There's a well-known Stanley Cup ad from a few years ago titled "No Words". In it, grizzled, dazed hockey players fumble for words, shake their heads, and fight off tears as they struggle to express what winning hockey's Holy Grail means to them.
And only the players will ever truly know what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup. The iconic trophy is often referred to as "the most difficult trophy to win in sports", and "No Words" illustrate why. The NHL playoffs are a battle of attrition - sixteen teams whittled down over two months to the final two, who meet up in a winner-take-all, no-holds-barred, best-of-seven. You can see how much the...
Heading into tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes (24-30-7/55 pts/8th in Eastern wild card race), the Blackhawks (37-21-5/3rd in Central) are suddenly bolstered by a lot of new arrivals - and one familiar face sent out of town.
In trades leading up to today's trade deadline, the Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Flyers, center Antoine Vermette from the Coyotes, and forward Andrew Desjardins from the Sharks. The Blackhawks sent defense prospect Klas Dahlbeck to Arizona, and Ben Smith to San Jose, and picks to all three teams they traded with.
Ben Smith was popular in the locker room and respected among the fans. He played a...
The Hawks will face the Flyers for the first time this season, and the seasons couldn’t have started differently for the two teams.
The Flyers won their first game of the season just three days ago, finishing a dramatic comeback against the Dallas Stars in overtime thanks to captain Claude Giroux, but their record is still just 1-2-2, which has them sitting at seventh in the Metropolitan division and tied for thirteenth in th...
Let's face it... Flyers fans are in for an awkward season.
There is no way around describing what this 2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers team is. You can say they're a team in transition.
The word transition is not something that owners like to use or that fans like to hear. But it truly is the perfect way to explain this Flyers team.
It is not shocking at all either that the Flyers would end up this way. Ron Hextall was promoted to general just this spring, so he himself is still trying to make the team his own. He was left tied up with a few mistakes made by previous GM Paul Holmgren, and has been unable to reverse moves that were made prior to his promotion.
The future for the defense of the Philadelphia Flyers is extremely bright.
Players such as Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg, along with Shayne Gostisbehere are not far from being NHL ready. And the expectations are very high for when they are ready.
Until then, the Flyers have a bit of an issue on the back end. Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen’s future in professional hockey is in question as he is out indefinitely due to blood clots in his lungs and right calf. The loss of Timonen will likely expose some of the issues that the Flyers have on the blue line.
The Flyers signed free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on Tuesday.
The signing came after the announcement that Kimmo Timonen is being treating in his country of Finland for blood clots in his right calf and both lungs.
In 67 games with the Nashville Predators and the New York Rangers last season, Del Zotto scored three goals and 13 assists. His speed, size and offensive ability will help fill the void left by Timonen's injury.
The Flyers have re-signed free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract on Friday.
The contract will bring the Finnish blue liner back to Philadelphia for an eight season. The deal is reportedly worth around $2 million with the possibility of up to around $4 million if he reaches incentives.
In a conference call with reporters, general manager Ron Hextall said he had about a half dozen conversations with Timonen and told the veteran defenseman to take his time.
Alicia wanted to write something from the heart about Kimmo Timonen, who may have played his last game with the Flyers, and possibly in the NHL two weeks ago when the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs.
She had it all mapped out on paper, but didn't know the best way to express what her feelings were on the possible end to Timonen's career. Timonen is the reason she loves hockey, and you will see in what she wrote how clear that fact is.
Maybe it's a premature obituary to Timonen's career. Maybe it's coming at the approprate time. So here is Alicia's words, in the rawest form possible, to pay tribute to one of the greatest defensemen in Flyers history.
By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.