Hello again and welcome to a Tuesday edition of Between the Pipes. With rookie camp in full swing and training camps scheduled to start later in the week, let's take a look at a few headlines from the hockey world as we prepare for the 2015-16 season.
It was the end of yet another great era in Flyers hockey as Simon Gagne officially retired. Gagne spent 10-plus seasons in Philadelphia. The winger scored 264 goals and registered another 271 assists during his time in Philadelphia.
Ivan Provorov at July's development camp scrimmage. (Photo Courtesy of Kevin Durso)
After an offseason that's been lengthier than usual (isn't the offseason always long?), the Flyers are set to take the ice yet again for training camp this week. Players have been making their returns to the City of Brotherly Love over the past few weeks with informal workouts, and will take the ice on Friday morning in Voorhees for the formal opening of camp. With this in mind, here are several storylines to look out for when camp opens:
It's time for another edition of Between the Pipes, news and notes on Flyers hockey and the NHL through linkage. With rookies reporting to training camp on Monday and less than one week until the rest of the Flyers hit the ice, hockey's return is closing in.
With rookie and prospect camp starting Monday and full training camp to follow on Thursday, hockey is back in the City of Brotherly Love. After an elongated summer thanks to missing the postseason for the second time in three years, the Flyers players and coaches are eager to hit the ice in preparation for the 2015-16 season in which they will face stiff competition in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.
First-year head coach Dave Hakstol has given each of his players a Tabula rasa, or clean slate. Spots and positioning will be won the old-fashioned way - by earning it from the coach.
Hakstol wants his team to hit the ground running right out of the gate, something that the franchise has struggled to do the last few seasons under Craig Berube and Peter Laviolette. Knowing then how important it is to jump out to a good start, let's take a look at the club's October slate, a series of 10 games that will set the tone for the entire season.