Tag:Philadelphia Flyers
Posted on: June 19, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:34 pm

Bryzgalov says deal with Flyers could be set soon

Last week, Ilya Bryzgalov and his wife visited Philadelphia as contract negotiations between he and the Flyers began. Apparently they covered a lot of ground.

The goaltender, whose exclusive negotiating rights were acquired by the Flyers from the Coyotes earlier this month, told Russian news outlet sports.ru that things are moving along well.

"Everything was constructive and we understood each other. However, detailed comments on the negotiation process is not ready to give."

Bryzgalov also said Tuesday or Wednesday -- his 31st birthday -- could be the day a deal is reached and "we are waiting for solutions," which would hint he is waiting to hear back from Philly. Or at least that's how I'm interpreting the google translation. My Russian isn't exactly polished.

"We have spoken with Ilya and his agent Ritch Winter about many different scenarios," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said on Friday. "As for now, we both know each other's position and have agreed to speak again next week. There will be no further comment at this time."

Bryzgalov has shared his desire to be one of, if not the top-paid goalie in the NHL. The one-time Vezina finalist is said to be looking for a deal in the $6 million-plus range, but in their current situation the Flyers couldn't sign him and be under the cap. So before they can actually ink Bryzgalov, they will have to make a move or two first. It will be a busy few weeks for Philly.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 3:30 pm

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

To make way for Ilya Bryzgalov and to help shore up their goaltending problems, the Flyers will have to clear space on the roster. That's a given. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets could be willing to help Philly shed some salary by chasing Jeff Carter.

Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.

Though it could occur sooner, it's likely such a trade wouldn't be completed until the first round of the entry draft is held on June 24 in St. Paul, Minn.

While the Flyers are still under the cap at this point, if they are to sign Bryzgalov to a deal he's looking for -- in the $6 million-per-year range -- they will need to do some trimming. Carter becomes an obvious target. The first reason being he has an annual salary of $5.27 million. Secondly, they are tied down to Carter for a long time as his contract doesn't run out until 2020-21. Third, he doesn't have the no-trade clause that would hamper a deal. Add in the fact he has plenty of ability (see his team-leading 36 goals this season) to intrigue teams despite his massive deal, you can understand why Carter is the target to ship. While Philadelphia probably isn't keen on shipping one of its best players, it's a move they need to make and Carter is the most logical.

The deal from Columbus' end is a bit of a risk, tying your organization to one player for so long. But it's a franchise in need of a jolt. Bringing a player like Carter, who is just 26, and pairing him with Rick Nash could help attract attention to a team that has made the postseason only once in 10 seasons. The nature of the game forces the hands of teams like Columbus to have to go for the bold move to make it. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes it doesn't. Adding a consistent 30-plus goal scorer in his prime, the chances of it panning out are pretty good.

Carter, while he has been outstanding in Philadelphia, has been a bit maligned by the team's faithful for his lackluster postseason showings. In the playoffs he has 21 points in 47 career games and a minus-14.

It has also been suggested by USA Today's Kevin Allen that Florida could be a place for the Flyers to look to shed salary. The Panthers are well below the salary floor at this point and will have to spend just to get there.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:23 pm

Flyers recognize (again) net situation not ideal

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired the rights to a would-be free agent goalie for the second consecutive year, although this time it’s for one in his prime.

The Flyers have the exclusive rights through July 1 to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday in exchange for forward Matt Clackson plus, third-round pick in 2012 and a conditional draft pick. Bryzgalov, a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy a season ago, went 36-20-10 this season as he recorded seven shutouts.

Bryzgalov, 30, is just the type of goalie the Flyers need to solve the Flyers’ biggest hindrance to playoff success this season.

“We’re going to give it our best shot,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told CSN Philadelphia. “You give up an asset to get in early so we have every intention of trying to get a deal done.”

Holmgren acquired the rights to Evgeni Nabokov from the San Jose Sharks before free agency last year. At the time, the Flyers were coming off a trip to the Stanley Cup Final where they leaned on journeymen goalies Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher. Nabokov, 35, and the Flyers could not come to terms and he eventually left for the KHL.

This postseason, which ended in a second-round defeat to the Boston Bruins, those two goalies were in the mix as was rookie Sergei Bobrovsky. None were impressive and the goalie carousel whirled constantly before the Bruins prevailed in four games.

As Bryzgalov’s agent Rich Winter tells CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio, it won’t come cheap as Winter seeks a four-year deal:

“If you study his performance the last couple of years, the only Flyer goaltender to have a statistical performance like that was Bernie Parent,” Winter said of his newest client.

“Look at the best two seasons a Flyer goaltender ever had and the only one who ever had a performance like that was Parent in back-to-back seasons when the Flyers won the Stanley Cup.”
-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images 
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 3:54 pm

Bryzgalov eyeing Flyers, Lightning and Caps?

We're still a few weeks away from free agency beginning and have the draft to come first, but the rumor mill is starting to spin.

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov could be on his way out of the desert -- especially after the Coyotes just re-signed Jason LaBarbera -- so the question is where will he go? His services will be highly sought after considering he's one of top goalies available.

According to a report from Russia's Sport-Express (thankfully it was translated by a Sports-Exchange reporter on Twitter), the leaders for his services are the usual suspects: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington.

The first two have some questions in net, but the Capitals are a little surprising. They seem to have serious promise with three youngsters in Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov and Braden Holtby. The other teams, though, have some issues to solve in net. The Lightning's two goaltenders (Dwayne Roloson and Mike Smith) are both able to hit the free market and the Flyers, well, they have been trying to solve their net issue for a few years. The hope is that Sergei Bobrovsky can be the answer, and he certainly could be, but his stumbles down the stretch raised questions.

The other big name available this offseason in goal is Tomas Vokoun, who is yet to sign an extension with the Florida Panthers. It will be interesting to see which of the two goaltenders will be the first target, setting the way for the other. Both had comparable numbers this last season (Vokoun .922 save percentage/2.55 goals against, Bryzgalov .921/2.48) and figure to have the same suitors and comparable contract offers.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 9:30 am

Flyers' Carcillo suspended over antics last round

Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo’s confrontation with officials between periods of Game 4 of the second round drew a two-game ban for the start of next season, the league announced on Tuesday.

"Between the first and second period, while off-ice and outside the officials' locker room, Mr. Carcillo engaged in aggressive behavior and inappropriate conduct directed at the officials," NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said in a statement. "While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged in the hearing that he regrets his actions outside of the officials' room, there can be no defense for his conduct.”

Carcillo had a hearing with NHL officials on Friday. The Flyers lost the game where he confronted officials --- the game was refereed by Steve Kozari and Stephen Walkom --- as the Boston Bruins completed a sweep with a 5-1 victory. Carcillo was called for cross checking in the first period and Boston's Milan Lucic scored on the ensuing power play for the game's first goal. 

Carcillo’s conduct before the start of the second period when he chastised linesman Brian Murphy was also reviewed.

“While the verbal abuse may have been worthy of a penalty, there is no evidence that Carcillo's actions merit supplemental discipline," Murphy said.

Carcillo was not penalized for that confrontation, although he drew another cross checking call in the second period.

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 4:54 pm

Report: Bobrovsky to start for Flyers in Game 4

On the verge of extinction in this year's playoffs, the Flyers appear to be changing goaltenders. Again.

It comes as no surprise that Philly is going to return to Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 4 in Boston. The Flyers have been changing netminders as if they were going out of style in the playoffs, something they also did last season on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But the merry-go-round hasn't worked as well this postseason. At least not yet.

Entering the playoffs, Bobrovsky was the No. 1 guy in net. That lasted all of two games. Since that time, Bob has gone from starter to backup to third string, sitting behind Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton. Well, now down 3-0 to the Bruins, he's apparently back to being the starter, the last hope to ignite Philly as it looks to pull off the impossible once again, coming all the way back to beat the Bruins.

Philadelphia hoped before the season Bobrovsky could be the answer to its goaltending riddle, and he began the year playing well, giving Philly the look of a possible Cup favorite. As the year wore on, so did Bobrovsky, and we end up where we are today.

If the swap does happen, Danny Briere wouldn’t mind.

"I thought he looked great in relief in the Boston series,” Briere said. “Sometimes a lot has to do with how you feel against a team. Certain teams for goalies, maybe he can come in and feel good and see the puck well against the Bruins. I don’t know if he’s playing or not tomorrow, but if he’s in there, I’d feel very comfortable.”

Coach Peter Laviolette seems to think Bobrovsky could help stem the tide.

"Bob, he came in off the bench going in for the injury there (in Game 2) and I thought he did a good job last night,” Laviolette said. “He was good. Again, our team, the goals that went in last night, the first two, we need to be a lot better with what we do in our game in front of our goaltenders. There weren't a lot of chances, but we gave up too many good ones, too many quality ones.”

Either way, the Flyers need something, anything, to get them off the ground

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:42 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 3:42 am

Brian Boucher makes (very) early case for MVP

Could Brian Boucher be the Conn Smythe frontrunner?

Sure, the never-ending first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs won’t conclude until Wednesday and there might be more obvious choices out there, like teammate Daniel Briere (six goals, one assist). But the Philadelphia Flyers goalie --- not the All-Star netminder on the other ice the ice, Ryan Miller --- was the one still in net as the Philly seized a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 on Tuesday. 

Boucher improved to 4-1 in the postseason -- two wins coming in relief -- as he stopped 26 of 28 shots fired his way on Tuesday. Miller was chased early in the third period after a Ville Leino goal made it 4-0. Miller allowed four goals on 28 shots before Jhonas Enroth entered. 

"It's just nice to win," Boucher told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "This is why you play hard all season long, to try to get home ice in a situation like this. And I think it was all the advantage in the world tonight."

Boucher dropped his goals-against average to 2.10 and.934 save percentage. Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth is tops in both categories, but the only goalie with a start in the playoffs in saves percentage is Montreal’s Carey Price.

But Boucher has been more about numbers. He’s solidified the starting job ---- twice --- already this postseason. First, he came in after rookie Sergei Bobrovsky struggled in Game 2 and then came into to do the same thing in Game 6 for Michael Leighton.

-- A.J. Perez 
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:50 am
Edited on: April 26, 2011 1:40 pm

Game 7 breakdown: Sabres vs. Flyers

No. 7 Buffalo at No. 2 Philadelphia

Time: 7:30 p.m., ET

TV: Versus

Road to Game 7

This series hasn’t lacked drama. Whether it’s who will be in goal minute to minute for the Flyers, blown leads and the propensity for games to reach overtime, this series has hardly been dull. The Flyers and Sabres have either been tied or separated by just a goal 87.5% of the playing time, according to the NHL. That’s the highest percentage among the eight first-round series.

In net

Ryan Miller (Buffalo) vs. Brian Boucher (Philadelphia). Both goalies are 0-1 in Game 7s, but Miller does have another pressure-packed game on his resume: the gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Games as he took Team USA to OT. Sure, Canada won, but Miller put in a stellar effort. Miller has started every game this series, while the Flyers have started three goalies -- Boucher, Michael Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky -- so far. Boucher gets the nod after coming into Game 6 in relief of Leighton.

Injury report

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (out of the lineup since March 8 with a hand injury) made his return in Game 6, although he played all of 4 minutes, 33 seconds. He’ll likely be back for Game 7, but Flyers forward Jeff Carter (lower-body injury) is out. Sabres forward Derek Roy, out since December after he underwent surgery to repair a quad injury, is expected to play. The Sabres, however, will be without Jason Pominville, who is likely done for the season after he was cut in the leg by a skate in Game 5. 

Our picks 

A.J Perez: With the fits the Flyers have given the Sabres the last couple games, I’m going to have to go with Philly. Buffalo just can’t hang onto a lead. Now that Pronger is back in the lineup and there are plenty of players left from year’s Flyers squad that came back from three games down to beat the Bruins en route to the Stanley Cup Final, it's hard to go against the Flyers. 

Brian Stubits: This series has been back-and-forth from the start, so you'll have just as much luck guessing a coin flip as this game. When push comes to shove, I will always look to the net, and, despite some rough games in this series, I'll take Miller any day of the week over Boucher. Scoring hasn't been the Sabres' problem so far, but this time I have a hunch Miller makes their tallies stand. I give little credence to Game 7 experience; if you've played in one elimination game, you've pretty much played in them all.

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