by the Flyers on Monday, still feels he can contribute.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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"I think I have a lot to give and still consider myself pretty young," said the 32-year-old forward. Umberger played the first three seasons of his career with Philadelphia before skating in Columbus for the next six years. Flyers coach Craig Berube called Umberger a "versatile guy who can play all positions. He's a good penalty killer who skates well," which suggests he'll be used as a depth, plug-in type player.
The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday. | 06/23/2014 10:34 PM
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The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday.
sportsnetwork.com

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The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick. Hartnell had 52 points (20 goals) in 78 games this past season. The 32-year-old has five years remaining on a six-year, $28.5 million contract and had to waive his no-trade clause. "(Flyers GM Ron Hextall) decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers," Hartnell said. "To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard." Hartnell will lose fantasy value going from Philly to Columbus.
Philadelphia re-signs RFA Brayden Schenn | 06/23/2014 6:32 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Brayden Schenn to a two-year/$5 million contract.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
Schenn will earn $2.25 million in 2014-15 and $2.75 million in the final campaign of the deal. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Schenn has the potential to make this contract look like a steal, but he hasn't exactly lived up to that potential yet and under the circumstances, this seems like a fair agreement for both sides. Schenn had 20 goals and 41 points in 82 games in 2013-14.
Flyers get R.J. Umberger from Columbus | 06/23/2014 12:29 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.
Flyers.nhl.com

Impact
The Flyers are hoping that Umberger will bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign. He scored 18 goals and registered 16 assists in 74 games, which is his lowest total since 2006-07 if you factor out the shortened campaign. The change of scenery might do him so good, but given that he won't get you much more than 50 points even if he does bounce back, he's not worth the risk of drafting in standard leagues.
Flyers on the road for 23 of first 39 games | 06/23/2014 7:34 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers will have a tough first half of the season as 23 of their first 39 games are on the road.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
The Flyers hope they are not behind the eight ball as the season enters the second half of the season, but if they are contending, then having 25 of the last 43 games at home will be a boon.
Ron Hextall wants to improve through draft | 06/22/2014 8:20 AM
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Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall wants to improve the Flyers through the draft.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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The Flyers currently have only three players on the team that they drafted in Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Zac Rinaldo, while Hextall's former team, the Los Angeles Kings, have 11 picks in their lineup and they have won two of the last three Stanley Cups. Steve Downie was also a Flyers draft pick but he has spent most of his NHL career elsewhere as the Flyers reacquired him last autumn from the Avs. The Flyers pick 17th and Hextall said that he will take the best player available.
Flyers hire Gord Murphy as an assistant coach | 06/19/2014 10:14 AM
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Gord Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
He and Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube were teammates for parts of three seasons from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 and he'll work the Flyers' defense corps after John Paddock was relieved his position with the team.
Brayden Schenn eligible for RFA | 06/15/2014 8:50 AM
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Brayden Schenn is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1.
CSN Philadelphia

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GM Ron Hextall has made the signing of Schenn his top priority but he and Schenn's agent Don Meehan, have yet to connect to discuss a contract. "I have not talked to him as of yet, but hopefully in the next few days we'll have our first discussion," Hextall said. "Brayden's our top priority in terms of wanting to get a guy signed, but there's no real timeline there where you say this has got to happen by July 15 or July 30. It's something that who knows how long it could go on." Schenn had 20 goals and 41 points in 2013-14 but is capable of a lot more.
Rumor: Oilers could be interested in Coburn | 06/15/2014 7:38 AM
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Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca said that the Edmonton Oilers could be interested in Philadelphia blueliner Braydon Coburn.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
The Oilers certainly need help on their blueline and he is a steady defenseman despite his weak showing at times during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. He is a minutes eater on the blueline and can play the power play as well but his value will be five-on-five and on penalty killing. Stay tuned.
Vincent Lecavalier hasn't asked for a trade | 06/14/2014 3:40 PM
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Vincent Lecavalier isn't asking for the Flyers to trade him just yet, according to his agent Kent Hughes.
CSN Philadelphia

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"If [Craig] Berube wants him as a fourth-line center, Philly is not going to pay him those dollars but we haven't specifically asked for a trade nor have they come to us saying they want to trade him," said Hughes. Lecavalier has a no-movement clause in a contract that will earn him $4.5 million for the next four years. Philadelphia is still deciding how best to proceed with him, but he could end up on the trading block.
Retired players convinced Timonen to re-sign | 06/13/2014 6:37 PM
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Talking to other players that retired is what convinced Kimmo Timonen that he wanted to extend his career for at least one more year.
NHL.com

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Timonen inclued a one-year deal with the Flyers on Friday that could pay him almost $4 million if he hits all his bonuses. "I talked to a lot of people around my age who retired and who kind of hung up their skates before they should have," Timonen said Friday. "I would say if I talked to 15 people, 13 of those people said don't quit if you're not hurt or something doesn't force you to do it. Because you're going to regret that forever. So that was kind of cool to talk to so many people that were saying the same thing: If there's a team that wants you back and you can play, don't retire." Timonen also hasn't won the Stanley Cup yet, but he likes the Flyers' chances in 2014-15.
Timonen takes pay cut to stay with Flyers | 06/13/2014 2:30 PM
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Kimmo Timonen can earn close to $4 million in 2014-15 if he fulfills the requirements for all his bonuses.
Craig Custance on Twitter

Impact
Timonen's base salary will be $2 million though, down from $6 million in 2013-14. If the Flyers are primarily concerned about the short term, then they only need to worry about his base salary as far as their cap projections go. That's because teams are allowed to exceed the cap ceiling if it's due to bonuses. The drawback is that if you do exceed the cap via bonuses, then the difference will count against your ceiling for the following campaign.
Flyers, Emery aren't rushing to ink extension | 06/13/2014 2:26 PM
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The negotiations between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ray Emery are on hold.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter

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The Flyers don't seem to be in a rush to re-sign him, but they haven't completely ruled it out either. Philadelphia has committed to using Steve Mason as its starter next season, so if Emery wants a decent shot at the number one job, he might have to go elsewhere.
Philadelphia Flyers re-sign Kimmo Timonen | 06/13/2014 1:08 PM
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Kimmo Timonen has inked a one-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Flyers.nhl.com

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The financial terms of the deal are not yet known. Timonen had six goals and 35 points in 77 games in 2013-14. He's 39 years old and we wouldn't be surprised if he regressed a bit more offensively, but he's still one of the Flyers' top blueliners.
Flyers like P-E Bellemare's versatility | 06/12/2014 11:17 AM
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was a standout player for France during the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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He recorded three goals and five assists in eight games at the tournament. He also scored the shootout winner when France upset Canada in the preliminary round. "He's a versatile player who can kill penalties and he adds depth to our forward group," GM Ron Hextall said. Bellemare had 20 goals, 35 points and a plus-21 rating in 52 games with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League this past season.
Flyers ink forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare | 06/11/2014 6:17 PM
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Flyers.nhl.com

Impact
Bellemare had 20 goals and 35 points in 52 Swedish league games in 2013-14. It seems unlikely that the 29-year-old forward will be able to make it to the NHL level, but he does provide the Flyers with some organizational depth.
Sean Couturier has abdominal surgery | 06/11/2014 11:17 AM
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Sean Couturier has undergone abdominal surgery.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Couturier is expected to spend the next five to six weeks recovering, which means that he'll be ready for training camp with time to spare. He had 13 goals and 39 points in 82 contests in 2013-14.
Flyers, ECHL Royals agree to affiliation | 06/04/2014 2:56 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers and ECHL Reading Royals have inked a two-year affiliation agreement.
CSN Philadelphia

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Along with the AHL Phantoms, all of the Flyers' teams will play in Pennsylvania next season. The Royals have made the playoffs for five straight seasons and won the Kelly Cup in 2013.
Matt Hatch signs with the Flyers | 06/03/2014 4:43 PM
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Matt Hatch has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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Hatch has 13 goals and 22 points in 42 games with Union College. He was an undrafted free agent.
Flyers' Berube demands consistency, quickness | 05/29/2014 11:49 AM
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It shouldn't come as a surprise that Flyers coach Craig Berube wants more consistency from his players next season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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"We need to be mentally stronger," he said. "We need to play a more aggressive game. We got faster this year, but we've got to get faster. ... We have to change people. Because they've done it a certain way for a long while. You've got to change 'em, you've got to get on 'em more. But they've got to want to make it happen." Berube wants his players to be quick and in "exceptional" shape at the start of training camp.
Scott Laughton might start 14-15 in AHL | 05/23/2014 11:09 AM
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Scott Laughton might have a tough time making the Philadelphia Flyers' opening game lineup in 2014.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
The Flyers are deep up the middle with Claude Giroux, Vincent Lecavalier, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier. It's possible that Laughton might be used as a winger, but there still wouldn't be much room for him. He might benefit from a campaign in the AHL anyways after scoring 40 goals and 87 points in 54 OHL contests in 2013-14.
Flyers want to re-sign Brayden Schenn ASAP | 05/22/2014 4:08 PM
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Getting Brayden Schenn under contract is a top priority for new Flyers GM Ron Hextall.
CSN Philadelphia

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"Brayden Schenn would be our first priority," Hextall said Wednesday. "But he's restricted, so there's not a timeline there where you say, 'It's going to be done by this time.' Brayden's a good young player, and we'd like to get him under contract as soon as possible. But again, there's timelines there. It might be training camp, it might be July. I really can't say. But obviously he's a priority. When you're looking at our cap space, we've got to save some room." Schenn completed his entry-level deal this past season. He recorded 20 goals and 41 points in 82 games.
Flyers Cupless despite best winning percent | 05/19/2014 9:37 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since the 1974-75 season despite having the best winning percentage in the regular season since then.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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The Flyers came out on top with a .572 winning percentage in the last 39 years, just ahead of Montreal (.568) and Boston (.565). An interesting stat as it proves that regular season performance may have less to do with playoff performance in the NHL than any other sport.
Gostisbehere may be an NHL option next year | 05/17/2014 6:07 PM
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Shayne Gostisbehere may be able to land a roster spot with the Flyers, as early as next season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Erik Gustafsson is off to the KHL so Philadelphia has an opening on the back end and a player with a lower cap hit would certainly help them out. Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg or Samuel Morin could be possibilities to stick with the big club next year.
Erik Gustafsson confirms he'll play in Europe | 05/16/2014 3:41 PM
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Erik Gustafsson has confirmed that he will be playing in the KHL next season.
Flyers.nhl.com

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Gustafsson was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The Philadelphia Flyers will still give him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights.
Report: Erik Gustafsson signs with KHL squad | 05/16/2014 12:40 PM
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Erik Gustafsson has reportedly signed with a KHL club.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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Flyers GM Ron Hextall hasn't heard from Gustafsson's agent or the player yet, so nothing's official. Gustafsson was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. He had two goals and 10 points in 31 games in 2013-14.
Tye McGinn undergoes wrist surgery | 05/14/2014 6:44 PM
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Tye McGinn had a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Flyers.nhl.com

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McGinn recently underwent surgery to repair the tear and is recovering nicely. He should be fine in six weeks.
Steve Downie will have ear surgery | 05/14/2014 5:59 PM
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Steve Downie is scheduled to undergo ear surgery on Wednesday.
Flyers.nhl.com

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Downie already had a procedure on his other ear to deal with balance problems and hearing loss. He had 24 points and 106 penalty minutes in 62 contests in 2013-14.
Grossmann will be good for training camp | 05/14/2014 5:58 PM
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Nicklas Grossmann is starting his rehab after undergoing ankle surgery.
Flyers.nhl.com

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Grossmann is expected to make a full recovery within the next eight weeks. In other words, he'll be fine for the start of training camp.
Kimmo Timonen may want to return | 05/11/2014 12:24 PM
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Kimmo Timonen is hinting that he could return for one more season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
The 39-year-old defenseman wants to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup and he could give it a try for one more season. It is unknown whether or not the Flyers will pony up the money necessary to keep the unrestricted free agent to be, as they will be up against the cap but he could go elsewhere as well. Stay tuned.
New GM may seek left wing for Claude Giroux | 05/10/2014 10:59 AM
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Reading between the lines on some of his comments, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall may go searching for a left winger to play on Claude Giroux's No. 1 unit.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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Among the potential free-agent left wingers: Matt Moulson, Benoit Pouliot, and Mason Raymond. Winnipeg left winger Evander Kane, who had 19 goals last season, is also an intriguing trade possibility. Kane, 22, a one-time 30-goal scorer, just completed the second year of a six-year, $31.5 million deal.
Flyers need to develop own defensemen | 05/09/2014 10:41 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have done a poor job of drafting and developing defensemen and changing that will be one of new GM Ron Hextall's priorities.
CSN Philadelphia

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"We got Kjell Samuelsson on our development team now and he's worked with some of the young defensemen this year," Hextall said. "We saw Morin and Gostisbehere a lot. Went to Sweden for Robert Hagg. It's a huge priority. The one thing that hasn't changed in my mind is build through the middle. Your goaltender, your defense, your centermen. You have to be strong there or you can't win. ... You can't win in the playoffs without defense and goaltending." The Flyers have relied on trades and the free agent market to build its defense and that can be both costly and messy. As far as the blueliners in the Flyers' system goes, Samuel Morin in particular is worth keeping an eye on. He had 31 points and 121 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL games in 2013-14 after being taken with the 11th overall pick in 2013.
Holmgren will shift focus to business side | 05/08/2014 9:29 AM
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Although Paul Holmgren is still Ron Hextall's boss, all hockey decisions will fall under Hextall's jurisdiction now that he's the general manager.
CSN Philadelphia

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Holmgren will be focused more on the business side of things now that he's the team president. That's unfamiliar territory for Holmgren, but he's looking forward to the fresh challenge. At the same time, Holmgren expressed some regret that his eight years as general manager didn't result in a Stanley Cup championship. "At the end of the day that is all it's about," Holmgren said.
Hextall believes in growing players in AHL | 05/07/2014 12:25 PM
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Look for the Philadelphia Flyers to err on the side of caution when it comes to developing their young talent.
Frank Seravalli on Twitter

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"Tell me one young player who was hurt with time in the AHL," new GM Ron Hextall said. "I can tell you hundreds and hundreds that were hurt too soon in NHL." Hextall also indicated that the Flyers are going to put more weight in advanced statistics going forward.
Flyers officially name Ron Hextall as new GM | 05/07/2014 11:22 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have made it official: Ron Hextall is the team's new general manager.
Flyers.nhl.com

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Former GM Paul Holmgren will take over as the team's president. Holmgren is taking over Peter Luukko's old job, who left in December and will report to Flyers owner Ed Snider while Hextall will answer to Holmgren. When Hextall was brought in as the team's assistant general manager, it was clear that Holmgren was hiring a potential successor, but things moved quicker than many anticipated.
Report: Ron Hextall to be Flyers' new GM | 05/07/2014 10:24 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly getting ready to announce that Ron Hextall will take over as the team's general manager.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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Flyers owner Ed Snider made it clear that Hextall would eventually become the team's GM, but he initially made it sound like the transition wouldn't be a fast one. Current GM Paul Holmgren will be promoted to team president, which is a position that was vacated by Peter Luukko in December. Holmgren has been very bold as Philadelphia's general manager and sometimes that's led to painful results. The most glaring of which was signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract, only to buy him out after two seasons.
Braydon Coburn joins Team Canada | 05/06/2014 3:41 PM
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Braydon Coburn has been added to Team Canada's roster for the 2014 World Championships.
Ottawa Sun

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Coburn is replacing Marc Methot, who was shutdown due to what's believed to be a back injury. Coburn had five goals and 17 points in 82 games in 2013-14.
Flyers aim to be more consistent | 05/06/2014 10:40 AM
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Philadelphia is hoping to be a more consistent team in 2014-15.
CSN Philadelphia

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"I just think we tend to get away from our game too often," Steve Mason said. "We can play 20 minutes, 40 minutes of unbelievable hockey and completely control our game, but we tend to get away from that a period at a time. Come playoffs, if you're not going to gather a full 60 minutes, that's what's going to cost you." Mason added that the Flyers didn't put forth their full effort for an entire 60 minutes in any of their playoff games against the New York Rangers. That being said, the Flyers are upbeat upbeat about their chances for the 2014-15 campaign.
B. Schenn, Read to play for Canada at WHC | 05/05/2014 5:10 PM
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Brayden Schenn will play for Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
Edmonton Journal

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In 82 games this season, he produced 20 goals and 41 points. Philadelphia teammate Matt Read has also been added to Canada's roster for the tournament.
Vinny Lecavalier believes he can bounce back | 05/05/2014 5:02 PM
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Vincent Lecavalier is confident he can bounce back after a tough first season with he Flyers.
CSN Philadelphia

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"I'm going to work out hard like I do every summer and be ready for next year," he said. "I believe in myself and where I should be. Like I said, I've had a lot of ups and downs this year, but I believe in what I can do." He dealt with some injuries and had to adjust to playing left wing, but he felt more comfortable when he got back to center.
Claude Giroux a nominee for the Lindsay Award | 05/05/2014 12:21 PM
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Claude Giroux has been nominated for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award.
NHL.com

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The award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. This is the first time that Giroux has been a finalist for the trophy. Eric Lindros was the last Flyers player to capture the award and he accomplished that in 1994-95.

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