Wayne Simmonds said yesterday he thinks the Flyers’ goaltending switch from Ilya Bryzgalov to Ray Emery and Steve Mason will not help only on the ice - but also in the dressing room.
Simmonds joined Sportsnet 590 in Toronto on Thursday morning to promote his charity efforts this weekend when he was asked about the Flyers’ eccentric former netminder.
The question posed to Simmonds was: “Are you guys better off with Emery over Bryzgalov, just from a dressing room standpoint and stability?”
Turns out, the Hockey Hall of Fame does have room for one of the game's great innovators. Finally.
Nearly 32 years after last setting foot behind an NHL bench, Flyers Stanley Cup-winning coach Fred Shero was elected to hockey’s hallowed Hall on Tuesday in Toronto. Shero will enter in the "Builders" category posthumously on Nov. 11, 2013 along with players Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer and Geraldine Heaney. Former Flyer Eric Lindros did not make the cut in his fourth year of eligibility.
Shero, who passed away on Nov. 24, 1990 as a result of complications from stomach cancer, was a two-time Cup winner and the 1974 Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year.
The Flyers got their goaltender.
The Flyers have agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal with free agent Ray Emery.
Emery, 30, was the top free agent goaltender available. He was a sparkling 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against-average and .922 save percentage.
The Flyers and Claude Giroux are moving closer to a contract extension. The deal is not finalized but could be with a day or two.
The deal for Giroux, the Flyers' captain, will be for 8 years and $66 million, according to sources. The new deal will kick in for the 2014-15 season.
They say you can never have enough defenseman, not in an 82-game NHL season which is more like a war of attrition than anything else.
Is the same true for the Flyers?
When the Flyers officially announce defenseman Mark Streit’s 4-year, $21 million pact - which is expected to come on Thursday or Friday - they will suddenly have eight NHL defensemen on their roster.
What exact role did Flyers chairman Ed Snider have in bringing Ilya Bryzgalov to Philadelphia in 2011?
For now, it seems like we won’t know the answer to that question.
After multiple attempts for comment on Bryzgalov’s $23 million buyout, Snider issued a statement on Wednesday. Snider, 80, was said to have been traveling.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli catches up with CineSport's Brian Clark to talk about the Flyers buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, and the team's focus heading into the NHL Draft.