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NOV - 29
5:30 p.m.

As the Flyers media were entering the locker room for their daily interviews, they, along with the Flyers staff, learned that the Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Andreas Nodl off waivers.

The Flyers placed Nodl on waivers yesterday around noon.
“That’s the risk you take. It’s probably a good opportunity for Andreas. He’ll get an opportunity to work his way into the lineup there,” said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. “He was having a tough time here for whatever reason. He was good for us for a couple years and we wish him well.”

He departs the Flyers after appearing in 127 games with the Orange & Black recording 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points over parts of four seasons. He was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (39th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

In addition, the Flyers announced that they have recalled forward Brayden Schenn and defenseman Kevin Marshall from their AHL affiliate in Adirondack today.

Both Schenn and Marshall will accompany the Flyers on their West Coast trip. If in the lineup, it will be the third game for Marshall, while Schenn would be appearing in his fifth regular season game for the Flyers.

“Brayden has had tough luck since the start of training camp when he hurt his shoulder and then he breaks his foot when he comes back up, but I think he played good for the three games for [the Phantoms] over the weekend,” added Holmgren. “Obviously the more important thing for us is that his foot held up. He checkout out good with our doctor yesterday so I’m anxious to see him get back in the lineup.”

Holmgren also updated the media a little further on the status of James van Riemsdyk and his upper-body injury.

The 6-3, 200-pound forward remains a long shot for Friday’s tilt at Anaheim and is 50/50 for the second half of the back-to-backs in Phoenix on Saturday.

“We think they’re close,” said Holmgren alluding to both JVR and Jagr’s lower-body injury. “We don’t play until Friday so we’ll have a better idea over the next few days.”

Jagr skated for the second straight day, but skating isn’t quite enough for the 39-year-old forward to tell whether he’s ready to play.

“Maybe when I came back, it was too quick, but I didn’t feel any pain,” said Jagr. “In the game, it’s different. You kind of have to react. Even in practice you think you have it [and] you don’t go 100 percent… and you can’t think, you just have to go 100 percent.”

** 1:15 p.m. **

The Flyers have announced that they have recalled forward Brayden Schenn and defenseman Kevin Marshall from their AHL affiliate in Adirondack today.

In addition, the Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Andreas Nodl off waivers today. The Flyers placed Nodl on waivers yesterday around noon. He departs the Flyers after appearing in 127 games with the Orange & Black recording 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points over parts of four seasons.

He was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (39th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

NOV - 28

5:08 p.m.

The New York Rangers unveiled their Winter Classic Jersey at Central Park today.

The sweater features colors from the team's "Heritage Jersey" with a vintage Rangers shield inspired by the original logo for the franchise established in 1926. (Courtesy of the NHL & NY Rangers)

** 2:38 p.m. **

Following a conference call with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to discuss the surgery of defenseman and captain Chris Pronger, Holmgren told reporters that this is more of a maintenance surgery than anything, and that he expects him to be playing again in four weeks.

“The structure of his knee is fine, he’s got good cartilage on both sides of that knee, so this is just kind of a maintenance thing more than anything, and to get him a little more comfortable.”


At some point today or tomorrow, Pronger is expected to be placed on LTIR (long-term injured reserve). As is defenseman Andreas Lilja, who went down with a high-ankle sprain on Nov. 25 vs. Montreal and is expected to be out for six weeks.

In addition to the Pronger news, the Flyers have placed forward Andreas Nodl on waivers earlier today.

“Andreas hasn’t played as much,” said Holmgren. “We’ll just gauge interest and see what happens.  At some point tomorrow, if he clears waivers, we'll see what we're going to do with him – if we send him down or just keep him.”
Nodl has appeared in 12 games for the Flyers this year, picking up one assist.

Kevin Marshall made his NHL debut on Nov. 21 vs. Carolina and appeared in Saturday's game at Madison Square Garden.
The Flyers are also expected to recall forward Brayden Schenn from the Phantoms, who was activated off of Injured Reserve on Nov. 22 and sent to Adirondack.

“He was in town today to get a follow-up on his foot with Dr. Raikin and everything looks good there. He made it through his three games [with the Phantoms].”

During his three-game stint in the AHL over the weekend, Schenn recorded four points (2G-2A) to help the Phantoms go 2-1-0.

Kevin Marshall, who was loaned to the Phantoms following the Flyers-Rangers game on Saturday, will also be recalled from the Phantoms and most likely join the Flyers on their trip to California and Phoenix for this weekend’s game.

More on the injury front, Jaromir Jagr skated today for the first time since re-injuring his lower-body injury on Nov. 23 at Long Island during the Flyers-Islanders game.

It is certainly a possibility Jagr will play in one of the upcoming games this weekend as the Flyers visit Anaheim on Friday and travel to Phoenix on Saturday.

One player who will most likely not play is forward James van Riemsdyk, who continues to be out with an upper body injury.

“James is probably a long-shot right now, but I’ll know more tomorrow, we’ll see how he is tomorrow.  He wasn't doing too good today.”

NOV - 26

11:04 a.m.

The Flyers have recalled defenseman Kevin Marshall this morning from their AHL affiliate in Adirondack. Marshall will be available to play in today's Flyers-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden at 2 p.m.

NOV - 25
9:38 p.m.

The Flyers were without forward James van Riemsdyk in today’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Now for the second straight game another Flyer has gone down with an injury. This time it was defenseman Andreas Lilja.

“Andreas left after the second period,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “He suffered a high ankle sprain and he’ll be out for about six weeks.”

Lilja played just 14 shifts for a total time-on-ice of little over nine minutes. So far this season, Lilja appeared in 20 games, recording three assists, 14 penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of plus-4 while averaging nearly 13 minutes of ice time per game (12:47).

As far as van Riemsdyk is concerned, Holmgren stated an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday Flyers-Islanders game was the reason he was out of the line up.

He was originally expected to be out of action for the next 1-2 weeks, but there is hope that may change. For now it will be a wait and see process.

Said Holmgren: “We're hoping to get him back sooner than that obviously, but we'll see how it comes over the next few days.”

Following Saturday afternoon’s tilt at Madison Square Garden, the Flyers will have completed six-games in a 10-day span. It will be followed up by five full days away from game action.

Those days will no doubt be used to heal some bumps and bruises.

* * 3:05 p.m. * *

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is not in the lineup for today’s Flyers-Canadiens game at the Wells Fargo Center due to an upper-body injury, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren also stated that van Riemsdyk is also expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks of action.

In his last game, Wednesday, Nov. 23 at NY Islanders, van Riemsdyk recorded 21 shifts and 17:52 of time-on-ice.

Today is just the second missed game of the season for the 22-year-old forward. He previously missed the Flyers-Devils game on Nov. 3 due to a lower-body injury.

Prior to today’s game, van Riemsdyk ranked fourth on the team in goals (8) and tied for fourth in points (16) in 20 games.

NOV - 23
3:29 p.m.


Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn and right wing Jaromir Jagr will be in tonight’s lineup at New York Islanders.

Coburn missed the Flyers game vs. Carolina on Monday due to an upper-body injury, and for the longest-tenured Flyer, it didn’t take long to get back out on the ice. Same goes for the 39-year-old Jagr, who missed the last two games (Winnipeg & Carolina) with a lower-body-injury.

“I’ve been feeling good. It was just a matter of getting cleared by the doctor,” said Coburn following the team’s practice yesterday. “Anytime you miss a game it’s pretty frustrating; I think any guy in this dressing room will tell you that.”

More particularly for Coburn, who has never missed a span of more than four straight games in his Flyer career and just three games combined in the last two full seasons.

Defenseman Chris Pronger did not skate with the team in Long Island this morning and as of yesterday is day-to-day with a virus. Marc-Andre Bourdon, who made his NHL debut on Monday, is on the trip and could make his second straight appearance tonight vs. Islanders.

NOV - 22

4:54 p.m.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the media today on some roster moves as players continue to be on the mend and day-to-day with regards to being in and out of the lineup.

Most notably rookie forward Brayden Schenn, who is healing from his foot injury a little quicker than expected, has been taken off the team’s injured reserve list and loaned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Defenseman Kevin Marshall will be joining him. Marshall made his NHL debut in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes and recorded 14:11 of ice-time in which he had a pair of blocked shots and hits.

Harry Zolnierczyk’s stint down with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL was short-lived. The Flyers announced that they have recalled the 5’11, 180-pound forward, who will be available to play in tomorrow night’s Flyers-Islanders game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

One person who would like to play is Jaromir Jagr, who has sat out the last two games with a lower-body injury and remains day-to-day.
“To sit around, it’s not me. I want to be apart of the team and help the team,” said Jagr. “It’s not about the points, it’s about the team. Do we make the playoffs and how we’re going to do in the playoffs. That’s the hockey you want to play and that’s what I miss the most.”

Jagr skated with his teammates today and as you can imagine, they were quite happy to have him on the ice.

“He’s been great all year-long and he’s really helped me out a lot,” said James van Riemsdyk. “He’s a bigger guy with similar attributes, so when he sees some things that I can work on, just little things, he’s been good in helping me with that kind of stuff.”

It seems to be working.

Van Riemsdyk has eight goals and 16 points so far compared to last year when he had no goals and just seven assists at the same time of the year. His line mate, Claude Giroux, is already expanding on his stats from last year.

“I think that there’s chemistry there, that’s why they’ve been together for so long,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “It’s pretty visible out on the ice. They make plays; they look for each other; they score goals and it continues to grow.”

Jagr’s status for the game at Long Island tomorrow will most likely be decided following the team’s morning skate.

Other injury updates from Holmgren include captain Chris Pronger, who is day-to-day with a virus, while Braydon Coburn also continues to be day-to-day with an upper-body injury.”

Following his wrist surgery last Thursday (Nov. 17), Erik Gustafsson is on the shelf for another 4-5 weeks, while Blair Betts is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

* * 2:24 p.m. * *

The Flyers have activated Brayden Schenn from IR and loaned him and Kevin Marshall to Adirondack.  The Flyers have also recalled Harry Zolnierczyk from Trenton of the ECHL.

NOV - 21
7:32 p.m.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced just prior to the Flyers-Hurricanes game that Captain Chris Pronger and defenseman Braydon Coburn would not play.

Pronger is out of the lineup due to a virus and Coburn is suffering from an upper-body injury.

Pronger misses his seventh game of the year and first since returning from his eye injury on Nov. 9.

For Coburn it is the first game he has missed all year and first since Dec. 14, 2009 at Boston. Prior to that he played in 152 consecutive games for the Flyers and over the course of his Flyers career he has appeared in 360 out of 368 games for the Flyers.

Hence, rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall were recalled from the Flyers’ AHL affiliate and are making their NHL debut in the Flyers-Hurricanes game at the Wells Fargo Center.

It will be the NHL debut for both players, and for the Flyers they will be the fourth and fifth players this season to make an NHL debut (Couturier, Read, Zolnierczyk).

* * 6:22 p.m. * *
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that captain Chris Pronger and defenseman Braydon Coburn will not be in the lineup for the Flyers-Hurricanes game on Monday.

Pronger will be out due to a virus, while Coburn is suffering from an upper-body injury.

* * 3:08 p.m. * *

Flyers rookie Matt has had a heck of a week.

And for that, the NHL has chosen to honor him. The League office announced today that Read has been named the 'Third Star' of the Week for his performance over the last four games.

Read shared the League goal-scoring lead last week, tallying four times as the Flyers (11-5-3) won two of three starts. Read scored in each game, beginning with a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 14.

Read’s five goals in his last four games is the best stretch for a Flyers rookie since Mikael Renberg scored five goals in three games from Feb. 15-18, 1994.

He notched the game-winning goal with 18.6 seconds remaining in regulation time in the Flyers' 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Nov. 17 and closed the week by tallying two goals in a career-high 21:37 of ice time in a 6-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 19. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia on March 24, 2011 following four standout seasons at Bemidji State, Read tops all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and ranks fourth in points (13).

Read is the second Flyer to receive Third Star honors. Jaromir Jagr was named Third Star for the week ending on Oct. 31.

NOV - 20
2:44 p.m.

Despite the loss to the Jets on Saturday, the Flyers are continuing their climb up the scoring charts and making dents on stat sheets around the league, especially Claude Giroux and rookie Matt Read

Claude Giroux posted three assists on Saturday, which has moved him up to sole possession of second in the NHL in the overall points race with 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points. Prior to the night’s games, Giroux was at one point the NHL leader.


He is one point behind Toronto’s Phil Kessel, who recorded two points against the Capitals later that night. He has also played one more game than Giroux so far.

Giroux’s 11 goals and 15 assists are also tied for fourth in the NHL in their respective categories.

Flyers rookie Matt Read tallied his first career two-goal game in the NHL on Saturday. At the same time, Read has put together an impressive goal-scoring streak of four straight games.

During that stretch he has five goals and six points, numbers by a Flyers rookie haven’t been that good since Mikael Renberg back in 1993.

Read leads all rookies in the NHL in goals (8) and currently ranks fourth among rookies in overall scoring with 13 points in just 16 games.

Three of the Jets’ six goals in Saturday’s loss came while the Flyers were shorthanded. To make matters worse, another one of their goals came on the Flyers’ power play.

Which leads to only one conclusion when looking back at the film. The Flyers just weren’t themselves.

“That was one of the culprit’s yesterday, not taking bad penalties, so sometimes you get a bad game like that and one of those games where you basically hit the reset button,” said Danny Briere.

The Flyers’ penalty killing unit has been among the tops in the league all year round and flat out dominant during their streak of going 6-0-2 killing off 34-of-35 power plays by the opposition at 97.1 percent effectiveness.

Saturday was a different story, but as Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette points out, Saturday is over.

“I’m kind of past last night already and I’m moving on to tomorrow. We have a big game against Carolina and our penalty kill has been real good for us.”

NOV - 18
6:23 p.m. CT

The Flyers are in the midst of eight straight games without being held pointless in the standings.

That has been the catalyst for the Flyers rise atop the Eastern Conference Standings. But they haven’t all been dominating performances.

Most, not all, but most of the games have been tight, closely contested matches and again, most but not all of the games the Flyers have come out on top.
  Laviolette // Briere // Pronger

“We’ve been squeezing out some tight ones, which is good to see,” said Danny Briere. “It seemed at the beginning of the year there were a few games that were blowouts, some on the good side and some on the bad side, but lately we’ve been playing better hockey… it just seems that there’s more chemistry out there.”

The Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr line has definitely been a big part of that success, but now with Jagr out for tomorrow’s game at Winnipeg, there will have to be some shuffling that will take place, although that didn’t seem to disrupt the Flyers’ tough 2-1 win over Phoenix.

“I just think it takes a little bit of time so there’s always going to be growing pains where you can learn and you can teach and you can grow together as a group and that’s what we’ve done so far,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

A few players that have flown under the radar during this stretch has been the play of Matt Read, Jakub Voracek and Max Talbot.

Read of course had the game-winning-goal against the Coyotes in the final seconds and now has goals in three straight games, two of which are game-winners.

Voracek has points in five straight games, recording a goal and seven assists for eight points during that stretch.

Their centerman Max Talbot is equally as hot. He comes into tomorrow’s game with a three-game point streak with a goal and two assists and over the last six games he has recorded at least a point in five of those contests.

With the Flyers set to take on the Jets on their home ice, the one factor that wasn’t an issue in their last meeting was the club’s captain. Which won’t be the case tomorrow.

“We’ve been trying really hard at being a consistent team and playing 60 minutes; getting off to good starts and we’ve been able to do that these last five-six games,” said Flyers captain Chris Pronger.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette has been pleased with his team, not for the results or the team’s record, but for the effort he sees night in and night out from his team.

Game time on Saturday is 3 p.m. ET and can be seen on CSN or listened LIVE on 94 WIP.

NOV - 17
11:59 p.m.

During the Flyers-Coyotes game at the Wells Fargo Center, right wing Jaromir Jagr suffered a lower-body injury and was forced to leave the game having played just three shifts for a total of 1:22 of ice-time.

Flyers general manager updated his condition following the team's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.

“He’s got a little bit of a thing in his lower-body. We don’t think it’s anything serious. I talked to Jaromir and he thinks within a couple days he should be better so I guess that leaves him out for the next game, but hopefully we’ll get him back Monday, but nobody thinks it’s serious.”

Holmgren went on to say that he believes the injury occurred during the second shift of the game against Phoenix and that it’s a new injury not anything that has bothered him in the past.

Jagr ranks second on the Flyers in scoring with 17 points (6G-11A), tied for second in assists and is third with a plus-minus rating of +7. Coming into the game against Phoenix, he averaged a point-per-game and had posted at least one point in eight of his last 10 contests.

In his previous three seasons in the NHL, Jagr appeared in all 82 games and had an NHL streak of 264 consecutive games played.

Regardless, Jagr will not make the trip to Winnipeg and skate with the team on Friday or play in Saturday’s game against the Jets.

** 7:55 p.m. **

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that right wing Jaromir Jagr has a lower-body injury and will not return to the Flyers-Coyotes game in progress.

** 10:01 a.m. **

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren gave an injury update regarding rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson.

"Erik underwent wrist surgery this morning at Methodist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Dr. Randy Culp. We expect Erik to be out of action for six (6) weeks.”

The 22-year-old native of Kvissleby, Sweden has appeared in five games for the Flyers this season, recording one assist. He also posted a plus-6 rating in the Flyers' 9-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 5

NOV - 16

5:45 p.m.

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has nothing but nice things to say about his former team, the Phoenix Coyotes. Which is exactly why tomorrow’s game at the Wells Fargo Center should be an interesting one.
“It’s special. It’s my former team and I have lots of friends,” said Bryzgalov. “I can’t forget the time I played there. They were good years and it’s going to be a pretty special game.”

But make no mistake about it, Bryzgalov will look down the other end of the ice and see the opponent and want, perhaps more than he cares to admit, a victory.

He would be no stranger to coming out on top. In his first game with Phoenix facing off against his other former club in Anaheim, Bryzgalov earned a 4-3 shootout win just one week after being placed on waivers by the Ducks. He followed that up by winning the next two meetings against Anaheim to rub it in a little further.

This game will be different however. Bryzgalov is well aware of the team he is facing and the unique challenge that comes with it.

“They have great coaches, great management and good players, maybe not like superstar players, but they have a really good group of guys.”

Besides Bryzgalov, there are few goaltenders in the league that the Flyers would want in net.

Bryzgalov will be looking for his third straight win and fifth victory in his last six starts. He has recorded a 4-0-1 record to go along with a 1.79 GAA and .939 save percentage in his last five.

The Phoenix Coyotes come into the game with a near identical record at 9-4-3, and what’s even more alarming is that they dropped four of their first six games of the season and are riding a hot streak as of late.

The Coyotes are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and are a perfect 3-0-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference.

Game time is 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on CSN or listen live on the radio at 94 WIP.

** 3:59 p.m. **

Brayden Schenn is back on the ice practicing with the Flyers.

Today was his first official day with the team, but Schenn has been skating for the past two days to get himself ready as soon as possible.

“The main goal is to just get better day-by-day. There’s no timeline and hopefully tomorrow feels better,” said Schenn.

He has been out of the Flyers lineup for the last three weeks after he suffered a broken left foot in the Flyers’ 9-8 loss vs. Winnipeg on Oct. 27. General Manager Paul Holmgren announced following the game that Schenn would be sidelined for four to six weeks.

The 20-year-old rookie has had a rough start to the 2011-12 season. He was also out of action in the latter part of the Flyers preseason due to a shoulder injury, but recovery went very well as Schenn rehabbed with the club’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack, recording four goals and eight points in just four games with the Phantoms.

He was recalled by the Flyers on Oct. 19 and appeared in four games prior to his injury.

“This is the first day that I’ve really gotten to take a look at him because we’ve been on the road,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. 

“It’s good to get him back on the ice and get him going; he’s been off for awhile and he’s hit some stumbling blocks here early on, but I’m sure he’ll get back, he’s a great kid and he works hard.”

Right off the bat that is Schenn’s intentions, who admitted he wouldn’t even step on the ice unless he could give 100 percent.

“If I can’t go hard there’s no point in me being out there,” said Schenn. “I feel pretty good and all I can do really is keep skating and get myself back into skating shape and hopefully it continues to heal.”

NOV - 15
12:31 p.m.

For their pair of wins in Florida and Carolina on consecutive nights, the Flyers have been treated to a day off of practice. Of course that might not be the only reason.

Looking ahead at the schedule, the Flyers will resume practice tomorrow and once Thursday comes around, it will mark the beginning of six games in a 10-day span, including a back-to-back slate against the Canadiens on Black Friday then traveling up to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers on Saturday.

A good day and welcome reward for a day off, the Flyers sit in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-4-3 record for 23 points. Their 10 wins have all come in regulation, which is the tie-breaker between them and the Pittsburgh Penguins (nine regulation wins) who also have 23 points.

A large part of their record is their impressive play on the road. The Flyers lead all NHL teams with a mark of 6-1-1 away from Philadelphia, having recently gone 2-0-1 on their three-game road swing in their Southeast Division tour.
Giroux had his fifth career two-goal game at Carolina on Monday.

The Flyers also sit second in the entire NHL standings, only to the Chicago Blackhawks, who have 25 points, but with less regulation wins and having played one more game than the Flyers.

Their recent surge is due to the fact that the Flyers have earned 12 out of a possible 14 points in the standings in their last seven games, posting a record of 5-0-2.

The Flyers still lead the NHL in goals scored (65), even-strength 5-on-5 goals scored (43) and average goals-per-game (3.82), while having a goal differential of +14, which is second in the NHL.

The Flyers have 10 players (Giroux, Jagr, Hartnell, Briere, Read, Voracek, van Riemsdyk, Timonen, Talbot and Read) who have recorded 10 points so far this season.

Claude Giroux is back near the top of the NHL scoring race ranking second in the NHL in points (22) and goals (11) through 17 games played, while his line-mate Jaromir Jagr is averaging a point-per-game with six goals and 11 assists.

Giroux has recorded multiple-point games six times early in this season, while there have only been five games in which he has been held scoreless.

The Flyers defense, seven defenseman in total, has produced a total of 42 points led by Kimmo Timonen (11A) and captain Chris Pronger (1G-9A) and have combined for a plus-minus rating of  plus-19.

The backbone of a good defense is good goaltending and the Flyers have certainly received just that.

Ilya Bryzgalov is 4-0-1 in his last five starts, posting a 1.79 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in that span by stopping 139 of 148 shots.

NOV - 12

6:25 p.m.

After a full two days off of practice, and without their own homes to go back to, the Flyers are rested, relaxed and ready to get back to their jobs… but this time it’s with a lot more knowledge of the person they’re playing beside.

“I think it was great for everyone,” said veteran Max Talbot, who isn’t a rookie, but is one of several players new to the Flyers organization. “Guys like me, Voracek, Simmonds, Schenn, it’s just good to get everyone together and tell jokes and tell some stories.”

The bonding was especially good and new to many of the Flyers rookies, who are not only coming to new teams, but are getting adjusted to life as professional hockey players and are continuously proving themselves on a daily basis.

“When I was in junior we had some team activities but nothing like that where we would leave for a couple days,” said Couturier, who after two months of getting to know his new teammates at the rink, found value in getting to know them in a different, more relaxed setting.

  Laviolette // Briere // Carle
“It was great to just get two days away from hockey and getting together like that was a lot of fun, but now it’s time to get back to business. This is what we do for a living and we like it.”

The process was simple but effective.
Ilya Bryzgalov takes a break from practice as the Flyers get back to work after their annual bonding trip.

Said Zac Rinaldo: “There was great camaraderie at dinner, hanging out by the pool and getting some sun. Honestly I had no expectations, but there were a couple surprises that I saw, and I liked it and I think everyone had a good experience from it.”

“I saw that in Couturier a little bit,” added Talbot. “They [the rookies] get a little bit more comfortable and I know I got to know him a little better myself.”

If there were any feelings left over from the two days off, it didn’t take long after the team took to the ice during practice today to know that the break is now over.

The Flyers took to the ice for well over an hour to work on just about every aspect: power-play, penalty kill, skating and passing.

They’ll need to be as sharp as possible for Sunday’s opponent. The Florida Panthers present a challenge unlike past years because, like the Flyers, their team is entire new as well.

And the results have been there. The Panthers own an identical record as the Flyers at 8-4-3 with 19 points in the standings, which is good enough for second place in the Southeast Division.

Puck drop is 5 p.m. on Sunday at the BankAtlantic Center with the game being shown on TCN or you can listen on 94 WIP.

NOV - 11
11:20 a.m.

Every year teams from all professional sports go though team bonding exercises.

Whether it involves going to a military academy, or retreating into the wilderness (as the Flyers have done both in year’s past) it remains a necessary step for the players to dine with each other, laugh with each other and just simply get to know each other.

The Flyers are in the process of that step right now. From 18-year-old rookie Sean Couturier to 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr, ALL Philadelphia Flyers will having meals together, golfing together, fishing or simply just hanging out by the pool or on the beach together.

So with a rare three-day break in between games down in sunny Florida, the Flyers are doing just that. After all, many of the players, management, coaching and support staff have been on the ice, through training camp, through opening night and through a tough stretch in the schedule for the past two months now.

“That’s why this is nice,” said Danny Briere. “This is a road trip in which we get to spend some time together and get away from everything back home and just be the guys together.

“It’s exciting. We spend a lot of time on the road, but every time we go on the road it’s just to play games. We don’t really have the chance to hang out more. So this is fun.”

The Flyers schedule resumes in Sunrise, Fla. on Sunday when they take on the Florida Panthers – the first in a back-to-back matchup before they travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

But for now it’s time for some sun and fun as a team down along the coast of Florida.

Former Flyers defenseman, assistant and head coach John Stevens was honored by the American Hockey League by being one of four people nominated to the AHL’s Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012.

Stevens captained the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms to it’s first Calder Cup title in 1998 and later to it’s second title as head coach in 2005.

Stevens was an assistant coach with the Flyers at the beginning of the 2006-07 season before taking over early on in the season. He was head coach for the team from 2006-09.

NOV - 9
1:23 p.m.

The Flyers have announced that captain Chris Pronger will be in tonight's lineup vs. Tampa Bay Lightning. Pronger will be making his first appearance since suffering an eye injury in the first period of the Flyers-Maple Leafs game on Oct. 24, a span of six games.

  Laviolette // Coburn on extension

Prior to suffering the injury, Pronger had posted at least a point in six of his eight games on the season, beginning the year with a five-game point streak. He currently has seven points (1G-6A) with a plus-2 rating on the year.

In other news during the team's morning skate, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn has agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract with the club.

Coburn is the team's longest tenured player, first arriving in February of 2007. He has played 355 regular season games with the Flyers recording 26 goals and 83 assists for 109 points and 313 penalty minutes. He has also recorded 16 points (2G-14A) in 54 Stanley Cup Playoff games in a Flyers' sweater.

He was acquired by the Flyers in a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Alexei Zhitnik on Feb. 24, 2007.

NOV - 8
5:13 p.m.

The Flyers departed on a three-game southern road trip this afternoon that will see them spend the next six and a half days in Tampa Bay, Sunrise Florida and Raleigh N.C.

During that time they will get a full three days in between playing the Lightning (on Wednesday) and the Panthers (on Sunday) to take a small break from hockey and go through a little team bonding.

“We’re just getting away for a little bit. It’s not a common thing to be going away to Florida [because] 95 percent of the time it’s back-to-back, Florida-Tampa, but when the scheduling came out there was a four-day break, so we’ll just stay down there,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “It’s a good chance to go down there as a group and get on-the-road as a group.”
  Laviolette // Pronger // Jagr

For now though the team is putting that in the back of their minds and gearing up to face a high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning team that came within a goal of reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season.

The Lightning also come in with former 50-goal scorer and All-Star Steven Stamkos, who is tied for the NHL lead with 10 goals early on in the season.

Another player the Flyers might want to keep their eye on is defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, who leads all NHL defensemen with 13 assists and is tied for the lead among D-men with 15 points.

In addition to scoring, the Lightning’s top six point producers are also a combined plus-29 through the club’s 14 games.

“Anytime we play Tampa it’s always a fun game,” said Claude Giroux, who despite three days off from game action, continues to rank second in the NHL in overall points (19) and tied for third in goals (9).

“They have a lot of good offensive players and it’s always a big test for us. They’re a team that every year they’re getting better and they pretty much have the same team as last year. We’ll try to play with speed and keep playing the way we have been the last few games.”

Those last few games have been very good for the Flyers. They have earned points in each of their last four games, going 3-0-1 while providing 20 goals in that span.

Like the Flyers, Tampa Bay is also high on almost all of the NHL scoring lists. They currently ranked tied for fourth in overall scoring with 32 goals and fifth in average goals-per-game (3.07).

Laviolette has every confidence in that group of players will respond and be more than up to the task facing them on Wednesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum primarily because of the work ethic he sees day-in, day-out.

“We work at it in practice and the guys put the time in. We try to play with a certain style and certain identity, but there seems to be the skill in here to continue to create an attack and create offense.”

Sports Illustrated writer Adrian Dater has nominated Ian Laperriere for SI’s Sportsman of the Year Award.

Laperriere is one of several athletes to be nominated for the award, which will be announced on Dec. 6. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received last year’s award.

You can read the full article here… SI's Sportsman of the Year Nominee

NOV - 7
5:01 p.m.

The feeling coming into this season was that the Flyers were going to have to scratch out wins by the score of 2-1, 3-2 and button-down defensively.

They kept their defensive core in tact for the most part and signed a world-class goaltender.

That clearly hasn’t been the case through the first 14 games, and that may surprise many fans out there, but not center Danny Briere.

  Laviolette // Briere // Read

“If you put the hard-work combined with the skill level we have in the room I was pretty confident that it wasn’t going to be an issue,” said Briere following practice.

The Flyers lead the NHL in scoring with a total of 56 goals and while it may seem that their last game thrust them up at the top, it hasn’t been just that. The Flyers also lead all teams in the league by averaging 4.00 goals-per-game.

There seems to be only one team that’s giving the Flyers a run for their money in that department; the Washington Capitals are second in the NHL at 3.92 goals-per-game.

The next closest? That would be the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks at 3.14.

“A lot of guys are stepping up,” added Briere. “Jagr has helped out a lot… guys like Simmonds, but even young guys like Sean Couturier who has five [goals], that’s very impressive. It’s good that everybody has more responsibility in that department and it’s definitely good to see.”

Through the first 14 games there are six players on the Flyers roster who have recorded five goals or more… and that’s not even counting Briere, who has four goals and at a point-per-game pace with 12 points in total.

Claude Giroux is living up to his emerging super-star status by leading the Flyers and ranking second overall in the entire NHL in points with nine goals and 10 assist for 19 points. He is just two points behind Maple Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel.

Throughout preseason Jaromir Jagr said it would take a while to adjust to the new NHL he isn’t accustomed to playing in. During that process all he’s done is quietly average over a point-per-game to rank in the Top 10 in the NHL in scoring with 15 points in the Flyers 14 games.

“We have a talented group in here,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “We have a defense that can move the puck efficiently and I think we have a good balance on each line. The players have done a really good job of generating offense.”

So as the Flyers get ready to fly down south for a three-game swing, they won’t expect to score eight or nine goals a game, but with players firing on all cylinders, Flyers fans out there shouldn’t be surprised if there are a couple more of those left this season.

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3:20 p.m.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the media today on a few questions surrounding some injured players and their current status.

Andreas Nodl, who missed the Flyers’ 9-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday continues to be day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while forward Matt Read is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

The much anticipated return of captain Chris Pronger from his eye injury will be determined on a day-to-day basis as well, however forward Brayden Schenn will be sidelined for a minimum of two more weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

It was a maintenance day for Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who was not on the ice today for practice.

NOV - 5
1:14 p.m.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Andreas Nodl will be out of the lineup tonight vs. Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

NOV - 4
4:20 p.m.

Flyers captain Chris Pronger began skating with his teammates today at the Virtua Center Flyers Skatezone.

Pronger had been sidelined since the Flyers-Maple Leafs game on Oct. 24 in which he took an accidental high stick on a follow through shot by Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski midway through the first period.

The next 3-4 days were spent with nothing else but bed rest as Pronger saw eye specialists.

That weekend, Pronger was given clearance by Dr. Stephen Goldman to begin a light exercise routine before he started on-ice activities.

  Holmgren // Laviolette // Bryzgalov // Voracek

Today was that day where he was back on the ice, and for his teammates, it is a welcome sight.

“It’s always good to get him back on the ice,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “I think you go through a process where you heal; you start to train a little bit; you go out on the ice alone; you go out with your teammates and then eventually you get cleared for games. I’m not sure when that will be but it’s nice to take that first step.”

“I think we all feel fortunate that this injury is only a few weeks long. It could have been a lot worse,” said Danny Briere. “It was very scary with the way it happened and him falling to the ice.”

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren did say for certain that Pronger will not be in the lineup for tomorrow’s game vs. Columbus. That decision, however, has nothing to do with his eye or sight, which as of right now is back to 20/20, after a series of drops to dilate and help heal his eyes cause blurriness.
Jakub Voracek spent three seasons with the Blue Jackets before coming over to the Flyers this summer.

“He’ll take part in the morning skate tomorrow,” said Holmgren. “He needs some practice time with the team before that becomes an option, but he’s getting closer every day.”

Beyond the news that the Flyers captain is steadily progressing, this weekend’s game brings another storyline with it, and one that has been all too familiar so far this season.

Jeff Carter will make his return to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded to the Blue Jackets this past summer.

But unlike the returns of Mike Richards with LA and Brian Boucher with Carolina, or even Ville Leino going against his former team earlier this week, Carter will not be in the lineup for Columbus.

Carter is sidelined with a hairline fracture in his right foot which has caused him to miss the last eight games.

While fans sure hope to catch a glimpse of Carter, some of his former teammates see it as a good thing to not face the former All-Star.

“No, it’s a good thing for us if they don’t have one of their best players in the lineup,” said Briere, a teammate of Carter’s for the past four years. “Knowing [Jeff] would come back here and playing against his old team, he would be a little extra fired up, so if he’s not in the lineup it’s a plus for us.”

The Blue Jackets have certainly had it rough this season, going winless in their first eight games and currently hold a record of 2-10-1.

That doesn’t mean that the Flyers are approaching the game any differently, especially considering their first win of the year came against a strong Detroit Red Wings team.

“There are so many good hockey players and teams in the league,” added Laviolette. “Record is not always a good indicator of where a team is at and how good they are. You look at the teams that win and lose every night; there’s someone who’s the 12-seed beating the second-seeded team. It’s happening on a regular basis and its going to continue to happen.”

The Blue Jackets trip to Philadelphia also means a test for one Flyer against his former club.

Jakub Voracek was the player acquired by the Flyers in the Carter trade, and while he admits that this game is just like any other game in the NHL, he does have extra motivation to perform tomorrow.

“I’d be lying if I said no,” said Voracek when asked if the game was marked on his calendar. “Obviously I’ve been looking forward to this game since the season started. I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win and show them they made a mistake… It’s going to be a great game and I hope it’s going to end for us well.”

NOV - 3
7:49 p.m.


Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk was scratched from the lineup tonight vs. the New Jersey Devils.

According to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, van Riemsdyk is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.

This is the first game van Riemsdyk has missed this season after recording five goals and nine points in 12 games thus far. He has also posted three goals and four points in his last three games.

Van Riemsdyk also misses his first game since Feb. 26 at Ottawa.

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4:01 p.m.

The Flyers announced that they have loaned center Ben Holmstrom to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, today.

Holmstrom was recalled on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and appeared in the Flyers-Sabres game in Buffalo, playing 4:57 in the Flyers’ 3-2 win.

The NHL announced earlier this afternoon that it has handed down a four-game suspension to Sabres’ forward Patrick Kaleta for his action against Flyers’ Jakub Voracek in Wednesday’s game.

In a scrum along the boards, Kaleta head-butted Voracek at 4:58 of the first period.

CLICK HERE for an official explanation from the NHL.

NOV - 1
12:45 p.m.

The Flyers announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger has been placed on injured reserve. Pronger, who will be unavailable for tomorrow’s Flyers-Sabres game, has been placed on IR to allow for space on the club’s roster for new players to be brought in.

“I think he’ll get cleared to push it harder and probably get on the ice by himself in the next few days and maybe by the end of the week get on the ice with the team,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

Hence, the Flyers participated in a routine hour-long practice today before they board a plane to Buffalo and among the new players on the ice were forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Ben Holmstrom, who were recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack this morning.

“Many of these guys had very good [training] camps,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “They impressed a lot of people with their play. Every year at the end of camp when you get down to the final numbers, there’s just not enough to keep everybody and decisions have to be made and sometimes they’re tough decisions.”

This is the second recall for Zolnierczyk, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 18 at Ottawa and scored his first career NHL goal in his only appearance.

“I play just a high-energy game and try to get in people’s faces and when I have opportunities to turn it on offensively I expect to do that as well,” said Zolnierczyk.

Holmstrom on the other hand is making his first recall to the Flyers this season. The 24-year-old center appeared in two games towards the end of last season with the Flyers, averaging just over nine minutes of TOI in his two outings.

In addition, the Flyers announced that they have loaned defenseman Matt Walker to the Phantoms, to maintain their 23-man count on the team’s official roster.