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Alex Lyon Concerned About The Younger Players

from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Hockey players aren’t paid during the off-season. Not paid during the playoffs, either. They earn their salaries during the regular season, which is why Lyon is a little concerned for some of his teammates.

Not his Flyers teammates. Many of those guys are NHL veterans who should have enough commas in their bank-account statements to last them through several pandemic stoppages. Lyon, who signed a $700,000, one-year deal in September to again be the top minor-league goalie in the Flyers system, worries about the youngsters in the organization.

“Guys like me are very fortunate that we’re not too stressed about making it through this,” said Lyon, who played in three games for the Flyers last season, and was one of four goalies on the playoff bubble roster. “I don’t ever, ever like to talk about another person’s money, but a lot of people don’t understand there are a lot of guys who are just making [minimal] money, coming out of college.”

“Especially in the East Coast league and the American League. It’s not just the NHL guys that have to find their way. It’s also those lower-level guys and it’s just not quite as simple for them. My heart really goes out to them.”

Lyon pointed out that the league minimum for AHL players is $51,000 annually while the ECHL, the league a step below the AHL, has minimum weekly salaries of $490-$530 depending on experience.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Could Use More Defense

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As mentioned, the offseason is far from over, and maybe Fletcher has more moves that will strengthen the defense.

If not, he is gambling that his blueliners make up for their defensive shortcomings with their offense.

Yes, it would be exciting to watch, but would it be effective?

“Why not?” Fletcher said when asked if Gostisbehere and Gustafsson could both be regulars. “I think Provorov’s elite defensively. [Travis] Sanheim and Myers, in my opinion, will become elite shutdown defensemen in this league. Justin Braun is an elite defender. [Robert] Hägg is a good defender. So why not have a couple guys that can spring your offense? If we can defend less, that would be a great thing.”

Under Fletcher’s direction, the Flyers made major strides last season, so maybe his out-of-the-box offseason will pay dividends.

But I still think something else is in the works.

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Goalie News Today

 

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Sean Couturier Awarded The Frank J. Selke Trophy

EDMONTON (Sept. 10, 2020) – Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers is the 2019-20 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Series Loss Cannot Damper The Future Of The Philadelphia Flyers

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This was not a COVID coincidence. This was not a moral victory. This was real. These Flyers are real.

Ignore their 4-0 Game 7 dud. It should not define the past season or their incandescent future.

This was real goaltending by 22-year-old Carter Hart. Real grit from 23-year-old defenseman Ivan Provorov. Real leadership from 32-year-old captain Claude Giroux and his chief lieutenant, Sean Couturier. Real discipline and defensive commitment from 31-year-old scorer Jake Voracek – a new trick for that old dog.

Giroux has two years left on his contract. The Flyers’ window will be open for at least that long. After a seven-game, second-round loss, that is real consolation.

“We like our team. We like the pieces we have,” said Giroux, who finally won a playoff series for the first time in eight years. “We’re going in the right direction.”

How do we know this is the right direction?

Because we saw real growth from a young core who were afforded no quarter by first-year coach Alain Vigneault. He challenged his Big Boys to wear their appropriate trousers not just after the Islanders took a three-games-to-one lead, but all season. Voracek and James van Riemsdyk are the second- and fourth-highest-paid players on the team. He didn’t care. He benched them both.

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Video- Before Tonight’s Game 6 Flyers/Islanders

Let's listen to the teams during game 5.

 

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Videos- Canucks, Flyers Win To Play Another Day

from the CP at TSN,

 Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko sat on the bench for a month, waiting 14 games for his first ever start in the NHL playoffs.

On Tuesday he got it, and made the most of it.

Demko made 42 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 at Rogers Place to stay alive in the post-season.

The Golden Knights still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 goes Thursday.

Demko got the nod after Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks' regular starter, was deemed unable to play and didn't dress. Demko battled a fierce Vegas attack all night long and an avalanche of shots: redirects, one-timers, odd-man rushes and goalmouth scrambles.

Prior to Tuesday, the 24-year-old had seen 8:26 of playoff action in 2020, mopping up for Markstrom in the third period of a 5-0 Vegas blowout in Game 1.

Demko said he has been preparing for it, putting in extra ice time to work on aspects of his game.

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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Morning Line- Chuck Fletcher

“You might see more hockey trades, the dollar-for-dollar trades where teams need to improve or need to upgrade in certain areas. If you don’t have the ability to go into the UFA market, you have to be creative and find solutions with other teams. So, it’s going to be very interesting.”

-Chuck Fletcher, GM for the Philadelphia Flyers.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more and a slew of other hockey topics.

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Video- Highlights Of Today’s Islanders/Flyers Game

Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead, the Islanders fought back to tie it late in the 3rd period then in OT, the Flyers win it.

 

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Scoring Issues For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers have a serious problem.

They cannot score goals.

As obvious as this flaw is, the Flyers’ lack of playoff scoring has escaped heavy scrutiny because, hey, look at how awesome Carter Hart is playing for a 22-year-old goalie and, wow, the defence has really rounded into form under the steady hand of Alain Vigneault.

Moreover, until Monday’s clinical dissection by the New York Islanders, Philly had been winning — sport’s cure-all for underlying ailments. They entered the Toronto bubble as a fourth seed and catapulted to top dogs as Boston and Washington sleepwalked through round-robin action.

They then slipped by a 12-seed Montreal Canadiens squad that came here for experience and moral victories and were able to chalk up their cold sticks to Carey Price.

But now? Now it’s a problem.

Through 10 post-season contests, the Flyers have averaged a scant 2.2 goals per game. Every team with worse production — and 10 (!) teams with better production — has already been eliminated.

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