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Eric Goldstein

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Second-overall pick Nolan Patrick should play with Flyers this season

Nolan Patrick is officially a member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. After the Devils opted to select Nico Hirschier with the first overall pick at the NHL Draft on Friday night, Patrick fell in to General Manager Ron Hextall’s lap at No. 2. Since Hirschier and Patrick were the...

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:07 PM

5 on-the-fence players attempting to make Flyers' roster

The Flyers, along with the rest of the NHL teams, debuted their new jersey for the upcoming season on Tuesday night. Beginning this year, Adidas will be producing and manufacturing them instead of Reebok. Fortunately, the Flyers jersey remained the same. Now, the more pressing question...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:07 PM

Flyers 2017 NHL Draft Q&A with Russ Cohen

The Flyers are highly likely to select either Canadian center Nolan Patrick or Swiss center Nico Hischier with the second overall pick on June 23 at the NHL Draft in Chicago. To get a better understanding of each player, we asked Russ Cohen, a co-host on “Hockey Prospect Radio” which...

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11:38 AM

Want to see the Flyers in the Stanley Cup? These five things must happen

There are a couple of rooting interests for Flyers fans in this year’s Stanley Cup finals matchup between the Predators and Penguins. The obvious one is to pull for any team that is playing against hated Sidney Crosby and Company. Watching coach Peter Laviolette, who guided the Flyers to...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 2:19 PM

Flyers' goalie situation for 2017 hardly set

As the Flyers head into the offseason, General Manager Ron Hextall will only need to fill a couple of job openings, such as depth on the fourth line, a couple of defensive spots and a backup goalie. However, most of the vacancies will likely go to players from within the organization, including...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 3:34 PM

Flyers rebuilding plan gets accelerated with draft lottery luck

This season was not a total loss for the Flyers. Although they remained home during the playoffs for the third time the last five years, they are assured to end up winners in the draft. Originally slated to pick at No. 13, the Flyers bucked the odds and came out with the second pick in the draft...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2:00 PM

Time is running out for Flyers' core

Jake Voracek didn’t mince words or sugarcoat them. When questioned about whether or not he’s concerned that General Manager Ron Hextall might shake up the core of the team, he was, in no certain terms, blunt. “We have what, won one series against Pittsburgh [in 2012] in six...

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 2:05 PM

Youth was served by Flyers

Defenseman Sam Morin and recently signed Mike Vecchione, a forward, made their NHL debuts last Tuesday. During Sunday’s season finale, it was defenseman Robert Hagg’s turn, while rookie Anthony Stolarz started his fourth game in goal. Before Saturday’s game, Ivan Provorov, just...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 2:38 PM

How can a 10-game streak hurt a team? Just ask the Flyers

It is not often that a 10-game winning streak ends up hurting a team instead of helping it. However, the Flyers managed to pull it off this season. While their 10-game winning streak, which spanned from November into December, was a historic stretch, the ramifications of it were ironically...

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 1:46 PM

Flyers' Jordan Weal proving he should be part of team's long term plans

Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall has resisted the temptation to bring up any of his prized prospects who are playing for the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He prefers that they get experience playing in meaningful games for the Phantoms, who are expected to make the playoffs.The one exception,...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:27 PM

Flyers' playoff hopes hang in the balance at start of road trip

As the Flyers embark on a daunting four-game road trip, their playoff lives are being held together by a combination of Elmer’s glue and Scotch tape.Trailing the Maple Leafs by seven points for the final wild card berth heading into Tuesday’s games — and not to mention they still need to leapfrog...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:27 AM

Flyers' Travis Konecny feels responsible for recent ugly loss vs. Columbus

Despite recording the first multigoal game of his infant career and completing probably his best performance as a Flyer, rookie Travis Konecny hung his head low and spoke barley above a whisper following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.The 20-year-old forward took the loss hard and even...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:56 AM

Flyers won't be buyers, so which players could be for sale at deadline?

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced on Friday night, the day before the Flyers lost to the Penguins, 4-2, in the Stadium Series game at Heinz Field, that he would not be a buyer at this Wednesday’s trade deadline.What he didn’t say, or at least admit, was that the Flyers would be sellers....

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:08 PM

For Flyers, getting two points in Pittsburgh more important than playing outdoors

When the Flyers take on the cross-state rival Penguins on Saturday night in a Stadium Series game at Heinz Field, normally the home to the NFL’s Steelers, defenseman Andrew MacDonald knows what emotions his teammates, especially the ones who will participate in their first outdoor game, will be...

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 2:26 PM

Defense continues to pick up the slack for Flyers

The Flyers are dedicated to playing tight defense.Even if the offense is struggling, as it has the last couple of weeks, they expect to stick to the plan.For proof, look no further than the past 10 games when they’ve scored a combined 15 goals. Until Wayne Simmonds scored in overtime in their 2-1...

Monday, February 13, 2017, 2:30 AM

Defense, goaltending will determine Flyers playoff fate

There wasn’t much room to skate, pass or even shoot during the Flyers’ 1-0 overtime loss to the Kings on Saturday afternoon.After one or, at the most, two strides, a player with the puck was checked by an opposing jersey. Finding a passing lane was an arduous task and getting off a shot was even...

Monday, February 6, 2017, 3:12 AM

Flyers will be searching for consistency as they begin stretch run

The playoff push is officially underway for the Flyers.With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, their postseason fate will be determined over the next two-plus months and by their 32 remaining games. Heading into Tuesday night’s game in Carolina, they owned a 25-19-6 record and held the final...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 12:28 AM

These 5 Flyers will be NHL All-Stars in the not-so-distant future

Wayne Simmonds is headed to Los Angeles this weekend to participate in his first NHL All-Star Game. As the team leader in goals with 19, including nine on the power play, the nine-year veteran will serve as the Flyers’ lone representative.He will join the rest of his teammates, which include Sydney...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 1:00 PM

Flyers midseason report card: Passing marks for an up and down first half

The Flyers have experienced highs — a 10-game winning streak — and lows — losers in nine of their last 11 — during what has been a roller coaster first 43 games. It’s time to take a quick look back at how each area of the team has performed in the Metro’s annual mid-season report card.Offense: B-...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 2:45 PM

Flyers trying everything they can to end current losing 'spiral'

From about Thanksgiving to almost Christmas, the Flyers couldn’t lose. However, since jolly ol’ St. Nick visited, they have been unable to win.After reeling off a 10-game winning streak, which was the third longest one in franchise history, the Flyers have dropped a season-high five straight...

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 1:57 PM