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  • 7 NHL teams that desperately need to find a goalie (or two)

    Sportsnet "As Tuukka Rask’s post-season brilliance reminds us all, good goaltending is paramount to NHL success. Of the top 15 in 2018-19 team save percentage, all but three clubs (Arizona, Anaheim, Montreal) qualified for the playoffs. So, with the needle about to drop on the..." May 18

  • The Philadelphia Flyers will have to make some decisions on their own free agents

    Broad Street Hockey "As we gear up for the start of free agency on July 1, the Flyers have likely already begun to evaluate their current squad and the direction it will want to take it going forward. The Flyers will have to decide both, which unrestricted free agents to retain and what kind of contracts it will be..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Should the Philadelphia Flyers put Jakub Voracek on the trade block?

    Broad Street Hockey "As we head into Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s first offseason at the helm of the club, we’ll take a look at just what he could have up his sleeve in order to put his stamp on the roster. Fletcher’s predecessor, Ron Hextall, did leave the..." May 15

  • Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe puts on highlight reel as Guelph Storm win OHL championship

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "What a year for Isaac Ratcliffe. After scoring 50 goals during 65 regular-season games, the Flyers' prospect went on an impressive playoff run, which culminated in an OHL championship Sunday as the Guelph Storm beat the Ottawa 67's, 8-3, in Game 6. The 67's went..." May 13

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Report: Flyers hire Michel Therrien to be assistant on Alain Vigneault’s staff

    Courier-Post "Alain Vigneault’s staff is reportedly starting to take shape even as he’s overseas coaching Team Canada in the World Championships. His first season behind the bench for the Philadelphia Flyers will include somewhat of a household name as an assistant.  Michel..." May 06

  • Trading Jake Voracek for P.K. Subban makes sense for Flyers "There are reports that Nashville’s P.K. Subban is available. If so, he checks all the boxes surrounding one of the Flyers’ important needs. Someone who is righthanded, plays with an edge, and would complement Ivan Provorov on the Flyers’ top defensive pairing?..." May 03

  • Flyers sign goalie prospect Kirill Ustimenko to entry-level contract

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "You can never have enough goalies. The Flyers learned that the hard way in 2018-19, when they played an NHL-record eight netminders during the season. In good news, the Flyers will be adding another young goalie to the picture in 2019-20 as they signed Kirill Ustimenko to..." May 01

  • Chuck Fletcher, Alain Vigneault and the Flyers may have a blueprint in the Islanders

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Islanders went 35-37-10 for 80 points and a seventh-place finish last season in the Metropolitan Division. They allowed the NHL's most goals per game and were 31st in attendance. Less than three months after their final game, they lost superstar John Tavares in free..." April 30

  • Don't lose perspective with Flyers prospect Jay O'Brien

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Flyers saw both ends of the spectrum with their first-round picks from the 2018 draft. While Joel Farabee shined at Boston University this season (see story), Jay O'Brien struggled to find his game at Providence College. After a freshman season comprised of..." April 24

  • Flyers remove Kate Smith statue outside stadium

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Flyers have officially removed the statue of Kate Smith from its location outside their arena and will no longer play Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at games, the team announced in a statement on Sunday. This follows the New York..." April 22

  • What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future. The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position. What might Gordon be doing in..." April 22

  • Flyers To Stop Using Kate Smith’s Recording Of ‘God Bless America,’ After Alleged History Of Racism

    CBS Philly "The Philadelphia Flyers have announced they will stop using Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and are covering up her statue outside the Wells Fargo Center after learning about her alleged history of racism. Smith is well-known for singing the song before Flyers..." April 19

  • Vigneault confident he can coach Flyers to quick turnaround "Alain Vigneault says the one thing missing from his coaching resume is winning the Stanley Cup, and the Philadelphia Flyers give him the best chance to check that box off his personal bucket list. Vigneault, who was hired by the Flyers on Monday, replacing Scott Gordon, spent this..." April 19

  • Why Flyers did just fine with Alain Vigneault, not Joel Quenneville

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's uncertain how hard the Flyers went after Joel Quenneville or if the team was even in on the three-time Stanley Cup champion at all. On the day Quenneville took the Panthers' head coaching job, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher appeared unflappable when asked about his..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Alain Vigneault Named Head Coach Of Philadelphia Flyers

    Last Word On Hockey "The Philadelphia Flyers announced they have hired Alain Vigneault to become their head coach. In his last gig in the NHL, Vigneault led the New York Rangers to a 34-49-9 record. The Rangers ended the season in the last place of the Metropolitan Divison.  He ended his..." April 15

  • Flyers To Interview Alain Vigneault For Their Head Coaching Position

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One name that hasn’t come up too frequently in the various head coaching searches around the league is veteran bench boss Alain Vigneault.  However, he appears to be on the radar for at least one team as the Flyers have asked for (and been granted) permission from the Rangers to..." April 13

  • Who could be the Flyers’ next coach? Here’s a list of top candidates "General managers, such as the Flyers’ Chuck Fletcher, like to put their imprint on things when with a new team. For that reason, my gut says Scott Gordon — though he nurtured many of the current Flyers when they were with the AHL’s Phantoms and he is extremely..." April 11

  • Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere admits to injury, pledges he will be much improved next season "Shayne Gostisbehere didn’t want to use it as an excuse, but a knee injury suffered when he blocked a shot against Colorado on Oct. 22 lingered for much of the season and reduced his effectiveness. “Definitely the toughest season I’ve been in personally in my four..." April 10

  • Wade Allison looks to be heading back to college

    Broad Street Hockey "In yesterday’s end-of-season press conference General Manager Chuck Fletcher stated he anticipates prospect Wade Allison will be heading back to college for his senior season. While this may not seem like a massive issue from the exterior, there are some underlying concerns..." April 09

  • Chuck Fletcher has cap space, but also a lot of problems to solve for Flyers

    Courier-Post "When a general manager takes over a new team there’s usually a level of restoration that has to take place first. Chuck Fletcher is in a much better spot than that. He has several young prospects coming, particularly forwards, and roughly $35 million in salary cap space before..." April 09

  • Why Scott Gordon might pull off winning Flyers' head coaching job

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It seemed improbable at first. Scott Gordon had only two-plus years of NHL head coaching experience with not the shiniest of résumés at this level. He went 64-94-23 with the Islanders from 2008-10 and was called to take over a Flyers team in an utter mess. A..." April 09

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Jake Voracek’s high expectations for Flyers make him frustrated, but he’s not going anywhere "Sometimes you absolutely love Jake. Sometimes you absolutely hate Jake. Sometimes he feels absolutely the same way about you. "I’m the kind of guy who fights with someone and moves on in 10 seconds," Flyers forward Jake Voracek was saying as he met..." April 08

  • Is it important for Claude Giroux to finish his career with Flyers?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Claude Giroux has made it known he wants to plays into his 40s. He could even become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. However, does the longest-tenured captain next to Bobby Clarke see himself as a lifelong Flyer? Recently, Giroux sat down with..." April 04

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Scott Gordon ‘in the mix’ for Flyers’ head coach but big names like Joel Quenneville could trump him "Scott Gordon has made himself a candidate to become the Flyers’ head coach, club president Paul Holmgren said as he watched the team practice at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday morning. Since Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol on Dec. 17 and became the interim coach, the..." April 03

  • USNTDP coach John Wroblewski says don't be surprised if Joel Farabee is in Flyers' 2019-20 opening night lineup

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "There's not much to dislike about Joel Farabee. NHL talent evaluators would be hard-pressed to find holes in his game when Farabee was coming up through the U.S. national team development program. The speed, skill, precociousness, scoring acumen — all accentuated..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • The Flyers seem poised for big changes this offseason, but at what cost? "The Flyers lost to the Rangers, 3-0, on Sunday, playing as if they had drunk all the NyQuil in the world before the game, and if such a performance wasn’t to be excused, it was to be expected. Any chance that they might qualify for the playoffs had vanished, officially and finally, the..." April 01

  • Hurricanes eliminate Flyers from playoff contention "The Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday. The Hurricanes (43-28-7) moved within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division and extended their..." March 30

  • Flyers And Ryan Hartman Have Had Preliminary Contract Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After a strong rookie season in 2016-17, Ryan Hartman looked like a potential fixture in Chicago’s lineup for years to come.  However, he has bounced around since then and has been dealt in consecutive trade deadlines, shifting from Nashville to Philadelphia last..." March 30

  • Flyers' Samuel Morin the latest reminder of be ready for 2019-20

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Samuel Morin thought he was in for another morning of extra preparation. He had gotten pretty used to those types of days in the arduous recovery from a torn ACL suffered on May 9, 2018. When he rolled into Flyers Skate Zone Wednesday, he finally heard the sweet sound of..." March 28

  • Former Flyer Jori Lehtera convicted in Finnish drug case "Former Flyers’ forward Jori Lehtera was convicted in a Finnish court Wednesday of buying cocaine and given a four-month suspended prison sentence. Lehtera will not have to serve the sentence so long as he is not arrested on any serious charges through October 2021, according to Finnish..." March 27

  • Philadelphia Flyers Have Nothing To Lose This Off-Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After re-signing forward Michael Raffl to a two-year extension today, the Philadelphia Flyers are in an enviable position heading into the off-season. New GM Chuck Fletcher has his team in position to enter the summer free agent market without any risk of losing..." March 27

  • Flyers re-sign F Raffl to 2-year extension

    TSN "The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed forward Michael Raffl to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season with a $1.6 million AAV.  "We're happy to have Michael for the next two years," Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher said. "Throughout his six..." March 26

  • Is Voracek right in saying the Flyers ‘choked?’

    Pro Hockey Talk "All too often, when an NHL team fails, people learn the wrong lessons. That can be troubling for many reasons, most pressingly: that if they don’t realize why they failed, they could be doomed to make the same mistakes. To some extent, it doesn’t seem..." March 26

  • Despite a lack of playing time, Cam Talbot still sees a future in Philly

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The timing couldn’t have been better for Cam Talbot to come to Philadelphia. Then again, it also couldn’t have been worse. The 31-year-old workhorse was no longer the lead pony in Edmonton and was bracing for a change of scenery. It came sooner than expected when..." March 26

  • Why this year's Flyers team has been an analytics nightmare

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "At least the Flyers spared us from the throwaway cliché of “If we play like this, we’ll win a lot of games this season” following their 3-1 loss to the Capitals on Sunday afternoon (see observations).  It’s an all-too overused line that..." March 25

  • Joel Farabee leaves Boston University after one season, signs with Flyers

    Courier-Post "A hat trick against Kazakhstan in the World Junior Championship opened a lot of eyes to Joel Farabee. After the tournament ended, the Flyers’ 2018 first-round pick went on a huge run and racked up 13 goals and 12 assists in 21 games to end his freshman season at Boston University. He was..." March 25

  • Flyers’ Jake Voracek on key late-season losses: ‘We choked’ "After Sunday’s 3-1 loss in Washington, Flyers right winger Jake Voracek used the c-word — choked — when describing some of the team’s critical losses in recent weeks. The Flyers put together an 18-4-2 run to get within three points of a playoff spot before..." March 25

  • Flyers' Carter Hart matches an NHL accolade not seen in 32 years

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Carter Hart continues to turn back the clock. Just last month, the Flyers' rookie netminder matched Jocelyn Thibault’s rookie record with eight straight victories before the age of 21, a record established back in 1995. Thursday against the Blackhawks, Hart may..." March 22

  • Time for Flyers to face reality, start playing Samuel Morin and Cam Talbot

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It’s time for Scott Gordon and the Flyers to cash that reality check. There will be no Stanley Cup Playoffs in Philadelphia this season. After Tuesday night’s loss to Montreal, those who calculate the odds now put the Flyers’ chances at less than one..." March 21

  • Flyers to start 2019-20 season in Prague against Blackhawks "Playing in Europe will be a first for the Flyers, and the franchise will have a chance to spread its logo overseas. And two of their players, Radko Gudas and Jake Voracek, will have a chance to go home. The Flyers will open their 2019-20 season in Prague with two games..." March 20

  • 'Going through the motions' when Flyers can't afford it

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Carter Hart is a positive, happy-go-lucky kind of kid. His youthful exuberance is why so many people like him. The 20-year-old will block out negativity like a brick wall. Props to the youngster for not expressing even an inkling of lost hope after the Flyers stomached arguably their..." March 20

  • After tough start, JVR is showing why Flyers brought him back

    Pro Hockey Talk "For a while there, JVR felt a little … well, JV for the Philadelphia Flyers. Two main factors seemed to complicate things for James van Riemsdyk as he tried to justify that five-year, $35 million contract to return to Philly. The first was a freak injury, right in the beginning..." March 19

  • Penguins fans taunt Flyers with 16,000 chant

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Flyers may have beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, but Penguins fans were still able to play the ultimate trump card. Sunday marked the 16,000th day since the Flyers last won a Stanley Cup. Fans were quick to use that as a taunt on social media and also at the..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18