Flyers F Oskar Lindblom Wins Masterton Trophy

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

While it may have been a disappointing year on the ice for the Flyers, one story certainly stood out as an inspiration.

At the end of the previous season, for the final two games of the playoffs, Oskar Lindblom made his return to the ice following months of cancer treatments after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December 2019. He was deemed cancer-free in July 2020 and returned to the ice in September.

When the new season began in January, Lindblom was right back on the ice as a regular. In the first game of the season, Lindblom scored a goal. He added a second into an empty net in the second game. And while he finished the season with eight goals and six assists for 14 points, he played in 50 of 56 games, marking his official return from cancer.

A year ago, Lindblom was a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an award presented to a player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 2021, Lindblom takes home the hardware, officially winning the award in an announcement made on Tuesday night.

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Ian Laperriere Named Phantoms Head Coach

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

To this point in the offseason, the only piece of significant Flyers news was the mutual parting of ways between the organization and Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon. Until the playoffs come to a conclusion and the rest of the league is both entering their own offseasons and significant offseason events like the expansion draft take place, there will likely be limited activity.

One piece of news did come on Sunday evening, as the Flyers announced something that had been rumored for some time. The Flyers announced that Ian Laperriere has been named the head coach of the Phantoms.

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Flyers Get 13th Overall Pick in NHL Draft

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The NHL Draft Lottery was held on Wednesday night, and the odds were certainly stacked against the Flyers when it came to moving up to the top two spots.

The results of the lottery were revealed, and the Flyers will have the 13th overall pick at the NHL Draft, set to begin on July 23 and run through July 24. The Flyers entered the lottery with a 91.3 percent chance of retaining the 14th spot in the Draft, easily making it the most likely outcome. By virtue of the Arizona Coyotes forfeiting their first-round pick, the Flyers selection moves up one spot to 13th overall. 

This is the first time the Flyers will select at the 13th overall spot in the draft.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #117 - Actually Good Hockey

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The YWT Podcast is back and with no real big Flyers news or items to discuss, the guys focus on the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Round 1.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso discuss a variety of topics including the Toronto-Montreal series reaching seven games and look ahead to some of the second-round matchups.

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Flyers, Phantoms Head Coach Gordon Mutually Part Ways

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It is sure to be an offseason that involves changes for the Flyers, but their first change certainly came out of left field.

The Flyers announced on Tuesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon. In addition, Phantoms assistant coach Kerry Huffman stepped down from his position.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #116 - Make or Break

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The YWT Podcast is back and the Flyers season has come to an end. The final game of the season was Monday and exit interviews were held on Tuesday.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso are here to break it all down, from what went wrong this season to the final few games to Cam York's NHL debut and more. The guys also look ahead to the offseason and discuss the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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Flyers Exit Interviews: Lots of Excuses from Management

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(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

When it comes down to it, the Flyers struggles this season and the reason for their collapse and downfall can be contributed to a variety of factors. Some of those reasons do involve the crazy schedule and lack of practice time that NHL teams normally get.

But in this season, even team was dealt with the same situation. Every team had to play 56 games in a short amount of time. Every team dealt with limited practice time and more wear and tear. Multiple teams dealt with COVID situations or protocols limiting what they could do.

So as management – head coach Alain Vigneault and GM Chuck Fletcher and chairman Dave Scott – met the media on Tuesday, those excuses were just that. The trio rested on that for most of their comments, sounding more optimistic in hopes of a normal season than the work that may need to be done to a roster filled with holes.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from the 2020-21 Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers season is now completed. A disappointing and frustrating year has come to an end.

Before we fully turn the page on the previous season and look ahead to an eventful offseason that appears to be on tap, it’s still fair to look back at the previous season and wonder what went wrong, where did it go wrong, and what else can we take away from it?

From a mid-January start with some early positive results to one final win/loss to the New Jersey Devils in mid-May to conclude the 56-game campaign, here are five takeaways from the season.

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Farabee Scores 20th as Flyers Close Season with Win

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It wasn't a pretty year for the Flyers, but in the final game of the season, their brightest spot shined again.

At 21 years old, Joel Farabee not only finished the season as the Flyers leading scorer, but also capped off his season with a pair of goals to reach the 20-goal mark in just his second NHL season. His two goals helped pave the way for a 4-2 Flyers win over the Devils to close out the 2020-21 season on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Devils: Game 56 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

One more game. That's all that remains on what evolved into a disappointing and frustrating year for the Philadelphia Flyers. Four of their divisional foes will be heading onward to the playoffs, a destination that was the base goal for a team that entered the season with so many expectations.

All that is left now for the Flyers is one more match with the New Jersey Devils to close out the 2020-21 season. 

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Sheary Caps Late Comeback for Capitals in Flyers OT Loss

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Alex Lyon was less than 60 seconds away from his first career shutout. Then the Capitals struck for the late goal they needed to force overtime.

Lars Eller scored with 39.8 seconds left in the third period, then Conor Sheary got the game-winner with a minute left in overtime to hand the Flyers a 2-1 loss on Saturday night.

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