Archive: August, 2010
The Flyers will open the Pittsburgh Penguins' new arena for the season opener on Oct. 7 and do so on national television on Versus.
The Flyers will be on Versus nine times -- the most the Flyers have been on Versus in the network's six seasons -- and are scheduled to be on NBC another five times -- three times against the Rangers and the rematch with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Here are the games on Versus:
The Flyers announced today the signing of four players – goaltender Nicola Riopel and defensemen Logan Stephenson, J.P. Testwuide and Jesse Dudas – to American Hockey League contracts.
Riopel, 21, was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 and was 4-6 with a 3.35 goals-against average in 11 games for the Adirondack Phantoms last season. He also helped lead the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey to the championship with a record 19-5, a 2.06 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 33 regular season appearances. In the playoffs, Riopel posted a 16-4 record, a 2.38 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
Stephenson, 24, enters his fifth professional season and second with the Phantoms. In 2009-10, he appeared in 62 games for Adirondack, posting a goal and seven assists while collecting 140 penalty minutes.
In case you are looking for your Flyers fix here in late August, the NHL Network might have what you are looking for.
Beginning tonight, the network will re-air the historic Flyers-Bruins playoff series. The games will be edited down to fit into 2-hour blocks, but that still leaves time for plenty of action.
Games 1 through 5 will air each weeknight at 6 p.m. Game 6 and 7 will be shown back-to-back Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Sept. 14, the NHL’s Board of Governors is expected to approve a rule change to supposedly minimize the shootout’s impact on standings, according to ESPN.com’s EJ Hradek.
Just like the rule change that was approved in June regarding shots to the head, this proposed change is more talk and less actual change.
Columbus GM Scott Howson proposed this change last March, which would change the first tiebreaker from total wins to just regulation and overtime wins - with the exclusion of shootout wins.
Former Flyers forward Arron Asham has signed a 1-year, $700,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Asham was a free agent. He had 10 goals, 14 assists and 126 penalty minutes last season. In 23 playoff games, the 10-year veteran had four goals and three assists.
Asham played previously for Montreal, the New York Islanders and New Jersey. He has 82 goals and 97 assists in 648 games. His career high was 15 goals with the Islanders in 2002-03.
Last summer, The Hockey News picked the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1975.
After a shaky regular season, they fell just two wins short of proving that right.
Last week, the sport’s bible hit newsstands with its annual yearbook with predictions for the upcoming season with Mike Richards featured on the cover. But THN's outlook wasn't as rosy.
The Flyers have entered into a minor league affiliation agreement with the Greenville Road Warriors for the 2010-11 season, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
The Road Warriors, of the ECHL, will serve as the Flyers’ secondary affiliate. Players under contract to the Flyers or the Adirondack Phantoms, their AHL affiliate, can be assigned to the Road Warriors. Greenville replaces the Kalamazoo Wings, the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate last season.
“We are pleased to be working with Greenville for the upcoming season,” Holmgren said in a statement. “[Team president and GM\ Neil Smith and [coach] Dean Stork both have a strong history of success, and we’re confident they’ll provide an environment that will help our prospects develop their potential.”
The Flyers amazing run through the Eastern Conference seemingly escaped the one person who mattered the most: the trophy engraver.
A replica of the Prince of Wales trophy with the Washington Capitals mistakenly engraved as the 2009-10 champions was spotted by a Chicago fan while the hardware was on display at a Blackhawks event a few weeks ago.
Greg Wyshynski, of Yahoo!, quoted a Hall of Fame spokesperson who said the error had been corrected. The Hall of Fame has not immediately responded to the Daily News for verification of the story. The trophy is on display at the Hall’s museum in Toronto.