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Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

After being bought out by the Flyers in mid-June, Andrew MacDonald is getting his next shot.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old defenseman will try to make the Flames' roster by attending Calgary's training camp on a professional tryout.

NHL teams often take fliers on veteran players as they shape their rosters because it simply can't hurt. The Flyers are doing so this training camp with winger Chris Stewart (see story).

While he wasn't a fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his contract, MacDonald was one of the most respected players in the Flyers' dressing room. You'd think the Flames are taking into account what they've heard from others around the league about MacDonald and his impact off the ice.

MacDonald has played 586 career games and 23 in the postseason. Calgary has won just one playoff series over the past 10 seasons. During 2018-19, the Flames went 50-25-7 with 107 points during the regular season — second best in the NHL to only the Lightning — but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Calgary has a pretty strong defense, led by James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Mark Giordano, so making the roster won't be easy for MacDonald.

The Flyers bought out MacDonald for better cap flexibility and to open the door for some of their younger defensemen to take the next step. With the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, the Flyers have solid, accomplished guys to augment the younger group of Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers, Robert Hagg and Samuel Morin.

"This guy is a consummate professional," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said of MacDonald in June. "We asked a lot of Andrew and by that I mean he was a player that played the left side, played the right side, he'd be a healthy scratch and then we'd put him back in the lineup. We asked him to play with young players and mentor them and bring stability to our back end.

"He's just a quality person and a guy that played a very effective two-way game for our team, but we are in a cap world and we made that tough decision today to try reallocate some of those dollars to maximize our chance to stay in the hunt on some players."

The Flyers will pay MacDonald $1,916,667 in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Rod Brind'Amour leads Hurricanes into matchup with Capitals

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Rod Brind'Amour leads Hurricanes into matchup with Capitals

Just one season into his NHL head coaching career and Rod Brind'Amour is ready to make his playoff debut.

The matchup isn't so welcoming.

The former Flyer leads the Hurricanes into the nation's capital for a first-round matchup with the defending champs.

The Hurricanes and Capitals open their series Thursday night along with two other games.

Below is the full schedule for Day 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
Game 1, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
Game 1, Eastern Conference first round
7:30 p.m. ET | TV: USA | Live stream here

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames 
Game 1, Western Conference first round
10 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Flames 3, Flyers 2 (OT): Another collapse leads to season-high six-game losing streak

Flames 3, Flyers 2 (OT): Another collapse leads to season-high six-game losing streak

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The Flames buried the Flyers once again in overtime.

Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie scored in OT to give Calgary a 3-2 victory at the Wells Fargo Center, extending the Flyers' losing streak to six games.

Did Nolan Patrick make a difference in his first game back from injury, and how did the Flyers counter against Johnny Gaudreau and the Flyers' lethal top line?

• The Flyers started to fall into a similar bad trend that they found themselves in during their game in Calgary when they were forced to kill numerous power plays in the third period, which ultimately led to their demise. Radko Gudas had a trip that gave the Flames two minutes to start the third and then Ivan Provorov was whistled for a bogus hooking penalty on Gaudreau. Outside of that, the Flyers were a very disciplined team because they were moving their feet and in attack mode for most of this game.

• Another third period defensive breakdown as Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-tying goal, moving across the slot and firing a one-timer goal past Carter Hart, but once again, it was the failure by Wayne Simmonds to read the play and break up the pass/shot. These are the defensive miscues that have plagued the Flyers in the first half of the season.

• If Jordan Weal could give the Flyers any semblance of consistency, he would be an ideal third-line center. The play he made to set up Travis Sanheim’s goal was all Weal, who brought a lot of speed into the offensive zone, driving Brodie to the net with him. One of the biggest flaws with Weal’s game offensively is that he still has a hard time creating time and space, especially in tight spaces.

• It was Weal with the miscue and turnover that led to the Flames' 2-on-1 overtime goal.

• In an effort to contain the Flames' top line, Scott Gordon elected to go with his fourth line of Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton and Dale Weise in more of a checking role. Together, that trio did a solid job of not allowing the Flames to transition into the Flyers' zone. Calgary’s top line didn’t have its first solid shift against the Sean Couturier line until the opening minutes of the second period.

• Gaudreau finally broke through with a 4-on-4 goal that tied the game at 1-1, which came at the end of a one-minute shift. The Flyers had changed with Claude Giroux and Couturier on the ice coming off and Patrick and Jakub Voracek coming on too late, which was the break Gaudreau and Sean Monahan needed to create a pass/shot that Hart had very little chance at stopping. 

• While the Flyers have cycled through seven different goaltenders this season, part of the reason the Flames have been consistently good is they’ve had stability in net, even though their No. 1, Mike Smith, has not been very good. Backup David Rittich has been the Flames' stabilizer in net. He came on in relief and earned the win against the Flyers in Calgary, and in this game, he came through with some splendid saves. 

• However, there's one Rittich would like to have back. He made an absent-minded decision to come out and play the puck, leaving the net completely unattended as Travis Konecny used his speed and fired a shot underneath Rittich to snap a 13-game goalless drought.

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