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If Flyers were to have personal goal songs, Kevin Hayes has his on standby

If Flyers were to have personal goal songs, Kevin Hayes has his on standby

The NHL has been opening its Instagram stories for fan-favorite players to take over and answer questions. Flyers fans were in for a treat Wednesday night, when Kevin Hayes got the call and became the most recent player to sign in to the account. 

He answered a wide range of questions and had a blast while doing so. I should warn you though, this’ll definitely leave you missing hockey more than ever.

Throughout Flyers history, having just one goal song has been a staple, though over the years that songs have changed. Hayes was prompted with the question of what would his song choice be if he were to have a personal one. 

It’s an interesting choice for sure, since it isn’t necessarily considered a hype song. Nonetheless, you can absolutely imagine it filling the Wells Fargo Center while Hayes is celebrating with his teammates. 

Another very important topic that was addressed during this Q&A was how Gritty has been handling quarantine. Now, Gritty has been all over the place — hosting his quarter hour of power show on Instagram, keeping up with the latest trends on TikTok, ranking other mascots (he’s allowed to because he’s the best) and even making parade appearances. 

Well, it turns out he’s also been in daily contact with Hayes. 

Gritty hasn’t shaved yet — and since we’re now going on Day 64 without hockey … it seems like his playoff beard would be in pretty great shape right about now. 

Hayes’ teammate Joel Farabee even got a shoutout — noting that he is the best rookie on the team … of course, Farabee also prompted the question. It’s okay, Hayes had the right answer anyway, even if Young Beezer does play too much Xbox. 

And there’s no way this session could be completed without asking about the best chirpers on the Flyers. We already knows Hayes deserves his own reality show based on the moments he's been mic'd up — but he also enjoys those of Travis Konecny, Matt Niskanen and Scott Laughton. 

Oh, what would I give to hear some new chirps during a game right about now. Alas, we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. 

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Scott Laughton says thank you to those 'putting their lives on the line' during coronavirus outbreak

Scott Laughton says thank you to those 'putting their lives on the line' during coronavirus outbreak

Just like his Flyers teammates, Scott Laughton is staying busy during the suspension of the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The 25-year-old forward is in Philadelphia keeping up with personal workouts, including a little bit of yoga with his girlfriend.

Aside from physical fitness, Laughton also dusted off his Xbox and depleted Claude Giroux's confidence in FIFA.

“I just wanted to say, I haven’t picked up an Xbox since junior [hockey]," Laughton said Monday in a video interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher. "Started playing a little bit during the break, G asked if we wanted to play twice, I mopped him up a little bit and beat him.

"Other than that, I actually picked up a book the other day, started reading a little bit. Not much, watching different shows, binge-watched 'Tiger King.'"

The 2019-20 Flyers are a tight-knit group, which has helped spearhead the team's resurgence after a letdown 2018-19 campaign.

"Everybody’s accepting of their role and doing what is asked of them and doing it with a smile on their face," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Monday on a conference call. "I think that’s why this group is so close and we were having the success that we were having at the end of the year."

Prior to the league's stoppage on March 12, the Flyers had won nine of their last 10 games and were 19-6-1 since Jan. 8, a stretch in which they were tied with the Bruins for the NHL's most points at 39. With 13 games left on their schedule, the Flyers are one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and own the league's sixth-most points at 89.

Understandably, Flyers teammates are buzzing in the group chat during this period of separation.

“I think guys have been writing in the chat a lot, just trying to keep it light," Laughton said. "This is a tough time for everyone, just trying to stay in touch and see what’s going on in the league and what’s going to happen. I think guys are pretty curious about it, especially the way we were playing and going into it.”

As Laughton noted, this is a tough time for everyone. He's appreciative of all those in crucial roles, risking their health for others.

“Philly and everyone around the world have come together at this time," Laughton said. "At the front of it are the healthcare workers and everyone that’s working in the grocery stores and at different stores that you need to get essentials at, so a big thank you to all of them for doing all that for us and putting their lives on the line. It’s been a really special time to see these people put in their work and make sure everyone is healthy and safe.”

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Claude Giroux not happy after playing Xbox with Scott Laughton

Claude Giroux not happy after playing Xbox with Scott Laughton

With the hockey world at a standstill amid the coronavirus outbreak, Claude Giroux is back home in Ottawa.

"Just spending time here with the family, haven't left the house in a few days," Giroux said Thursday on a conference call through the NHL communications department. "Just trying to stay busy."

So Giroux, a fierce competitor who loves to win at any challenge thrown his way, decided to take on one of his teammates in the electronic sports world.

Scott Laughton was not kind to the Flyers' captain.

“I bought an Xbox a couple days ago," Giroux said. "I played Scott Laughton at FIFA and I lost twice, so I haven’t really picked it up again. My confidence is hurting right now.”

If Giroux and Laughton were playing in the same room, one can only imagine the trash talk. Laughton probably gave Giroux plenty of virtual chirps. Or maybe he just let the scoreboard do the talking.

Anyway, Giroux will continue with his exercise and stay sharp for the next time he sees his buddy Laughton.

“I have a bike in my basement, that’s pretty much it," Giroux said of his routine right now during the NHL hiatus. "I’m kind of doing the old-school workouts — push-ups and sprints."

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