Defense on Bench

Coaching adjustments: Pay attention to the point

Early on in the season, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in some trouble. Their slow start has been well documented at this point, but it is all too easy to forget how close they seemed to come to turning it around before the wheels came off for good. By the 11th of February, they had already completed over 25 percent of their regular season schedule, finding themselves below .500; but they had finally started to find their way into the win column. With seven of a possible eight points over a four-game stretch, the team traveled to Toronto with every …

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 …

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 …

NHLDraft2013

Flyers hold 11th spot in the 2013 Entry Draft

  The National Hockey League held its annual draft lottery tonight in Toronto. The lottery system allows the teams with the worst records a real chance at improving.  This year will mark the first time that all 14 of the non-playoff teams will have a shot at winning the first pick.  Basically it breaks down like this:  the worse the record of the team, the more likely the chance that they win the first-overall pick. The team with the worst record in the NHL this season, the Florida Panthers, had a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery.  Other teams …