Tag: Craig Berube

Vincent Lecavalier

Flyers’ Lecavalier will not retire ‘under any circumstances,’ says agent


It appears as though Vincent Lecavalier could spend a third season in Philadelphia.

Speaking to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes said his client would not retire “under any circumstances”. The Flyers have not contacted Lecavalier about a possible buyout either.

According to Capfriendly.com, buying out Lecavalier would cost the Flyers $2.9 million against the cap in each of the next three seasons. He would then be on the books for an $888,889 cap hit from 2018-21.

Hughes’ latest comments come after he suggested in March that his client could retire before his five-year, $22.5 million contract expires.

The 35-year-old appeared in 57 games for the Flyers in 2014-15 scoring eight goals and 12 assists to go along with a minus-7 rating while averaging 12:39 in time on ice.

Lecavalier’s name surfaced in trade rumors last May, as he was unable to fit into Craig Berube’s system.

It was suggest then that a move to Nashville, where he could reunite with Peter Laviolette, would be a good fit. Laviolette reportedly lobbied for the Flyers to sign Lecavalier after the Tampa Bay Lightning bought him out.

During the 2014-15 season Lecavalier told The Canadian Press that he would likely benefit from a change of scenery.

“Maybe it’s just a better opportunity I need,” said Lecavalier. “It happens to a lot of guys. Sometimes you just have to get out of it, try to get out of it and work hard through it and maybe another opportunity will happen.”

His comments came just days after Berube said he felt more comfortable with Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare as his centers.

In 126 games over two seasons with the Flyers Lecavalier has 28 goals, 57 points and a minus-7 rating.

Report: Eakins on Flyers radar for coaching vacancy


Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is on Philadelphia Flyers’ short list to fill their coaching vacancy.

According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, Eakins, who was fired by the Oilers in December, could be a possibility to fill the spot left by the recently fired Craig Berube.

Eakins led the Oilers to a 36-62-14 record over parts of two seasons.

Prior to taking the coaching job in Edmonton, Eakins spent four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

Philadelphia finished 24th overall this season with a 33-31-18 record in Berube’s second season behind the Flyers’ bench. The 49-year-old was fired on April 17.

Video: Simmonds’ shootout winner lifts the Flyers over the Coyotes

New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers

Wayne Simmonds had the lone shootout goal as the Flyers battled back for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.

Philly has now won two straight shootout contests after starting the season 0-5.

Arizona opened a 2-0 lead scoring two goals on their first four shots chasing Flyers’ starter Ray Emery.

Connor Murphy and Martin Erat scored in a 2:17 span of the first period forcing Craig Berube to make a goaltending change.

Steve Mason made 22 saves in relief of Emery to improve to 9-12-6 on the season.

Simonds got the Flyers on the board near the midway mark of the first period and R.J. Umberger tied it 2-2 in the second.

Michael Del Zotto scored his fourth of the season at 18:59 of the middle frame briefly giving Philly a 3-2 lead.

However, 23 seconds later, Tobias Rieder tied it 3-3.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had to assists in the loss.

Mike Smith made 39 saves.

Arizona doubled up Philadelphia 4-2 on Dec. 29 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.

Video: Mason replaces Emery in the Flyers’ net

Steve Mason

Goaltender Ray Emery had a tough return from the All-Star break.

The Flyers’ starter allowed two goals on the first four shots of the game and was replaced by Steve Mason just 5:50 into the first period.

Connor Murphy opened the scoring for the Arizona Coyotes with his third of the season and Martin Erat netted his seventh in a 2:17 span.

Flyers’ coach Craig Berube had seen enough sending Mason in for Emery.

Mason is making his first appearance since Jan. 10 when he left Philadelphia’s game against Boston with a lower body injury.

Flyers’ Mason could start tonight vs. Coyotes

Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers

Steve Mason could make his first start since Dec. 18 tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers continue their eight-game road trip in Arizona.

Mason tweaked his back during practice on Dec. 19 and has been out of action since.

“I’m not unsure that he can play,” Flyers’ coach Craig Berube told CSNPhilly.com on Sunday. “To me, it’s about practice time and that kind of stuff. That’s all. He feels good. There’s a good chance he could be in.”

Mason, 26, is 6-10-5 this season with a 2.49 GAA, .921 save percentage.

“Today was a full-fledged practice and it felt great,” Mason said following Sunday’s practice.

“Practice was fine,” he said. “I felt fine going back after [Saturday’s] morning skate. The biggest test was flying here and sitting on the plane for hours and I thought it was going to tighten up a bit, but I felt great this morning. It’s all good news.”

The Flyers are 3-1 on their current eight-game road trip. Ray Emery is 2-1 while rookie Rob Zepp won his lone start.