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Kevin Durso
Philadelphia, PA
A Philly sports fanatic who always has an opinion and I'm sharing it with the world
Interests: Philly sports, baseball, broadcasting, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers
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View image | gettyimages.com One of the Flyers first-round draft picks has officially been signed. The Flyers and defenseman Ivan Provorov agreed to a three-year entry-level contract on Friday. The deal is the maximum at entry level, worth $925,000 per year with bonuses. Provorov, the seventh overall pick at last weekend's draft, is on the roster for Flyers development camp starting next Tuesday and could have an outside chance at making the team's roster for the 2015-16 season. Colin McDonald signs two-way deal The Flyers also added right wing Colin McDonald on a two-way deal. McDonald spent last season in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Day 2 of free agency came and went with little fanfare. The Flyers added one player who will spend most of the season in the AHL as a depth signing. What headlined today's news was the team's announcement of the development camp roster and schedule. Here are the details. The Flyers signed goalie Jason LaBarbera to a two-way deal. The 35-year-old has played for six teams in 11 NHL seasons. LaBarbera spent last season in the Anaheim Ducks organization and was a part of the Los Angeles Kings organization from 2005 to 2009. The Flyers will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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In just a little more than four months, Flyers GM Ron Hextall has gone from your average, ordinary general manager to a magician at work. He traded 40-year-old veteran Kimmo Timonen, who had not played all season and had two months left in his playing career, for Chicago’s second-round pick. He turned Braydon Coburn into a first-round pick, a third-round pick and Radko Gudas in a trade with Tampa Bay. He traded Nick Grossmann to Arizona for Sam Gagner while making Chris Pronger’s contract disappear. And then, he did the impossible, acquiring a third-round pick for Zac Rinaldo. In the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Upon the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Flyers GM Ron Hextall had a checklist of items. Find a new head coach to take his visions and blueprints of the roster and make them work on the ice. Check. Dave Hakstol makes the jump from the NCAA to the NHL in 2015-16. Acquire a stud defenseman. Check. Ivan Provorov will be here soon enough, if not on opening night this season. He may be that close to NHL ready. Acquire a scoring winger. Check it off with a pencil. Hextall’s got the coach and the defenseman and started to get the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Just when you think the Flyers pulled off the most unprecedented move in NHL history - trading Chris Pronger's contract to Arizona - the Los Angeles Kings are trying to do something even more unprecedented. Former Flyers captain Mike Richards is no longer a member of the Kings. This much is known. But it's how the Kings parted ways with the veteran forward that is interesting. Instead of a traditional buyout, the Kings cited a breach of contract on Richards part, allowing them to terminate the deal instead of buy Richards out. Here is the statement... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Two players on the 2014-15 Flyers roster were shipped out in the last 48 hours, including one on Monday afternoon in Zac Rinaldo. On the other end of the spectrum, one player's place on the Flyers was solidified. Forward Chris VandeVelde will return to the Flyers after signing a multi-year deal, the team announced Monday evening. It is a two-year deal worth $1.425 million. VandeVelde will make $700,000 in the 2015-16 season. VandeVelde had a career year in 2014-15, scoring nine goals and registering 15 points in 79 games while taking home the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the most-improved... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Draft may have ended, but Ron Hextall was far from finished on Saturday. He made seven picks in Day 2 of the Draft, hired a goalie coach and now, he has made a trade. The Flyers traded defenseman Nick Grossmann to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Sam Gagner and a future draft pick - either the Coyotes 2016 fourth-round pick or 2017 third-round pick. Also included in the deal is Chris Pronger's contract. This helps Arizona hit the cap floor and relives some cap pressure for the Flyers. Grossmann played three full seasons for the Flyers after being acquired... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers had a void in the coaching staff since Jeff Reese left the team suddenly in March. This week, they found the replacement. The Flyers have hired former Kings goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh to join the coaching staff next season. Dillabaugh spent eight seasons with the Kings, helping mold an elite goaltending situation in Los Angeles as coach and director of goaltending development, headlined by star goalie Jonathan Quick. During draft weekend, Martin Jones, a very capable back-up and potential starting goalie, was traded to the Bruins after serving as a back-up to Quick. A former goalie for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo via Matej Tomek Facebook Page The Flyers had two picks on Friday night's first night of the NHL Draft, defenseman Ivan Provorov and forward Travis Konecny. Flyerdelphia had profiled both players - Provorov here and Konecny here - and also provided scouting reports on them last night - Provorov here and Konecny here. Today, the Flyers added seven more players with their remaining picks. Here they are again and here is a brief scouting report on each. 3rd Round, 70th overall - G Felix Sandstrom - Sandstrom had mononucleosis and that hampered his season. But otherwise, he was regarded... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
The Flyers closed their draft selections with the 188th pick in the seventh round. With that pick, the Flyers drafted Russian goalie Ivan Fedotov. Fedotov is a 6'6", 192-pound goalie who posted a 1.95 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 41 games with Reaktor Nizhnekamsk of the MHL. He also posted a 3.01 GAA and .894 save percentage in 10 playoff games, his first playoff appearance in his two years with the team. This concludes the Flyers draft selections. Thanks to everyone who followed along with us at Flyerdelphia. Kevin Durso is managing editor for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo via Cooper Marody Facebook Page Another round, another forward. The Flyers used their sixth-round pick to add another piece to the wing. With the 158th pick in the NHL Draft, the Flyers selected right winger Cooper Marody. Marody spent the 2014-15 season with the Sioux Falls Stampede after playing parts of two seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He scored 20 goals and added 29 assists for 49 points in 30 games with Sioux Falls. Marody, a 6'0", 176-pound winger from Brighton, MI, is committed to the University of Michigan next season. The Flyers have one remaining pick in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers stayed focused on adding forwards with their fifth-round selection. With the 128th overall pick, the Flyers selected Czech forward David Kase. Kase scored seven goals and added seven assists in 30 games in the Czech2 league for KLH Chomutov. He had 15 points in eight games as part of the Czech under-20 league. The 5'11", 170-pound forward spent five seasons playing for KLH Chomutov junior teams. The Flyers are back on the clock in the sixth round with the 158th overall pick. Kevin Durso is managing editor for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers added a winger with their first of two straight picks in teh fourth round. Then the traded the second. The Flyers selected left winger Samuel Dove-McFalls with the 98th overall pick. They traded the 99th overall pick to Los Angeles for the 104th overall pick and a sixth-round pick next year. With the 104th pick, the Flyers selected Russian center Mikhail Vorobyov. Dove-McFalls scored 14 goals and added 20 assists for 34 points in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. The 6'2", 207-pound winger spent the previous two seasons... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo via Matej Tomek Facebook Page The Flyers continued to add help from the back end with their second pick in the third round. With the 90th overall pick, the Flyers drafted goalie Matej Tomek. Tomek is a 6'3", 181-pound goalie from Slovakia who played in 33 games for the Topeka RoadRunners in 2014-15. He posted a 1.83 GAA and .928 save percentage. The Flyers will be back on the clock momentarily with the 98th and 99th overall picks in the fourth round. Kevin Durso is managing editor for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
Welcome to Philadelphia, @Felixsandstrom! pic.twitter.com/YNbC6UuZIs — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 27, 2015 The Flyers opened Day 2 of the draft by staying put. The second round came and went, and the Flyers were back on the clock with the 70th overall pick. With the 70th overall pick, the Flyers addressed goaltending, taking Swedish goalie Felix Sandstrom. The 6'2", 192-pound netminder played games at four different levels in Sweden last season, while battling injury and ailment for much of the season. The Flyers hold another third-round pick at 90th overall and two picks in the fourth round at 98 and 99.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers made the move from 29 to 24 to snag Travis Konecny, a forward from the Ottawa 67's in the OHL. I profiled Konecny earlier in the offseason as part of our draft prospect profile series here, but here is a more extended scouting report. Konecny was one of the more underrated forwards in the draft, ranking in behind the top centers. In fact, after the five top centers were taken in the first six picks, Konecny stayed on the board until the Flyers were able to trade up for him at 24. Konecny was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers made a late switch and traded up for the 24th overall pick, sending the 29th pick and the 61st pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the 24th pick, the Flyers selected center/right wing Travis Konecny. Konecny scored 29 goals and added 29 assists for 68 points in 60 games with the Ottawa 67's in the OHL last season. The 5'10", 175-pound forward had 132 total points in the last two seasons of OHL play. By sending the 61st pick to Toronto, the Flyers do not have a second-round pick, but that could obviously... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com With the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Flyers bolstered the blue line by getting their top target, defenseman Ivan Provorov. I profiled Provorov earlier this offseason here, but we take a much closer look in this scouting report. Provorov is 6’0” and 201 pounds and played in 60 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL, scoring 15 goals and adding 46 assists for 61 total points. The Russian defenseman really has no flaws to his game. He’s a workhorse with top-pair potential. His hockey knowledge is through the roof, part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The best player on the board with the seventh overall pick just happened to be a defenseman the Flyers coveted. With the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Flyers bolstered the blue line by selecting Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov. Provorov played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL last season and is highly regarded as one of the top defensemen in the draft. The Flyers met with Provorov twice between the combine and the draft. Provorov is a 6’0”, 201-pound force on the blue line, with the ability to command the defensive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Welcome to Flyerdelphia Draft Central. Here is our pre-draft coverage: 5 players the Flyers should target with the 7th overall pick Mock Draft Our list of the top prospects in the draft with links to our Draft Prospect Profiles Bill Meltzer's column on drafting and developing goaltenders Bill Meltzer's column on the importance of drafting and philosophy in the later rounds Follow along with tonight's first round in the NHL Draft here with a live update on the top picks of 2015. Edmonton Oilers - C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) Buffalo Sabres - C Jack... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The NHL Draft begins tonight with the first round. 30 players will begin a new chapter of their careers as professional players for NHL organizations. It should be an eventful night with many picks and potential trades. Flyerdelphia has you covered with your guide to the best players available in the draft at each position. Here are the top five at each position with some information about the player and his stats from the previous season. Additionally, you'll find links to all of our draft prospect profiles from the past two months. Centers Connor McDavid -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Tonight is the night. It is draft night for 30 young players waiting for the call to join an NHL franchise. The preparation and anticipation has been endless. This is one of the most highly-profiled draft classes in recent memory, and a historic night is in store. As part of Flyerdelphia's extensive coverage, we've put together a mock draft for tonight's first round. This is based on the top prospects in the draft as well our series on the prospects eligible for this year's draft. Our series began on April 23 and featured 26 players. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com It’s been a long journey getting to today, draft day, in the NHL. Starting on April 23, I began profiling draft prospects throughout the college and junior ranks. Overall, 26 players were profiled – not including the obvious top two picks tonight – which essentially equates to the first round. The Flyers are picking seventh overall, which gives them a very good chance to grab a future impact player. Based on the profiles, as well as the way the draft order looks to shake out, here are the five players the Flyers should focus on and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Draft is just one day away. Since April 23, we've been profiling draft prospects leading up to Friday's big event. As we wrap up our series, here are a few of the other potential first-round picks that remain. Jake DeBrusk - A strong two-way winger with good scoring potential. DeBrusk scored 42 goals this season while tallying 81 points in 72 games for the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL. The 6'0", 176-pound winger likes to battle for position and puck possession, and while not overly physical, he's got natural goal-scoring ability that will make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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The NHL Board of Governors approved two rule changes that will go into effect in the 2015-16 season on Wednesday. The NHL will now implement one coach's challenge per team each game at the request of the NHL Players Association. Additionally, the NHL will also go to 3-on-3 overtime starting this season. Plays that are now reviewable by coach's challenge including scoring plays involving goalie interference and offsides resulting in a goal. Teams must have their timeout in order to use the coach's challenge and if the call on the ice is not overturned as a result, the team forfeits... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Flyerdelphia