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Ron Hextall’s Job With The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daiy News,

Next month, Ron Hextall will mark his third anniversary as the Flyers' general manager. In that time, he has conducted three drafts, handpicked a coach whose college-level "culture" he touted, and methodically begun a youth movement that he believes will lead to an era of elite-level teams that perennially challenge for the Stanley Cup.

That vision, though, is as murky as it was when he was elevated to his current position. Despite almost unheard-of health and the first emergent players of his systemwide youth movement, the Flyers will finish this season with a worse record than last and miss the inclusivity-oriented NHL playoffs for the second time in his three seasons as GM.

As for that culture. Entering their final two games this weekend, the Flyers have scored 212 goals this season and allowed 230, numbers that place them among the league's worst. They are good at home. They are bad on the road. Throughout the season, they were a maddening model of inconsistency, capable of routing the league's best teams one night and succumbing meekly to some of their worst the next....

The players Hextall added from the outside to this team after last season - Dale Weise, Roman Lyubimov, Valtteri Filppula - did not improve it. The coach he hired has yet to prove his professional acumen.

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Video- Michal Neuvirth Collapses While Standing In The Crease

 

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A Disappointing Season From The Philadelphia Flyers

from ESPN,

What happened to the Philadelphia Flyers this season?

Craig Custance: Although I agree with the sentiment that the Flyers are who we thought they were, I'm concerned about the steady decline in production from Claude Giroux. This will be the third consecutive season his goal total has declined. He averaged 0.18 goals per game this season, the lowest of his career. His shooting percentage is 7.7 percent, well below his career average, but he's been in double digits just once in the last five years in shooting percentage. Advanced stats analyst Tyler Dellow recently charted Giroux's shots, and he's not getting as many off close to the net as he did when he was at his most productive. There might be more at play here than just a hip injury.

Rob Vollman: Nothing. Not be snide, but the Flyers are exactly where they were expected to be, which is roughly where they have been for five straight seasons. Since the 2013 lockout, very few pundits have looked at any of Philadelphia's opening-night rosters and seen anything more than wild-card potential. The Flyers should be commended for their two playoff berths and not questioned about their three absences.

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Elbow On Brian Dumoulin

No penalty on the play and Dumoulin went the the dressing room but did return.

 

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Hip Has Been An Issue For Claude Giroux

from Mark Narducci of Philly.com,

Giroux has never used injuries as an excuse, but when he was asked Sunday how difficult it was to get past the injury mentally and physically, he opened up somewhat.

"When you try to make plays you used to make and can't really make them, it is frustrating and confusing," Giroux said. "When you start getting the confidence back, you know you can make those plays you just go out there and make it happen."

The hip injury was more difficult to overcome.

"I think when you don't think about that kind of stuff, you go out and play the game, but when it is in the back of your mind and you are really not thinking about the game and mostly thinking about your hip or whatever, I think it is important to kind of focus on the right things," he said.

"Even if you don't feel good out there, you have to find the right way to be strong mentally."

Giroux entered Sunday with 14 goals and 37 assists, with a minus-17 rating. 

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Talent Just Not There For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

He won't say it, but it's there, in the undercurrent of every answer he gives about his foundering Flyers. Ask Dave Hakstol anything, frame it as fiercely or as friendly as you want, and his unblinking answers will inevitably laud effort while underlining missed opportunity and the minutia that separates games this time of the year, especially those low-scoring ones among the league's have-nots.

Here's what he means, each time: The Flyers are not nearly as talented a team as many fans think or wish them to be, and the fact that two of the stars they leaned on so heavily during their unlikely run of a season ago - Claude Giroux and Shane Gostisbehere - are just now beginning to resemble even a sniff of their old selves only makes this more so. But the coach, still supported by the general manager who coerced him from a cushier college job, is loath to say that, perhaps fearing that the one thing they are capable of, and have given him - effort - would dissipate as a result.

Clearly, we can at least say this about the Flyers after 68 games played: They are drowning in a sea of have-nots. They have no pure goal scorers, no game-changers, no shutdown defenseman, no stand-on-your-head goaltender who can steal games because to do so on most nights would require a shutout.

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Mark Streit To Tampa Bay From Philadelphia

 

added 2:33pm,

 

added 2:38pm, Philadelphia release is below...

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Watching The 2017 NHL Stadium Series

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 27, 2017 – NBC Sports’ primetime presentation of the 2017 NHL Stadium Series on Saturday on NBC, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field, was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in three years, excluding Winter Classics, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company.

The Penguins’ 4-2 win against the rival Flyers (8-11 p.m. ET) averaged 1.917 million viewers, up 13% vs. last season’s primetime NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche (1.698 million; 2/27/16), and was the most-watched regular-season non-Winter Classic game since the 2013-14 season (PIT-CHI; 2.759 million; 3/1/14). The game delivered a 1.12 household rating, up 17% vs. Red Wings-Avalanche (0.96).

Locally, the Penguins’ victory delivered a 16.3 rating in Pittsburgh, up 137% vs. the Penguins 2015-16 NBC regular-season rating (6.9). Philadelphia produced a 5.1 rating, up 12% vs. last season’s NBC average (4.6). NBC was the top network in both markets during the game. Digitally, the game set Stadium Series records for uniques (56,000) and live minutes (2.3 million).

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Video- Brandon Manning Suspended Two Games For Interference

Here is the explanation...

 

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Heinz Field to Host Second Cheapest Stadium Series Game

By Tim Dolan,

Traveling to Pittsburgh might not be so burdensome after all: Saturday’s Stadium Series between the Penguins and Flyers is posting near-record low ticket prices on the resale market. On TicketIQ, a search engine that collects ticket data from over 90 percent of the market, Stadium Series tickets are now averaging $178. That makes it the second cheapest Stadium Series game since 2014, trailing only a 2016 matchup between the Wild and Blackhawks ($160 average).

For fans looking just to get past the gates at Heinz Field this weekend the cheapest tickets are currently listed from $91 each. Take a look at where Stadium Series ticket prices stack up all time below: 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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