UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Steve Mason feels like he has something to prove – and no better way to do that than in what is a must-win game for the Flyers.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette decided to end the 22-game starting streak of Ilya Bryzgalov Tuesday and will go with Mason in net against the Islanders, one of the teams the Flyers are trying to catch for a playoff spot.
“Mason was brought here to be part of a goaltending duo,” Laviolette said. “We didn’t want to change things up right away being on a [winning] streak and not getting him a practice. We wanted to make sure he was ready. Getting the work in last game and getting a good practice in is a good opportunity.
“There’s no question that Bryz has had a lot of work. Just with him coming in, getting that 20 minutes of work and having a practice – this is a better situation to come in. There’s no denying that Bryz has had a heavy workload here but after losing that last game… it’s a better situation for [Mason].”(Click "Full Story" for more...)
Mason, 24, who would have been a restricted free agent in the summer, signed a one-year contract extension with the Flyers worth $1.5 million.
"It definitely gives me something to look forward to and to be excited for and something to work toward at the same time," Mason said. "It's going to be a great opportunity for [me] here. There's no better organization for me to be in. I'm really looking forward to getting the opportunity to play in front of the Flyers fans and play for the organization."
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The Flyers made two minor moves at the trade deadline Wednesday, first claiming forward Adam Hall off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning and later trading Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick to Columbus for goalie Steve Mason.
Hall, 32, has had an adventurous month, going from Tampa Bay to Carolina back to Tampa Bay and now to the Flyers.
He plays the style of game though that is coveted in the NHL – grinder, kills penalties, skates hard, real team-oriented focus, good locker room presence.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The Flyers made a small trade Monday sending forward Harry Zolnierczyk to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for tough guy Jay Rosehill.
Rosehill, 27, has spent the entire season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and has split time between defense and left wing.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – If you believe that numbers never lie, then you believe that this Flyers team should make the playoffs.
Let me explain.
Currently, the Flyers power play ranks first in the NHL in power play efficiency at 24.8 percent. They also lead the NHL in power play goals with 32.
Since the era of expansion in 1967, when the Flyers came into the league, only one team who led the NHL in power play percentage failed to make the playoffs – the 2006-07 Montreal Canadiens.
But the special teams numbers go deeper than that.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The ceremony took place outside of Broad Street Bullies Pub at Xfinity Live prior to the Flyers-Bruins contest at Wells Fargo Center Saturday.
After the ceremony, Snider addressed the state of the Flyers and was very candid with his message about the team.
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PHILADELPHIA – Kimmo Timonen doesn’t want to blame the young players on the Flyers for the team’s struggles.
Yet, he was quick to point out that a second season in the NHL is the hardest season of a player’s career.
While saying the veteran players need to be better and lead the Flyers by example, he added that with so many guys in their second NHL season, it doesn’t surprise him that those struggles have emerged.
“We have a young team and we are going through some tough times,” Timonen said. “It’s not going our way. That to me is mental toughness and staying focused.
“[But] we can’t put the blame on the kids. They’re young guys and they have to learn and maybe this is their learning period. But we have to take it. Us older guys have to be better. We have to be the leaders out there and show these younger guys how to play the game. It’s too much to put the young guys in the spotlight and say that’s the reason why we are where we are.
“But, I will say this, my second season was the toughest year of my NHL career. It’s not easy. You have to work even harder to get to where you were in your first year.”(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – The injury news has gotten worse for the Flyers.
Andrej Meszaros re-injured his left shoulder in the closing minutes of yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers when he collided with a Rangers player on a clearing attempt in his own zone.
According to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, Meszaros will be out of the lineup indefinitely.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – There are times in every hockey season when a player who is struggling does a self-assessment and realizes what needs to be done to break out of his slump.
Just realizing the problem is the first part of the solution though. Actually putting it into practice is something else entirely.
There are players who never are able to put the two parts together. Scott Hartnell though, is a guy who knows how to correct what ails him. You don’t play in the NHL for more than a decade without that ability.
And Hartnell has done it several times in his career as a Flyer – even going so far as to rise from the ashes in the 2010 playoffs to be one of the key contributors on that team’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and subsequently becoming one of the team leaders from that point forward.
And now Hartnell finds himself in the doldrums once again. Not the lowest of the lows – as he experienced earlier in his career – but definitely in a bit of a frustrated funk.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers got a bit of bad news Monday when forward Danny Briere was diagnosed with a concussion.
Briere apparently suffered the concussion during a hard practice Saturday. Some reports have suggested it occurred when he fell awkwardly into the boards.
Briere told me via text message today that he “doesn’t feel too good today” and needs a few days before he’s ready to talk further about his condition or how he suffered the concussion.
The Flyers placed Briere on injured reserve and recalled forward Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms to take Briere’s roster spot.(Click "Full Story" for more...)