Philadelphia Flyers butcher Jingle Bells for your enjoyment in hilarious outtakes

Jared Clinton
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Let’s just get this out of the way: Jakub Voracek is a terrible singer. Good at hockey, terrible singer. But, because of that, this video of the Flyers taking a hammer to holiday classic ‘Jingle Bells’ is so much better.

For the gift-giving season, the Flyers have put together some special packages for fans. And to make the hard sell, Philadelphia enlisted in some vocal magic from their roster. Take a listen: Read more

An Oral History of the Broad Street Bully-era Philadelphia Flyers

Adam Proteau
Flyers players (left-right): Jimmy Watson, Dave Hoyda, Bobby Clarke, Bob Kelly, Bill Barber and Reggie Leach; In rear: Flyers coach Fred Shero. (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

WITH MATT LARKIN

The Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s are renowned as the most fearsome unit ever to skate on an NHL sheet of ice. Winners of two Stanley Cups (1973-74 and 1974-75), they made headlines and enemies at every turn thanks to an aggressive style of play and memorable characters including their leader and best player, Bobby Clarke, their quiet-but-brilliant coach Fred ‘The Fog’ Shero and tough guys Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz, Andre ‘Moose’ Dupont and Bob ‘Hound Dog’ Kelly. The Hockey News spoke to a number of key members of the Broad Street Bullies (named for the street on which the Flyers have played through their existence) to get their perspective on the truth behind the tremble in their opponents’ knees:

After joining the league in the initial expansion of 1967, the franchise, owned by local businessman Ed Snider, made the playoffs in each of its first two years. In both post-season tournaments, however, they ran into a St. Louis Blues team that was bigger, stronger and nastier than them – and they lost both times. But it was the way the Flyers lost – bashed-up and pushed around – that left a bitter taste in the mouth of the man bankrolling the operation. And as Snider subsequently explained to GM Keith Allen, that was the impetus for change in Philadelphia.

ED SNIDER, OWNER: We had a bunch of little French-Canadian players, Andre Lacroix, Jean-Guy Gendron, and so forth. And the Plager brothers and Noel Picard terrorized us in Game 7 of our first playoff. That was one of the worst brawls I had ever seen. Some of our guys went down in a bloody heap after being suckerpunched. I looked at all this, and I couldn’t stand it. Then the next year we weren’t in the playoffs, but during the season we were being manhandled. So I said to Keith, “Look, we’re an expansion team, we may not be able to skate, we may not have great players, but we can go out and get the toughest son-of-a-bitches in the world, and I don’t want to see our team ever get beat up again. I don’t give a goddamn about this having one policeman. Let’s have five or six.” And that’s the beginning of the Broad Street Bullies. That was our modus operandi. We didn’t get beat up anymore. I didn’t invent fighting in hockey, and I don’t necessarily love it. I’m just saying I don’t want anybody to kick the s— out of a Flyer ever again. Read more

Nathan MacKinnon receives boarding major for shove on Luke Schenn

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It’s hard to imagine there was a time this season when questionable hits were few and far between. On an almost nightly basis it seems there’s a new hit to discuss, and Saturday night was no different.

During Saturday’s tilt between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, Avs center Nathan MacKinnon delivered a shove to the back of Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, resulting in a five minute major for boarding: Read more

From Miller to Malkin, the best of the early season streaks

Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec (Photo by Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Under new coach Bill Peters, the Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate and lost their first nine games before finally getting Peters his first NHL win. Just when they seemed poised for that first victory, they’d have it snatched out from under their feet. It wasn’t great to watch.

But there are some of the best streaks. This is not a list of futility, but rather a list of incredible stretches from the first month of the 2014-15 season: Read more

Who won the Jeff Carter for Jakub Voracek trade…three years later?

Jakub Voracek's amazing start means fantasy players could get a king's ransom for him in a trade. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Since Jeff Carter was moved out of Philadelphia in 2011, he’s been a critical component of two Stanley Cup winners, won an Olympic gold medal, banked tens of millions of dollars and gotten hitched. Life is indeed sweet for the 29-year-old center.

But the question we’re asking today is who won that deal between the Flyers and Blue Jackets three-plus years later, based on the results of that swap, and the subsequent package Columbus received for the then disgruntled Carter.

Here’s our re-assessment of the transaction in the latest installment in our series of re-opened cold-case files.

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Five NHL coaches on the hot seat after one month

Edmonton's upcoming road trip will put Dallas Eakins' job security to the test. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

What does a slow start mean in the NHL? In some cases, it’s a harbinger of more poor play. Other times, it’s bad puck luck, which is correctable. Regardless of the cause, however, poor starts make heads roll every year. The advanced stats tell us GMs are often too hasty to axe their coaches, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The most common victims are bench bosses who ended the season prior on thin ice. They often get the boot as soon as they give their GMs an excuse to do so.

Here are five coaches who have to think about updating their resumes in the near future.

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