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Afternoon Line -Tony DeAngelo

“So we were watching all the other guys go off, and then they were telling us how hard it was on purpose, just to piss us off a little bit.”

“But we expected this, we’ve had guys here since Sept. 1. We never did six laps” like on Thursday. “Some guys did four just to get a feel for it. But no matter how many times you do it at practice, your legs kind of give out a little bit. They die. It’s just work. I think everybody worked hard.”

-Tony DeAngelo of the Philadelphia Flyers after day 1 of camp under John Tortorella.  Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now has more.

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Tough News For Ryan Ellis

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

For the first time, the Philadelphia Flyers revealed the nature of a devastating injury that may bring a premature end to the playing career of defenseman Ryan Ellis.

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher told reporters on Thursday upon the opening of training camp that Ellis suffered a torn psoas muscle in 2021. The torn muscle, which runs from the lower spine through the hip, has caused significant hip and core issues for Ellis.

Officially, Fletcher said that Ellis is “out indefinitely,” unlikely to play this season, and acknowledged the possibility that Ellis may never play again. He has not played since Nov. 13, 2021.

Ellis, 31, skated in four games with the Flyers last season before sustaining the injury, which sources said is unrelated to any prior injury.


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Keith Yandle Is Retiring

via Sportsnet,

Defenceman Keith Yandle, who holds the NHL's iron man streak for most consecutive games played, has retired after 16 seasons.

Yandle made the announcement Tuesday on the Spittin Chiclets podcast.

The 36-year-old from Boston played 1,109 games and recorded 103 goals and 516 assists for 619 points with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Yandle was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round, 105th overall, in 2005.

Starting March 26, 2009, Yandle played an NHL record 989 consecutive games. He surpassed Doug Jarvis (964 games) earlier this year on Jan. 25 and Yandle's streak came to an end on March 29 after the Flyers announced him as a healthy scratch for the following game.

Yandle, who had signed a one-year deal with the Flyers after being bought out by the Panthers, finished the season with one goal and 18 assists in 77 games.

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All John Tortorella

from Adam Kimelman of NHLcom

NHL.com caught up with Tortorella to discuss several topics, including the change in mindset and standards that come with his arrival, where he draws motivation, his relationship with defenseman Tony DeAngelo, and more.

Do you think the players have an understanding of what the expectation level will be, starting with training camp?

"No, I don't. That's certainly not a criticism to them. They don't know because we haven't gone through any experiences. They haven't gone through camp, they haven't gone through some of the mental and physical tests that we're going to go through in camp. We haven't gone through any adversity when the season starts. ... I don't like using the word culture. To build to play the right way, with the right standard, you have to go through some experiences and teaching them, 'Geez, that was really good,' and then, 'Holy [cow], that is not good enough,' with video, with conversations, with all sorts of ways, and spontaneous coaching, quite honestly, when things happen, good and bad. That's how you create a standard. You and I and me and the players could sit here and talk all summer long about what the standard is. That means nothing until you start going through some of the things and then see how they react to it."

Defenseman Tony DeAngelo was the Flyers' biggest acquisition. Is the power play where he'll have the biggest impact?

"Absolutely, but he's going to add juice to our team all over the place. There's a lot of talk about how he's handled himself; I'm sure he knows he's made some mistakes. We've all made mistakes publicly with our mouths and our actions in life, but the thing I love about Tony is I may have to tame him at certain times, but I'd much rather have a player that has that intensity and that will that he shows and the competitiveness that he shows. He'll do some stupid stuff, and he's going to say some stupid stuff, but we'll work through it together. He may have to be tamed at certain times, but I think that's what this team needs. I think the team needs a little bit of personality and a little bit of that [stuff] that goes on with it. He's going to be a huge part of our power play as far as the way he can handle the puck, the way he comes across the blue line. Just the way he plays, he's a huge piece to the puzzle here."

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Philly Fans Not Happy With The Flyers Management Team

from Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now,

The Flyers’ management team is at the bottom of the 32-team NHL.

The Athletic on Thursday ranked fans’ confidence levels in the front office; the Flyers were last, based on input from fans.

Philly had the fourth-highest entries (1,000), showing that its fans wanted to be heard.

The Flyers, with GM Chuck Fletcher running the show, were plagued by injuries as they had the second-worst record in franchise history last season.

And then came the team’s summer of discontent — after management had promised an “aggressive retool” months earlier.

No Johnny Gaudreau, a gifted free agent who wanted to play here. No trade for Alex DeBrincat, the left winger who would have been the ideal player to build around.

No significant moves to clear cap space and change a faceless team.

So fans vented in the Athletic poll.


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Players In The Flyers Organization Facing Legal Issues In Russia

from Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now,

- The trial of Russian goaltender Ivan Fedotov, a highly regarded Philadelphia Flyers prospect, is scheduled to begin Thursday, according to TASS, the country’s official state news agency.

Fedotov, 25, was favored to win the job as the Flyers’ No. 2 goalie in training camp. He would have pushed Carter Hart for more playing time.

That was before he ran into a roadblock, and was ordered to serve in Russia’s Navy.

The Olympic silver medalist filed a complaint against the government’s attempts to recruit him for military service....

- Mikhail “Misha” Vorobyev, who has been playing in the KHL but whose rights are sill owned by the Flyers, pleaded guilty to bribery charges related to trying to evade Russian military service, per TASS.

A hearing will be held Aug. 22.

Vorobyev, 25, could receive as much as 12 years in prison, the report said. He had two goals in 35 career games with the Flyers, and has played in the KHL the last two seasons.

more on the first topic...

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Late Morning Line -John Tortorella

Speaking to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Tortorella expressed his displeasure at comments made about the Flyers acquiring defenceman Tony DeAngelo and missing out on free agent star Johnny Gaudreau.

"I've got to see the players play. I know you're talking about free agency; I know that Chuck has been criticized through the free agent time here," Tortorella said. "I'm a little pissed off about some of the things said about a couple of the players and Tony DeAngelo, at least some of the things I've read. I haven't read them all, I don't spend my day trying to listen to everybody, what they're talking about.

"But everybody's upset about Johnny G, that Johnny G wasn't signed. Any general manager would be interested in a guy like that and I'm sure Chuck was. But there's sometimes the lay of the land, where your contracts are at, where your cap's at and where your team's at, quite honestly. Is it time to sign a free agent like that? I think we have a little bit of building to do here and a little bit of growing."

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.  TSN has more.

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Developing An Identity In Philadelphia

from Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now,

New coach John Tortorella talked exclusively to Philly Hockey Now recently about a number of topics, some related to the Philadelphia Flyers, some related to his search for a farm for his four pitbulls and three horses, some related to creating an identity for his hockey team.

During the interview, which took place before the Flyers laid an egg during the start of free agency, Tortorella was asked if he had a message for the fans, many of whom are disillusioned because the team has won one playoff series in the last 10 years.

“And they probably have a right to be, too,” he said.

The Flyers’ attendance and TV ratings took a hit last season. Can Tortorella and his team bring the fans back?

“What I say means nothing,” Tortorella said. “It’s how we go about our business and what we turn into.  We’re going to try to be them (the fans). We’re going to try to join with the city and have an identity of the city – a hard-working group, an honest group.”


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John Marino Acquired By The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ – Saturday, July 16, 2022 – The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman John Marino via trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ty Smith and the club’s third-round selection in the  2023 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

“John is a competitive, highly-mobile defenseman who strengthens our back end,” said Fitzgerald. “He takes pride in his game away from the puck and his puck management and ability to transition play will fit in nicely with our style and the strengths of our forward group. This is another move focused on improving our club today, while also providing certainty and stability for roster flexibility as we continue to build.”

Marino, 25, joins the Devils after spending the past three seasons in the NHL with Pittsburgh from 2019-20 to 2021-22. The 6’1”, 180lbs. blueliner signed a six-year contract with an annual average value of $4.4 million on Jan. 3, 2021, which is set to expire after the 2026-27 season. The right-handed shot recorded 25 points (1g-24a), and earned career-highs with 24 assists, 23 PIM and two shorthanded points.

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The Mood In Philadelphia

from Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now,

The Philadelphia Flyers’ management had said the plan was to make an “aggressive retool” this summer.

Could have fooled us.

The Flyers failed to sign star left winger Johnny Gaudreau — who wanted to come home and play for the Orange and Black — when the free-agency period opened Wednesday at noon.

Instead, they settled on steady defenseman Justin Braun, 35, and tough-guy Nic Deslauriers, a left winger who has 521 penalty minutes and 44 goals in 506 career games. Deslauriers, 31, was given a four-year contract with an annual cap hit of $1.75 million. Braun got one year at $1.75 million.

Aggressive retool? The Flyers appear to be building a team that will contend for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft, Connor Bedard, a center who is a projected generational player.


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