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Flyers Notes: Flyers miffed at Andrew MacDonald's disallowed goal

Flyers Notes: Flyers miffed at Andrew MacDonald's disallowed goal

Updated 4:28 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — You can watch a play from different angles and get different opinions on what happened.
 
Or you can ask players on the ice for their thoughts and the same thing happens.
 
When Andrew MacDonald’s goal was reversed less than two minutes into Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets for goalie interference, few thought it would have a dramatic impact on the Flyers at the end.
 
Yet it did.

Not only was the goal lost, but the Flyers also had a similar play with their goaltender, except the goal counted for Columbus.
 
And one goal was the difference for the Flyers in a 2-1 overtime loss at Nationwide Arena (see game recap).
 
Michael Raffl drove the net diagonally and squeezed Ryan Murray into goalie Sergei Bobrovsky because the Jackets' defenseman simply ran out of room. Raffl never touched Bob. Murray did.
 
“If that’s the case (interference), then the D’s should start falling on the goalies,” said MacDonald, himself a defenseman. “Just fall on him and they will call it for what it is.
 
“It was a guy trying to get to the front of the net and battle for space. It was what it was and we felt their goal was pretty similar. There wasn’t a ton of contact there. We felt we got the short end of the stick.”

"I was ready for anything," meaning the verdict on his interference. "But it's early in the game. You've got to keep going."
 
The Flyers felt MacDonald’s goal was good.
 
“They had the opportunity to go upstairs and take a look,” Wayne Simmonds said of MacDonald's lost goal. “I still think it was a goal.”
 
Jakub Voracek said if MacDonald’s goal was good, no one knows what follows. Maybe the game goes a different direction. It was a grinding game between two tired teams playing on consecutive nights.
 
“If that first goal counted, you don’t know how the game goes,” Voracek said. “That’s a big ‘If.’ You have to play through it and find a way to get the other one and we did. We got to overtime, and if you one make one, bad play, it’s 3 on 2 and that’s it.”
 
Now the scales of justice here didn’t even out. Dave Hakstol challenged a goal from David Savard because the skate of a Blue Jacket clipped Steve Mason, knocking him off-balance. The goal was upheld upon review and gave Columbus a 1-0 lead.
 
In hockey, most players would say, it's a case where either both goals count or both goals don’t.

Rubtsov update
Flyers prospect German Rubtsov was in Philadelphia over the weekend and had surgery Monday to repair a broken nose and, per his agent Mark Gandler, will play for Chicoutimi of the QMJHL when healthy. Gandler has negotiated Rubtsov's release from the KHL (see story).

2019 NHL draft profile: What's the read on Arthur Kaliyev?

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2019 NHL draft profile: What's the read on Arthur Kaliyev?

The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and eight selections in total.

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we are breaking down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Arthur Kaliyev

Position: Right winger
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 194
Shoots: Left
Team: Hamilton

Scouting report

Kaliyev might be the second-best goal-scorer in the draft behind only USNTDP product Cole Caufield.

There's a lot to like with the New York native, from his size to his shot. He understands angles and spacing as he scored 51 goals in 67 regular-season games for the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Kaliyev isn't just a finisher, either. He tallied 51 assists, giving him 102 points on the season.

This was an interesting tidbit on Kaliyev from TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Inconsistency of effort has created a polarizing effect among scouts. In the TSN survey of 10 scouts, one had Kaliyev in the top 10 and another had him outside the top 40. The others had him spread out in between, totaling six votes in the first round and four in the second. No other prospect ranked in the first round has such a wide variance.

NHL Central Scouting has Kaliyev ranked as the seventh-best North American skater, ahead of Caufield, Matthew Boldy and Peyton Krebs.

Fit with Flyers

Kaliyev has been a teammate of Flyers prospect Matthew Strome the past two seasons, so the club's development and scouting staff has likely seen a good bit of the winger.

It all comes down to what the Flyers think of Kaliyev (as well as the teams ahead of them).

There aren't a ton of flawless teenage prospects. Kaliyev will turn 18 years old next week and his game/effort in all three zones can be worked on over time.

There's no doubt a 51-goal scorer in just his second year of junior hockey is intriguing.

More on the 2019 NHL draft

• Flyers take one of draft's best D-men in this 1st-round mock

• Trading No. 11 pick? Draft dynamic? That and more here

Could 72-goal scorer who broke Auston Matthews record drop to Flyers?

Flyers could have shot to draft 'elite' skating, 6-foot-3 defenseman

• Flyers like 'unique' winger Boldy as option for No. 11 overall pick

• Impressive playmaking center Krebs could be there for Flyers at No. 11

For Kevin Hayes, signing contract with Flyers wasn't all about the money

For Kevin Hayes, signing contract with Flyers wasn't all about the money

Money absolutely talks.

And the Flyers threw a lot of it at Kevin Hayes.

After knowing the organization's interest, touring its facilities and hearing seven years, $50 million, it would have been difficult for Hayes to turn down the Flyers.

But before seeing the dollar signs, Hayes said the Flyers were on his radar.

"As an athlete, July 1 and unrestricted free agency is definitely an intriguing idea," Hayes said Wednesday on a conference call after signing with the Flyers (see story). "When I sat down with my agent, we thought about what type of team I would want to go to and where I would fit into the organization and the team; the Flyers were at the top of the list before I even … once the season ended, they were on a short list of mine that I was intrigued by."

Once the Flyers acquired his rights on June 3, the decision started coming together.

To be able to get traded there from the Jets and get a head start in conversations, I got to know the organization and I got to know some of the players a little bit. It was kind of a no-brainer. Ultimately, my agent and I wanted to go to a great city, a team that can win and a team that can go for the Stanley Cup. The Flyers are one of those teams, we think.

It obviously showed that they wanted me. I think it was a good fit for both sides. What I bring to the table and what they had to offer, it was an easy decision ultimately.

The Flyers made a lot of sense for Hayes. 

The 6-foot-5, 216-pound center will play a prominent role and slides nicely into a blend of youth and veterans.

"For me and for our group, he checks a lot of boxes we were looking for," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We like his size, we like his skill, we like his 200-foot game. We like his age, he's just entering the prime of his career and he plays a premium position at center. We think he really rounds out our forward group and will give our coaching staff a lot of options going forward."

Hayes talked about the "great relationship on and off the ice" that he had with Alain Vigneault in New York and how the familiarity with the Flyers' head coach will only help.

"He demands hard work," Hayes said. "If you play the correct way, he kind of lets you play freely offensively. That was a huge factor in the decision."

Hayes is from Dorchester, Massachusetts and knows the Metropolitan Division. Being on the Northeast was appealing for family and market reasons.

"I have three sisters and a brother, both my parents live in Boston," Hayes said. "It's nice that they are just a train ride away. My dad will be at a lot of these games for sure.

"It's such a prestigious organization. I know pretty well playing against them the last five years. And to be able to join them and join that group and the coaching staff, I think Chuck and [Flyers president Paul Holmgren] are putting together a team that can do some damage and ultimately win the Stanley Cup."

Money absolutely talks, but the Flyers checked a lot of Hayes' boxes, too.

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