There was a scary situation in Philadelphia Saturday night as Flyers left winger Michael Raffl had to be helped off the bench and into the dressing room after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Raffl, 26, collided with the elbow of New York Rangers center Jarret Stoll while the Flyers were in their defensive zone during a delayed penalty call. Raffl had headed to the Philadelphia bench, but on the ensuing faceoff the Flyers bench began to holler for a stoppage as Raffl was shaken up.
On the bench, Raffl was without his helmet and had to be helped to the dressing room by the Flyers training staff: Read more
The best way to describe Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason’s ridiculous save on Boston Bruins young gun David Pastrnak Wednesday is this: the crew at NBCSN was so sure Pastrnak had scored, they changed the scoreboard.
With the Bruins leading 4-2 in Thursday’s contest, Pastrnak was found with a gorgeous cross-ice feed that left the net wide open for what could have been further insurance on a game that was close to won by Boston. Instead, Pastrnak fired the puck towards the open net and Mason reached back his glove, threw out his leg and somehow, some way, kept the puck from crossing the goal line: Read more
The easy and convenient thing to do with a guy like Zac Rinaldo when he gets ejected for a questionable hit is to that assume that since he’s a goon – and let’s not kid ourselves on that description – he’s guilty of a transgression (again) and will have the book tossed at him by the NHL.
Rinaldo kind of makes it easy. He’s been suspended for a total of 14 games over his career, the most recent coming just 10 months ago when he picked up an eight-game sentence for hunting down Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and applying a predatorial hit when Letang was completely vulnerable. And as a vocal proponent of guys of Rinaldo’s ilk being removed from the game as soon as possible, your trusty correspondent has no problem seeing those kinds of guys pay dearly for the carnage they inflict.
Welcome back to Prospect Need to Know, the gathering formerly known as The Hot List. I’m debuting some new sections this week and there will be a rotation, so don’t worry if things continue to look different from here on out. There’s a lot to cover with the AHL and NCAA getting into full swing, so let’s get to it.
Trading card company Score received a license to make hockey cards in 1990, and it looked to hockey’s future when hiring a spokesman to hype its new product. Instead of opting for a current NHLer, they scooped up junior league phenom Eric Lindros, signing him to an exclusive endorsement deal.
Lindros was still a year too young to be eligible for the NHL draft, and only Score could issue cards of him until he played in the NHL. The last card in their inaugural 1990-91 set was this “Future Superstar” one of Lindros, showing the future first-overall NHL pick with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. Read more
It’s been more than a year since the Philadelphia Flyers promoted Ron Hextall to GM. With Hextall at the helm, the thought was the Flyer great could restore the winning culture in Philadelphia in a hurry. That certainly hasn’t been the case.
Under Hextall in the 2014-15 campaign, the Flyers went 33-31-18, finished sixth in the Metropolitan Division ahead of only the veteran-laden New Jersey Devils and lowly Carolina Hurricanes. Philadelphia was a defensive nightmare, allowing the seventh-most goals against despite a season in which goaltender Steve Mason, when healthy, was among the best netminders in the league.
Despite a 1-0 win Monday, Hextall’s Flyers already appear to be in an early state of disarray. Under new coach Dave Hakstol, the Flyers were blown out 7-1 Saturday evening at the hands of the Florida Panthers, which resulted in a players-only meeting post-game. Through three games, the team has scored four goals and it’s their depth players, not their top-line guys, who are contributing best right now.
On his first day as GM in May 2014, Hextall told media, “There’s nothing anyone here won’t do to win a Stanley Cup.” It’s early in the season, sure, but maybe it’s time for Hextall to pull out all the stops. As it stands right now, things aren’t looking good for Philadelphia and it could get a lot worse. Read more
Daniel Briere officially announced his retirement from the NHL nearly two months ago, but the 17-year veteran hasn’t taken much time away from the game.
Briere, 38, was at the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the Flyers’ pre-game skate Monday and told NJ.com’s Randy Miller that he’s back with the team in a part-time management capacity, though it’s unofficial at this point.
“I’ll be doing a variety of things working with (Flyers president Paul Holmgren),” said Briere, who retired on Aug. 17. “I’ll be learning the ropes. I think it’ll be fun.” Read more
Goaltender Steve Mason was supposed to get the call for the Flyers in Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers, but news broke in the early afternoon that he would instead be out of the lineup due to a personal matter. With Mason out, Michal Neuvirth was given starting duty for Philadelphia. He didn’t disappoint.
In his first regular season tilt in a Flyers uniform, Neuvirth stopped all 31 shots he faced and led Philadelphia to their first victory of the season — a 1-0 shutout win over the same Panthers who had beaten the Flyers 7-1 just two nights earlier.
Neuvirth was nothing short of spectacular for the Flyers in the victory, but no save highlights that as much as a sprawling backhanded glove stop he made on Panthers left winger Brandon Pirri: Read more