Posts for Kevin Hayes

Sticking it to Boston: Thoughts on Flyers 6, Bruins 5 (Shootout)

Russ Joy - January 14, 2020

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The Flyers are as perplexing of a team as ever. After getting embarrassed on a 1-4-1 west coast swing where the team at times appeared mentally checked out, dazed, and confused, they’ve somehow managed to put together a string of decent results at home.

Has it been the best looking hockey? No. Has the team played a consistent brand of hockey over the last three games? No. If I had told you a week ago that the Flyers would go 2-1-0 against three of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, would you have cared about how they got four-of-six points? Probably not. That was my line of thinking, at least, when Anthony and I debated the team’s play over the past few weeks on Snow The Goalie. The Flyers capped off a three-game homestand with one of the more impressive comebacks in recent years, getting key contributions from a number of players who needed a big game.

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A Seasonal Six-Pack of Takeaways from the Flyers’ 5-1 Beatdown of the Rangers

Russ Joy - December 24, 2019

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Flyers were rocked with the news that their teammate Oskar Lindblom had been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. They were expected to somehow play back-to-back games immediately thereafter, resulting in back-to-back losses as part of a three-game losing streak. It would’ve been easy to let things go fully off the rails and honestly, who could blame such a young team for losing sight of the on-ice results with such a massive blow coming off-ice?

And yet, the Flyers have rebounded in a way very few believed they could. Inspired by an appearance from Oskar Lindblom at the Tuesday morning skate before last week’s game against Anaheim, the team has done exactly what their teammate asked of them: Win. They’ve now done it four times in a row. Monday night’s win was as great of a way to cap off that run and enter the holiday break.

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How the Flyers’ Team Dynamic Has Led to Early Success

Russ Joy - December 5, 2019

The Flyers are good. Really good.

In fact, they’re the hottest team in the city and yet they’ve barely broken into the media sphere which boasts the “4 for 4” vernacular we’ve grown accustomed to hearing. Not only is the team playing great hockey, they’re getting along really well off the ice. I know some people cast aside anything that comes remotely close to the human side of professional sports, but doing so would be a mistake. In my first season covering the Flyers, I focused more of my time observing the off-ice interactions of the team more than I did on the on-ice product. For the latter, I’d often pick the brains of those who’d forgotten more about the team and the in-and-outs of the sport at the professional level than I could learn in a short period of time. But last season, there was something so clear it couldn’t be ignored: the 2018-19 Flyers were a fractured locker room. The word “scared” was thrown around a bunch, as was a constant need to address the team’s confidence – or often lack thereof – in the way they were playing. Fast forward to December 2019 and that’s all gone. It shows.

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Crossing Broadcast and Snow The Goalie: Nov. 18, 2019

Russ Joy - November 18, 2019

Crossing Broadcast “The Patriots Game, What’s Ailing the Sixers?”

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ break down the Eagles loss to the Patriots, the fan and media’s blame game of Carson Wentz vs. his receivers, a solid game from the defense and more. The guys then discuss what’s been ailing the Sixers against good teams and end the show with Kevin’s Mt. Rushmore of Chain Restaurants.

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Snow The Goalie “Frost Warning: The Call-Up, What it Means, What to Expect”

Anthony and Russ react to the call-up of Morgan Frost and discuss the ramifications of the move, a message being sent, and what to expect from the young center. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer joins the show to offer his thoughts on Frost, the team, and talks about his and Wayne Fish’s new book The Big 50: Philadelphia Flyers. The guys then talk about Phil Myers’ removal from the lineup and take a look at the week ahead.

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Go Ahead, Call it a Comeback: Flyers 7-4 Blue Jackets

Russ Joy - October 27, 2019

With 17:45 remaining in the third period, Josh Anderson took a wide shot that ricocheted off the board behind the Flyers’ net and deposited it past the outstretched glove of a sprawling Brian Elliott to put the Columbus Blue Jackets up 4-2 in the teams’ first matchup of the season. It looked like it would be more of the same for the Orange & Black, who came into Saturday night’s game having dropped all four matchup a year ago and an even more woeful 5-11-8 record against Columbus dating back to December 21, 2013.

It would’ve been understandable if Anderson’s goal shut down any hope of a Flyers comeback and to be quite honest, last year’s team may have very well turned off the effort when they fell behind 3-2. But this isn’t your 2018-19 Flyers. This isn’t your 2017-18 Flyers. Heck, this isn’t the past six years’ Flyers. This is a confident bunch that entered Saturday night’s game outshooting, out-chancing, and outworking the opposition game-in and game-out.

When I went back to rewatch the third period this morning, my wife looked at the score with just over nine minutes remaining and uttered, “I thought you said they blew out Columbus.” With both teams skating 4-on-4, captain Claude Giroux whipped the puck to Shayne Gostisbehere, who waited in the slot an absolutely buried a one-timer past Joonas Korpisalo for the team’s third goal of the game and Ghost’s first of the season:


With just under seven and a half minutes remaining, the offensive zone face-off worked its way to the blue line, where it was swung to Jake Voracek, then to defenseman Ivan Provorov, who got the puck into the left circle, unleashed the puck with all of his might, and pinged it off James van Riemsdyk, who was credited with his second tally of the evening to tie the game at 4:

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Flyers Announce Alternate Captains, Opening Lineups Might Be Set

Russ Joy - October 3, 2019

We’re less than 24 hours away from hockey action, yo. With a new season comes change, and there’s plenty of it coming out of Prague if reports are to be believed.

Alternate Captains

The most notable change, one that’s staring fans in the face, is the Flyers’ announcement of their alternate captains for the 2019-20 season. Claude Giroux, who enters his eighth consecutive season as the captain, will be joined by:

If you think back to the disastrous 2018-19 season, the three players donning the “A” on their sweaters were Sean Couturier and now-former-Flyers Wayne Simmonds and Andrew MacDonald. The trade of Simmonds prior to last season’s trade deadline led to Voracek wearing the “A” for the remainder of the season, one that he will rock once again this season. Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is that of center Kevin Hayes, who signed a 7-year, $50m deal this offseason.

Opening Lineup

Speaking of Hayes, it appears he’s not going to be starting his season as the 2C everyone expected him to be if the lines in Thursday’s practice are any indication:

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Snow The Goalie: Where the Flyers Stand with Jason Myrtetus

Russ Joy - August 30, 2019

Anthony and Russ are joined by Jason Myrtetus of 97.5 The Fanatic and the Stick2Hockey podcast. They discuss:

  • The Kevin Hayes story
  • Player over/unders
  • Where the team will finish in the Metropolitan Division
  • Can Carter Hart live up to the hype?
  • The impact of the new coaching staff
  • Konecny/Provorov updates
  • NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp”
  • The battle for the 3RW
  • Claude Giroux’s NHL 20 rating
  • An update on the NHL/NHLPA’s CBA negotiations

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Flyers to be Featured on NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass” Series

Russ Joy - August 28, 2019

Remember back in 2011 when the Flyers and Rangers were featured on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic? We were treated to some absolute gems from former net minder Ilya Bryzgalov, who gave good news and great news to reporters, told us about the humongous big universe, and compared dogs to “hot blondes”. Then, this past season, the Flyers and Penguins were featured on NBCSN’s Wired, where we learned that Travis Konecny thinks Evgeni Malkin is a “******* nerd”. It should come as no surprise that Wednesday’s announcement that the Flyers will be the focus of the NHL Network’s four-part Behind the Glass series has led to rejoicing in the Delaware Valley.

In a press release, Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center said:

We are thrilled to be working with the NHL and NHL Network to showcase a different, all-access side of the Flyers organization.

This is an incredible opportunity to give our fans and the hockey community a never-before-seen look at our club and to spotlight the promising young talent we are developing that will bring the Flyers to the next level.

The official series title –Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp– shed some light on when and where the cameras will be shining the brightest. Will Morgan Frost or Joel Farabee grab the 3RW opening and take it as his own? Will Carter Hart be able to build off a solid rookie season?

The all-access piece will include some international flavor as filming is set to take place in the Czech Republic, where the Flyers will be led by Kladno native Jakub Voracek. He’s always a good quote and an entertaining player to be around, so I’d say it’s safe to assume he’ll be quite the star while abroad.

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