Apr 23, 2013, 12:54 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
A lot of bad jokes on Twitter today. Not Ilya Bryzgalov made me chuckle.
Apr 17, 2013, 3:02 AM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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.
Apr 11, 2013, 5:42 PM EST
The situation is not promising. The Flyers are seven points back of a playoff spot with nine games to play, a seemingly insurmountable deficit. That said, there may be a window – perhaps more of a doggy door – into the playoffs yet, but only if they step up and the seize the opportunity now.
Apr 10, 2013, 1:33 PM EST
As the playoffs continue to slip through their fingers, and speculation swirls around the future of Ilya Bryzgalov, I suppose it’s only natural for the witch hunt to intensify.
Apr 10, 2013, 2:23 AM EST
There isn’t much to add to the sad tale of The Flyers Lose to the Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday Night, the title of which alone is probably more than most folks would care to read. We’ll simply caution in one small department: this wasn’t necessarily the end.
Apr 9, 2013, 3:48 PM EST
Here we are, staring down yet another “must-win” game amid a season that’s felt like a never-ending string of them. Although time is running out, the truth is a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night wouldn’t necessarily be the final straw for the Flyers. If they do intend to sneak into the playoffs however, they will have to climb over the gatekeepers eventually.
Apr 9, 2013, 11:59 AM EST
One game after he appeared in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers announced late Tuesday morning that Steve Mason will be in net tonight when his new team takes on the Islanders at 7 p.m.
Apr 9, 2013, 11:56 AM EST
When you see that jorted fellow at the Molly Pitcher Service Area today be sure to give him an extra dirty look. Today’s a big day.
Apr 8, 2013, 5:01 PM EST
Eric Wellwood has had a few cups of coffee with the Flyers over the past three years, but mostly the 23 year old has been toiling away with the Adirondack Phantoms, the club’s AHL affiliate. After suffering a bloody and “scary” cut on Sunday, it’s unlikely he’ll see any more action in the NHL this season, or anywhere else for that matter.
Apr 8, 2013, 12:34 PM EST
As expected, the Flyers have agreed to a one-year contract extension with Steve Mason, the goaltender acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at last week’s trade deadline. If compensation is supposed to be any indication though, it’s still unclear why Ilya Bryzgalov should feel an imminent threat.
Apr 6, 2013, 6:07 PM EST
Here’s your daily reminder that hockey players are tough as shit. Luke Schenn took a hockey puck to the face on Saturday afternoon in the Flyers ugly loss to the Jets. He was wearing a protective visor, but the impact appears to have caused quite a gash. His face was covered in blood as he skated off the ice. His day was finished. Just kidding! He came back to finish the game after cleaning himself up a bit.
Apr 5, 2013, 2:51 AM EST
We’ve been doing these so-called “obligatory” check-ups on James van Riemsdyk all year long. Now let’s do one on Luke Schenn.
After all, he was only the Flyers’ most dominant defenseman on Thursday night – perhaps even the most important player on the ice in a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs that extended Philly’s improbable winning streak to four games.
Apr 4, 2013, 3:52 PM EST
If the Flyers are looking to the future in their crease, they have a funny way of showing it. Despite trading for Steve Mason on Wednesday, Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start the second half of a back-to-back against the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing his streak of consecutive starts to 22.
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