Flyers Notes: Team awards handed out for 2013


Flyers Notes: Team awards handed out for 2013

There really were no surprises in the Flyers' final awards voting by the media and even by the team itself.

For the fourth time in his career as a Flyer -- second year running -- Kimmo Timonen won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s best defenseman, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Timonen is already done for the season with a compression fracture of the right foot, and goes into the books with 29 points in 45 games.

Scott Hartnell won the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award, which goes to the player who best illustrates character, dignity and respect for the sport and the media, as voted by the PHWA.

Jakub Voracek -- 21 goals, 45 points -- was voted the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy winner by his teammates as the most improved Flyer. He was also awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy (see story).

Zac Rinaldo won the Gene Hart Memorial Award as the fan club’s choice for a player who played with the most heart.

Loose pucks
Rookie defenseman Matt Konan, wearing No. 34, made his NHL debut playing alongside fellow rookie Brandon Manning. Konan played 13:09 with two hits and one blocked shot. … Because of all the injuries to the Flyers' patched-up defense, the six defensemen the team dressed in this game had played a combined 241 games for the AHL Phantoms this season versus just 89 NHL games. … Veteran center Adam Hall won all six of his faceoffs. He is 59 percent on faceoffs (46 for 78) since joining the Flyers.

Radko Gudas suspended 10 games for slash to Mathieu Perreault

Radko Gudas suspended 10 games for slash to Mathieu Perreault

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended 10 games Sunday night by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his slashing penalty to the back of the neck of Jets forward Mathieu Perreault.​

The incident occurred 9:50 in the first period of the Winnipeg game that saw Gudas receive a five-minute major and a 10-game misconduct as a result of the play.

Gudas has already served one game of that suspension, as he sat out Saturday’s home game against the Calgary Flames awaiting Sunday morning’s phone hearing.

Gudas will forfeit just over $408,000 as a result of his actions. The Flyers defenseman won’t be eligible to return to the lineup until Dec. 12 when the Flyers host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This marks the longest suspension of Gudas’ career. He was slapped with a six-game suspension for his blow to Bruins forward Austin Czarnik in a 2016 preseason game. His first suspension in a Flyers sweater came back on Dec. 2, 2015, when he received three games for an illegal check to the head of Senators center Mika Zibanejad.

The suspension may ultimately help Gudas, who has appeared to be favoring his shoulder in recent games, limiting his ability to deliver his typical bone-jarring hits.

Flyers to host Penguins at Linc in 2019

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Flyers to host Penguins at Linc in 2019

The Flyers will host the Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019, as part of the ongoing Stadium Series, the NHL announced Sunday night.

The 2019 “Battle of Pennsylvania” is a renewal of the first outdoor game between the two divisional rivals that saw the Penguins beat the Flyers, 4-2, at Heinz Field on Feb. 25, 2017.

“On behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers, we are thrilled to host the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said.

“Lincoln Financial Field will provide a perfect setting for these cross-state opponents and their passionate fan bases,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

For a Flyers franchise in search of its first win outdoors, the 2019 game will mark the fourth outdoor game in team history. The Flyers played the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Winter Classic, losing 2-1. In 2012, the Flyers hosted their very first Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in a game that saw the New York Rangers win, 3-2.

With seven Stanley Cups between the two storied franchises, the Flyers and Penguins have produced some of the game’s greatest players, and details are still being worked out for an alumni event that will likely be held in Pittsburgh after a similar game was played at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 14, 2017, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

A Comcast Spectacor executive said other games, such as a Penn State collegiate game or an AHL event involving the Phantoms, could eventually be played prior to the Flyers-Penguins game, but those specifics still have to be worked out. 

“There is no doubt that the Penguins and Flyers will put on a great show for the passionate fans in Philadelphia, and those watching at home, adding to the history between these two teams,” Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA special assistant to the executive director, said.

On Saturday, the NHL announced the Chicago Blackhawks would host the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, at Notre Dame Stadium.