Flyers: Revisiting the Hartnell and Timonen Trade

Flyers: Revisiting the Hartnell and Timonen Trade

April 5th, 2020 On June 18, 2007, the Philadelphia Flyers made a trade with the Nashville Predators, sending a first-round pick for winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen. They both quickly signed long-term contract extensions with the Flyers, and made a huge impact for the club throughout the late...
Flyers Get Wiggle Room With New Salary Cap

Flyers Get Wiggle Room With New Salary Cap

April 3rd, 2020 Over the years, the NHL has evolved in adding speed and talent to grow the sport. Hockey constantly thrusts itself into the debate as one of the most grueling and enduring sports. However, the slim pay scale on which the league’s salary cap is constructed has limited teams like the Philadelphia...

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March 29th, 2020
Flyers History

Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, the Flyers had quite an offensive core on their roster. They had many key players who made a difference in their lineups, such as James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, and Jeff Carter among others. Related: Worst Free Agent Signings in NHL History One guy who always made a huge impact, and in my opinion, was one of the best acquisitions the Flyers made during this time period, was center Danny Briere. He was a guy who was not as big as some of the other players throughout the league, but he had the tools and the fight to do his job time and time again, ending his scoring play most times with his signature celebration of his knee down and him pumping his fist up. Bulking Up the Offense Briere entered as an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2007. He had just come off of a career year statistically with the Buffalo Sabres, where he was co-captain of the team along with forward Chris Drury. The talent that...
March 28th, 2020
Flyers History

Founded in 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers have been one of hockey's most successful franchises over the last half-century. They have the third-highest all-time points percentage among NHL teams, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that has yet to play three full seasons. This is the Flyers' 52nd season. Unless the remainder of 2019-20 is cancelled, they will make the playoffs for the 40th time in franchise history, a playoff appearance rate of nearly 77%. Related: Revisiting the Brayden Schenn Trade The Flyers have also won two Stanley Cups and were the first expansion team to win the Cup. Clearly such a successful organization has had its fair share of goalscorers. Here are the Flyers' top 20 all-time. 1. Bill Barber (420 goals) One of 13 Flyers in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Bill Barber is the leading goalscorer in franchise history. In his 12-year career from 1972-73 to 1983-84, he never scored less than 20 goals in a season. His...
March 27th, 2020
Flyers Goaltending

For the first time in decades, the Philadelphia Flyers have a good young starting goaltender with the potential to be a franchise cornerstone. Carter Hart, 21, has established himself as the team’s go-to option in net this season through his positional precision and mature approach. It hasn't been a perfect season, his home and road splits are startling, but there will be plenty of time for him to improve. With the top spot settled, the backup situation warrants examination. Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Veteran Brian Elliott has been Hart’s primary relief this season, seeing action in 31 games with a 16-7-4 record, an .899 save percentage (SV%) and a goals-against-average (GAA) of 2.87. These are decent stats for a number two goalie but at 34 years old, and due for a new contract at the end of the season, Elliott likely isn't considered a long-term member of the team. There are several goalies within the organization who have reached...
March 26th, 2020
Flyers Transactions

It's never easy to analyze a trade, especially when players involved in the deal are still building their career resumes. A lot of things factor into a move like the one that saw the Brayden Schenn trade to the St. Louis Blues on NHL Draft Day 2017. What many seem to forget is that this wasn't a one-for one-trade—the Flyers didn't simply give Schenn away. Since named to the All-Star Game, many seem to think trading him was a huge mistake. How does it really look in the grand scheme of things? Why Schenn Had to Go Flyers general manager Ron Hextall had no idea he was going to obtain the second overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery. Once he knew he was going to select Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick (both centers), he knew he would have too many players down the middle. Schenn is a natural center but played on the wing most of the time due to the logjam of centers in the system. Trading him gave head coach Dave Hakstol the option to move one of Claude Giroux, Valtteri...