Grossmann

2013 Year in Review: Nicklas Grossmann

After being acquired last season from the Dallas Stars for the playoff push, Nicklas Grossmann was poised to become a key member of the Philadelphia Flyers blue line as the 2013 season began. Without Chris Pronger and Matt Carle to rely on, it was Grossmann who was asked to step up the most as the veteran presence starting the year in the middle of the depth chart. When he played, the massive Swede seemed to deliver; but awards aren’t won when you can’t finish the race. If you had to describe the season of #8 in one word, ‘tumultuous’ might …

Simmonds

2013 Year in Review: Wayne Simmonds

While the Philadelphia Flyers may have suffered through a down year as a team, there are several individual players on the roster that should look back on this season and hold their heads high. One of those players is Wayne Simmonds, who is quickly becoming one of the more reliable scoring threats in Philadelphia. Heading into the season, expectations were high for ‘Simmer’ after a successful transition from the Pacific to Atlantic division last year. Before he could embark on his second season in Philadelphia under the final year of his contract, Simmonds was signed to a six-year extension that …

Hartnell

2013 Year in Review: Scott Hartnell

When someone leads the team in scoring and pushes the 40-goal plateau, expectations will be high on that player to maintain such a pace. It becomes an even bigger focal point when that player signs a massive contract extension that could potentially make him the highest paid forward on the team. Unfortunately for Scott Hartnell, the showman failed to deliver in a year where all eyes were on him. It all started last season, when the winger enjoyed his best year in the National Hockey League to date. Playing alongside Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr, he placed career bests in …

Schenn interview

2013 Year in Review: Brayden Schenn

When a team trades their captain, it is inevitable that a lot of pressure will be placed on the players that come back in return. Brayden Schenn has yet to play a full season in the National Hockey League, but it’s hard to believe it based on how high expectations are on the young forward to contribute. Starting last season with injuries before finally getting a chance to stick with the club, this lockout-shortened year was his first opportunity to play an NHL season from start to finish. Though he may have fallen short of becoming a reliable secondary scoring …

Timonen

2013 Year In Review: Kimmo Timonen

It was 2007 when the Flyers brought in both Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell in a pre-draft trade with Nashville, instantly revitalizing the roster from head to toe. Upon joining the fold in Philly, both players immediately signed contract extensions, with Timonen’s coming in at six years and $38 million. This past season marked the final year of his initial contract, and one could argue that it might have been his best stint with the Orange and Black. Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: people age, and hockey players aren’t any different. Timonen is not the …

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