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Robert Hagg is eager to play his first full season in North America this year.

He skated in 10 minor-league games last campaign and is slated to start 2014-15 in the AHL with Philadelphia's affiliate in Lehigh Valley. Hagg is hoping to be NHL-ready in a couple of years. "It is going to be in 2 years, being realistic," he said. "Two years from now, I am going to have a Flyers jersey. That is my goal." Until then, he's busy building muscle, quickness and explosiveness to be ready when he gets a chance.
Aug 21 - 11:11 AM

Steve Mason (finger) got back on the ice Monday for the first time in three weeks.

He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey. It looks like Mason will be available for training camp, which is just a month away. We'll let you know if that changes.
Aug 18 - 7:36 PM

Anthony Stolarz is nearly ready to start his first professional season after he had hip surgery in May.

He expects to be 100 percent shortly and Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall said Stolarz is slated to skate on Tuesday as he continues his rehab. Stolarz is excited to start his pro career after playing the last two seasons in the OHL with London. "Everyone looks forward to it. It is a huge step in my career," he said. "For me, it is going out there and continuing to get better. Just go and try to win as many games as we can. Moving to Lehigh Valley, having a new group of guys coming in, younger guys are coming in that I know. It is going to be a fun year and we are going to succeed the best we can."
Aug 18 - 11:02 AM

Philadelphia coach Craig Berube thinks his team will be better in shootouts next season.

"I don't like them, but I think it's a mental thing more than anything," he said. "I think we will be better this year at them." The Flyers posted a 3-8 record in shootouts last season, which was the third-worst mark in the league. When he was asked what the team could do to improve he said: "You can do a lot of things, but it's like anything else - work on it. Just work on it. Work on it, but work on it with a purpose. Don't just go cruise in there and put the puck between your legs and flip it over the goalie because you've not going to do that in a game." The New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs last season because they went 0-13 in shootouts, so improvement should be a point of emphasis for all teams that struggled to pick up those crucial points in the standings.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 18 - 10:45 AM

Darroll Powe signed an AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

It will be Powe's first games as a Phantom in nearly six years, with his last appearance coming on Nov. 29, 2008. He spent the 2013-14 season with the Rangers' minor-league affiliate in Hartford, where he produced 13 goals, 24 points and 106 penalty minutes in 73 games. Powe also dressed in one contest with the big club.
Aug 14 - 10:02 AM

Newly-acquired Nick Schultz is likely to start the season as Philadelphia's seventh defenseman.

The medical situation befalling Kimmo Timonen looked like it may force Schultz into a more prominent role with his new club, but the quick addition of Michael Del Zotto likely pushes the former Oiler back down to the seventh position. Regardless of his NHL abilities, Schultz offers very little in the way of fantasy value.
Aug 9 - 8:27 AM

The addition of Michael Del Zotto to the fold in Philadelphia will likely force other changes to the Flyers defensive pairings.

Although veteran Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) has spent the last few seasons paired primarily with Braydon Coburn, it's unlikely coach Craig Berube will slide Del Zotto into that slot, favoring Andrew MacDonald with Coburn instead. "MacDonald and Coburn played together some games last year and I really liked what I saw there as a shutdown pair," Berube said. He went on to say that he intends to start the season with Del Zotto in a pairing with defensive-minded Luke Schenn with Nick Grossman and Mark Streit forming the third duo.
Aug 9 - 8:24 AM

Philadelphia expects more from Brayden Schenn this season.

"He's got a real gift at putting the puck in the net," GM Ron Hextall said. "He scored 20 goals, which at this stage of the game that's a lot of goals. But we still think there's more there and there's more growth. I think the biggest thing is the consistency part." Schenn is considered a candidate to play on the Flyers' top line this year, but he may fit in better as a second-line center. He set career-highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in 82 games last season.
Aug 8 - 4:20 PM

Luke Schenn is being circled as a possible defense partner for Michael Del Zotto.

"I always like a puck mover with a stay-at-home guy, but there are always games when we put two big guys together," coach Craig Berube said. The Flyers bench boss liked what he saw from pairings of Braydon Coburn with Andrew MacDonald and Mark Streit alongside Nick Grossmann from last season. Philadelphia will miss Kimmo Timonen if he's unable to play due to blood clots.
Aug 8 - 10:05 AM

Ryan White has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

He registered six points and 50 penalty minutes in 54 games last season with Montreal. If White earns a roster spot with the Flyers out of training camp then it will likely be on the fourth line or as an extra.
Aug 7 - 5:00 PM

Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall doesn't want to rush one of the team's prospects on defense as a possible replacement for Kimmo Timonen.

"I don't want to put a kid in a situation who is not ready for it," he said. "The way to protect yourself is to add a veteran if possible." The Flyers signed Michael Del Zotto shortly after announcing that Timonen had been diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and both lungs. Philadelphia has Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg waiting in the pipeline.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 6 - 6:10 PM

Michael Del Zotto is motivated to get back on track in Philadelphia.

"Without making the playoffs, it's been a long summer, something new for me," Del Zotto said. "I took two weeks off and began training right away. Last season didn't go as well as I would have liked or planned it to be. It’s been a humbling season. This off-season has been the most motivated I've ever been to get back and prove everyone wrong and that I can get back and be what I was before." He had a good rookie season (37 points) and he produced 41 points in 2011-12, so there is some reason for optimism. The Flyers signed him to a low-risk, one-year contract worth $1.3 million and he could supply some offense from the back end.
Aug 6 - 2:42 PM

Kimmo Timonen had a blood clot in his left ankle back in 2008 prior to the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

He missed the first four games of the series as a result, but he didn't suffer from lingering effects with clotting until now. Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs, which has put his availability in 2014-15 in doubt. His age, medical history and the risk of getting cut on the ice while on blood thinners could make it a long shot for him to continue his career. We should know more about Timonen's status when he returns to Philadelphia in two-to-three weeks.
Aug 6 - 10:08 AM

Michael Del Zotto has agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers were in need of some defensive help after learning about Kimmo Timonen's blood clot issue. Del Zotto will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 season. He posted three goals and 13 assists in 67 contests between the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 5 - 7:52 PM

According to Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall, Kimmo Timonen's blood clots could be a "long term situation."

"I hate to even speculate," Hextall said. "The best I can say is that it could be a long term thing. Can he play at some point next season? I don't have the answer to that. I know he's in stable condition and doing well." He can be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, but he can't travel for up to three weeks. When he can return to Philadelphia, the Flyers doctors will evaluate him and the club will decide how to proceed. Timonen felt pain in his leg and thought he pulled a muscle, so he was very surprised to learn that he had been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs.
Aug 5 - 5:07 PM


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