In a move that surprised few and validated many, the Philadelphia Flyers announced late Friday afternoon that Chris Pronger was named the 18th captain in franchise history.
Since Pronger's arrival in Philadelphia many have argued that the 6'6" defensemen's demonstrative attitude and commanding style of play made him the perfect candidate for team captain. Some even felt that former captain Mike Richards should have been stripped of his captaincy and replaced with the more vocal Pronger. Now...
The Flyers hosted the Capitals in their annual rookie game Thursday evening at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a nicely sized crowd. The game marked the first real hockey action in Philadelphia since May. The Flyers skated to a 3-2 win. Aside from going into the game to pick up a W, the rookies for the Flyers were looking to impress and get themselves noticed.
The best way to scout players in a game like this is to go by whether or not they stood out. Not every name on the roster is going to sound familiar; if a player impresses, it’s going to be fairly obvious. And not much can be said for a player that does not stand out.
A case can be made for why this year’s rookie camp and training camp are more important than they have been in previous years for the Philadelphia Flyers. It may seem like common sense to many, but there are several key things that go into the significance of this year.
Rookie camp got under way for the Orange and Black this week and a game against the Washington Capitals is scheduled for tomorrow night. Unless your team is participating in a tournament such as the one in Traverse City, rookie camp is fun to get into. But for Flyers fans, it's not usually as exciting. Luckily for a few thousand fans, there is that one Flyers rookie game.
Since the trade of Mike Richards, it has largely been assumed that Claude Giroux’s job next season is going to be to fill the void left by the former captain. In order to accurately assess this statement one needs to analyze both players and look deeper than just the normal statistical categories of goals, assists, and points. By analyzing the context of each players scoring last season it will become more clear as to whether or not it will be up to Giroux to replace Richards.
Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers inked forward James van Riemsdyk to a six year extension worth $25.5 million with an annual cap hit of $4.25 million. There are two trains of thought on the extension among those who follow the team. The first is that JVR has done little to prove that he should warrant such a contract and the risk of signing the deal doesn’t make sense for someone who would have been a restricted free agent after the season.
The other train of thought is that the Flyers did the right thing by locking down one of the players who they are hoping will be a cornerstone of their franchise. With the deal, they are hedg...
Once the wrecking ball completed the journey through the Flyers roster following last season, there was no doubt apprehension would follow. And it has. The Flyers fan base has seen an interesting and at times, tumultuous offseason. The captain’s gone, his sidekick is in Columbus and the season’s around the corner.
The really tricky thing about Philadelphia’s offseason is that they really only added one known quantity to the roster. When an exodus the magnitude of the one that general manager Paul Holmgren put into action occurs, usually the return soothes the hearts and souls of the fans. Aside from forward Maxime Talbot, the new players in orange and ...
With all of the moves made by the Flyers this offseason, a lot of attention has been paid to the changing of the guard from Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. However, while many are assessing whether Giroux can take over for Richards or if van Riemsdyk is up to the challenge of replacing Carter, an older member of the team is flying under the radar.
Next season will be Daniel Briere's fifth with the Flyers. Briere finished last season second on t...
It’s hard to believe, but this coming year will mark Kimmo Timonen’s fifth season as a Philadelphia Flyer. In Kimmo’s tenure with the Flyers, he has played in 321 regular season games, 53 playoff games, and one Olympic tournament. Needless to say, that is a lot of hockey. Add into the equation the fact the Timonen is currently 36 years of age and playing a style of hockey that easily takes a toll on his body, and questions are bound to come up.
So is there a cause for concern? And how much does Timonen really have left in the tank?
The Flyers went from a team built to win the Stanley Cup right now to a team with many questions heading into the 2011-12 season....
Ok, so, I've been crunching numbers based on several factors, shooting percentage, career averages, progression and recent trends and a bit of guesswork, and I think I've done a pretty decent job estimating what the Flyers will do this upcoming season. So, let’s delve into the wonderful world of guessing, and yes, this is a huge guessing game, as to what the Flyers will do. After the chart, I’ll justify why I chose each player.