We wrote yesterday about Flyers owner Ed Snider, and how he bristled at the notion of staying patient with a team that had players like Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, and Steve Mason under contract.
While we didn’t suggest that Snider and GM Ron Hextall were on different pages when it came to returning the Flyers to the ranks of Stanley Cup contenders, the owner’s remarks did have the Philadelphia media wondering enough to ask Hextall what he thought of them.
“I agree with him 100 percent,” Hextall replied, per CSN Philly. “We are going to remain patient when it comes to drafting and developing young players and keeping as many of our picks as possible. We are also trying to get better every day whether it’s trades or if we get in the free agent market.
“I have no idea right now whether we will or not, but if we can do it, we will. The one thing that is not going to change is we are going to try to win as much as we can. That’s what pro sports is all about. Without giving away the young players or draft picks.
“We are on the same page. He’s been great. He has supported me 100 percent. Holmgren has supported 100 percent. We are all thinking the same way and going the same direction.”
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A week-long, four-game road trip has come to an end for the Chicago Blackhawks, as they were unable to put added distance between them and the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division standings following Wednesday’s result.
The Blackhawks, third in the Central Division but now only three points ahead of the Wild, lost to the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 4-1. The visiting Blackhawks briefly made things interesting with an early third-period goal, but Philadelphia never relinquished its lead.
Steve Mason made 34 saves for the win, which ends a brief two-game skid for him.
For the Flyers, they’re not eliminated from playoff contention but it would take a minor miracle for them to qualify for the post-season. They do, however, possess a player in a fierce battle for the league lead in points.
Jakub Voracek entered this game with 73 points, one back of Sidney Crosby and John Tavares, both out of action on Wednesday. Voracek tied both players in the second period, as he made a beautiful pass to Claude Giroux, who tipped the puck off the cross bar and in, giving the Flyers a three-goal lead late in the second period.
According to reports, that was Giroux’s first home goal at five-on-five this season.
As we near the end of the season, the race for the league lead in points is getting crowded.
Jakub Voracek has joined Sidney Crosby and John Tavares with 74 points after the Philadelphia Flyers set up teammate Claude Giroux for a beautiful deflection goal in the second period of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. That gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.