May 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
The NHL announced Wednesday that Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Niemi and Sergei Bobrovsky are your three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist you know as the guy who routinely stonewalls the Flyers, Niemi you know as the guy who was in net for the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup win over the Flyers, and…
May 7, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT
They gave a valiant effort, but in the end Ilya Bryzgalov was able to hold Team USA at bay. The Flyers netminder stopped 19 of 22 shots, and a stacked Russian squad led by the New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk finally pulled away with two goals late in the third period for the 5-3 victory…
May 6, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT
It might feel like longer to some, but almost three years have passed since the Flyers came within two wins of hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1975. It might feel like longer because that was essentially an entirely different team. One season later the organization gave up on the young stars…
May 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT
ESPN Magazine is celebrating its 15th year in existence with their May 13th issue, and in their look back on Eric Lindros, David Fleming finds No. 88 changed hockey and sports as we know them – just not in the way we imagined.
May 1, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT
Beyond missing the playoffs and having some obvious needs to fill, the Flyers have a problem. The salary cap is set to decrease from $70.2 million to $64.3 once the new league year begins, and according to one projection, as of today they would be over the threshold by about $3 mil.
Apr 29, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
The Flyers may have missed the playoffs for only the second time in 18 seasons, but does a 48-game season tell the whole story?
Apr 26, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT
Check out the new statue recently unveiled at Xfinity Live in the South Philadelphia sports complex. It’s currently sitting outside of the Broad Street Bullies bar and restaurant and made for a nice little photo on a rainy night with Citizens Bank Park in the background.
Apr 24, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT
He’ll likely always be remembered as a Penguin, but Jaromir Jagr has really gotten around. Just ask these guys.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT
Kate Smith and Lauren Hart’s “God Bless America” is far from the only musical performance dedicated to Boston as of late — Neil Diamond’s even writing a new song — but, from one city to another, it was likely the most appropriate.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT
The Flyers had nothing to play for short of potentially costing the Bruins a Northeast Division banner. Seemed like motivation enough. In yet another “where was this all year?” effort, the Flyers handled the Bruins 5-2 Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center thanks to three great plays from Matt Read, Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux and one not-so-great play from Zdeno Chara.
Apr 23, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT
One of the top criticisms of the Flyers this year has been the front office’s inability to replace several key players who left during the offseason. Among the key subtractions was Jaromir Jagr, who happens to be making his return to the Wells Fargo Center with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Apr 23, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT
Yes, the Flyers still have a couple of games to play out the string. No, Kimmo Timonen will not play in them. He’s going to sit the remainder of the season with a compression fracture in his right foot. But if you’re looking for something to watch for on the ice, check out a couple of the youngsters they’ve called up.
Apr 22, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT
Once the Flyers’ season goes quietly into the night this Saturday in Ottawa, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will still have seven years remaining on his contract at nearly $40 million. While many are anticipating the front office’s use one of two compliance buyouts to get out from under such a lengthy and expensive deal, the club’s general manager claims that will not be the case.
Apr 22, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT
The Flyers have officially missed the playoffs for just the second time in 18 years, which despite being a run that has likely left us a bit spoiled, it only adds to the disappointment when expectations are high to begin with. Cheer up though, because it wasn’t all bad. There were several developments as the season marched along that bode well for the future, so before we jump into an offseason of finger pointing and blame games, let’s take a look at those.
Apr 20, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT
Wayne Simmonds had experienced a number of Gordie Howe hat tricks during his five-year NHL career, but never a true hat trick. That changed on Saturday night when Simmer notched three markers in the Flyers’ 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
Apr 20, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT
The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention – technically, mathematically, and otherwise this time – by virtue of a Rangers victory on Friday, marking the first time since 1994 that all four major professional sports franchises in Philadelphia missed the postseason in succession.
Apr 19, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT
So it comes down to this. Since the Flyers managed to get blanked on Thursday night by a New Jersey Devils squad that hadn’t picked up a win in their previous 10 tries, they will need some remarkable luck to remain in playoff contention for much longer.
Apr 18, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
The Flyers handed out two-year contract extensions to Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill on Wednesday, securing two of the more physical presences on the roster for the next couple seasons. While it seems Rosehill is merely filling the tough-guy void left from Jody Shelley’s injury and impending departure in free agency, Rinaldo has carved out a significant role for himself on the club’s checking line.
Apr 17, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT
Take a break from the ugly Phillies game to enjoy this special moment from before the puck dropped for tonight’s Bruins game at the TD Garden in Boston. The entire crowd took over and sang the National Anthem.
Somewhat related: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia (which we’re a part of) teamed up with all of the local sports teams to erect the billboard you see below in both Philly and Massachussetes. It reads:
Apr 17, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT
A lot of bad jokes on Twitter today. Not Ilya Bryzgalov made me chuckle.
Apr 17, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT
Tempting as it might be to peek at the standings following their 4-2 win over Rangers on Tuesday, the reality is the Flyers still have a lot of ground to make up and precious little time left to do it. Turns out knocking off the eighth seed with a week and a half to go will only get you so far.
Apr 16, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT
It was just another example of how maddening it has been to follow the Orange & Black this season. On any given night we might be treated to hockey at or near its highest level, but too often only for a period or two at a time, and some nights not at all.
The ability is in there somewhere though, as evidenced in their 7-3 win over the Canadiens.
Apr 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT
Thoughts go out to the entire city of Boston after such a joyful day was marred by something so awful. Having spent my college years living in Chestnut Hill and Brighton, celebrating the Boston Marathon with the entire city was truly one of the best days of the year. Seeing today’s news was simply heart-wrenching.
Apr 13, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT
Since his call-up from Adirondack, Oliver Lauridsen has largely been able to hold his own through seven games in the NHL. That statement was put to the test on Saturday when the rookie defenseman found himself in his first big-league fight with universally reviled Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta.
Apr 12, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT
Time and time again this season the Flyers were welcomed back into the playoff mix with open arms by their Eastern Conference rivals when all hope appeared lost, and hey, the Orange & Black even responded on occasion. More often they did not however, and following a third consecutive loss to an opponent ahead of them in the standings on Thursday, with eight games remaining it finally feels safe to say Philadelphia will miss out on Stanley Cup fever for the first time since 2007.
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