Flyers Country: Signing sprees

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Claude Giroux and Jeff Carter were both re-signed during the week. (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Claude Giroux and Jeff Carter were both re-signed during the week. (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rumors were heard around Philadelphia a week or two ago that negotiations had been started between the Flyers and Claude Giroux. Then unexpectedly, it was announced Monday night a deal had been made with the 22-year-old in the last year of his entry-level contract. Giroux has been re-signed to a three-year contract extension worth $11.25 million.

On Wednesday, Michael Leighton and Matt Walker both skated with the team and took part in practice for the first time since both had surgery. No timetables have been set for a return for either player.

Saturday night, just hours before their game, the Flyers announced that they signed another player who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Jeff Carter, the 25-year-old center, signed a blockbuster 11-year contract worth $58 million.

The Phantoms faced big changes Monday night when the news came out that head coach Greg Gilbert was relieved of duties. Assistant general manager John Paddock will fill the role of interim head coach.

Greenville made two moves Thursday afternoon when they signed forwards Jimmy Kilpatrick and Paul McIlveen. Kilpatrick spent last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones and McIlveen was with Freiburg of the second-tier German Bundesliga and the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams of the German Elite League.


The Flyers finished their back-to-back road games Sunday against the Washington Capitals. Rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky got his seventh consecutive start in net with the chance that he would tie the Flyers’ rookie record of seven consecutive wins held by Pelle Lindbergh. On the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby, got his first NHL start in net. The Flyers pushed the Capitals to overtime, but Mike Green scored on the power play just 29 seconds into OT after a boarding call on defenseman Sean O’Donnell. The Flyers have now gotten points from seven consecutive games.

09:51 of the 1st: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (4) – Assists: Andreas Nodl (1) & Kimmo Timonen (6)
17:29 of the 1st: WSH Eric Fehr (3) – Assists: John Erskine (2) & Tyler Sloan (2)
04:04 of the 2nd: PHI Ville Leino (3) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (3) & Danny Briere (3)
08:54 of the 2nd: WSH Alexander Semin, PPG (9) – Assists: Nicklas Backstrom (9) & Alex Ovechkin (10)
00:29 of OT: WSH Mike Green, PPG (4) – Assists: Nicklas Backstrom (10) & Mike Knuble (4)

(L) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (8-2-1): 36 saves on 39 shots – 60:29 TOI
(W) WSH Braden Holtby (2-0-0): 23 saves on 25 shots – 60:29 TOI

After bonding time on the links during their four day break, the Flyers got back in action Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. The break didn’t cause the Flyers to lose any momentum as they pummeled the ‘Canes, 8-1. Bobrovsky received his eighth consecutive start in net and shows no signs of fatigue as he put on another stellar performance. Carter stole the show when he tallied a natural hat trick, the second of his career. All but five Flyers registered at least one point in the game and the only player in the negative was Blair Betts, who was a -1.

07:54 of the 1st: PHI Danny Briere (7) – Assists: Ville Leino (10) & Scott Hartnell (6)
18:42 of the 1st: PHI Jeff Carter, PPG (6) – Assists: Chris Pronger (4) & Kimmo Timonen (7)
01:54 of the 2nd: PHI Jeff Carter (7) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (4) & Claude Giroux (8)
05:58 of the 2nd: PHI Jeff Carter, PPG (8) – Assists: Danny Briere (4)
07:27 of the 3rd: PHI Mike Richards, SHG (4) – Assists: Claude Giroux (9)
08:44 of the 3rd: CAR Chad LaRose (4) – Assists: Anton Babchuk (5) & Joni Pitkanen (7)
09:02 of the 3rd: PHI Scott Hartnell (5) – Assists: None
10:55 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (8) – Assists: Daniel Carcillo (1) & Jody Shelley (1)
18:10 of the 3rd: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (5) – Assists: Andreas Nodl (2) & Braydon Coburn (3)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (9-2-1): 35 saves on 36 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) CAR Cam Ward (8-6-0): 9 saves on 13 shots – 25:58 TOI
CAR Justin Peters (0-2-0): 9 saves on 13 shots – 33:49 TOI

The Flyers continued to be one of the hottest teams Saturday night when they returned home to take on the Florida Panthers and won, 5-2. They have received one point in the last nine games. During that span, they have also outscored their opponents, 39-17. Head coach Peter Laviolette stayed with the hot hand, giving Bobrovsky his ninth consecutive start.

12:14 of the 1st: PHI Mike Richards (5) – Assists: Andreas Nodl (3) & Sergei Bobrovsky (1)
15:38 of the 1st: PHI Scott Hartnell (6) – Assists: Ville Leino (11) & Kimmo Timonen (8)
07:46 of the 2nd: PHI Mike Richards, PPG (6) – Assists: Jeff Carter (7) & Chris Pronger (5)
09:11 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux, PPG (8) – Assists: Ville Leino (12) & Kimmo Timonen (9)
11:27 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux (9) – Assists: None
12:23 of the 2nd: FLA Cory Stillman (2) – Assists: Keaton Ellerby (3) & Stephen Weiss (4)
17:49 of the 3rd: FLA Mike Santorelli (4) – Assists: Bryan McCabe (9)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (10-2-1): 34 saves on 36 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) FLA Scott Clemmensen (1-3-0): 37 saves on 42 shots – 60:00 TOI

The debut of Paddock as interim head coach Thursday night did very little to change the losing slump the Phantoms are currently in. Stefan Legein put the Phantoms on the board with an early 1-0 lead, but they could not hold on as the Toronto Marlies scored five unanswered goals, including a shorthanded goal at the end. The game marked their 10th straight loss. They are the only team in the AHL who has not broken double digits in points.

05:56 of the 1st: ADK Stefan Legein (2) – Assists: Greg Moore
09:42 of the 1st: TOR Marcel Mueller, PPG (1) – Assists: Matt Lashoff
16:49 of the 1st: TOR Alex Foster (3) – Assists: Marcel Mueller
13:14 of the 2nd: TOR Justin Hodgman (5) – Assists: Nazem Kadri & Jerry D’Amigo
01:54 of the 3rd: TOR Joey Crabb (6) – Assists: Matt Lashoff
18:24 of the 3rd: TOR Greg Scott, SHG (2) – Assists: Darryl Boyce

(L) ADK Johan Backlund (2-8-1-0): 16 saves on 21 shots – 59:51 TOI
(W) TOR Jussi Rynnas (2-3-0-1): 26 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms finally broke their 10-game losing streak with a win in overtime over the Norfolk Admirals, 4-3, Friday night. Denis Hamel continues to be a force on the team, scoring 2 goals on the night, including the game winner.

09:44 of the 1st: NOR Mike Vernace, PPG (1) – Assists: Paul Szczechura & Troy Milam
13:42 of the 1st: ADK Ben Holmstrom (3) – Assists: Jon Kalinski & Mike Testwuide
05:39 of the 2nd: ADK Eric Wellwood (4) – Assists: Joonas Lehtivuori & Kevin Marshall
09:11 of the 2nd: NOR Chris Durno (4) – Assists: Mike Angelidis & Pierre-Cedric Labrie
14:46 of the 3rd: NOR Paul Szczechura, PPG (7) – Assists: Matt Fornataro & Mathieu Roy
18:05 of the 3rd: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (4) – Assists: David Laliberte & Greg Moore
02:50 of OT: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (5) – Assists: Stefan Legein & Erik Gustafsson

(W) ADK Johan Backlund (3-8-1-0): 21 saves on 24 shots – 62:42 TOI
(L) NOR Cedrick Desjardins (4-2-1-1): 17 saves on 21 shots – 62:50 TOI

Despite a comeback, the Phantoms fell, 4-2, to the Abbotsford Heat Saturday night. Hamel scored once again for Adirondack, tallying 6 goals in five games. The Phantoms dug out of a 3-1 hole with an Erik Gustafsson goal, but the Heat sealed the win with an empty netter with 9 seconds left. Johan Backlund was pulled in favor of Brian Stewart after allowing 2 goals.

06:23 of the 1st: ABB Jon Rheault (3) – Assists: Gord Baldwin & Logan MacMillian
04:48 of the 1st: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (6) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Stefan Legein
13:12 of the 2nd: ABB JD Watt (1) – Assists: Bryan Cameron
18:59 of the 2nd: ABB Bryan Cameron, PPG (2) – Assists: Jon Rheault & TJ Brodie
11:19 of the 3rd: ADK Erik Gustafsson, PPG (2) – Assists: Eric Wellwood
19:51 of the 3rd: ABB Lance Bouma, EN (4) – Assists – Quintin Laing

ADK Johan Backlund (3-8-1-0): 16 saves on 18 shots – 33:12 TOI
(L) ADK Brian Stewart (0-4-0-0): 9 saves on 10 shots – 25:38 TOI
(W) ABB Leland Irving (10-3-0-0): 19 saves on 21 shots – 60:00 TOI

Dov Grumet-Morris played his first game of the season in net for Greenville Sunday afternoon when they faced the Gwinnett Gladiators for the third time in three days. The Road Warriors finished the weekend on the losing side, falling 6-1 to the Gladiators. Greenville has now lost two games in a row.

05:12 of the 1st: GRN Shane Harper, PPG (1) – Assists: Blake Parlett & Connor Shields
04:39 of the 2nd: GWT Derek Nesbitt (8) – Assists: Matt Case & Michael Forney
07:48 of the 2nd: GWT Michael Forney, PPG (2) – Assists: Paul Flache & Tim Miller
04:40 of the 3rd: GWT Ryan Garbutt, SHG (9) – Assists: None
06:10 of the 3rd: GWT Ryan Garbutt, PPG (10) – Assists: Drew Paris & Tim Miller
07:06 of the 3rd: GWT Sam Roberts, PPG (1) – Assists: Andy Brandt & Paul Flache
17:24 of the 3rd: GWT Dan Kissel (3) – Assists: None

(L) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (0-1-0-0): 21 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) GWT Billy Sauer (2-1-0-1): 32 saves on 33 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors got themselves back into the win column against the Florida Everblades Thursday night with a nail-biting 5-4 victory. After scoring 4 goals in the first period, Florida pulled goaltender Jaroslav Janus and put in Bobby Goepfert. Greenville was only able to get one past Goepfert in the second as Florida attempted a comeback, scoring two goals in the third to come within one. But Greenville was able to hold them off and skate away with the win.

07:34 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette, SHG (5) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Connor Shields
08:00 of the 1st: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand (3) – Assists: None
16:21 of the 1st: GRN Connor Shields (2) – Assists: Blake Parlett
18:10 of the 1st: GRN Sean Berkstresser (1) – Assists: Marc-Olivier Vallerand & Paul McIlveen
18:34 of the 1st: FLA Mathieu Roy (5) – Assists: Ross Carlson
00:38 of the 2nd: FLA Matthew Pistilli (5) – Assists: Francis Lemieux
11:28 of the 2nd: GRN Shane Harper (2) – Assists: Marc-Olivier Vallerand
03:06 of the 3rd: FLA Alexandre Imbeault (10) – Assists: Francis Lemieux & Mitch Fadden
06:17 of the 3rd: FLA Mitch Fadden (5) – Assists: Alexandre Imbeault & Elgin Reid

(W) GRN Nic Riopel (5-2-1-0): 31 saves on 35 shots – 60:00
(L) FLA Jaroslav Janus (3-2-0-0): 8 saves on 12 shots – 20:00
FLA Bobby Goepfert (4-3-0-0): 11 saves on 12 shots – 39:14

Grumet-Morris got his second start of the season for Greenville Friday night against Florida and got his first win with a 6-3 victory. Greenville continues to gain in the division and conference.

17:43 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette (6) – Assists: Connor Shields & Sean Berkstresser
06:00 of the 2nd: GRN Mark Voakes, PPG (3) – Assists: Marc-Olivier Vallerand & Justin Bowers
11:47 of the 2nd: GRN Justin Bowers, PPG (5) – Assists: Julien Brouillette & Mark Voakes
02:12 of the 3rd: GRN Brendan Connolly (4) – Assists: Shane Harper & TJ Reynolds
05:26 of the 3rd: FLA Phil Paquet (1) – Assists: Matthew Pistilli & Elgin Reid
06:47 of the 3rd: GRN Brandon Wong (1) – Assists: Shane Harper
11:29 of the 3rd: GRN Brendan Connolly (5) – Assists: Shane Harper & Brandon Wong
16:32 of the 3rd: FLA Mitch Fadden, PPG (6) – Assists: Matthew Pistilli & Francis Lemieux
18:44 of the 3rd: FLA Francis Lemieux (3) – Assists: Matthew Pistilli & Phil Paquet

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (1-1-0-0): 29 saves on 32 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) FLA Bobby Goepert (4-4-0-0): 28 saves on 34 shots – 60:00 TOI

Nic Riopel notched his first shutout of the season Saturday night as Greenville defeated Florida, 3-0. The Road Warriors stole all three games from Florida. Brendan Connolly had scored 4 goals in two games.

09:37 of the 1st: GRN Brendan Connolly, SHG (6) – Assists: Paul McIlveen
00:49 of the 2nd: GRN Brendan Connolly (7) – Assists: Brandon Wong & Shane Harper
03:35 of the 2nd: GRN Mark Voakes (4) – Assists: Marc-Olivier Vallerand & Cullen Eddy

(W) GRN Nic Riopel (6-2-1-0): 32 saves on 32 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) FLA Jaroslav Janus (3-3-0-0): 22 saves on 25 shots – 58:11 TOI


The Flyers face the Ottawa Senators Monday night at home before heading north for a game against the Montreal Canadiens the following night for the first time since the Flyers knocked them out in the conference finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning return to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night before the Flyers head down to the nation’s capital again to take on Washington.

The Phantoms hit the road to face the Charlotte Checkers Wednesday and Friday and finish the week off Saturday against the Norfolk Admirals.

Greenville returns to the road for one game Tuesday against the South Carolina Stingrays before returning for another home-stand Thursday and Friday against the Wheeling Nailers.


Philadelphia Flyers
11-4-2 — 24 pts (1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
3-12-1-0 —  7 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
7-3-1-0 — 15 pts (2nd in South Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)


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