Making Progress Without Money

Something about June 23 unleashes the beast in Flyers management.

Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, JVR and now Scott Hartnell all traded on this fateful day over the last, several years.

It’s been a busy couple weeks for newly-installed Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

On June 4, he announced the agreement with Reading of the ECHL, completing his double link minor league system into Penn

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Hextall on Timonen Re-Signing

The Flyers re-signed Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract on Friday.

The deal reportedly carries a $2 million base salary and has incentives that could equal $4 million but would carry over into 2015-16.

Financially, the deal works for the Flyers, but if this is the best the Flyers can do for next season and fail to upgrade with a young, puck-mover, this club is in dire straits.


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Transcripts. Take Note of Lombardi’s Last Answer, Flyer Fans

Wish I were in LA for the Cup Final but I'm not ...

Boring summer - and a LONG one - here in Philly. I think Flyer fans would gladly trade hosting the NHL Draft for something tangible - like a Cup Final.

Here's today's media presser with Kings GM Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter, who still hasn't figured out how to enjoy the moment after all these decades in hockey.

Transcripts cour

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Would You Trade Brayden Schenn or Keep Him?

There is little question that new Flyers' GM Ron Hextall is up against it this summer in trying to retool the Flyers with limited cap dollars.

The $6.5 million or so he has now at his disposal isn't going to cut it compared to what he really needs unless he makes a bold move to trade two salaries for one.

Six players are due for salary increases and four have significant ones, led by Claude

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Happy 40th Anniversary!

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Flyers first Stanley Cup.

Most of fans following the Flyers these days weren't even alive when they won either of their last two Cups.

Here is Flyers chairman Ed Snider reflecting back to that Sunday in May 1974 when the Flyers beat the Bruins 1-0 in Game 6 of the Final.

Transcript courtesy of the Flyers:

Q- When you reflect back, does it seem lik

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What They Had To Say

As we reported last week, the inevitable transition from Paul Holmgren to Ron Hextall as general manager of the Flyers was written in the wind last summer.

Here's some interesting transcripts of the changeover today, courtesy of the Flyers. First up is Holmgren and then Hextall:

Flyers President Paul Holmgren
Off-Podium Availability

When you went to Ed (Snider) in January, Pet

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Snider: Changes Coming in Front Office

Wondering what Flyers chairman Ed Snider had to say on Friday at breakup day?

Here's the full transcript among the few reporters who showed up, me included:

ED SNIDER: (courtesy of the Flyers)

Where do you think the team needs to be improved next season?

It’s really too early to make an observation like that. I’ll wait to talk to Paul and his staff before even venturing into th

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Does The Past Help Tonight?

Confidence can be a tricky thing in sports.

Sometime, you have so much of it, you take it for granted.

The Flyers had a 11 third period comeback wins this season. A franchise record. And yet their last one came on March 2 at Washington.

They went another month without getting one and they could have used a few. Why? Because sometimes you become too dependent on allowing things to slip and

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Special Teams Guts It Out

Craig Berube promised adjustments from the Flyers for Game 4 against the Rangers and his team delivered.

Besides making an impact on the power play with a game-winning goal, the Flyers did very good work on the PK, shutting down 4 Ranges power plays while Steve Mason was nothing short of superb with 37 saves.

Special teams were a deciding factor in the Flyers getting this series even at 2-ga

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Time’s Yours, Steve and Claude

Every time we think Steve Mason is about to go into the net for the Flyers or whether he's going to remain out, something unexpected occurs.

Last weekend, we all thought Mason would go in Game 2 based on a practice the previous day that was so upbeat, the Flyers sent Cal Heeter to Hershey.

Next day, we find out that Mason had all kinds of head/neck issues and wasn't going and Heeter was bein

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