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Sean Couturier earns Flyers' 2019-20 Bobby Clarke Trophy

Sean Couturier earns Flyers' 2019-20 Bobby Clarke Trophy

Could this be the appetizer for Sean Couturier?

On Friday, the Flyers' alpha dog down the middle earned the 2019-20 Bobby Clarke Trophy, which is given to the team’s “most valuable player,” an honor voted on by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. It marks the second straight season Couturier has taken home the award.

"There have been a lot of great names throughout Flyers history who have won this and it's a great honor to receive it," Couturier said in a statement released by the Flyers. "Without my teammates, it would be hard to accept this. They were a big part of my success this year and I think the overall experience of our lineup that we've added and the younger guys getting older every year, it's been a good mix and has led us to have that success."

During 2019-20, the do-it-all pivot was first on the Flyers in even strength points (46), faceoff win percentage (59.6 percent) and plus-minus (plus-21), second in points (59) and shots (185), tied for second in assists (37), third in goals (22) and shorthanded time on ice (140:29), fourth in time on ice per game (19:50) and tied for fifth in power play points (13).

On top of that and Couturier consistently drawing the opposition's toughest assignment, Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault used the 27-year-old center numerous times as a spark plug for different teammates struggling to produce.

“I’ve got to say that everybody that I’ve played with Coots has played well,” Vigneault said in late November, a phrase he ended up saying on many occasions throughout the regular season. “I don’t know if that’s Coots or guys getting excited playing with him."

Couturier is the opposite of ostentatious but he warrants attention and has the utmost respect from his teammates.

"I think because he might not be as flashy or look as spectacular as some of the other guys, maybe people don't notice him as much," Vigneault said in December. "But I can tell you, the people in this room, the people that play with him every day, they notice him."

The question is will he be noticed on the league-wide stage? The icing on the cake for Couturier's 2019-20 accolades would be the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The three finalists for the award will be announced on July 20 and Couturier is expected to be one of them.

Those that follow him believe this should be the year it's not just team honors for No. 14.

The Flyers handed out their annual team awards throughout the week. Below are the winners:

Bobby Clarke Trophy — Sean Couturier

Barry Ashbee Trophy — Ivan Provorov 

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy — Scott Laughton

Yanick Dupre Class Guy Award — Scott Laughton

Gene Hart Memorial Award — Kevin Hayes

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On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall discuss the team's promising — but how promising? — start in the round robin.

Just how big is the Capitals game? What are the bigger decisions ahead? Let's dive in:

0:28 — Flyers fans couldn't have asked for a better start to the round robin

 9:02 — Which Flyers stood out most? Which players are next up?

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Don't expect the Flyers to be mingling with their rivals at Hotel X Toronto

Don't expect the Flyers to be mingling with their rivals at Hotel X Toronto

The Flyers have a day off the ice Tuesday.

Don't expect them to be making new friendships with their biggest rivals in the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament.

The Flyers are staying in Hotel X Toronto with the Bruins, Lightning, Capitals and Penguins during the tourney.

No problem.

"It’s been good," Scott Laughton said last week in a video interview. "I think we’ve mostly been together, guys have been together most of the time. Not much interaction with other teams or anything like that, I think everyone’s kind of on their own schedule and different practice times and stuff, so haven’t been seeing much of the other guys. I’m sure once playoffs ramp up, I don’t think there will be many hellos. It’s been good so far and very comfortable for us. We've got a great set up here; it’s been pretty smooth for us."

The seven other Eastern Conference teams in the tourney — Hurricanes, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Rangers and Canadiens — were assigned to the Fairmont Royal York.

The NHL knows its clubs will leave the intensity on the ice.

"We had an assignment protocol based on regular-season finish, who had more point percentage than the others," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said last Friday in an interview with NBC Sports' Liam McHugh. "At the end of the day, our players are professionals. My guess is the teams may stick more to themselves other than the relationships 1-on-1 that players have with players on other teams."

After all, the Stanley Cup is on the line and players were away from their teammates for quite some time during this pause.

"We’re finding from our players, this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they are competing for the Stanley Cup, and it’s their interest to be separated," NHL chief content officer and senior executive VP of events and entertainment Steve Mayer said in July just before the teams traveled to the two league bubbles. "The team lounges, the player meeting rooms, the player meal rooms, of course are team by team.

"I think there are going to be certain areas where, let’s call them common areas. For the first five days we’ve put a very, very stringent tone for the fact that they have to be separated, both in restaurants and everywhere. But we really have felt that the players’ feedback is their interest to be separated throughout, and we’ll see how that evolves as the tournament moves on."

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