Flyers Rumors & News

  • Complete Preview and Predictions for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2015-16

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Flyers are making a fresh start for the 2015-16 NHL season after hiring former University of North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol to take over behind their bench. Hakstol's new position has seen plenty of turnover through the years. According to Hockey Reference, two-time..." October 06

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • Vinny Lecavalier among healthy scratches for season opener

    CSN Philly "This wasn't grin 'n bear it. More like grin 'n hold your temper. Vinny Lecavalier again faced the music on Monday afternoon after Flyers practice. Both he and Sam Gagner, acquired in a trade over the summer, wore baby blue jerseys as “scratches” as the Flyers' now 23-man roster held its..." October 06

  • Lecavalier, Gagner, Luke Schenn expected to be scratched for Flyers' opener

    The Score "The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to have more than $11 million sitting in the press box opening night. Forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Sam Gagner, along with defenseman Luke Schenn, are expected to be scratched for Thursday's home opener versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. The trio - who..." October 05

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Flyers place defenseman MacDonald on waivers "The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers Monday, the Flyers announced. MacDonald, who signed a six-year contract with the Flyers on April 15, 2014, had two goals and 12 points in 58 games last season. He is owed $23.75 million on the remaining five years of the..." October 05

  • Flyers still experimenting with defense pairs

    Courier-Post "Since coming to America a couple months ago, Evgeny Medvedev’s locker stall at the Flyers’ practice facility has been between that of Radko Gudas and Michael Del Zotto. Rookie coach Dave Hakstol kept the defensive pairs the same all training camp until Friday night’s preseason finale against..." October 05

  • Flyers waive vets McDonald, Porter

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two of Philadelphia’s summer signings have hit the waiver wire. Forwards Colin McDonald and Chris Porter were waived on Wednesday, per the club. McDonald, 31, signed a two-way deal with Philly in July after splitting last year between the Isles and their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport; Porter,..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Flyers send Gostisbehere, Cousins, Hagg to Phantoms; roster at 26 "Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who scored three goals in his three preseason games, center Nick Cousins, and defenseman Robert Hagg were sent to the AHL Phantoms on Saturday as the Flyers reduced their roster to 26 players. Gostisbehere, 22, was limited to seven games _ five with the Phantoms,..." September 26

  • Chris Porter not relying on North Dakota past to make Flyers

    CSN Philly "Flyers training camp is nearing a crescendo. Among the players remaining is a former St. Louis Blue the Flyers would like to see stick around. Chris Porter spent eight years in the Blues’ organization. While he knows Ken Hitchcock very well, he’s no stranger to Dave Hakstol, his former..." September 26

  • Welcome Brayden Schenn to the trade rumor mill

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure doesn’t sound like Brayden Schenn‘s in Philadelphia’s long-term plans. From the Courier-Post: “Brayden’s been OK,” [Flyers GM Ron] Hextall said. “It’s training camp. It’s early. … I think we all know where he is and what is and that he prefers to play the right side. We’ll see where it..." September 25

  • Flyers send Sam Morin to AHL, cut roster to 35

    Courier-Post "As the Flyers pare down their roster to what they'll have opening night in Tampa next month, there appear to be no surprises. While some young defensemen may have made the decision hard for general manager Ron Hextall, he is staying true to what he had hoped for: to keep the young players at..." September 24

  • Flyers trim training camp roster from 62 to 58

    CSN Philly "Before their preseason game against the Islanders on Tuesday night, the Flyers trimmed their training camp roster by four players. Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Philippe Myers were loaned back to their junior clubs, while Samuel Dove-McFalls was returned to his junior club and Luke Philp was released..." September 23

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Russian defenseman Medvedev making impact at Flyers camp "Evgeny Medvedev is still learning English, so the highly regarded Russian defenseman is letting his play on the ice do the talking. A four-time all-star in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Medvedev has looked impressive in scrimmages and drills during the first three days of the Flyers'..." September 21

  • Aaron Palushaj hoping Flyers give him a shot

    Courier-Post "Ever since the Kontinental Hockey League came on the scene in Russia in 2008, it provided an alternative for fringe players that couldn’t find jobs in the NHL. Here’s the thing about going overseas after starting a career in North America though: there’s no guarantee of coming back. Aaron..." September 21

  • Flyers get off to a fast start in training camp "IT WASN'T uncommon to see a Flyers player hunched over, using his stick to hold himself up at points throughout yesterday's first training camp session. There was even a time when captain Claude Giroux ended a one-on-one battle drill that finished with a missed shot on goal by taking a knee in..." September 20

  • Fresh start? Lecavalier starts camp back at center

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vincent Lecavalier said back in July that he just wanted to get his chance. Looks like new bench boss Dave Hakstol is giving it to him. While the lines in the first day of training camp have to be taken with a grain of salt, it was nevertheless noteworthy to see Lecavalier playing up the middle..." September 19

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Andrew MacDonald eager to avenge poor season

    Courier-Post "This summer held enough anxiety for Andrew MacDonald without hearing all the rumors that the Flyers were looking to shed defensemen. He became a father for the first time in May, his wife Hali giving birth to son Mason. No, the name is not an homage to Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, although..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

  • Former Flyers forward Simon Gagne officially retires from NHL

    CBS Sports "Simon Gagne has officially announced his retirement from the NHL after a 14-year career that had its fair share of brilliant moments, mostly with the Philadelphia Flyers over 11 seasons. “Today, I want to thank my trainers and teammates,” said Gagne in a press release. “You inspired me to..." September 15

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  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Snider expects Flyers to be in playoff hunt "Just because general manager Ron Hextall, whose franchise has many promising prospects who may not be quite NHL-ready, is building toward the future doesn't mean the Flyers won't be a factor in this season's playoff hunt. That was the sentiment of Ed Snider, the team's longtime chairman, during..." September 12

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Lecavalier thrilled to have clean slate with new coach

    Courier-Post "There wasn’t much of an offseason for Vinny Lecavalier. After how poorly things went for him with the Flyers last season, in the second year of a five-year contract, the 35 year old wants to prove he still has something left in the tank. He basically made an ultimatum at the end of last..." September 11

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Flyers' Jakub Voracek to donate $1,000 for every point to help fight MS

    CBS Sports "Thanks to the new contract extension he signed this summer, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is going to make a lot of money over the next eight seasons. And if he continues to put up points like he did this past season, he plans on donating a chunk of that money to a very good..." September 09

  • GM Ron Hextall addresses David Backes rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite what's out there on the Internet, it appears there is absolutely zero truth about the Flyers exploring a trade for St. Louis Blues star center David Backes, who is entering the walk year of his contract. "Be careful of Internet reports," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said Thursday. One..." September 07

  • Flyers see no need to rush the blue line "EVEN AFTER the Flyers lost Braydon Coburn in last year's season opener to a lower-body injury that kept him out a month, general manager Ron Hextall was content - happy, actually - that defensive prospect Sam Morin hadn't made the big club out of training camp. Then 19, the 6-7 Morin was sent..." September 05

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Medvedev adapts to life in America before Flyers camp

    Courier-Post "Imagine stepping onto the ice with new teammates in a country you’ve never been to before, the only common thread being the sport you’ve played all your lives. Practically any verbal communication is for naught at this point because you don’t speak their language. The only person around with..." September 02

  • Michal Neuvirth: Jakub Voracek 'the reason I signed' with Flyers

    CSN Philly "Michal Neuvirth arrived from Europe last week and has barely had time to settle into his new digs near the Philly waterfront. Among the more than half-dozen Flyers practicing on their own at Skate Zone, the Flyers' newest backup goalie dressed quickly, made some introductions, then was off to..." August 31

  • Wayne Simmonds on Flyers: We don’t want ‘repeat of last year’

    Yahoo! Sports "He missed the last seven games of the 2014-15 regular season with a broken tibia. His team missed out on the playoffs after finishing sixth in the Metropolitan Division. No wonder Wayne Simmonds isn’t short on motivation these days. A fairytale ending to the season it was not. Moments..." August 26

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Daniel Briere announces retirement at age 37

    Sportsnet "After 17 years in the NHL, Daniel Briere has announced his retirement at the age of 37. The Gatineau, Que., native spent the early part of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes before moving on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Flyers Sign Chris Porter to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-1, 206-lb left wing Chris Porter to a one-year, two-way contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Porter, 31 (5/29/1984), appeared in 24 games with the St. Louis Blues last season where he recorded one goal and one assist..." August 09

  • Flyers counting on Hakstol to get back into playoffs " continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August. It's a rare occurrence when the Philadelphia Flyers don't qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that was the case last season. A slow start doomed Philadelphia, which..." August 09

  • Flyers' Giroux-Voracek combo has staying power "THIS WAS always the situation the Flyers and their two top-line stars would be in when this offseason started. Jakub Voracek's 81 points last season and three straight seasons of solid production made it obvious he wasn't going to hit free agency when his four-year deal ran out after next..." August 07

  • A deeper look at Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek's contract extensions

    CSN Philly "The sun may be burning bright and the humidity may be through the roof around these parts, but those facts don’t mean the hockey world has stopped spinning on its axis. In fact, there are no summer vacations in hockey. If you’ve been paying attention to news surrounding the Flyers over the..." August 05

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