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Sloppy Play In Philadelphia’s Win Over Pittsburgh

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Observations from the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Flyers:

This contest was not the best display of hockey. Sure, it was entertaining, particularly if you live east of Harrisburg. There were lots of goals, plenty of skating and relatively little defense.

It looked like something from the 1980s, particularly when you consider how poorly the Penguins used to play in Philadelphia in that era. The only things missing were mullets and brown goaltender pads.

But it was sloppy. There wasn’t a ton of cohesion on either side of the puck. The Penguins and Flyers looked exactly like two teams that had a brief training camp after largely being off the ice for the better part of 10 months.

That will probably be how this season goes for the entire league, at least in the early stages.

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The NHL Announces Two Games At Lake Tahoe

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced a new event for the 2020-21 regular season, the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™, which will feature two regular-season outdoor games along the south shore of North America’s largest alpine lake, on the border of California and Nevada, in Stateline, Nev. Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday will showcase the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 20. Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21. Both games will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Both games will be played without spectators.

NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™ continues the tradition the League established of staging outdoor games during the regular season, with the upcoming games in February marking the 31st and 32nd such events since 2003.

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Coach Vigneault Wants More From Jakub Voracek

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In his first season, the new coach took the first steps to establish a meritocracy based on accountability. In his second season, emboldened by a playoff berth and with the team completely in his grasp, he is free to squeeze.

Alain Vigneault is already squeezing Jakub Voracek.

“When we went into the bubble and into the playoffs, I thought Jake played well in that first round against Montreal. I thought he wasn’t as effective against the Islanders,” Vigneault said Friday.

Friday was the day Vigneault sent Voracek to the second-string power-play unit.

“I talked to Jake about this. I challenged him about this season. There’s a man who’s been in the league for a long time,” Vigneault said. “Basically, he’s won two playoff rounds.”

That, in Vigneault’s estimation, clearly isn’t enough.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Potentially A Very Good Team

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Alain Vigneault’s first season with the Flyers was a success: a 41-21-7 record, a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, the biggest one-year improvement of any NHL team, and the franchise’s first playoff-series win since 2012.

So what do the genial coach and his players do for an encore? Will Vigneault get to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time in an 18-year coaching career? Will the Flyers be champs for the first time since 1975?

Well, some national oddsmakers have them as the NHL’s fifth-best team, behind Colorado, Vegas, Tampa Bay, and Boston.

That says a lot about this team’s potential. It says even more about how people believe in Carter Hart, the precocious goalie who has the ability and composure to be among the NHL’s elite — at 22.

It also says a lot about this team’s makeup: a solid blend of veterans and youth. The Flyers were one of only three three NHL teams (Boston and and Colorado were the others) to be in the top seven in both goals scored and allowed last season.

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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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