Archive: April, 2013
MONTREAL -- In an effort to spark the Flyers’ maligned offense, coach Peter Laviolette has auditioned a slew of forwards on the left swing slot next to Claude Giroux - the one that used to belong to Scott Hartnell.
Matt Read, Tye McGinn and even Zac Rinaldo - for a few periods - have all had a crack at the top line.
Simon Gagne will be the latest to audition on Monday night against the Canadiens.
Forward Eric Wellwood underwent successful surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia to repair the tendon and ligament damage sustained in his gruesome skate cut injury in Connecticut last weekend.
Wellwood, 23, played 4 games with the Flyers this season. He is expected to miss the next 9 months, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. That would mean Wellwood would likely be unable to start next season until Jan., 2014.
Holmgren told the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star that Wellwood’s second surgery required “a lot of work.” Wellwood’s Achilles tendon was 70 percent severed and three other tendons were “completely severed” when his right skate accidentally got caught behind his left leg.
Frank Seravalli of the Daily News reports from the Wells Fargo Center where the Ottawa Senators dealt the Flyers their third straight loss.
The Flyers announced they have signed forward Petr Straka to a three-year, entry-level deal.
Straka, 20, has led Baie-Comeau to the third round of the Quebec Major Junior League playoffs with 18 points in 8 playoff games. He racked up 82 points in 55 games in his 20-year-old season in the ‘Q.’ Baie-Comeau will face Blainville-Boisbriand in the semifinals next week, which will prevent Straka from joining the Phantoms this season.
According to his representation, Octagon Hockey, the Flyers beat out a group of 10 suitors to sign Straka to the entry-level contract, which begins next season. Straka’s deal is for the NHL entry-level maximum of $925,000. His base salary is $823,500, but he also has a $92,333 signing bonus coming his way each summer.
Danny Briere will not be back in the Flyers’ lineup on Thursday night against his hometown Ottawa Senators, still hampered by a concussion that will cause him to miss his 10th consecutive game.
Briere, 35, is likely to return on Saturday in Buffalo, where he will have eight games remaining to salvage what will end up being a career-worst season. They may be the last eight games of his tenure in Philadelphia.
Briere has 5 goals and 8 assists in 26 games. He missed time at the start of the season with a hairline fracture in his wrist, suffered in Germany during the NHL lockout.
Despite public denials from four Flyers players and coach Peter Laviolette, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov did in fact “doze off” during a team meeting on Monday.
His sleep habits, however, were not the reason for Steve Mason making his first start as a Flyer on Tuesday on Long Island in the team’s biggest game of the season.
News of cameras catching Bryzgalov with his eyes closed on the Flyers’ bench during the third period of Saturday’s loss in Winnipeg rippled throughout the team on their charter flight home. Bryzgalov was pulled after allowing four goals in the second period.
(Video of Bryzgalov dozing off on the bench against Winnipeg is posted below.)
Before the Flyers even acquired goaltender Steve Mason from Columbus before last Wednesday's trade deadline, general manager Paul Holmgren had already contacted Mason's agent about a contract extension.
It didn't take long to finalize one.
The Flyers officially agreed to a 1-year, $1.5 million extension for Mason, who was due to become a restricted free agent this summer.
WARNING: If you become squeamish or nauseus at the sight of blood, this blog post and photo might not be for you.
Flyers prospect Eric Wellwood is recovering in a Connecticut hospital after a scary incident in a game Sunday required emergency surgery to repair a skate cut which resulted in serious blood loss.
He is slated to undergo surgery again on Monday morning in Bridgeport, Conn., where the Phantoms played a game.