The NHL released their schedule today, and for the Flyers, well, let’s just say the travel will be a bear.
It starts at home and ends at home, but everything in between is a frequent flyer’s Utopia.
The Flyers will have five road trips of three games or more (two of them six games in length) and will play 14 sets of games on back-to-back nights. The number of times they have to travel in those 14 instances?
Try all 14.
Sure they get the same number of home games as road games, but there are only three home stands of three games or longer built into the schedule – and one of them sandwiches the Olympic break in February.
The Flyers also have five sets of “home-and-home” series’ with divisional opponents where they play back-to-back games against the same teams.
Oh, and because of the Olympic hiatus, teams are not getting much in the way of time off during the season. Looking at the schedule, the Flyers only have four instances in their schedule when they get more than two days off in a row.
Let’s break it all down, shall we?
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When John Paddock left the Flyers front office in January to become an assistant coach for the team, it left an opening at a key position in the Flyers hierarchy – assistant general manager.
When asked, at the time, if he was going to fill the position, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren paused before saying, “not at this time.”
It was a hint that at some point, the plan was to get someone into that chair that made sense – and when the time was right.
Holmgren announced that he was bringing back a former Flyers player and executive to take over that role, naming Ron Hextall the Assistant G.M. as well as Director of Hockey Operations.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
Lost amid the shuffle of meeting the Flyers three newest additions (there was a press conference with Vincent Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery today) and the ongoing Prospect Development Camp, the Flyers quietly signed one of their restricted free agents to a new deal.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson was inked to a one-year contract worth $1 million. It is a one-way deal, meaning the Flyers now have eight defensemen on one-way contracts this season.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The Flyers went into the offseason looking to upgrade on offense, defense and in goal.
They did all three things and stayed at about the same spot under the salary cap. That’s some good cap management by Paul Holmgren and his staff.
After buying out Danny Briere, they brought in Vincent Lecavalier – at a cap hit $2 million less.
After buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, they brought in Ray Emery. He and Steve Mason, the other goaltender who will battle for the No. 1 spot on the team, combined make $2 million less than Bryzgalov’s cap hit.
And while they paid big money for Mark Streit on defense, having not had to part with the defensemen already on the roster as many thought, The Flyers were able to use those savings from the other areas to upgrade their defense.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
There was never a question as to whether or not the Flyers would sign Claude Giroux to a long-term contract extension, it was just a matter of when, and for how long.
We now have the answer.
Giroux agreed Friday to an eight-year contract extension that kicks in next season that will keep him locked up with the organization through 2022.
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The Flyers have re-signed one of their own unrestricted free agents less than 24 hours before the start of free agency.
Adam Hall, who the Flyers claimed off waivers last April, signed a one-year deal Thursday to stay with the team. Hall will make $600,000.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The Flyers swapped minor leaguers with a division rival Monday, sending Adirondack Phantoms defenseman and alternate captain Danny Syvret to the New York Rangers in exchange for enforcer Kris Newbury.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
NEWARK, N.J. – Tyler Amorosa said he was focused on the big draft board here at Prudential Center every time three teams came up to pick – the Flyers, Minnesota and Dallas.
“I thought I would be picked, if I was lucky, in the sixth or seventh round,” Amorosa said. “To be chosen in the fifth round is unbelievable and humbling.”
Amorosa is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and marked the third defenseman selected by the Flyers at pick No. 132 in the fifth round.
Amorosa, 18, is a left-hand shooting defenseman who played last season for Holderness Prep in New Hampshire.
The Montreal native will play next season for Sioux City in the USHL.
In round six, the Flyers took goaltender Merrick Madsen from Proctor Academy. The selection was No. 162 overall.
Madsen, 18, a California native, is 6-foot-4 and will play for Des Moines in the USHL next season before heading to Harvard University in 2014-15.
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NEWARK, N.J. – Tyler Goulbourne earned an interesting nickname from the Flyers scouting staff.
“They called him ‘Z2,’” said Paul Holmgren. “He plays just like Zac.”
Of course, he was talking about Zac Rinaldo, the Flyers bowling ball and agitator on the ice.
Goulbourne, 19, a left wing on the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, was selected by the Flyers in the third round, No. 72 overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
NEWARK, N.J. – Robert Hagg has seen Peter Forsberg hanging around the Modo Hockey Club in Sweden. He now has something to ask him.
What’s Philadelphia like?
Hagg, 18, a 6-2, 204-pound defenseman was the Flyers second round pick, No. 41 overall.
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