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Hal Gill has announced his retirement.

The veteran defenseman played 1,108 games during his 16-season NHL career. Gill had 184 points and 962 penalty minutes. "I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations," he said in a statement. "I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line)."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 3:52 PM

Chris VandeVelde won Philadelphia's Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, which goes to the team's most improved player.

The winner of the award is determined by a player vote. VandeVelde, 28, had been bouncing between the AHL and NHL for years going into the 2014-15 campaign, but he ended up playing in 72 contests with the Flyers this season. "It was pretty cool, especially that my teammates voted on it," VandeVelde said in reference to winning the trophy. "I think I came a long way from last year. I started the year down in Allentown and worked my way up. I had a pretty good season. It was a fun year and I enjoyed it." VandeVelde is set to be a free agent this summer, but he hopes to re-sign with Philadelphia. It will be interesting to see if he can secure a one-way contract after showing what he can do as a regular bottom-six forward this season.
Apr 20 - 9:59 AM

Ryan White wants to return to the Philadelphia Flyers next season.

White will become a UFA on July 1 as he was on a one-year/two-way contract this season. "I definitely want to be back," White said. "It’s a good fit here for me. Finally got an opportunity to show what I can do every night on a regular basis and it was a lot of fun." White had six goals and 12 points in 34 games this season and could get 20-25 points if he is healthy enough to play a full season.
Apr 19 - 8:25 AM

Jakub Voracek will play for the Czech Republic at the upcoming World Championships.

He will get to play with his idol and fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr in front of a home crowd as the Worlds will take place in the Czech Republic. Voracek finished the season tied for fourth in NHL scoring with 81 points and while he was satisfied with his season personally, he stated that he has only done it once. "It’s been a long season," Voracek said. "If I do it next year, maybe I can admit that I belong there [in that club]. Right now, I had one good season. It doesn’t end for me. Nothing changes. I will work hard this summer."
Apr 18 - 8:38 AM

With Craig Berube gone, Vincent Lecavalier has become an interesting buy-low candidate for the 2015-16 campaign.

Lecavalier and Berube didn't see eye-to-eye and the veteran forward was used sparingly as a result. That killed Lecavalier's fantasy value, but the Flyers fired Berube, so Lecavalier will get a head start. That being said, Lecavalier will be 35 by the time the 2015-16 season starts and he has a lengthy injury history, so he's far from a safe bet to bounce back. Still, there is hope now where there was none before.
Apr 17 - 11:15 AM

Craig Berube has been relieved of his duties by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The timing is a bit surprising, if only because when Flyers GM Ron Hextall declined to immediately relieve Berube of his duties it opened the door to the possibility that Hextall was waiting to see what the coaching market would be like before making a move. Instead Hextall fired him mere days after announcing that he would be weighing his options. In his second year with the club, Berube's Flyers failed to make the playoffs. Meanwhile the man he replaced, Peter Laviolette, is coaching Nashville in the first round. Berube finished with a 75-58-28 record overall.
Apr 17 - 11:10 AM

Flyers coach Craig Berube hasn't been fired, but that doesn't mean he won't be this summer.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall wants to take his time before deciding Berube's fate. There's a lot of desirable coaches that might end up being available this summer, not the least of which would be Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock. If Hextall feels like he can lure Babcock or another high profile coach to Philadelphia, then Berube will probably be let go.
Apr 16 - 9:43 AM

Wayne Simmonds (leg) is a couple weeks from having his cast removed.

Simmonds' campaign ended on March 25 due to a fractured bone. He finished the campaign with 28 markers and feels like he would have reached the 30-goal milestone if not for the injury. He should be fine for the 2015-16 campaign.
Apr 15 - 9:53 AM

Claude Giroux will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Giroux is arguably the highest profile star of the first group of 19 players named to World Championship roster. Giroux has five goals and 14 points while representing his country at the various different levels of junior hockey. The Flyers star had 73 points in 81 games this season.
Apr 15 - 12:49 AM

Vincent Lecavalier doesn't think he can co-exist with Flyers coach Craig Berube.

He said he can only be successful with Philadelphia if Berube is gone or else he is better off playing somewhere else. Lecavalier expects his situation to be clear as the NHL Draft approaches. The veteran forward dressed in 57 games in 2014-15. He sat often as a healthy scratch and he averaged just 12:38 of ice time per contest.
Apr 13 - 2:09 PM

Do not be surprised if the Philadelphia Flyers trade at least one veteran defenseman in the off-season.

Nicklas Grossman's name is likely at the top of the list and while they could also deal Luke Schenn, having his brother Brayden on the team may make them think twice about dealing Luke. Grossmann will get $3.5 million next season before he is eligible for free agency so he could be gone as the Flyers have a bunch of prospects chomping at the bit to get into the NHL.
Apr 13 - 9:39 AM

Jakub Voracek finished tied for fourth in the NHL scoring race with 81 points.

He tied Alex Ovechkin as the pair finished behind Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Sidney Crosby. Voracek led the race for the first four months of the season and stayed in the race until the last few days of the season. It was Voracek's best season of his career and as he heads into what should be the best years of his career, there is a lot to like about the 25-year-old.
Apr 12 - 8:53 AM

Jason Akeson was called up from the minors on Saturday.

Akeson was held off the scoresheet as he played his first NHL game since November 15. It was not a great offensive season for the 24-year-old in the NHL as he was held pointless in 13 games.
Apr 12 - 3:12 AM

Errors cursed Steve Mason and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday as they fell 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators.

Mason sees a three-game winning streak end, finishing 2014-15 with an 18-18-11 record. His individual stats were excellent, so the Flyers may have finally found their go-to goalie. Now they just need to fix ... a lot of other things.
Apr 11 - 3:12 PM

Matt Read scored his eighth goal of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers ended their 2014-15 season with an 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

That gives Read 30 points in 80 games on the season, ending a six-game pointless streak in the process. Philly has to hope that Read bounces back to his 20-goal form after a disappointing campaign.
Apr 11 - 3:12 PM


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