Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VIDEO: Hartnell talks about injury. Also, a mystery goalie

January 30, 2013

Scott Hartnell spoke to the media about his injury following the Flyers' Wednesday practice.

Hartnell, out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot, talked about his road to recovery and what he has been doing to pass the time . He also shared his thoughts about the Flyers' struggling special teams, which has been a popular point of conversation lately.

In other news:

Ilya Bryzgalov got the day off and did not practice on Wednesday. Instead, an unknown goaltender took the ice with backup Michael Leighton.

The mystery goaltender's name is Joe Rivera according to's Sarah Baicker. A look at Rivera's Twitter account shows that he is a real-estate agent from New Jersey.

It is hard to argue that Bryzgalov's day off wasn't well deserved. His 26 saves kept the Flyers in the game on Tuesday night, proving to be one of the few bright spots in the frustrating 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Flyers' struggles continue in loss

January 29, 2013

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Danny Briere had 10 shots in Tuesday night's loss. The Flyers totaled 27 for the game.
Could things have gotten any worse for the Flyers after a dismal 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay?

Unfortunately, yes.

With the exception of a few players, the Flyers carried over their phoned-in performance from Tampa Bay into Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flyers end weekend with loss in Tampa

January 27, 2013

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The NFL's Pro Bowl is notorious for being perceived as a game where the players don't try.

Why mention the Pro Bowl you ask?

Well, because the Flyers turned in a half-hearted performance in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. Coincidentally, this happened on the same night as the Pro Bowl.

Laughton sent back to juniors

January 27, 2013

The Flyers have decided to send rookie forward Scott Laughton back to his OHL junior team the Oshawa Generals.

Leighton to start against Tampa Bay

January 27, 2013

Ilya Bryzgalov started all five of the Flyers' games to start the season, but he will be getting a break tonight in Tampa Bay.

Backup goaltender Michael Leighton will be getting the start tonight against the Lightning as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi via Twitter.

Read gets first hat-trick in 7-1 win

January 26, 2013

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There isn't any better way to say it. The Flyers dominated.

Fresh off their win against the New York Rangers, the Flyers crushed the Florida Panthers 7-1 on Saturday night, scoring more goals in the game (7) than they had in their first four (5).

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Briere is back and other Flyers notes

January 26, 2013

Forward Danny Briere, who has yet to play this season due to a hairline wrist fracture, will be in the lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers according to the Flyers' official website.

Eric Wellwood was sent back to the Adirondack Phantoms this morning in order to make room on the roster for Briere according to's Anthony SanFilippo.

Brayden Schenn will be returning from a one game suspension for his hit on New Jersey's'Anton Volchenkov   in Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to the Devils.

Mike Knuble will also be in the Flyers' lineup tonight, he was signed to a one-year deal on Thursday night. Knuble was signed to fill in for Scott Hartnell after the Flyers learned that their leading goal scorer from last season would miss at least four weeks with a broken foot.

Rookie Scott Laughton will play in his fifth game tonight.

After the game the Flyers will have to decide between keeping him on the roster for the rest of the season or sending him back to juniors. According to's Tim Panaccio, Laughton is likely to stay given the team's injury situation.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Meszaros to miss a month with shoulder injury

January 25, 2012

The Flyers' injury situation continues to get worse. 

The team learned that forward Scott Hartnell will miss 4-8 weeks with a broken foot on Thursday night, and now they will have to go without defenseman Andrej Meszaros for at least a month.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Flyers beat Rangers 2-1, get first win of the season

January 24, 2012

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There wasn't a lot of reason to believe that the Flyers would be able to beat the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

They couldn't find a way to score in their first three games. They were already dealing with injuries to Danny Briere and Zac Rinaldo when new broke that Scott Hartnell would miss 4-8 weeks with a broken foot. And on top of all of that, they were about to play a team that they haven't beaten since February 2011.

But everything finally clicked for the Flyers, and they earned their first win of the season by beating the Rangers 2-1.

Knuble returns to the Flyers

January 24, 2012

Shortly after Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that Scott Hartnell will miss 4-8 weeks with a broken left foot, news broke that the team signed free agent forward Mike Knuble.

Hartnell out 4-8 weeks, Knuble returns, Briere 50-50

January 24, 2012

Prior to the start of the Flyers' Thursday night home game against the Rangers, GM Paul Holmgren gave some bad news concerning Scott Hartnell.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hartnell injured, Schenn suspended

January 23, 2012

The Flyers already had two injured players to deal with in Danny Briere (hairline wrist fracture) and Zac Rinaldo (skate laceration).

Now the Flyers have another injury to deal with. Scott Hartnell is now out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flyers blanked 3-0 by Devils

January 22, 2013

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The Flyers started out slow in the opening period of their first two games, but they came out firing on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, the Flyers were playing a game where the puck just wasn't bouncing their way. The New Jersey Devils shutout the Flyers 3-0, handing Philadelphia its third 0-3-0 start in franchise history.

Monday, January 21, 2013

McGinn called up after Rinadlo's injury

January 21, 2013

Update: According to a tweet by's Anthony SanFilippo, Rinaldo will miss at least a week with his injury
" recall Tye McGInn from the as Zac Rinaldo will miss at least one week with a thigh laceration. "                                                       - Anthony SanFilippo, @AnthonySan37
Tye McGinn received an invite to Flyers Training Camp, but failed to make the roster and was sent back to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

But an injury to Zac Rinaldo during Sunday's game against the Sabres, could allow McGinn an opportunity to play with Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Flyers fall in Buffalo 5-2

January 20, 2013

Box Score (

As time in the third period started winding down, the Flyers would have at the very least been going in to overtime with a 4-4 tie against the Buffalo Sabres.

But the referees waved off two potential Flyers goals, and Philadelphia would end up losing 5-2.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flyers fall short in season opener, lose 3-1

January 19, 2013

The crowd was fired up, "Crosby sucks!" chants were rampant throughout the arena prior to puck drop. The players were introduced for the first time in months, the Lauren Hart finally had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem again.

Fans at the game were lucky enough to witness it all.

However, if you were watching on TV at home, then tough luck.

NBC chose to nationally televise the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup ceremony, which would see the team's first championship banner go up into the rafters. That was understandable.

What wasn't was NBC opting to show the first few minutes of the Kings' game against the Chicago Blackhawks, rather than allowing Flyers fans on the east coast to see their own team's pre-game ceremony.

NBC finally switched over to the game at 3:37, but it was already time for puck drop by then.

But hey, who can complain? Fans can finally watch Flyers hockey again.


January 19, 2013

Just in case you Flyers Fans out there needed something extra to get you fired up for today. Enjoy

Flyers are ready for Penguins and the season ahead

January 18, 2013

The start of the NHL season is just hours away.

After a lengthy delay and worries that there might not even be a season, the Flyers finally will play their first of 48 games on Saturday afternoon, and what better way to start than against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

The wait to play again has been a long one, and with the wait coming to a close, the whole team is ready to get going against Pittsburgh.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Flyers submit roster, Laughton makes cut

January 18, 2013

The Flyers have submitted their 23-man roster to the NHL this afternoon, here is what the lineup will look like on Saturday against Pittsburgh.....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thousands in attendance for Wells Fargo Center Practice

January 17, 2013

Fans showed up to the Wells Fargo Center as if they were ready to see a game. But that was not what they were showing up for. Instead, it was a practice.

If you need any more proof of how much the fans care about the Flyers, then look no further than Thursday night.

NHL puts apology letter in newspapers

January 17, 2013

The NHL has taken out an ad in major newspapers to issue an apology to the fans, which you can see after the break.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Former Flyer Sean O'Donnell calls it a career

Janauary 16, 2013

At age 41, and after 17 years in the NHL, Sean O'Donnell announced his retirement.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Claude Giroux becomes 19th captain in Flyers History

January 15, 2013

Since April of last year, it was not a matter of if Claude Giroux would become captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, but when.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 was the answer.

NHL allows teams to use compliance buyouts early, what it means for Bryz

January 15, 2013

Change of plans, teams can start using their compliance buyouts now.

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to allow teams to use one of their two compliance buyouts before the season starts on Saturday according to

Briere skates with "no-contact" jersey

January 15, 2013

Update: The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi reports via Twitter that Briere is making progress, but can't put power into his shot. Briere will not play this weekend.

"Briere says he can't shoot puck hard yet and won't play this weekend. Making good progress. "
                                                                                     - Sam Carchidi, @BroadStBull

On Monday it was revealed that Danny Briere  has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, that makes him questionable for at least the first two games of the season.

However, General Manger Paul Holmgren told that Briere is healing a bit faster than anticipated.

On Tuesday, there was proof of that.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Paddock now Assistant Coach

January 14, 2013

In the first two days of training camp, Assistant GM John Paddock was on the ice with the team.

Turns out there is a reason for that. Paddock has moved from the Assistant GM job to become an assistant coach.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Boucher is back

January 13, 2013

Brian Boucher will make another stop in Philadelphia.

The Flyers acquired the 36-year old goaltender from the Carolina Hurricanes along with prospect Mark Alt, in exchange for minor league player Luke Pither.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A look at the Flyers' Schedule

January 12, 2013

The lockout is over,and the schedules have been released. Here is a look at the Flyers' 48-game stretch.

Memorandum of Understanding signed

January 12, 2013

The NHLPA ratified the CBA, leaving the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding as the only obstacle left from keeping the NHL Lockout from officialy ending.

Like everything else that has happened throughout the process, it took a lot longer than it should have to get the memo signed. But the only thing that fans, media, players and owners alike want to hear is that the memo has been signed and the season can now officially begin.

No more negotiations, no more mediation. Just hockey.

Flyers sign Foster in first post-lockout move

January 13, 2013

It didn't take long for the Flyers to make their first post lockout move.

Announced on their website Sunday morning, the Flyers have signed veteran defenseman Kurtis Foster.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

4 Flyers Predictions for a 48-game season

January 10, 2013
NHL Training Camps open up on Sunday, and the puck drops for the regular season just under a week later. 

The Flyers have a lot of question marks going into the shortened season, and there are a lot of different ideas of what could happen.

Here are some of my predictions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CBA ratified, Bettman issues apology

January 9, 2013

The NHL has took its first step towards an official return on Wednesday, as the NHL Board of Governors ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement unanimously.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Briere will miss season opener

January 8, 2013

According to Lisa Hilary of CSNPhilly, forward Danny Briere will miss the season opener due to a hand injury he sustained while playing for Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.

Hilary broke the news on Twitter.

Danny Briere will not play in Game 1. Wrist injury. Hear from him at 6pm  
                            - Lisa Hilary, @LHilaryCSN

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Here is how the 48-game schedule is going to work

January 8, 2013

Today TSN's Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter how the regular season schedule will work.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Briere, Meszaros questionabe, Lilja heathy

January 7, 2013

The lockout is not officially over yet and it will be at least another week until teams can open training camps, but the Flyers are already dealing with a couple injury concerns.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

What the Flyers are saying about the Lockout ending

January 6 , 2013

So now that the lockout is over, time to hear what the Flyers think about the news.

Ladies and Gentleman, the NHL is back!

January 6, 2013

Time was running out. Half the season had already been cancelled and if nothing had been done by Thursday, there would be no season.

In the last few months of 2012, negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, things did not look like they were going to well.

Both sides were impatient and unwilling to compromise, resulting in multiple walk outs on negotiations by either the NHL or the NHLPA. Any progress, if any was made, came to a screeching halt with sudden breaks in negotiations.

But the start of a new year, brought change. With the drop-dead date of Thursday, January 10 approaching, negotiations picked up again. Both the NHL and PA were meeting more frequently and for longer than before.

Then mediator Scot Beckenbaugh was brought in to help move negotiations along, and that is exactly what he did.

Beckenbaugh kept talks between both sides going and convinced the both of them that it was worht it to keep trying to make progress.

Then, on Sunday morning, an agreement was announced. League Comissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, who were opposing forces for many months, were standing next to each other to announce to the media that there will in fact be a season.