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5 reasons for Philly sports fans to be thankful

It really, truely seems like the best time (in decades) to be a Philadephia sports fan. As Philly sports lovers across the Delaware Valley, South Jersey and all over the country sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner, they selfishly have just a little bit extra to be thankful this year. Here...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 9:37am

Glen Macnow: My 10 “Must-Keep” 25-and-under Philly athletes list

If you were Czar of Philadelphia Sports and had the power to keep 10 local players for the rest of their careers, who would you lock up? Just a few rules. Each must be no older than 25, which takes out Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson. No minor-league prospects. And no stacking, all four local teams...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 3:28pm

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 - 3:41pm

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 - 12:51pm

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 - 2:31pm

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 - 1:20pm

Why Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere is better than ever.

When you think about it, there really have been two Ghosts. There was the near-Rookie of the Year Shayne Gostisbehere — drilling game-winners and serving as a setup man for Claude Giroux and a playoff-bound power-play unit in 2015-16. And there was last year's Shayne Gostisbehere. In...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:54pm

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 - 2:02pm

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 - 3:42pm

Wells Fargo Center undergoes 'digital transformation'

The Sixers and Flyers are each up and coming — appealing to a young demographic as befits the youthful rosters itching to break through. The home of these two teams, the Wells Fargo Center, is up and coming as well, even as the facility passes 20 years since being built in 1996.  In...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:44pm

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 - 4:24pm

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 - 4:15pm

2017-18 NHL preview, predictions, more

Lace up those skates, kids, it’s time for hockey season. The 2017-18 NHL season starts up on Wednesday night with four games, including the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins beginning their title defense with a banner raising before taking on the St. Louis Blues. Thursday night...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:05pm

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 - 3:14pm

National Anthem Protests in NHL? Wayne Simmonds, Joel Ward may protest opener

Flyers' winger Wayne Simmonds isn't an American — he was born in Ontatio, Canada. But as one of just 27 active black players in the NHL, he couldn't help but watch with grave concern during last week's eventful weekend filled with demonstrations on the football field (and even...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:10pm

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 - 1:33pm

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 - 1:10pm

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 - 3:29pm

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 - 1:48pm

Glen Macnow: What are the best nicknames in Philly sports history?

Our town has a great history of nicknames. The Dipper. The Hammer. The Minister of Defense. The Polish Rifle. Tojo. Wait, you never heard of “Tojo?” Why, that’s the self-titled alias of Phillies flailing first baseman Tommy Joseph. Don’t confuse it with “Toco,...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 1:40pm