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Eric Goldstein

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Flyers' goalie Brian Elliott finally finding his footing

No matter where the Flyers shot the puck, regardless how much they crashed the net or whether it was on the power play or even strength, Minnesota Wild goalie Brian Dubnyk doubled as a brick wall with 32 saves and posted his second straight shutout on Saturday night during a 1-0 victory. The...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:41 PM

Refreshed Flyers may get reinforcements back after five-day break

The Flyers welcomed their five-day break this week after capping off a taxing stretch of seven games in 12 days. It has allowed them to take a much-needed breather, get in some valuable practice time and heal up from the wear and tear of the span, which the Flyers completed 2-3-2. “A little...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:51 PM

Flyers in October: The good, bad and the ugly

In the first month of the season, the Flyers survived a grueling four-game West Coast trip to begin the year, enjoyed a rousing 8-2 win over the Capitals in the home opener and have had some wild finishes, especially in a bizarre 6-5 loss in Nashville. In what was hardly a dull October, here...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 2:31 PM

Flyers may feel the loss of Andrew MacDonald

It’s hardly a secret that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald is not a fan favorite. Since signing a six-year, $30 million deal in 2014, the veteran has drawn the ire of the team’s faithful due to his failure to live up to the contract. It also didn’t help when...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:20 PM

Flyers' Sean Couturier picking up where he left off last year

Over the final quarter of the season last year, the Flyers were nearly unwatchable. The losses mounted, star players disappointed and frustration hit a boiling point when the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons. However, one of the few bright spots...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 2:02 PM

Flyers' Scott Laughton has resuscitated his career

Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall raised eye brows when he chose to protect Scott Laughton in the expansion draft over the summer. The 2012 first-round draft pick scored seven goals and had 14 assists in 71 games with the Flyers in 2015-16, but Laughton languished the entire season last year with...

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:40 PM

Flyers' Claude Giroux will embrace move to left wing

Claude Giroux admitted he thought his move to left wing from center, the position he has played the last seven years, was a preseason experiment. The Flyers captain is taking the situation more seriously now. When the Flyers open the 2017-18 regular season Wednesday in San Jose, Giroux is slated...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:24 PM

Flyers finally go young, will start season with five rookies

It took an extra day, but Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall put the finishing touch on the team’s roster for the 2017-18 season. Late Monday night, he placed veteran forward Matt Read on waivers to get from 24 players to the mandatory 23 by Tuesday’s deadline. The 24-hour delay was...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:15 PM

Flyers on the bubble: Where will Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Nolan Patrick suit up?

The Flyers front office and coaching staff only have two more preseason games to make their final evaluations on the group of young players who are competing to land a spot on next Wednesday’s opening night roster. To their credit, the rookies are not making the decisions easy. “It...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:31 PM

Flyers preseason guide: dos and don'ts for tune up matches

The Flyers season, albeit the preseason, has begun. They are 1-3, including a loss in the rookie game, thus far. However, these are exhibition games and obviously don’t count a lick. Still, there are areas to keep an eye on. To help you determine the difference, here are some Do’s and...

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:33 PM

Flyers prospect round up: Who turned heads at rookie game?

Hockey returned to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday as the Flyers hosted the Islanders in a rookie game. The Flyers got a chance to look at, and showcase, their talented prospect pipeline, which ESPN recently ranked as the NHL’s top farm system. With players fighting to make the Flyers,...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:10 PM

Flyers rookie camp preview: Everything you need to know before Philly's first-timers report

When Ron Hextall took over as Flyers General Manager in 2014, his focus was on overhauling a farm system that was severely devoid of talent. He reversed a team philosophy of trading draft picks for veterans and instead began to invest in acquiring draft picks through dealing older players and...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 3:29 PM

Claude Giroux most important Flyers player next season

Whether the Flyers make the playoffs this season will not be determined by the play Nolan Patrick, this year’s first-round draft pick, or any other rookies who could make the team, nor the development of second- and third-year players such Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1:48 PM

Flyers, Metro division breakdown: Rangers improved, Capitals worse

Thanks to an infusion of rookies and the continued development of young players, the Flyers should be an improved team in 2017-18. As we learned in the first of a two-part series last week, unfortunately, the bulk of the Metropolitan Division clubs are expected to be better, too. In the second...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 3:23 PM

Metro division breakdown: Flyers competition has gotten better

The Metropolitan Division was, by far, the best division in the NHL last season. For proof, consider: 1. The Capitals, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Rangers all finished with more 100 points – no other division had more than two team break the threshhold. 2. Three of the top four teams in the...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 2:26 PM

Hextall, Flyers with passing grades for offseason moves

Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall lost an alternate captain to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, completed a surprising trade on draft day with the Blues, made a no-brainer of a first-round draft pick and added a goalie in free agency that essentially elicited a yawn from the fan base...

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 5:42 PM

Mike Vecchione using sports psychology to make Flyers

Mike Vecchione knows the numbers game to make the Flyers this fall.   The Union College graduate, who signed with the Flyers last March and inked a two-year deal this offseason, will likely compete with Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Matt Read and possibly even Michael Raffl for two jobs at...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 11:17 AM

Pair of goalie prospects have sights set on Flyers No. 1 job

Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall locked up veteran goalies Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliott for the next two years to serve as a bridge until one of the nine – yes nine – goalies in their system emerges as a potential and long-term No. 1 option. Two of the leading candidates, Felix...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:53 PM

Expect the unexpected from Ron Hextall as Flyers search for goalie

The NHL free agency market is officially open for business on Saturday, and for the fourth straight year the Flyers are expected to sit on the periphery of it. General Manager Ron Hextall said at the draft last week that he will be on the hunt for a veteran goalie to platoon with Michael Neuvirth...

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 1:48 PM

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