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Flyers Sign Guy

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This in addition to signing Yvgeni Medvedev yesterday, which leads to this particular Tweet from Sam Carchidi:

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Palushaj is a US citizen, so he’d have to do some political wizardry to work his way onto Team Russia… or the Flyers for that matter. He’ll be a Phantom, most likely. Did this really need a press release? DID THIS REALLY NEED A POST? Today it did. Today it did.


NHL 16 Is Going to Have Playoff Beards and That’s Amazing

Now the Flyers just have to make the playoffs so it can be "in the game." Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Now the Flyers just have to make the playoffs so it can be “in the game.” Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Remember last year when everyone FREAKED OUT because the pretty great NHL 15 on PS4 and Xbox One shipped without many of its assumed game modes thanks to the port over to the new systems? Well, hoo boy, has EA Sports made up for it– this year announcing the full slew of game modes and features, like, three months early.

You can see them all after the jump – there are a lot – but the standout seemed like almost a throwaway at the end:

Playoff Beards

One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived. With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier.


Look, I hate a gimmicks as much as the next guy, but you’d have to be the type of heartless mongrel who roots for Sid Phillips in Toy Story to not be tempted to throw down a (completely useless*) $5 deposit on this bad boy based on that one feature-add alone.

*Unless you play Ultimate Team and want the free packs and all. In which case… well played, planner.

Full disclosure: This is not an ad, it’s just that EA’s hockey series allows me to reach back into my childhood and pull that little skinny bastard into the future and warn, “You’re still going to be doing the exact same thing with your free time in two decades, so don’t you be in any rush to grow up, ya big dweeb!” 31, 13. What’s the difference, Jennifer Garner?

Full feature set after the jump. Continue reading


Local Media Has Resorted to Trolling in Absence of Anything to Write about Dave Hakstol

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Mike Sielski, really earning that paycheck today.

Side note: I’m glad they hired a guy from outside the organization. Maybe Hakstol turns out to be a good coach. Maybe he doesn’t. But I’m not sure he represents culture change. By all accounts, he’s a fiery nutcase – like Peter Laviolette, like Hextall – who, let’s face it, only got a crack at the job because he coached Hextall’s kid. And if you were wondering if he’s some progressive, advanced statistics guru, keep on wondering. It seems his knowledge in analytics is limited to expressing an interest in them at ND when he contacted their Economics department about possibly incorporating them into his workflow. It sounds like there was some interest there. He’s open-minded, sure, but it doesn’t seem like he’s the Hinkie or Chip of hockey by any stretch. Then again, little is known about the guy, so maybe he’s more progressive than what’s being written about the guy… which, as you can see above, is very little.


Claude Giroux, Towel Around His Shoulder, No Pants, Holding a Beer

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Big day for man crushes around here.

I guess Team Canada won that World Championship tournament no one cares about this weekend. After the victory, Tyler Seguin ‘grammed (and quickly deleted) this photo from the celebration. It’s of Claude Giroux, and he’s sans pants. The full image is here because, well, this is a family site advertisers don’t like images of anything that could potentially be a dick. It’s why we don’t post photos of Papelbon anymore.

via Reddit


12 Intense, Searing Facts About New Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol

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Little is know about new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, but prevailing wisdom says he’s kind of an intense lunatic. Some facts:

He once flipped off a referee and was suspended for it

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North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol has been suspended two games by the school for his actions during Saturday’s game against Minnesota.

Hakstol was caught on video cameras making an obscene gesture — flipping his middle finger — at referee Don Adam. Hakstol had released a statement Sunday apologizing for his actions.



Staring into his eyes is like staring directly into the sun… a weird-talking, Canadian sun


It got easier, though there was seldom a time during three seasons as the men’s hockey beat writer that I managed to avoid the intimidation before I prepared to ask Dave Hakstol a question and face his constant eye contact.



And sometimes, you don’t even have to look at him to get burnt


Coach Dave Hakstol, at the end of his postgame TV interview, looked directly at the camera with his piercing stare that has become so famous during the last 10 years.

“That stare,” one former player said, “will penetrate the back of your helmet.”


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BREAKING: Flyers Hire Guy You Never Heard of as Head Coach

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From now on, I’m posting every unsubstantiated tip I get. Every. One. This is an email I got Friday afternoon from an unknown (but identified) tipster:

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I spent the next two hours poking around, searching Twitter (at that point, Hakstol’s name had only been tweeted once, by anyone, in the last seven days), and emailing a Flyers PR rep, who had never even heard of Hakstol. I figured it was just a strange rumor, or that Hextall had talked to Hakstol (names!) because Ron’s son, Brett, played for Hakstol at North Dakota. Fast-forward to this morning– Flyers press release:

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced this morning that Dave Hakstol has been named the 19th head coach in Flyers history.

“Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” said Hextall. “He’s a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family.”

“I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach,” said Hakstol. “Through the process here with Ron [Hextall] and everybody in the Flyers organization I have gained even more of an understanding of the history and tradition of this organization and I’m very proud to become part of the Philadelphia Flyers today.”

Hakstol, 46 (7/30/1968), comes to the Flyers from the University of North Dakota where he spent the last 11 seasons compiling an overall record of 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage in 475 games. In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament in every one of Hakstol’s 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span, which is the most of any program in the country during that period. Hakstol led North Dakota to an overall postseason record of 54-24 for a .692 winning percentage, including a 17-11 record in the NCAA Tournament, during his tenure.

He joined the school’s coaching staff in 2000 as an assistant coach, and took over the head coaching job four years later. Under Hakstol’s watch, North Dakota won three regular season conference championships – two in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA, 2008-09, 2010-11) and one in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC, 2014-15).  North Dakota also won WCHA playoff championships in 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.  Hakstol received conference coach of the year honors twice, in the WCHA in 2008-09 and in the NCHC in 2014-15.  He was also an eight-time finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award as national coach of the year.

Hakstol’s program has produced 20 NHL players and a total of 46 that have played professionally at some level. His former players include Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Matt Greene (LAK), each of whom have won two Stanley Cups since leaving the school, as well as T.J. Oshie (STL), Travis Zajac (NJD), Drew Stafford (BUF, WPG) and Chris VandeVelde (EDM, PHI). He has also had seven players named Hobey Baker Award finalists, including Ryan Duncan who won the award in 2007, and 11 players named All-Americans.


Hakstol has virtually no experience in major professional hockey:

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More soon.


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The Discovery Channel Just Absolutely Destroyed the Penguins on Twitter

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*Yes, I know. The Flyers. Shut up.

via Broad Street Hockey


Today in Trashy Boston Fans

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As you know, sports fans in Boston and just about everywhere in California are some of the worst, trashiest, and most violent sports fans around. Bruins fans are particularly awful what with their condom-throwing, ice-jumping antics. So it comes as no surprise to learn that it’s hardly just Phillies fans looking for World Series tickets who are willing to trade themselves for a couple of soft cushions at a sporting event. Because the woman in this Craigslist post (proceed with caution), with some encouragement from her husband, would apparently love to get her hands on you a pair of Bruins season tickets. It’s not the worst offer in the world… but presumably you’d be able to collect on the deal on something other than that cheap twin bed. Yuck.

H/T to (@eBaum27)

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