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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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There were plenty of deals to go around on deadline day, and the Flyers certainly kicked off the festivities with an overnight deal sending Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay for Radko Gudas and two draft picks. But following that deal, and their Friday night deal involving Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hextall and the Flyers remained quiet at the deadline. In all, the Flyers received four draft picks - including three in the upcoming draft - and a depth defenseman while trading away two veteran defenseman and freeing up a sizable amount of cap space. There were constant rumblings involving other Flyers... Continue reading
Posted 5 minutes ago at Flyerdelphia
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There was a six-hour window on Sunday where every player was safe. As the Flyers Wives Carnival took place in Wells Fargo Center, no trades would be announced as the players met with fans. But during this time, Ron Hextall was busy working the phones. The Flyers GM was not in attendance at the Carnival. Hextall struck in the early-morning hours of deadline day, sending Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay for defenseman Radko Gudas and two draft picks. In some cases, you can consider this an even swap of defensemen. Coburn is starting to round the corner between the prime... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Flyerdelphia
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Just when you thought it was safe to go to sleep, Ron Hextall struck. The Flyers first move on deadline day came just short of 2 a.m. The Flyers traded defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Radko Gudas, a first-round pick and a third-round pick. Coburn was in his ninth season with the Flyers, playing in 576 games with the Orange and Black. He scored 37 goals and added 124 assists for 161 points in that time. This season, Coburn had one goal and eight assists in 39 games. Gudas, a six-foot, 204-pound defenseman was in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Flyerdelphia
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Another week of Flyers hockey down and once again it's time for us to give out our Player and Play of the Week honors. Again, it was a trying week as the Flyers suffered losses to Carolina and Toronto before pulling out a huge win over the Rangers on Saturday. Sean Couturier is our Player of the Week. Couturier had two assists in the win over the Rangers and was a plus-3 in the Flyers three games this week. Our Play of the Week honor goes to Steve Mason for his seven-save sequence on the Rangers in Saturday's win. Mason... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Flyerdelphia
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Photo courtesy of Amy Irvin/38Photography It was a deal that worked in favor of both parties. The Flyers needed to unload a defenseman by Monday's trade deadline and stock up draft picks. Kimmo Timonen wanted one last shot to win. He now has it as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers traded the 39-year old defenseman to Chicago for a 2015 second-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016. Netting two draft picks for a player who hasn't seen any game action all season is a huge win for Ron Hextall, whose Flyers sit six points out... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com There are 20 games remaining in the Flyers season starting on Saturday. They sit four points out of a playoff spot. And yet, as Thursday's game came to a close - a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs - it felt as if the playoff hopes finally perished. The Flyers incredibly successful weekend against Nashville and Washington has been sandwiched by five losses to Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina and now Toronto. In the beginning, it was admirable - the Flyers were consistently gaining points, even if it was in overtime losses to the Blue Jackets or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Photo courtesy of Amy Irvin/38Photography It sounds like veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be making his return to the lineup this weekend. Timonen ruled himself out for the Flyers two road games this week, the 4-1 loss in Carolina on Tuesday and tonight's game against Toronto. He would not close the door on a Saturday return until after taking skates with the team during the team. "If they want me to play Saturday," Timonen said, "I'm good to go." Timonen, who turns 40 on March 18, has missed the entire season as he recovered from blood clots in his lungs... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Does anybody want the final wildcard spot? In short, no. The Flyers had the opportunity to close to within two points of the final wildcard spot on Tuesday night by facing the Carolina Hurricanes, a team only ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference. Again, the Flyers turned in a familiar result. A 4-1 loss to Carolina continues to show the inconsistency of the Flyers as the season progresses and playoff hopes draw thin. The unfortunate part is that the Flyers can't shed hope with the playoff picture being as it is. The NHL trade deadline is on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers goalie situation continues to be the walking wounded. Add Ray Emery to the list. Emery is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and did not make the trip with the Flyers for two road games this week in Carolina and Toronto. Rookie Anthony Stolarz will back-up Rob Zepp in Tuesday's game in Carolina. Steve Mason will be evaluated on a day-by-day basis as he comes closer to recovery, but may not be ready for Tuesday's game. GM Ron Hextall told reporters in a conference call that Mason is possible for Thursday, but more likely to play again on Saturday... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Another week of Flyers hockey down and once again it's time for us to give out our Player and Play of the Week honors. It started as a slow week, as the Flyers lost, 5-2, to the Columbus Blue Jackets and 3-2 in a shootout to the Buffalo Sabres. But this weekend, the Flyers rebounded with two huge wins, 3-2 in a shootout over the Nashville Predators and 3-2 over the Washington Capitals. Michael Del Zotto is our Player of the Week. In the Flyers four games this week, Del Zotto scored two goals and added two assists for four... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the American hockey team's upset of the Soviet team in the 1980 Olympics. It was a moment that defied the odds. The Flyers are trying to defy the odds as well. Just over a month ago, after a 4-0 loss to Vancouver on Jan. 15, the team's chances of making the playoffs was less than one percent. The Flyers trailed the final playoff spot by 11 points after that loss. Following a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday, they are now four points back in the race.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo courtesy of Amy Irvin/38Photography "Anybody can beat anybody in this league." Those words from Craig Berube, said after the Flyers shootout loss on Thursday to the league-worst Buffalo Sabres, fit perfectly with the Flyers shootout win over the league-leading Nashville Predators. The Flyers controlled play for the majority of the game and scored on both shootout attempts without allowing a goal in the shootout to claim a 3-2 win. The one thing the Flyers had in this game that they didn't in the previous four was a strong start. The Flyers took 13 of the game's first 14 shots... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Every week, you can catch up on all of our stories on Flyerdelphia in our weekly round-up. Here is this week's content from February 14 to 20. ---------- Saturday, February 14 Rob Riches brings you the Future Flyers Report, looking at a new franchise record for the Flyers ECHL team, the Reading Royals - Future Flyers Report: Royals set franchise record Forward Scott Laughton was sent down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as Michael Raffl became set to return to the Flyers lineup. Kevin Durso had the story - Laughton sent to AHL, Raffl ready to return Sunday, February 15... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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The signs were there. The frustrations of the Flyers captain were on full display as the Flyers suffered a shootout loss on Thursday. His linemate Jake Voracek had just one goal in his previous 15 games - an empty-net goal in Washington on Feb. 8 - but scored a power-play goal on Thursday. The struggles of the pair have forced the hand of Craig Berube. At Flyers practice on Friday, Claude Giroux and Voracek were on separate lines for the first time in nearly three seasons. Giroux was centering the top line, now featuring Wayne Simmonds along with usual winger... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Thursday night was filled with fanfare over the induction of Eric Desjardins into the Flyers Hall of Fame. It may have been the highlight of the night. For whatever reason, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres - teams that will likely finish lower than the Flyers in the standings and pick higher in the Draft - have been thorns in the Flyers side all season. The Sabres capped off a difficult season series - two one-goal losses to the Flyers earlier this season - with a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers on Thursday for just their sixth road... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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As the Flyers entered this four-game stretch with a pair of games each against the Blue Jackets and Sabres, it was their best chance at making up the points deficit. The Flyers squandered away a point in Columbus, but managed to win in Buffalo on Sunday before dropping a disappointing game to Columbus to open the homestand. Thursday was no different as the Sabres gave the Flyers a run for their money and pushed the game to overtime and a shootout, where the Flyers would fall, 3-2, at Wells Fargo Center. The Sabres jumped out to an early lead in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photos by Kevin Durso/Flyerdelphia For over a decade, Eric Desjardins was the central figure on the Flyers blue line. Now he is among the greats whose names hang from the rafters of Wells Fargo Center. Desjardins became the 23rd member of the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday night prior to the Flyers game against the Buffalo Sabres. He was also the third to receive the honor this season, joining longtime teammates Eric Lindros and John LeClair - both of whom were in attendance for the ceremony. "Being inducted to the Hall of Fame of the Flyers among all those... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo courtesy of Amy Irvin/38Photography Thursday night will start with a celebration of one of the Flyers most storied defensemen. But following the ceremonies for Eric Desjardins induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame, there is a crucial task at hand. A 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets appeared to be the end of the Flyers playoff hopes. But entering Thursday's game against the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres, the Flyers trail the Boston Bruins by seven points for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The opening face-0ff between the Flyers and Sabres will follow the ceremony for Desjardins... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com In the 70s, for the two Stanley Cup celebrations, it was Barry Ashbee. In the 80s, it was Mark Howe. In the 90s and early 2000s, it was Eric Desjardins. The three have shared the common bond of being the defensemen that defined an era of Flyers hockey. On Thursday night, prior to the Flyers game against the Buffalo Sabres, Desjardins will take his place among the Flyers legends as he enters the Flyers Hall of Fame. It started with the trade that defined the 90s for the Flyers. They already had one Flyers 2014-15 Hall... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Over the next few weeks, there will be talks of trade rumors involving the Flyers crowded blue line. On Wednesday, one defenseman solidified his place with the Flyers. Nick Schultz signed a two-year extension with the Flyers worth $4.5 million. Schultz was originally signed to be the team's seventh defenseman this season, but injuries to several members of the blue line - most notably Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, allowed Schultz to become a regular member of the Flyers lineup. Schultz has played in 55 of the Flyers 57 games this season, scoring two goals and adding 11 assists. Schultz... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Three weeks ago, the two players that carried the Flyers to the All-Star break displayed their talents as part of All-Star weekend in Columbus. The Flyers have played nine games since the All-Star Game. Claude Giroux has no goals and four assists. Jake Voracek has one goal and three assists. It was inevitable that the Flyers top two players would cool eventually. But after nine games, and as the hopes for a playoff appearance are greater jeopardized, the Flyers need the top line to return to form in a hurry. There is a positive and negative to the top line's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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In each of the Flyers last three seasons, the playoff push has not been easy. In a lockout-shortened 2013 season, the Flyers carried a frantic playoff push into the final few games. Last season, it took a rally from a horrendous start to the season just to make the playoffs. The Flyers finally clinched a spot with three games remaining in the regular season. Now there is the 2014-15 season and the Flyers even crazier path into playoff relevancy. It was there on Tuesday night, as the Flyers were presented with a chance to close the gap to four points... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Make no mistake about it, after achieving what they set out to do, the Flyers 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday definitely has them in the playoff race. After the win, they are five points out of a playoff spot with 26 games to play. If only the action - or lack thereof - on the ice proved it. The Flyers did manage the necessary victory on Sunday and closed the gap in the playoff race, only making the three points lost in overtime over the previous four games harder to digest. At the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers entered Sunday's game as a team hovering between an early offseason and dim playoff hopes with their true status in question. There was nothing in question about the Sabres season. Still, the Sabres gave the Flyers a run for their money in Buffalo on Sunday night, playing a dead-locked game into the late stages of the third. A goal at 12:45 of the third by Michael Raffl on a wrap-around proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday night at First Niagara Center. The Flyers jumped out to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
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Photo courtesy of Amy Irvin/38Photography In three of the Flyers last four games, the focal point has been the lost point. Three valuable points in the standings were there for the taking and the Flyers failed to gain any of them. That's what makes Sunday's game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres not only a huge game for the Flyers dimming playoff hopes, but adds a certain sense of loss. If the Flyers would have earned even two of the three extra points, they would be five points out of a playoff spot as Sunday night's game gets underway. Instead, they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Flyerdelphia