This weekend I spent a good amount of time answering the same question repeatedly:
What are the Flyers going to do over the summer?
It’s kind of a broad question that certainly will have a lot of answers, and any that I can give personally would be just as speculative as the next guy, but I find it fascinating still.
Reason being that there is a multi-faceted purpose behind the question.
1. Flyers fans really care. No, I mean REALLY care. They won’t take time to truly decompress from a disappointing season, and would much rather march forth with a purpose in to the summer and consider all options that the team has to assure itself of marked improvement.(Click "Full Story" for more..)
PHILADELPHIA -- It’s the final home game of the season (wow, that flew by) so it’s time for the Flyers to hand out their end of season awards.
As is customary, there will be a pre-game ceremony to present the awards tonight and five different players will receive the six awards.
The big winner will be Jake Voracek, who will be recognized for his breakout season by winning two key awards.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
RALEIGH, N.C. – On the road, Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek are roommates.
Last night, after arriving at the team hotel here, the two were sitting in their room talking about things that most 20-something guys talk about, when suddenly the conversation shifted.
Suddenly, the two close friends started discussing their newly formed rivalry.
For the next week, Voracek and Simmonds will go head-to-head in the first round of the EA Sports “Cover Vote” to see which NHLer ends up on the front of the NHL14 video game.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – Erik Gustafsson could have taken his demotion the wrong way. He could have gone back to the Adirondack Phantoms earlier this season and pouted.
He could have taken a sour attitude that he wasn’t given a fair shake in this, his third professional season, to prove that he belongs in the NHL full-time.
Many players in a similar spot to Gustafsson have done that in the past – leading either to a one-way ticket out of the organization, or to a career in the AHL always just a step shy of making it to the show.
But Gustafsson was smart. He realized that there was a reason the Flyers wanted him to go back to Adirondack. He understood that there were a couple specific things he needed to fine tune in his game, before he could come back for good.
Primarily, Gustafsson needed to slow down.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
One area the Flyers certainly weren’t lacking this season was in physical play. And now, they are making sure they will have that same grit for the next couple seasons.
BUFFALO – Flyers general manager gave an injury update after the game, and there was nothing positive.
While he confirmed that the seasons are over – as expected – for Braydon Coburn (shoulder separation), Nick Grossmann (concussion) and Zac Rinaldo (high ankle sprain) he also provided the horrific details of the injury to forward Eric Wellwood – who severed several tendons and arteries when he tripped over himself last week in a game for the Adirondack Phantoms.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – It’s not every day that you walk into work and someone hands you a ready-made blog item.
But, today, that is the case.
And it’s not like the information was slid across my desk from a member of the Flyers brass or was texted to me by a player.
Nope it came from… a fan.
I opened my email this morning and a fan going by the moniker Jersey77Girl had done a little statistical research.
Turns out Steve Mason’s statistics, the same stats that had people calling his acquisition a gamble, may not be as bad as they seem on paper.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
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...)