Archive: May, 2011
In Atlanta, the tears were flowing at Thrashers co-owner Michael Gearon’s ‘goodbye’ press conference.
In Winnipeg, fans packed the streets to celebrate the return of their beloved NHL franchise.
In Philadelphia, and elsewhere in team offices across the league, executives pondered how the NHL’s first relocation since 1998 will have an impact on the future of the sport - beyond just a different stop on the map.
Back in late December, just a few days after Christmas, the Flyers flew to Vancouver — perhaps the most breathtaking stop on the NHL circuit — a day earlier than normal to regroup after a 7-day holiday break and to get adjusted to the 3-hour time change.
Despite sitting a point behind Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division, the Flyers were about to start their tear through the standings that would ultimately leave them eight points up in the Eastern Conference and in the lead for 54 consecutive days. In fact, the Flyers were two points up on the eventual Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks before their Dec. 28 matchup.
Chris Pronger is just as concerned with Mike Richards' back as he is his own.
Pronger's back issues are medical. Richards' are figurative.
In the wake of the Flyers' disappointing second-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins, a lot of chatter has taken place as to whether Richards is best suited to be the Flyers' captain. Pronger, who knows a thing or two about the rigors of NHL captaincy, jumped to Richards' defense. Well, Pronger is two weeks removed from back surgery, so he didn't actually jump, but you get the idea.
Video: CineSport's Noah Coslov asks the Daily News' Frank Seravalli about Mike Richards' leadership and the Flyers' goaltending situation.
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More than 10 days after the Flyers have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the hits keep on coming.
Forward Dan Carcillo was suspended for two games by the NHL on Tuesday, stemming from an off-ice incident with the league’s officials in between the first and second period of the Flyers’ season-ending Game 4 loss in Boston.
Carcillo also had a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy at the players bench prior to the start of the second period.
He has drawn comparisons to Nashville Predators starter Pekka Rinne. And one goalie-centric hockey blog called him the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” for his awkward stance in net.
On Tuesday, he became a Philadelphia Flyer. The Flyers signed Finnish goaltender Niko Hovinen, a former Minnesota Wild draft pick, to an entry-level contract. He was most recently a member of the Finnish national team that set off a weekend-long celebration in the streets of Helsinki with their 6-1 drubbing of archrival Sweden in the IIHF World Championship final on May 15.
Hovinen, 23, stands a remarkable 6-foot-7 and is considered a promising prospect.
After sending six players under the knife this week to repair various injuries, the Flyers finally received a small bit of good news on Friday.
Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter were checked out by doctors and will not require offseason surgery to repair hip injuries.
Carter will also not need surgery to fix a knee injury that kept him out of five Stanley Cup playoff games.
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