When Ken Hitchcock was fired as Flyers coach last fall and tenderfoot John Stevens was suddenly given the reins to a team unfit to play in the NHL, you felt for the guy.
OTTAWA, Ontario - The NHL won't block Jim Balsillie's purchase of the Nashville Predators. But the Board of Governors will block any move to southern Ontario, where Balsillie reportedly would like to see the franchise relocated.
While the NHL draft remains a ways off, the intrigue surrounding who will be the No. 1 pick, in what everyone agrees is an "average" year, continues.
The catchphrase "quick turnaround" for next season in describing the Flyers is accurate to a point.
A few select moves should place the Flyers back on the path to respectability after a disastrous 40th anniversary season that deserves to be buried forever.
You have to give the gentleman credit. No general manager in the modern era of hockey has the nerves of New Jersey's Lou Lamoriello.
The 40th anniversary nightmare has nearly ended for the Flyers. Nary a month goes by without some sort of opponent's record being set in what has become the most futile season in club history.
No union in professional sports has been more inundated with internal strife than the NHL Players Association.
Last week, the dissidents defeated the moderates in ousting executive director Ted Saskin over alleged e-mail monitoring.
As we head into the final weeks of regular-season play, the Boston Bruins have clawed their way back into the postseason picture.
Most seasons, the Flyers are buyers at the NHL trade deadline. But other than the acquisition of Vladimir Malakhov in 2004, most trade deadline deals under former general manager Bob Clarke didn't result in a long playoff run.
DALLAS - The NHL skills competition at the All-Star Game has it roots in 1990. The league has tweaked it over the years to make it more interesting, but portions of this year's SuperSkills were deadly dull.
They won just three games on home ice. They had lost more games at the halfway mark this season than they did all last season. Each week, they stoop to a new low in their own record books.