Archive: February, 2013
The Flyers have waived backup goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tom Sestito.
The Leighton decision seems to indicate that Brian Boucher will be the backup for the Flyers behind Ilya Bryzgalov.
If Leighton and Sestito are not claimed off waivers by noon tomorrow, the Flyers can send them to the Phantoms, their minor league team.
Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates was known as an honest player – and that trait hasn’t left him since stepping behind an NHL bench.
Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk was whistled for a 5-minute major “kneeing” penalty with under 30 seconds to play in Wednesday’s 4-1 shellacking after laying out Washington’s Mathieu Perreault in open ice. Video of the hit is below.
Oates’ star player, Alex Ovechkin, took exception to the hit and tangled with Zac Rinaldo.
Simon Gagne is coming home.
Sitting two games under .500, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren sent a conditional 4th round pick to Los Angeles in exchange for the team’s fourth all-time leading scorer at left wing. The pick belonged to Phoenix and was acquired by the Flyers via Columbus in last June's trade involving Sergei Bobrovsky.
Gagne, who turns 33 on Friday, was a healthy scratch for Los Angeles the last four games and six times overall this season. He won his first Stanley Cup with the Kings last season.
For the fifth consecutive day in which they had a chance to practice, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette kept his team off the ice on Tuesday.
Only the Flyers’ scratches, including Harry Zolnierczyk, Kurtis Foster, backup goaltenders Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton, injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros and the team’s assistant coaches skated in Voorhees.
For sure, it's a casualty of this lockout-shortened season. But the Flyers have not had a full, on-ice practice since Feb. 14. They are 3-4 in their 7 games since Valentine’s Day.
Who is to blame for the Flyers inconsistencies this season? CineSport's Noah Coslov and the Daily News' Frank Seravalli discuss this, Matt Read's rib injury and Ilya Bryzgalov's season.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It wasn’t quite “The Shift,” but it may get just get the Flyers back on track.
From the opening puck drop, Flyers captain Claude Giroux backed up his harsh words from Saturday night in Montreal with a 3-point effort on Monday.
Giroux scored 26 seconds into the game off a rebound from Matt Read’s shot, as the Flyers blew the Islanders’ doors off in a 7-0 railroading. His line also scored 15 seconds into the second period of Monday’s matinee, the 4th time they’ve scored in the first minute of a period this season.
MONTRÉAL -- Captain Claude Giroux called out his teammates for “going through the motions.”
Danny Briere said the Flyers “need to want it more.”
Kimmo Timonen pointed toward the Flyers’ attitude and said “it needs to change.”
MONTRÉAL -- During his three-hour ride up Interstate 87 and over the Canadian border, Erik Gustafsson played back last season in his mind.
Gustafsson, 24, played 7 of the Flyers’ 11 playoff games last spring. He appeared to be a lock for the Flyers’ opening night lineup this year, but a fractured ankle in mid-December while playing with the Phantoms during the lockout robbed him of the opportunity to compete for a spot.
In response, the Flyers signed free agent Kurtis Foster, and attempted to plug the holes with Andreas Lilja and Bruno Gervais. Even after Gustafsson was healed, those players created a road block for his return to the NHL.