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JANUARY 30
6:12 p.m.

PUTTING IN THE WORK

Wednesday brought something rarely seen during the first two weeks of this shortened season - a two day break in between games.

Combine that with last night's loss at Madison Square Garden and the opportunity to get a full practice in was taken advantage of by the team.

The Flyers skated for a little over an hour at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ this afternoon and the focus was entirely on one thing - the power play, which went 1-for-6 in Tuesday's loss the Rangers and is 5-for-37 at 13.5 percent.

Frustation is certainly an accurate term that has been asked of the players during this recent two-game skid, but one thing it's not leading to is discouragement.

"We're feeling that we're not very far away," said Danny Briere. "We keep playing with the intensity for most of the game, we'll be in good shape. We played a very good opponent yesterday and they got the breaks, but we're not that far off."

Wayne Simmonds, who has been a key role player so far this season and leads the team in scoring with five points (2g-3a), noted that the best way to snap out of a skid, whether it be the power-play or games as a whole was to remain positive about the work the team is putting in.

"Obviously we have work to do. If you're going to sit there and you're going to sulk things are only going to get worse," said Simmonds. "You can't do that. You have to have a positive outlook on things."

Here's Wayne's full interview…

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette also weighed in on the team's approach not only to last night and the weekend's slate of games, but how to go about business moving forward.

"There's only one way to fix it and that is to come in; practice hard and approach two night's from now with a positive attitude that we're going to get on a train, go down to a different city and take two points back home with us."

Here's Lavi's full media scrum...


KNUBLE'S RETURN

The last 5-6 days have been a whirlwind for Mike Knuble. One day in Grand Rapids, Michigan working out with the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Griffins. The next day on a flight to Philadelphia… to eventually take another flight to Florida with his new/old team.

After signing a one-year contact with the team in such quick fashion, Knuble has already played in three games over a five-day span.

So naturally he didn't really even think about or look ahead in the schedule to the Flyers next opponent - his former team, the Washington Capitals.

"To be honest things have been happening so quickly you barley have time to digest who's next on the schedule," said Knuble. "It'll be nice to go back there and play in front of some friends, but ultimately its a game we're trying to win. It's a big game for a team trying to climb back in the standings, so that's how I have to look at it."

Knuble played three seasons with the Caps, racking up 111 points (59g-52a) in 220 games.

The team will train down to DC on Thursday after an 11 a.m. practice (free & open to the public). The Flyers two-day break could serve them well against the Caps, who will be coming off a game the previous night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

HARTNELL UPDATE
Forward Scott Hartnell, who is not used to being on the sideline in his six years with the Flyers, was in attendance today and spoke to the media about his injury and what he's been doing every since.

"It was definitely a lot sorer Saturday and Sunday throughout the weekend, but everyday it gets a little less throby. I've have a couple upper-body workouts in the last couple days, so it's nice to get out of the house."

CLICK HERE full story on Hartnell, who spoke to the team's Inside Reporter, Anthony SanFilippo, earlier in the day.

Here's Hartnell's full interview:



JANUARY 27

4:32 p.m.

MORE DEVELOPMENT
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren addressed the media prior to the Flyers-Lightning game from Tampa and announced that the club is sending rookie Scott Laughton back to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals.

"It's a difficult one," said Holmgren of the decision. "He played very well but at the end of the day it was something that we talked about and it was in the best interest of the Flyers and also Scott."

Laughton will remain in Tampa and travel with the team to New York after tonight's game, then return to Philadelphia, while the Flyers prepare to face off against the Rangers on Tuesday.

"He needs to play [and] he needs to play in all situations. He's going back to a good team and he will play a lot in all situations. He's a good young prospect and the little bit of time he had here with us was good for him and good for us."

If Laughton, the 20th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, played past the five allowable games for rookies in junior then the entry level deal he signed with the Flyers on Aug. 8 of last year would take effect and count as the first season.

The 18-year-old came into Flyers training camp on Jan. 13 and made his NHL debut in the Flyers season opener vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 19 recording 12:17 of ice time. It marked the second consecutive year the Flyers have carried their first-round draft pick from the previous season onto their opening day roster, after Sean Couturier did so last year.

Laughton played in the first five games of the season, going scoreless and averaging 11:31 of TOI with 10 shots on net. He will now resume his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League where he has 33 points (13g-20a) in 32 games.



JANUARY 26

6:01 p.m.

DANNY'S BACK
An hour and a half until puck drop, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette announced that forward Danny Briere WILL in fact be in the line-up to face the Panthers.

A big reason for that could be Briere's track record against the Panthers. in his career, he averages a point-per-game with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in as many games.

He also led the team in scoring in last year's season series with three points (1g-2a) in three games.

2:01 p.m.


WELLWOOD LOANED
Following the team's morning skate in Sunrise, Fla. in preparation for the Flyers-Panthers game, the team announced that they have loaned forward Eric Wellwood to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Wellwood appeared in the first four games with the Flyers, recording two shots on goal and 9:25 of ice-time.

With the Phantoms, Wellwood had four goals and nine points in 29 games.

JANUARY 25
8:00 p.m.

SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren released the following statement on Scott Hartnell.

"Scott Hartnell had successful surgery today to repair a broken first metatarsal in his left foot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Raikin. Recovery is expected to be 4-6 weeks."

2:24 p.m.

ANOTHER MAN DOWN
Another game and another Flyer has been bitten with the injury bug.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the media on the status of defenseman Andrej Meszaros before departing for the team's trip to Florida.

"Andrej Meszaros has a left shoulder injury. He's going to miss some time and right now we're hopeful it's going to be a four-week rehabilitation of the injury. It's a muscle injury in and around the shoulder joint and we just have to get it strong. We believe he's going to be out for about a month."

Holmgren also spoke of the recent plague of injuries the Flyers have had to endure.

"We've lost three players: Rinaldo, Hartnell and now Meszaros to somewhat significant injuries. I'm not sure we're much different than a lot of teams in the league we just have to fight through it and take the approach that it's opportunities for other players."

For the second straight weekend the Flyers will play back-to-back games. Tomorrow night they will battle the Panthers, who have lost three straight, while Sunday evening they will take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 6 p.m. start.

KNUBLE ARRIVES
Mike Knuble arrived from Grand Rapids in time to catch the team's charter to Florida this afternoon.

Knuble will be available to play in tomorrow night's game against the Panthers.

"It's the first time I've double-dipped on a team," said Knuble on his return. "It's a place where you feel very comfortable with the staff, the people you see at the rink everyday; you know your way around; you know a few guys in the locker room who were still there when you were.

"It's a great organization and it's a place that I had to leave because of salary cap things and you didn't really want to go, and I said that at the time, but it's great to have that opportunity to come back and help out."

He will not however be able to wear his no. 22 he wore for four seasons with the team as that number is occupied by defenseman Luke Schenn. Knuble will wear No. 9.

LILJA RECALLED
Also accompanying the team on the trip is defenseman Andreas Lilja, who has been recalled from the team's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, so that the team will travel with seven healthy defenseman.

Lilja appeared in four games with the Phantoms, posting two assists and six penalty minutes.

"He's played very good with the Phantoms," said Holmgren. "He's a good guy; he's got a lot of life to his game. I think he was real good for our young players down there and they got a chance to play with a guy who has been on a Stanley Cup Champion and been around a long time. He shows enthusiasm and a real good attitude for the game."

DANNY UPDATE
As for forward Danny Briere. His status remains the same and it unknown whether he will be in the lineup for the weekend.

"I mentioned it's 50/50 on the weekend," added Holmgren. "I don't have anything further on that. He's still possibility Saturday, probably a better chance on Sunday and an even better chance on Tuesday, but we'll see how he is tomorrow morning."


JANUARY 24

7:11 p.m.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren addressed the media just prior to the start of the Flyers-Rangers game and the news was not good for forward Scott Hartnell.

"He's got a broken first metatarsal in his left foot. Right now we're talking with the doctors on what the best way to proceed is in terms of how to approach this. I can't give you a timeframe, it's probably going to be between four to eight weeks… Obviously it's a significant injury."

Compounded with Danny Briere and Zac Rinaldo's injuries, Holmgren did add that the possibility of adding a new player to the team wasn't out of the realm of possibility.

"We're looking around. Obviously Scott's a big loss because of how he plays the game and to have him out is difficult if you're looking at a month to two months… It's a tough pill to swallow, so we'll see what we can do."

Hartnell had one assist in the first three games for the Flyers this season, averaging 17:21 of ice time on the top line alongside center Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn.

He is coming off a career year where he posted 37 goals and 67 points, both of which were new career highs.

Of other significance, Hartnell appeared in all 82 games for two consecutive seasons and hadn't missed a game since January 14, 2010. Hartnell had appeared in 330 of the previous 331 games over the last five seasons, including the first three games of this season, and as a Flyer, Hartnell has missed just three games in parts of six seasons, appearing in 410 of a possible 413 regular season games.

He has not missed a Stanley Cup Playoff game as a Flyer.

Below is Flyers GM Paul Holmgren's complete interview with the media:


JANUARY 23

6:07 p.m.

HARTNELL INJURED
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave an injury update on Flyers forward Scott Hartnell:

"Scott will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury. We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests."

More details to come...


JANUARY 21

4:14 p.m.

RINALDO UPDATE
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the media on the status of forward Zac Rinaldo.

"Zac will be out a minimum of seven days with a laceration of his right thigh."

Rinaldo has appeared in both games so far this season after being recalled from the team's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, where he posted two goals and three assists for five points and 92 penalty minutes in 31 games.

The Flyers have four games in the next seven days, beginning Tuesday night in New Jersey against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Devils.


JANUARY 20

1:31 p.m.

RINALDO LEAVES GAME
It was announced during the first intermission of the Flyers-Sabres game that Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo suffered a lower-body injury and will not return to the game.

Rinaldo took a total of three shifts for 1:38 of ice-time before leaving. More details to follow...


JANUARY 17

9:51 p.m.

OH WHAT A … PRACTICE?
Day 5 of Flyers Training Camp wasn't your usual, run of the mill training camp practice.


Unless you count over fifteen thousand people out of the seats and screaming Flyers chants normal. Then again, if the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ could hold that many, the Flyers faithful would probably show up like they did on Thursday.



On this night, the Flyers hosted a free, open-to-the-public practice at the Wells Fargo Center in an effort to say "thank you" to hockey fans.

And the players, all 23 of them, and coaches certainly took notice.

Especially the Captain, who addressed the crowd.

"I mean I wouldn’t think anything less from a Flyers fan, they’re great fans, they’re behind us one hundred percent," said Claude Giroux. "You just saw it’s a practice and it’s basically sold out so it’s always some motivation to kind of do well."


Here's his speech to the crowd
"It’s a pretty nice welcoming that’s for sure," said Scott Hartnell. "I think everyone was concerned about how the fans would react coming back from this lockout but if there were any doubts before I think they’re gone now with how loud they were cheering just for practice."

Hartnell was just named one of the team's alternate captains and is no stranger to a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center. He even admitted that he missed the atmosphere and was glad to be able to do this for the fans.

"It’s been I don’t know how many months since we played a game here so it’s nice to get a feel of the boards, the glass, things like that. It’s kind of fun. People want to have fun. Fans came here to get a laugh. In between drills we were waving, winking at people, high fives with little kids on the glass. It was pretty cool."


Even rookie Scott Laughton, an invitee to camp who has a very real possibility of making the final roster cut was amazed at the experience.

“It was kind of like a game-like atmosphere and it was nice to get out there," said Laughton. "It was my first time being at the Wells Fargo Center so it was nice to get in the room with all the guys and it was nice to get on the ice.”

For many of the Flyers it was the simple fact of just being in the Flyers game rink locker room again. Here are some pics below:



Perhaps the Flyers bench boss, Peter Laviolette, put it best when summing up the overwhelming return of Flyers fans to the Wells Fargo Center.

"This city is special."

His full media interview following practice is below...


JANUARY 14

8:59 p.m.

PRONGER & MEDIA DAY
Chris Pronger was at the Virtua Center Flyers Skatezone on Monday.

He wasn't on the ice, in his gear or in the workout room. He was, however, laughing, talking and helping out his teammates.

Pronger had several meetings and discussions with members of the hockey ops and coaching staff. In fact, he even joined them in some coaching sessions.

Most notably, Pronger spent a good amount of time with Flyers assistant coach Kevin McCarthy, who runs the team's defense, and newly acquired d-man Luke Schenn.



The 38-year-old defenseman remains sidelined and has been out of the Flyers lineup since Nov. 19, 2011 after he appeared in just 13 games during that regular season. He had one goal and 11 assists for 12 points and averaging over 22 minutes of ice time (22:28).

At 6-6 and 210-pounds, the future Hall-of-Famer can certainly speak from experience to help not just Luke, who stands at 6-2 and weighs in at 229-pounds, but the rest of the d-unit.

Their current blue line, with the addition of Kurtis Foster (6-5, 225-lb), have six players at 6-2 or over (Grossmann at 6-5/230; Coburn at 6-5/220 and Lilja at 6-3/230 being the other three).

Oh and that's not mentioning All-Star defenseman and three-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner, Kimmo Timonen. Along with Bruno Gervais (6-1/205), the Flyers defense averages 74.5 inches or 6-2 1/2.

No quotes from Pronger today, just photos, as Pronger did not talk to the media.

Speaking of media. It was the team's annual "Media Day" today.

Basically what that means is that the players, all 25 of them in camp, went through a series of stations set up by the team to accomodate broadcast and media needs throughout the entire season.

Players had their official headshots taken. Went through green-screen and dramatic video shoots. They filmed merchandise commercials and public service announcements.

Here are some pics from the day…

Max Talbot getting his headshot taken…



The Schenn brothers go through "dramatic-shots" together…



Danny Briere puts in some green-screen time in the morning…




JANUARY 13

6:35 p.m.

DAY 1 - AND THEY'RE OFF...
Following a quick second session on the ice to work on special teams, the Flyers went upstairs to the workout room. Photos below


Following a work out session they were greeted to quite a gathering of media, who spoke to Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Brian Boucher, newcomers Scott Laughton and defenseman Kurtis Foster.

Scott Hartnell's media scrum from earlier today...


Foster was happy, to say the least, about joining the Flyers organization and impressed before he even got here.

"I've never heard a bad thing about the organization. They're first-class and treat their players well. We have a full group and it's fun to play with those guys, all you have to do is get the puck up to them and when I get a chance to shoot the puck, I can."

Shooting the puck is something Foster can definitely do, and do from a different perspective - the right side.

"He's got a bomb back there. It's pretty impressive," said Claude Giroux. "Today at practice he looked great. He played in Finland too, so he's in pretty good shape right now and hopefully we're going to need him this year."

Foster's first showing on the ice saw him paired with fellow towering defenseman Nicklas Grossman. Should that duo hold up, that would be a combined 12 feet, 9 inches on the back end.

Foster spent the second session playing the second power-play unit alongside Andrej Meszaros.

"I just try to play a solid game 5-on-5 and I try to add in my shot as much as I can on the power-play," said Foster.

Foster's addition to the club was a key component to acquiring depth to the blue line in a shortened season.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn't waste any time jumping at the chance to sign Foster, especially considering that two of the club's up and coming defensemen in Erik Gustafsson and Marc-Andre Bourdon remain injured.

"It's nice to able to add a guy like that, which when you're facing 48 games in 97 days, I think we're going to go through our share of defensemen," said Holmgren.

Foster spoke to the Philly media for the first time after the day's two sessions…


Although he didn't skate, Brian Boucher did some off-ice workouts after coming into camp today. Boucher is joining the Flyers organization for his fourth stint.

Boucher also spoke to the media on how the trade went down and when he heard about it.


Holmgren did mention that Boucher will most likely not be on the ice with the Flyers during camp. He sees Boucher's current role with the organization reporting to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.


Back to the Flyers and what fans saw a glimpse of today on the ice.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette appeared to have Sophmore forward Brayden Schenn up on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, a void created by the departure of Jaromir Jagr. That trio combined for 84 goals and 214 points last season.

Going through some other drills, some pairings saw another Sophomore forward in Sean Couturier between Max Talbot and Jakub Voracek, while last summer's draft pick, 18-year-old forward Scott Laughton, centered Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds.

As we've seen all too often however, lines can (and often do) change from day-to-day.

"I think there's some continuity already in the lineup; some players that find chemistry with other players and I think that makes it easier when you're trying to find what you're talking about or trying to put in a system," said Laviolette.

Here's Laviolette's full press conference video:

And so Day 1 is in the books and it's the start of what's sure to be furious week of Training Camp. See you back here tomorrow for Day 2, where the players will have to go through "Media Day" to take care of NHL headshot photos, green-screen video, and commercial shoots.

Day 1 - #hockeyisback!
12:13 p.m.



The Flyers arrived at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone around 8:30 a.m. (well if you count the equipment managers & training staff, around 6 a.m.).

Here's Derek Settlemyre and Harry Bricker before players arrive.



Most of the players went for a quick bike ride and workout to get warmed up. All of the players went through a team stretch before getting their gear on to go out for the first session. Braydon Coburn (below) tested out the new turf in the Flyers workout room to get ready.




The players got on the ice and will be out there until approximately 12:15. They will take a 15-20 minute break for the Zamboni to cut the ice and then get back on the ice at 12:30 for a second session - that will last for about an hour and then it's time for the media.


No doubt everyone will want to talk to newly acquired D-man, Kurtis Foster.

FOSTER & BOUCHER ADDED
The Flyers added defenseman Kurtis Foster to the training camp roster. He will wear No. 3 during camp.

The 6-5, 225-pound blueliner enters his 11th professional season after splitting time last season with Anaheim, Minnesota and New Jersey. He appeared in a total of 51 games with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, while averaging 15:54 of ice time.

Another very familiar face also returns to the organization. Earlier in the morning, the club acquired goaltender Brian Boucher from the Carolina Hurrricanes.

The trade also includes defenseman Mark Alt, unsigned player playing at University of Minnesota, from Carolina in exchange for forward Luke Pither.

Foster is out on the ice skating with the club, however, Boucher is not on for the first session.

More pics of camp. The crowd is packed here at the Skate Zone and they are greeted by a great set up once they walk in...


BACK IN THE BIGS
In other roster moves, this morning the club officially recalled players from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Among the group are forwards Zac Rinaldo, Sean Couturier, Eric Wellwood, Tye McGinn and Brayden Schenn.

One the biggest surprises Flyers fans will get to see on the ice is the team's most recent draft pick, Scott Laughton, who will make his Flyers Training Camp debut.

Laughton has been playing junior hockey with the OHL's Oshawa Generals where he has averaged over a point-per-game with 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points in 32 contests. He's tied for second on the Generals with six power-play goals.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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