How Flyers Should Handle Upcoming UFA’s

The Philadelphia Flyers have three men on their current roster that will become unrestricted free agents when the calendar hits July 1st. Three is not a large number of players and none of them are of the franchise-altering variety. Still, General Manager, Ron Hextall, will have to decide what to do with his pending unrestricted free agents. The choices are quite simple, either...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Grading the Philadelphia Flyers’ defensemen

This article is the third in a series in which I am grading the Philadelphia Flyers. As I did in the two articles on grading the forwards, I will provide each defenseman’s statistics and assign each player a grade. To read the forwards’ grades, go to:Philadelphia Flyers: Grading the forwards, part oneGrading the Philadelphia Flyers’ forwards, part two Michael Del Zotto 52 GP...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL’s Tweaking Of Coach’s Challenge For Playoffs A No-Brainer

The NHL announced late Monday it will be modifying its coach’s challenge system when the postseason begins next month, implementing ice-level cameras on the blue lines of all 16 Stanley Cup playoff sites. “That’s the one in-season tweak we can make,” NHL executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said, via The Associated Press. “It’s not a rule change...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

If Hextall and Flyers are selling, who are the options?

With the NHL Trade Deadline approaching on Monday at 3 p.m., Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall seems to have already decided that he will be selling and continuing his plan to build towards the future. The team is within striking distance of a playoff spot. However, with captain Claude Giroux and top defenseman Michael Del Zotto missing from the lineup, the Flyers...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hakstol's Happenings: Flyers manage to escape wrath of the injury bug

Embed from Getty Images   As the Flyers began a five-game road trip that essentially continued a make-or-break portion of their schedule, they did so without a few key cogs of the lineup in Michael Del Zotto and Sean Couturier. It was noted that those two injuries provided a significant setback for the Flyers, and helped deal a blow to their already-slim playoff hopes...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Flyers' Del Zotto to miss 3-4 months after wrist surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said defenseman Michael Del Zotto is expected to be out three to four months after surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist. Hextall said on a conference call Sunday that Del Zotto is scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia on Friday. Del Zotto would only be able to play again this season if the Flyers...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Flyers Injury Update: Giroux, Couturier day-to-day, Del Zotto out for season

Embed from Getty Images   Flyers GM Ron Hextall certainly had a long list of injuries to go through on Sunday as the Flyers prepare to wrap up a five-game road trip on Tuesday night in Carolina. Still, as Hextall provided an update on Sunday, the news was generally positive. Flyers captain Claude Giroux remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. While Hextall would...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Three NHL Teams That Should Start Selling

The NHL trade deadline is now less than two weeks away, and we're already starting to see a lot of trade rumors floating around about potential deals. With the variety and abundance of teams still in the hunt, which of these teams should look to sell and begin to think long term? Let's take a look.Philadelphia Flyers: When you look at the Philadelphia Flyers in the standings,...
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February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Weal out 3 weeks, updates on Couturier, Del Zotto

Embed from Getty Images   Less than an hour before the Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers announced yet another injury. Jordan Weal, the 23-year-old forward acquired in the trade that sent Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings, will be out a minimum of three weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced. Weal was potentially...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Hakstol's Happenings: Moving on without Sean Couturier and Michael Del Zotto

Embed from Getty Images   As the calendar turned to 2016, the Flyers found themselves in familiar territory -- on the outside looking in, yet still flirting with the possibility of a playoff spot.  They have been playing some Jekyll and Hyde-like hockey since then, looking like a decent and playoff-caliber team one week yet looking miserable the next. Sure, they're still...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Del Zotto out for 'weeks,' Andrew MacDonald recalled

Embed from Getty Images   The Flyers lost more than just a second point in the standings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Devils. They lost a workhorse defenseman as well. Michael Del Zotto is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced following the loss. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald has been recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. "It’s been...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Can the Flyers make it to the postseason?

The Philadelphia Flyers finished last season with a record of 33-31-18, seventh in the Atlantic, and picked up 84 points in doing so. They ended their season four teams and 14 points out of the wild-card spot. In the end, the Flyers weren’t terrible, but they weren’t impressive either as they barely finished above .500.  (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) This season,...
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January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Postgame Perspective: Ghost's injury overshadows big win for Flyers

On any other night, the story of the game would have been how the Flyers survived the onslaught of shots by the Minnesota Wild in the third period and early stages of overtime. It would have been how at 4:23, with just 37 seconds separating them from a shootout, they got the game-winning goal from Michael Del Zotto that erased a long-standing run of road woes and a earned them...
Via Flyerdelphia
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Del Zotto scores 2nd goal in OT to lift Flyers past Wild 4-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Michael Del Zotto scored his second goal of the game with 37 seconds left in overtime to send the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Sean Couturier scored his fifth goal in nine games and Ryan White also scored to help Philadelphia win its second straight after losing three in a row. Steve Mason made 31 saves for the...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

'Ghost' busted in 4-3 OT win over Minnesota Wild

Embed from Getty Images   It's safe to say that Michael Del Zotto was due for. The slick-moving blueliner entered Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild with just one goal on the season, and reeled off a pair of goals -- including the overtime winner with 37 seconds to play -- to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Del Zotto's first goal came...
Via Flyerdelphia
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Del Zotto requests accountability from slumping Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto isn't interested in excuses.Yes, every NHL team takes a bit to get going following the Christmas break, but the Flyers dropped all three contests of their California road trip - this on the heels of a blistering 8-2-2 stretch heading into the Christmas break. Del Zotto saw this turn of events happen last season with a five-game skid...
Via Fox Sports
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Michael Del Zotto out day-to-day with upper-body injury

Embed from Getty Images   As the Flyers get set to take the ice after the holiday break, they will do so without one of their key blueliners. GM Ron Hextall announced prior to Sunday's game against Anaheim that Michael Del Zotto will be sidelined day-to-day with an upper-body injury.  Del Zotto, 25, leads the Flyers in time on ice per game, with 23:54 as well as 29...
Via Flyerdelphia
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Del Zotto Quietly Meeting New Challenges

    View image | gettyimages.com Michael Del Zotto's career has been a bit of a roller coaster. He made a pretty big splash at the NHL level in his rookie season with the New York Rangers, scoring nine goals. His production dropped in his second season, and then was right back up again with 10 goals in his third season. From that peak, Del Zotto's career track went...
Via Flyerdelphia
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Del Zotto stepping into leadership role for Flyers

It started when Mark Streit went down with an injury, but Michael Del Zotto really emerged as a workhorse in the last three games. In the Flyers Black Friday game, which went to overtime, Del Zotto played 25:34. In Saturday's shutout win against the Rangers, Del Zotto played 29:20 as the Flyers dealt with a shorthanded defensive staff. In Tuesday's win over Ottawa, he played 26...
Via Flyerdelphia
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Flyers' Del Zotto taking defense to heart

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has relished his new role of being placed in position to shut down the opposition."It’s something I’m trying to embrace. I love it,” the traditionally offensive-minded Del Zotto told the Courier Post. "Any time the coach shows that trust in you to play against the other teams’ top lines, I’m playing in all situations. I...
Via Fox Sports
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Projecting Flyers Team Awards for 2015-16

  View image | gettyimages.com Every year at the end of each season, the Flyers announce a list of awards to recognize individual accomplishments and honors. It's the Flyers version of the NHL awards in the sense that they hand out most valuable player, best defenseman and most improved - to name a few. With the 2015-16 campaign just a few short months away, let's have some...
Via Flyerdelphia
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Between the Pipes: Sanheim, Del Zotto in 'Goon', Roenick on Voracek

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Between the Pipes! I'm your host, Zach Hopkins, and I look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest news and notes from the Orange and Black each week. Without further ado - let's get it started.  Flyers analyst Steve Coates goes one-on-one with 2014 first round pick Travis Sanheim - [Gus Richardson -Broad Street Buzz]  Hopkins...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Flyers' Del Zotto to make appearance in 'Goon' sequel

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will add a movie credit to his resume in the near future. Del Zotto and Dallas Stars standout Tyler Seguin are expected to make an appearance in "Goon: Last of the Enforcers", the sequel to the popular hockey film "Goon". The movie is scheduled to be released in 2016. Actor Seann William Scott will return as enforcer Doug "The Thug...
Via Fox Sports
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto to appear in Goon 2

This cast photo was enough to get the hockey community buzzing about Goon 2. Today, another photo hit the web and it reveals that Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto will appear in the sequel titled Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto filming a scene for 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers' today. pic.twitter.com/5mEgU2pFxQ — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 23...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Del Zotto films for Goon sequel

Michael Del Zotto will become yet another Flyer to enter pop culture, as he filmed an appearance on Thursday for the upcoming Goon sequel, Last of the Enforcers. Del Zotto filmed alongside Dallas' Tyler Seguin as a member of the fictitious St. John's Shamrocks, lining up against Seann William Scott and the Halifax Highlanders -- a team who's logo looks eerily similar to the one...
Via Flyerdelphia
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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