Steve Spott

Five Questions: The next head coach

Flyers Faithful revisited a former recurring feature, Five Questions, to address some current hot and important topics, including the draft, prospects, and the future of the Flyers. For this edition of Five Questions, we asked John Saquella, James Centifonti, Jim Butler, Joshua Janet, and our very own Jared Abbott to participate. Below, you will find their answers to today’s question. Assuming that Peter Laviolette does not return behind the bench next season, who would be your (realistic) top three picks to coach the Flyers?  John Saquella: I have long been calling for a change behind the bench, and my first choice was …

Harry Z Fight Club

His Name Was Harry Z

On April 1, 2013 the Flyers traded away Harry Zolnierczyk. The members of the Flyers have been trained to lose all identity so they could dissolve into one cohesive orange and black unit. They were trained to live for the crest on the front, not the name on the back. When one of them was moved from the team, the players didn’t understand it. Zac Rinaldo looked up, tears in his eyes. He understood the situation less than anyone. “Why did Flyer 37 have to leave? What does it all mean?” Looking around the room, Kimmo Timonen asked,  “Are you …

masonpuck

Flyers ink Mason to extension

As expected, the Flyers have re-upped goaltender Steve Mason. The club revealed on Monday morning that it’s a one-year extension worth a reported $1.5 million. Mason came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade deadline deal last Wednesday for Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick in 2015, and made his Philly debut in the third period of a 4-1 loss at Winnipeg on Saturday. The 24-year-old is due $3.2 million this season and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July. Cap-friendly deal? Yep. Primed for controversy? Also yes. Mason, a fallen Calder Trophy winner, …

Rest in peace, Captain. You were a true hero.

Ice hockey fundraiser to benefit the family of Michael Goodwin

At the suggestion of Scott Valletti, we are raising money to benefit the family of fallen Philadelphia fire fighter, Captain Michael Goodwin, who tragically lost his life this weekend. Here’s the deal. We have a game date setup for Sunday, April 21. Since it is a tight deadline, we’re going all in here. If we can get enough registrants (30 skaters, 2 goalies)*, we will play. If not, your money will go straight to Goodwin’s family and we will send you a thank you package on behalf of Flyers Faithful. Here are the details: What: One-game, two-team Ice hockey fundraiser to …

Timonen

As playoffs chances dwindle, Timonen extension makes less sense

In early February the Philadelphia Flyers extended the heart of their defense corps, Kimmo Timonen, for one season. At the time, there was a fair share of debate as to whether it was the right move. As the Flyers inch closer to missing the playoffs, my distaste for the decision increases. From a hockey perspective, it made perfect sense to re-sign the 38 year old defenseman. On a mightly struggling blueline, Timonen was a steadying presence. While you can argue he has lost a step, he is still an incredibly valuable member of the group. When you look at the …