Player News - Flyers

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Steve Mason (upper body) is feeling better, according to Flyers coach Craig Berube.

He is projected to join the team in New York on Friday, which is a good sign. However, he won't be in the lineup Thursday for Game 1 against the Rangers and his status for Game 2 is still unclear.
Apr 17 - 2:10 PM

Flyers coach Craig Berube fought against the idea that losing Steve Mason to an upper-body injury sets the Flyers back.

"I don't think our team feels like it's a blow at all," Berube said. "I totally disagree. Listen: There's injuries. Things happen, like I said. You're not always 100 percent. Good teams find a way to get it done." Emery will start in Game 1 of the first round as a result of Mason's injury. Emery doesn't have a ton of playoff experience, but he did lead Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. At the same time, he had a lukewarm 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games in 2013-14.
Apr 17 - 10:01 AM

Ray Emery will play in Game 1 of Philadelphia's series against the New York Rangers.

Steve Mason is dealing with an upper-body injury, so the Flyers need Emery to step up in his absence. Emery is certainly capable of doing that, but he struggled in the regular season with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games.
Apr 16 - 12:21 PM

Steve Mason (upper body) will not participate in Game 1 on Thursday.

Mason was hurt on Saturday when teammate Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him. Mason had a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage in 61 games this season.
Apr 16 - 12:18 PM

Mark Streit enters the playoffs on a hot streak, as the Swiss blueliner finished with a six game points streak down the final stretch, compiling nine assists in that span and a plus-seven rating.

The 36 year-old free agent signing has really proven his worth in the last few weeks, and the Flyers will need Streit’s magic to continue come playoff time in order to get by the Rangers. Streit has nine points and 12 penalty minutes in 18 career post-season games.
Apr 15 - 7:27 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Gostisbehere had nine goals and 34 points in 42 games with Union College in 2013-14. He also had a plus-seven rating in Union's 7-4 victory over Minnesota in the NCAA championship game. Philadelphia took him in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 15 - 1:18 PM

Steve Downie is dealing with an upper-body injury.

It's not clear if it's the same problem that he attempted to return from on April 8. The Flyers are calling him day-to-day, but he wasn't able to participate in Tuesday's practice.
Apr 15 - 12:55 PM

Steve Mason (upper body) is questionable for Game 1.

"I feel he will," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Mason's chances of being ready in time for the first round opener, "but you never know." Mason sustained the injury when Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him during Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Apr 15 - 10:40 AM

Andrew MacDonald has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

MacDonald was acquired from the New York Islanders on March 4 in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2014 third-round selection. He chips in offensively, but he's more of a defensive defenseman with a league-leading 242 blocked shots. Philadelphia now has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts in 2014-15 worth at least $3.5 million annually from a cap perspective. That doesn't include Erik Gustafsson, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. With that in mind, it's hard to see them re-signing Kimmo Timonen.
Apr 15 - 10:34 AM

Scott Hartnell was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Monday for spearing Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore.

The incident occurred during the third period of Sunday's 6-5 shootout loss. The Flyers and Hartnell are lucky that he won't be suspended for the team's playoff opener on Thursday night against the Rangers.
Apr 14 - 4:35 PM

Braydon Coburn was one of seven Flyers who played all 82 games of the schedule.

Coburn was joined by fellow defenseman Mark Streit as well as forwards Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. Coburn had five goals and 17 points with 63 penalty minutes and a minus-six rating, making him an afterthought in traditional pools.
Apr 14 - 9:19 AM

Zac Rinaldo has finished his four game suspension and is eligible to play in the playoffs.

Rinaldo was suspended for his illegal check to the head on the Sabres Chad Ruhwedel. Rinaldo finished the season with 153 penalty minutes and four points. Do not look for a lot offensively from Rinaldo in the playoffs but he should pile up some penalty minutes.
Apr 14 - 9:15 AM

Jason Akeson made his seasonal debut on Sunday and picked up an assist.

Akeson played the last game of the 2012-13 season as well and scored a goal in his NHL debut then. He had 24 goals and 64 points in 70 games with Adirondack of the AHL this season.
Apr 14 - 8:50 AM

Philadelphia Flyers fill-in goalie Cal Heeter suffered a loss in his NHL debut as the Carolina Hurricanes won 6-5 (S0) on Sunday.

Heeter stopped 33 out of 38 shots. The 25-year-old isn't likely to see much time, as he was giving Ray Emery a breather while Steve Mason nurses an upper-body injury.
Apr 13 - 8:12 PM

Wayne Simmonds' 29 goals don't just represent a new career-high; he also topped all Philadelphia Flyers players this season.

Simmonds scored two tallies to push that total to 29. He blew away his previous career-highs in points, too, as now has 60 on the season (his previous ceiling was 49). When you add his 106 PIM and 209 SOG (not to mention 15 of those goals being PPG), it's easy to see why Simmonds is one of the best power forward options in fantasy.
Apr 13 - 7:48 PM


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