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Why Not The Flyers?

from Sam Carchidi of the Phillynews,

The club president isn’t predicting that the Flyers’ four-plus decades without a Stanley Cup are about to end. That, he knows, would be foolish. But he likes the direction in which the team is headed under general manager Ron Hextall. He thinks the likely injection of several rookies will complement the core that features Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Ivan Provorov.

“Obviously, our plan is to make the playoffs this year and see what happens,” Holmgren said Wednesday in his Wells Fargo Center office. “I think what Ron is doing, and has been doing, is put our team in a position where we can make multiple playoff runs with the hopes of winning Stanley Cups along the way. That was his goal when he took over three-plus years ago. I think if you look at our team now and where we are from this moment out, that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Holmgren, who recently had cornea surgery to try to improve the almost-lost sight in his right eye, said the Flyers are a “team that’s setting ourselves up for multiple playoff runs with the idea of winning a Stanley Cup or two along the way. … I think we’re a team that’s poised to take some steps forward over the next number of years. Could it be this year? Yeah, why not?”

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Morning Line- Jeremy Roenick On Claude Giroux

"If I was sitting in front of Claude Giroux right here today, I would say, 'You need to make amends and you need to have a bounce-back season and show everybody why you have been one of the better players over the last five years and last year was just a bad-luck situation. This team is going to run on Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek.

"If Claude is watching right now, I love you to death, put it back together, show everybody why you're one of the best competitors in the game and get back up into that top-scoring aspect. And don't worry about slumps and don't worry about what people think of you, just be Claude Giroux. And if he does that, this team is going to prosper."

-Jeremy Roenick on Claude Giroux.  Jordan Hall of CSNPhilly has more.

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Statement From Ron Hextall On Nolan Patrick’s Surgery

Nolan Patrick will not be participating in the on ice portion of next week's development camp. Nolan had abdominal surgery on June 13th which related to his injury he dealt with this past season. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers. Nolan will be able to resume full activity in 4-6 weeks from the date of surgery.

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Is Brian Elliott An Upgrade In Goal For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

And, so, the Flyers’ never-ending Great Goalie Search has apparently ended with a stop-gap veteran who, truth be told, is not much different from his predecessor.

In essence, they traded a goaltender with a good-but-not-great resume — that would be Steve Mason — for someone with similar traits, Brian Elliott....

o did the Flyers get better with this “trade” of goaltenders?

Not really. But they will be getting a goaltender who will serve as a bridge until a young prospect such as Carter Hart is ready in two or three years.

The price — a reported three-year deal with an annual cap hit of $2.75 million – won’t break the bank.

Elliott will be a good soldier, and the Flyers are hoping he can regain the form that allowed him to excel in his five years with the Blues, compiling a 2.01 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage while playing behind a very good defense. During those five seasons, only Tuukka Rask and Carey Price had better save percentages than Elliott.


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Blues Trade Jori Lehtera And A Pick To Flyers For Brayden Schenn


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The Philadelphia Flyers Trade Nick Cousins To The Arizona Coyotes


added 10:07pm,



Arizona release is below...

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Shane Gostisbehere Signs A Six-Year Extension With The Philadelphia Flyers


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Nashville Predators President Not Happy With Media Reports Out Of Pittsburgh

from Autumn Allison of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators president Sean Henry has had it with the knocks against Nashville’s status as a hockey town by members of the Pittsburgh media.

Henry went on WNSR Nashville Sports Radio Thursday morning to discuss the Predators impressive run that has gained the admiration of national media during the Stanley Cup Final, but ended up addressing the claims against Nashville by a handful of Pittsburgh reporters.

Pittsburgh TV station KDKA has been the ringleader of the Predators hate with chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla, who tweeted before Nashville’s Game 4 4-1 victory that he was “really getting tired of hearing about Nashville’s fans” and that “one Stanley Cup Playoffs does not make a hockey town.”

Writer Dan Kingerski, a radio personality on 93.7 The Fan and PGH Hockey Now writer, suggested that Nashville is pumping in artificial crowd noise into Bridgestone Arena....

“This is a great sports city. … I just don’t understand that moron that keeps talking about how bad Nashville is or how we pipe in music,” said Henry during the radio show.

“… He’s a schmuck, to say what it is. And there’s some other reporter quote, un-quote, I don’t know who or what he writes for. But I just don’t understand why it’s just so important to knock Nashville.”

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A Weird Game One

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There’s probably a country music song buried somewhere in the way the Nashville Predators lost their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

Then again, even a Music Row songwriter might balk at the story. Too hokey. Not believable.

The Predators held the defending Stanley Cup champions without a shot for 37 consecutive minutes, a stretch never before seen in NHL annals, then clawed all the back from a 3-0 deficit after a catfish was thrown on the ice, only to have the Penguins break the tie with three minutes to go on their first shot since the first period.

Oh, and the Preds had their 1-0 lead wiped away on a controversial coach’s challenge … and Nick Bonino scored two goals without ever actually shooting on a goaltender.

“It was a weird, weird game,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said with perhaps the biggest understatement of the season.

It was maybe the most bizarre game ever played in the Stanley Cup Final, one that left you sitting there thinking: “What the heck did we just watch?”


Below, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on Game 1 and video highlights too...

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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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