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  1. 7) Today in Flyers History: October 30, 1969On this night in 1969, Flyers rookie Bobby Clarke scored his first career NHL goal. It came in his seventh career game. The Flyers and Rangers skated to a 3-3 tie at the Spectrum. Hinting at his future reputation for scoring in the clutch, it was the 20-year-old rookie from Flin Flon, Manitoba, who scored with 3:24 left in the third period to forge the tie after the Flyers were unable to protect an early 2-0 lead and found themselves trailing late in the game.Set up by top-line center Andre Lacroix, Jean-Guy Gendron and Lew Morrison scored first period goals for Philadelphia to build a 2-0 lead before the Rangers struck for the next three goals. Bernie Parent stopped 32 of 35 shots to earn the tie. Eddie Giacomin turned back 31 of 34 for the Rangers.
  2. 4) Today in Flyers History: October 26* 1969: Bernie Parent battled his childhood idol (and subsequent goaltending mentor) Jacques Plante to a draw in a 0-0 tie between the Flyers and St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum. The 24-year-old Parent stopped all 25 shots he faced, while the 40-year-old Plante turned back all 26 shots fired on his net. A crowd of 13,032 attended the game, which was one of the most memorable nights of Parent's early career; almost on par with being the winning goaltender in the Flyers' first game in Montreal during the inaugural 1967-68 season.The backstory: When Parent was growing up in the Rosemont section of Montreal, Jacques Plante's sister lived on the same street as the Parent family's home. Bernie and his friends idolized the star goaltender. They were too nervos to approach Plante directly, however, when he would periodically make a visit to his sister's home. Instead, they would hide behind the bushes to get a glimpse of the Montreal Canadiens star walking inside.Years later, when Parent was traded by the Flyers to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1970-71 season, Plante became his teammate. Despite a reputation for being a loner, Plante took a liking to Parent and mentored him to go from being a good NHL goaltender to one of the all-time greats. In the late 1970s, Plante became a part-time goaltending coach for the Flyers; the first goalie coach in franchise history.* 1975: Bill Barber racked up his second career hat trick as the Flyer pummeled the New York Rangers, 7-2, at Madison Square Garden.* 1986: Rookie goaltender Ron Hextall ran his record to 5-1-0 as the Flyers down the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum, 4-1. He yielded only a Dino Ciccarelli power play goal late in the second period among the 30 shots he faced. Ilkka Sinisalo (power play), Peter Zezel, Lindsay Carson and Rick Tocchet (power play) provided the goal support* 2002: Just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff of a 6-2 Flyers road win over the New York Islanders, Justin Williams put the Flyers ahead 1-0. Fifteen seconds later, Michal Handzus made it 2-0. The two goals in 31 seconds set a franchise record for the fastest two goals from the start of a game; the third-fastest in NHL league history.
  3. 5) Today in Flyers History: October 23 * 1967: Flyers general manager Bud Poile purchased the contract of rugged defenseman Larry "the Rock" Zeidel from the Cleveland Barons (AHL). Zeidel had been a favorite of Poile's when the latter coached the Montreal native with the Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League in the early 1950s. By now, Zeidel was 39 years old. He sent a resume to Poile and a letter asking for consideration either for a playing opportunity or an off-ice job, enclosing photos of himself both in a hockey uniform and a business suit. Poile gave Zeidel, who last played in the NHL for Chicago in 1953-54, a chance to make the fledgling NHL team and he appeared in 57 regular season games plus all seven games of the Flyers quarterfinal series against St. Louis. Zeidel played nine additional games for coach Keith Allen in 1968-69 and then retired. Zeidel later spent one season (1971-72) as a color commentator on Flyers broadcasts (which had a limited number of telecasts in those days, with the rest being on the radio). The late Gene Hart once told a funny story about Zeidel's short-lived broadcasting career. Three times in a single period, which saw Philly fall behind 3-1, Hart threw inquiries about plays/penalty calls over to his partner for comment. Each time, Zeidel replied, "The fans seen it, Gene. They don't like it." At intermission Hart gently reminded Zeidel, "Rock, the fans can't see what's happening. We're on the radio." * 1982: Bobby Clarke appeared in his 1,000th NHL game. He is the only player in Flyers history to have played at least 1,000 regular season games as a Flyer (1,144 in all). Flyers captain Claude Giroux, with 889 regular season games played to date, is 111 games away from becoming the second to accomplish the feat. * 2001: The Flyers named Keith Primeau as the 13th captain in team history.
  4. 3) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 22, 1969On this night in 1969, the Flyers earned a 4-3 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time, most of the attention was focused on two Philadelphia players. Flyers center Andre Lacroix led the way offensively with a hat trick, while goalie Bernie Parent turned out a stellar 32-save performance to earn a win over one of the NHL's "Original Six" franchises.Historically, however, the most notable moment of the game happened at 6:01 of the third period. Playing in his fourth career NHL game, Flyers rookie center Bobby Clarke set up his former Flin Flon Bombers teammate. Lew Morrison, for a goal that opened a 3-2 lead for the Flyers shortly after the Leafs had tied the game. The assist marked the first point of Clarke's NHL career. The future three-time Hart Trophy winner and Hockey Hall of Famer would go on to set Flyers franchise records with 852 assists and 1,210 points.4) Today in Flyers History: October 22, 1974In an earlier TIFH this week, we talked about the Flyers' 42-game home unbeaten streak (39-0 with three ties) against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which spanned nearly 15 calendar years from beginning to end; Feb. 7, 1974 to Feb. 2, 1989.On this evening in 1974, the Flyers began another epic unbeaten streak against an NHL club; this one an overall unbeaten string spanning both home and road games. Philadelphia earned a 4-2 road win over the LA Kings, riding third period goals by Moose Dupont and Ross Lonsberry (empty net) to prevail in a hard-fought contest at the LA Forum.Thereafter, Philadelphia would go on be undefeated by the Kings over a 32-game span (27-0 with five ties) at both the Forum and the Spectrum. Los Angeles finally broke the streak on Feb. 13, 1983.
  5. 3) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 22, 1969On this night in 1969, the Flyers earned a 4-3 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time, most of the attention was focused on two Philadelphia players. Flyers center Andre Lacroix led the way offensively with a hat trick, while goalie Bernie Parent turned out a stellar 32-save performance to earn a win over one of the NHL's "Original Six" franchises.Historically, however, the most notable moment of the game happened at 6:01 of the third period. Playing in his fourth career NHL game, Flyers rookie center Bobby Clarke set up his former Flin Flon Bombers teammate. Lew Morrison, for a goal that opened a 3-2 lead for the Flyers shortly after the Leafs had tied the game. The assist marked the first point of Clarke's NHL career. The future three-time Hart Trophy winner and Hockey Hall of Famer would go on to set Flyers franchise records with 852 assists and 1,210 points.4) Today in Flyers History: October 22, 1974In an earlier TIFH this week, we talked about the Flyers' 42-game home unbeaten streak (39-0 with three ties) against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which spanned nearly 15 calendar years from beginning to end; Feb. 7, 1974 to Feb. 2, 1989.On this evening in 1974, the Flyers began another epic unbeaten streak against an NHL club; this one an overall unbeaten string spanning both home and road games. Philadelphia earned a 4-2 road win over the LA Kings, riding third period goals by Moose Dupont and Ross Lonsberry (empty net) to prevail in a hard-fought contest at the LA Forum.Thereafter, Philadelphia would go on be undefeated by the Kings over a 32-game span (27-0 with five ties) at both the Forum and the Spectrum. Los Angeles finally broke the streak on Feb. 13, 1983.
  6. 2) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 19, 1967In the Flyers first-ever home game at the Spectrum, the team skated to a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Doug Favell made an early third-period rebound goal by the late Bill Sutherland stand up the rest of the way. Attendance at the game was 7,812.Earlier in the day, Sutherland was nearly denied entry into the Spectrum. An over-zealous security guard accused the 33-year-old left wing of trying to sneak into the building. The issue was straightened out, and the security guard semi-apologized but defended himself by saying that Sutherland looked "far too old" to be an active professional athlete.Sutherland, who passed away in 2017 at age 82, holds the distinction of scoring both the first road goal and the first home goal in Flyers franchise history. In total, the longtime minor league player (whose contract was acquired by the Flyers when they purchased the AHL's Quebec Aces to be their farm team) scored 20 goals in the inaugural 1967-68 season.
  7. 2) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 18, 1967After losing each of their first two games of a season-opening road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers captured a 2-1 road victory over the St. Louis Blues for the first win in franchise history. Team captain Lou Angotti's goal in the final minute of the second period sent the game to intermission tied at 1-1 before the late Ed Hoekstra's second career NHL goal put Philly ahead with 7:40 remaining in the game. Doug Favell (34 saves on 35 shots) took care of the rest.Earlier in the day, the Flyers traded their 1970 first-round pick to Boston Bruins in exchange for winger Rosie Paiement. Hard-nosed on the ice, fun-loving off the ice, Paiement became an early fan favorite both for the AHL's Quebec Aces and the Flyers. Paiement holds the distinction of scoring the first playoff hat trick in Flyers' history, accomplishing that feat in the 1968 Stanley Cup quarterfinals against the Blues.More notably, the Bruins used the 1970 first-round pick (4th overall) to select Peterborough Petes center Rick MacLeish. Months later, the Bruins flipped MacLeish to Philadelphia in exchange for Mike "Shakey" Walton to complete a three-team trade that sent Bernie Parent to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for veteran goalie Bruce Gamble, Walton and a 1971 1st-round Draft pick (Pierre Plante). MacLeish, of course, went to become a Flyers' Hall of Fame member, and scoring the series winning goal in Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final against Boston.3) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 18, 1984In one of the most lopsided victories in franchise history, the Flyers strafed the Vancouver Canucks, 13-4. The 13 goals Philly scored in the game tied a franchise record. Philadelphia scored four times in the first period, five in the second, and four in the third.Brian Propp and Ilkka Sinisalo both compiled hat tricks in the game, while Tim Kerr tallied twice. Murray Craven, Brad McCrimmon, Dave Poulin, Rick Tocchet and Peter Zezel each rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.Propp and Sinisalo's feat marked the third time in team history that two Flyers recorded a hat trick in the same game; accomplished previously by Bobby Clarke/Ross Lonsberry against Detroit in a 12-2 win on Feb. 2, 1974 and Dave Poulin/Sinisalo in a 13-4 trouncing of Pittsburgh on March 22, 1984. Later in the 1984-85 season, Poulin and Kerr did on March 7 in a 9-6 victory over Washington.On Dec. 18, 1986, Poulin and Kerr combined to do it again in a 9-4 win over the New York Islanders. It was not until Dec. 11, 2006 when Joffrey Lupul and R.J. Umberger each had hat tricks in an 8-2 humiliation of the Penguins that two Flyers combined for the sixth such occurrence in team regular season history.The first time that it was accomplished by two Flyers in a playoff game came in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (April 13, 2012) when Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux scored three apiece in an 8-5 win over the Penguins.
  8. On this day in 1946, Gordie Howe made his NHL debut. Wearing no. 17, Howe had an immediate impact and scored his first goal.
  9. On this day in 1946, Gordie Howe made his NHL debut. Wearing no. 17, Howe had an immediate impact and scored his first goal.
  10. Canadian Division!? We've heard rumblings for awhile now that the NHL is considering playing parts of the upcoming season in a bubble and that some teams may be separated from others, but this is truly the first that we've heard anyone with any real authority speak about an all-Canadian division. All of this has led to widespread speculation that the NHL will go with division "bubbles" for 2020-21 and that teams will play the entire season within their bubble. If a Canadian Division is indeed in the plans, what will the other divisions look like? Sure there will be an Eastern bubble and a Western bubble? Is it as simple as Canadian (North), East, West and Central? Check out this concept from Reddit user PaperMoonShine: I have to say... that's damn near perfect. I think I'd have a difficult time calling any division that has the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks the "Souther Division", but maybe the South/Central Division? In any case, why argue over semantics? This is frankly about as good as it's going to get if the league is in fact going to go this route. Personally I can't wait to see an all Canadian division. Every night will be Hockey Night in Canada! Also, a division with both the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche? Sign me up. Maybe even a classic Norris Division rivalry will be rekindled between the Blackhawks and Red Wings? I have to say, the idea of this is pretty enticing as an old school hockey fan. Hell, why not go all the way and bring some old school divisional names back? Bring back the Adams Division, Norris Division, Patrick Division and Smythe Division names just for old time sake? Chew on that for awhile....!!!!!
  11. 5) Today in Flyers History: October 15 edition:* 1971: The Flyers traded fan favorite center Andre Lacroix (the leading scorer early in franchise history before Bob Clarke came along) and later the all-time leading scorer in the World Hockey Association to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Rick Foley.* 1997: The Flyers traded defenseman/winger Jason Bowen, originally a 1992 first-round pick who struggled to find consistency or a regular position at the NHL level, to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for tough guy winger Brantt Myhres. Little-known fact: The 169 penalty minutes that Myhres racked up in just 23 games for the Flyers in 1997-98 was the highest PIMs-per-game (7.35) in franchise history. Prorated over a full season, he'd have broken the NHL single-season record 472 penalty minutes that Dave Schultz (6.21 PIM per game) compiled over 76 games in 1974-75.* 1999: At the insistence of head coach Roger Neilson, the Flyers purchased the contract of checking winger Jody Hull from the Atlanta Thrashers, bringing him back to the Flyers a few months after Atlanta claimed Hull from Philadelphia in the 1999 Expansion Draft. Neilson inquired to general manager Bob Clarke several times before the season about the possibility of bringing Hull back, and the GM finally relented.Clarke then delegated to assistant general manager Paul Holmgren the task of informing team chairman Ed Snider that Hull was coming back."Wait!" Snider exclaimed. "Is it too late? Can't we just tell Roger to forget about it?!"Snider had nothing at all against Hull as a person but was not a fan of his ultra-defensive style of play. Oddly enough, Hull collected double-digit goals (10) for Philly that season; the first time in several years the former 20-goal-scorer (1995-96 for the Florida Panthers) had reached even five goals.Going back to their time together with the New York Rangers and Panthers, Neilson had long valued Hull because he was a good penalty killer, adhered well to structure and always made safe plays with the puck. Snider and Clarke both felt Hull was a little TOO safe and defensive-minded, but were ultimately on board with giving their head coach a role player in whom he had the utmost confidence.
  12. native of Sweden, Erik Gustafsson is back in his home country practicing with one of his new teammates Robert Hagg.A The two Swedes work the blue line and will now have an opportunity to do so on the same team after Gustafsson signed a one-year, $3 million contract Monday with the Flyers. The question is which defenseman will Gustafsson play alongside in 2020-21? Gustafsson has the makeup of a top-four blueliner with his ability to move the puck, join the rush and create offense. He is a lefty shot but has played on the right side for the past two to three years and said he feels "more confident" on the right side, which is where the Flyers need greater balance after the loss of Matt Niskanen. With the Blackhawks, the 28-year-old Gustafsson had a breakout 2018-19 campaign in which he scored 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists), the sixth most among all NHL defensemen that season. In 2019-20, he had 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) over 66 games between the Blackhawks and Flames. While Gustafsson suffered a dip in offensive production, he felt he took positive strides in his defensive play, the area in which he is questioned the most. Gustafsson is skilled, mobile and can quarterback a power play; how is his game in the defensive zone? Will he help the Flyers prevent goals, as well? Oftentimes, good offense is good defense, especially in Alain Vigneault's system. TRENDING How does Flyers' defensive group change with Gustafsson signing? 2H AGO 9 Philly pro athletes we wish were still playing today 8H AGO Erik Gustafsson: Flyers' defensive core can 'go a long way' 8H AGO "The Flyers, it's one of the best teams in the league," Gustafsson said Tuesday in a video interview. "I think the team they have right now is a tough team to play against, they’re playing an offensive type of game and they like the D joining the rush. That’s my type to play the game, too. With all the forwards and defensemen we have, and the goaltending, too, I think this was the best fit for me to be a part of. "Try to focus on my game and try to be the defensive guy that I am. ... It’s always tough to come into this city and play against them, so it’s fun to be a part of them.” Gustafsson said his 2019-20 season was not as much of a slump in his eyes. “I think I played a better game at 5-on-5 and the power play than I did the year before," he said. "It didn’t go point-wise like I wanted. But when I started to play with Duncan Keith two years ago, it was a lot of fun. … He’s one of the best defensemen out there in the league right now and has been that for the past 10 years, too, winning three Stanley Cups. To play with him was a lot of fun. I learned a lot from him. He was talking to me, he could be a little tough on me, but at the same time, I was learning a lot from him. "I’m an offensive guy, I like to join the rush, play the power play. What I have to learn and be better at is my defensive part of the game. I think I have taken a step from last year, I think I have taken a step even when I played with Calgary and in the playoffs. If I can come in and play like I did the last couple games in the playoffs, it’s going to be a fun season for me and for the team. I’m going to do everything I can to help the team win." Gustafsson possesses a similar skill set and offensive package to Shayne Gostisbehere, who the Flyers believe has the potential to be a top-four defenseman for them again. However, he might not be poised for such a role with the addition of Gustafsson. Like Gustafsson, Gostisbehere put up a prolific offensive season with 65 points in 2017-18, when he was a top-pair guy alongside Ivan Provorov. “Well Shayne has been through his career," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said last weekend. "In the '17-18 season, he paired with Provorov and they both had very good seasons by every metric. He’s shown that. "Obviously his play has slipped a bit with injury and things like that over the last season or two, but Shayne’s only 27. Absolutely he could have an opportunity to have a bigger role on our team next year, as can other players as well. We’ll see how that all shakes out, but we have a pretty good group of defensemen right now coming back next season.” Hagg and Justin Braun are steady third-pair guys. Gustafsson is set to join one of the club's top-two pairs. Gostisbehere, whose name will continue to float in the trade winds, looks like he is set to compete for playing time and his role. Could Philippe Myers make a big jump to the top pair alongside Provorov? Will Travis Sanheim play with Gustafsson? Who is the odd man out on the blue line? How much will the group miss Niskanen? There are a lot of questions. When you lose a player the caliber of Niskanen, that is inevitable.
  13. 4) Today in Flyers History: Oct. 13, 1988In a 7-6 road win over the Minnesota North Stars, the Flyers tied a franchise single-game record by scoring six power play goals. Brian Propp compiled a hat trick, scoring all three of his goals on the man advantage. Both Tim Kerr and Pelle Eklund racked up four-point nights (1G,3A).Overall, 10 of the combined 13 goals scored in the game came on power plays. The Flyers went 6-for-11 and Minnesota went 4-for-12.
  14. chuckie speaks.. NHL PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 12m ago Flyers sign Gustafsson to 1-year, $3M deal The Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year contract worth an average annual value of $3 million, the team announced Monday. TSN.ca Staff Erik Gustafsson , The Canadian Press The Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year contract worth an average annual value of $3 million, the team announced Monday.
  15. off the wall ... T V R ...to go with j v r.
  16. I'd say they better look at signing a right handed D man .. ....to play with ivan .. Turris would be how much for how long ,he might have something left...
  17. Cha.... Cha ......Cha.....

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