Flyers Rumors & News

  • Flyers won't bench Vinny Lecavalier into retiring: 'Hasn't crossed my mind'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Vinny Lecavalier perked up for a few seconds after Monday's practice at Skate Zone when he was asked how his Thanksgiving went. "It was good," the unwanted Flyers forward told a reporter as a 10-minute interview was ending. "My wife cooked. It was just us and the kids." Spending his Sunday..." November 30

  • Couturier line explodes as Flyers shut out Rangers

    Courier-Post "After every game, home or road, Flyers center Sean Couturier grabs a copy of the score sheet and his eyes have been trained to go to the plus/minus column first. His line had been, in his words, “racking up the minuses.” The next place he looks is at his faceoff percentage and shots...." November 29

  • Flyers 3, Predators 2 (OT)

    CSN Philly "Black Friday arrived a couple hours later than usual at the Wells Fargo Center and perhaps the extra rest helped the Flyers. The Flyers defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in overtime during a late afternoon matinee to jump start back-to-back games. They’ll meet the Rangers on Saturday in..." November 28

  • NHL seeks scoring solutions amid season of fewer goals, more shutouts

    Tampa Tribune "Goals, goals, goals. Where did they all go? On many a night around the NHL, goals are like an oasis off in the distance that turns out to be a mirage. Take a look at the scoreboard on any given night and there is a good chance somebody is posting a shutout. And if a team isn’t being kept..." November 27

  • Claude Giroux: Inconsistency 'same story every game' for Flyers

    CSN Philly "There is probably no type of consolation you can offer the Flyers right now for their current goal dilemma. They simply can’t score a goal to save their miserable lives. Yet as bad as things have been lately — 167:54 streak without a goal that ended earlier this week, plus the current streak..." November 27

  • Flyers' R.J. Umberger takes 1st step toward returning "Flyers right winger R.J. Umberger, sidelined since blocking a Blake Wheeler shot Nov. 7 in Winnipeg, returned to practice Thursday, a first step toward returning to the lineup. "It felt better than expected; it was a good first time, and hopefully I can be able to build from it and get in..." November 26

  • The Karate Kid watches Islanders clip Flyers in fight-filled win

    New York Post "Maybe it was the sight of the Metropolitan Division rivals Flyers that got the Islanders’ blood pumping. Perhaps the frustration of two winnable games that had turned into losses played a factor. And, who knows, maybe seeing The Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, got the Isles into a fighting..." November 26

  • Punchless Flyers have 'no room for error,' Steve Mason says "The Flyers' offensive problems are growing. So is the team's frustration level. You can hear it in the players' voices. "We're just inconsistent. It's the same story every game," captain Claude Giroux said in a somber tone after the Flyers fell to the New York Islanders, 3-1, at the Barclays..." November 26

  • Why Hextall brought up McDonald over Straka "General manager Ron Hextall thought the Flyers needed a grinding-type player to replace the injured Sam Gagner, which is why he recalled Colin McDonald from the Phantoms instead of high-scoring Petr Straka. McDonald, a veteran right winger who was the Phantoms' captain, was a better fit,..." November 25

  • Flyers' Gagner to miss 1 week

    The Score "Philadelphia Flyers forward Sam Gagner will miss about one week of action with an upper-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall told Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Gagner was scheduled to be re-evaluated Wednesday after he suffered a cut near his left eye after faceplanting onto..." November 25

  • Flyers rebound from blown lead to beat Hurricanes in OT

    CSN Philly "Which of the following is more stunning: That it took the Flyers 167 minutes and 54 seconds to end their scoreless skid? Or that once it happened, they scored two goals in less than five minutes? Or that Dave Hakstol’s club blew a two-goal lead against Carolina in the third period, yet..." November 24

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Senators blank Flyers 4-0 to cap off dominant homestand

    Ottawa Citizen "It’s always smart to do a solid house cleaning before leaving home for awhile. With goaltender Craig Anderson leading the way by sweeping away everything around the crease, the Senators delivered a tidy 4-0 victory over the offensively challenged Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. In the process,..." November 22

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Sharks win in overtime, improve to 4-0 on road trip

    San Jose Mercury News "Martin Jones had varying degrees of offensive support throughout the first half of the Sharks' six-game trip, and he used every little bit to pick up three straight wins. Jones didn't have any offensive help through the first 60 minutes of Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, and he..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Flyers stay positive after blowing lead late in SO loss to Kings

    CSN Philly "They just couldn’t close it out. After hanging with one of the best teams in the Western Conference for 59 minutes and building two separate leads, the Flyers buckled under pressure, surrendering a game-tying goal with just 55 seconds remaining in the third period. Then madness ensued. A..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Ex-Flyer Mike Richards' sudden, mysterious fall "Handsome, rich, and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards was on top of the world. But Richards, once the face of the Flyers, finds himself out of professional hockey and trying to stay out of jail after allegedly carrying painkilling prescription drugs..." November 17

  • After benching, Brayden Schenn back on Flyers' top line

    Courier-Post "From press box to top line, Brayden Schenn is ready to return to the Flyers lineup. A healthy scratch Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, Schenn found himself alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek in Monday’s practice. “It’s hard to figure out sometimes,” Schenn said of why he..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Connor McDavid dodges question on Flyers injuring him on purpose

    Yahoo! Sports "Please recall Connor McDavid breaking his left clavicle in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this month, as the Edmonton Oilers sensation crashed into the end boards followed by two Flyers after taking a shot on goal. The hockey world reacted mournfully, as McDavid’s brilliant..." November 16

  • Ryan White out 2-4 weeks with upper-body injury

    Broad Street Hockey "The Flyers' fourth line takes a hit as Ryan White will miss up to a month with an upper-body injury. The Philadelphia Flyers picked up a big win in Raleigh last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, but they didn't leave the game fully unscathed. Fourth line forward Ryan White left the game in..." November 16

  • Jakub Voracek's 1st goal lifts Flyers past Hurricanes in OT

    CSN Philly "The kids gave them a lift. And Jakub Voracek gave them a victory. The Flyers, who looked invisible for two periods, rallied behind the efforts of youngster Shayne Gostisbehere and Taylor Leier in the third and then stunned the Hurricanes, 3-2, in overtime Saturday at PNC Arena (see Instant..." November 15

  • Paris attacks greatly impact Flyers' Bellemare "Philadelphia Flyers center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was impacted greatly by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. Bellemare was born and raised in the French capital and said Saturday his sister lives there. He said he reached her Friday and she was not in danger. "She was home,"..." November 15

  • Flyers' Mark Streit out 6 weeks with 'pubic plate detachment'

    CBS Sports "Defense is already a weak spot for the Philadelphia Flyers this season and it's only going to get worse now that their top guy, Mark Streit, is going to be sidelined for at least the next six weeks after he has surgery on Tuesday. And instead of just giving us a very vague "lower or upper body"..." November 14

  • Capitals’ power play finally flexes as Jason Chimera sparks 5-2 win over Flyers

    Washington Post "The resurgence of the Washington Capitals’ power play came from an unexpected source — the team’s oldest player, who doesn’t even remember the previous time he scored a power-play goal. But he found himself on the unit because Coach Barry Trotz wanted more traffic in front of the net, so there was..." November 13

  • Maybe Flyers should trade Claude Giroux while he's still valuable "During baseball's General Managers Meetings in Florida this week, word seaped out that the Phillies were willing to listen to offers for their young closer, Ken "100-miles-an-hour" Giles. On the surface, it made no sense. With a new team president and a new GM, the Phillies are in rebuilding..." November 13

  • Flyers GM defends roster, still convinced this is a playoff team

    Yahoo! Sports "Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall doesn’t want to hear about players not feeling well or being tired or generally being morose about the season. “Too bad. You gotta go out there and you gotta play your ass off,” he said. That was the message when Hextall gave a mini state-of-the-Flyers..." November 13

  • Flyers hold (another) closed-door meeting after ‘unacceptable’ loss to Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Things ain’t good in Philly. The Flyers, who lost for the seventh time in eight games on Tuesday thanks to a 4-0 spanking from Colorado, held their second closed-door meeting of the young season afterward — and while players weren’t divulging what was said, they didn’t make it hard to..." November 12

  • Avalanche starts season-long road trip with win over Flyers

    Denver Post "When the Avalanche wins — however rare it has been this season — it usually goes big. In Colorado's four triumphs entering Tuesday, three ended with a three-goal cushion. They were dominant victories against Dallas (6-3), at Anaheim (3-0) and vs. Calgary (6-3). A similar result unfolded at..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • Neuvirth and Flyers shutout Jets

    Courier-Post "It took less than five minutes before the Flyers needed to have their bacon saved by a goalie whose only wins have come when he’s been perfect. Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault came darting in at Michal Neuvirth with no one in particular covering him. A no-look pass gave Perreault a..." November 08

  • Gagner in, Lecavalier out against Jets

    Pro Hockey Talk "After being a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames, Sam Gagner will make his return to the lineup against Winnipeg. He will be taking Vincent Lecavalier‘s spot. “Sam is going to go in and step in on the second power-play unit,” said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol. “He..." November 07

  • Calgary Flames edge Philadelphia Flyers in OT

    Calgary Sun "Just the day before, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley admitted his team would gain confidence even by winning ugly. He got his wish. It wasn’t a treat to behold, but the struggling Flames finally returned to the win column, claiming a 2-1 overtime NHL affair over the Philadelphia Flyers..." November 06

  • Connor McDavid out with injury as Oilers defeat Flyers

    Edmonton Sun "Is there such a thing as a devastating victory? Absolutely. The Edmonton Oilers suffered one Tuesday night when their 4-2 comeback win over the Philadelphia Flyers cost them franchise player Connor McDavid. McDavid injured himself late in the second period and did not return (he was seen..." November 04

  • Sean Couturier nearing return from concussion

    Courier-Post "While the Flyers moved out West to embark on a four-game roadtrip in Canada, Sean Couturier was in Voorhees, skating and skating, waiting for a headache. In the past three days, there weren’t any. The center, concussed by ex-teammate Zac Rinaldo via a nasty hit in Boston Oct. 21, is feeling..." November 04

  • Virtanen gets his first goal in Canucks' 4-1 win over Flyers

    Vancouver Sun "The Vancouver Canucks kept Jake Virtanen because they figured the teenager’s speed, power and enthusiasm would help them. A day later, it did. What took so long? “Everybody remembers their first,” veteran Canuck Jannik Hansen said of scoring in the National Hockey League. “The first one is the..." November 03

  • Medvedev flies back to Philly with ‘upper-body injury’

    Courier-Post "The plan was for Evgeny Medvedev to take a skate Tuesday morning with Sean Couturier and Chris Conner. A black practice jersey hung in the Russian defenseman's locker stall, but the player was nowhere to be found. Instead of being at the rink, he was en route back to Philadelphia with what..." November 03

  • Eichel puts a charge into Sabres’ victory over Flyers

    Buffalo News "The building was quiet. The Sabres were doing good things, but nothing to get the crowd’s excitement level up. Then Jack Eichel happened. The rookie added yet another highlight to his rapidly growing video package Friday, opening the scoring and bringing the noise into First Niagara Center...." October 31

  • Travis Zajac’s two goals help Devils roll past Flyers

    New York Post "Travis Zajac scored twice and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists to lead the Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night. Andy Greene scored an empty-net goal with 6.7 seconds left for the Devils, who won their fourth straight on the road. Luke Schenn scored for..." October 30

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Petr Svoboda: Jakub Voracek's struggles not contract-related

    CSN Philly "Hockey agent Petr Svoboda is in New York City this week meeting with clients. The former Flyers defenseman was debating whether to catch a train to Philly to talk to his No. 1 client — Jakub Voracek. Instead, he called Voracek on the phone. Svoboda wanted to offer encouragement to the..." October 29

  • Girgensons nets game-winner as Sabres get balance in victory over Flyers

    Buffalo News "As Zemgus Girgensons skated toward the Philadelphia net for an overtime breakaway, Dan Bylsma started inching toward the Sabres’ dressing room. The coach had no doubt Girgensons’ scoring woes were about to end. He was right. Girgensons scored the winner in a 4-3 overtime victory over..." October 28

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