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Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere Discusses Effects Of Rough Season

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Shayne Gostisbehere was expecting a much better season than he experienced last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In fact, a lot of people were. Gostisbehere burst onto the scene in 2015-16 and even entered the Calder race after a historic 15-game point streak.

Gostisbehere finished the campaign with 17 goals and posted 46 points in 64 games and last season was supposed to be a bigger breakout star this season.

Despite the projections, Gostisbehere managed just seven goals and 39 points in 76 games as he battled back from hip and abdominal surgeries during the summer of 2016.

“Last season, it obviously didn’t go like my first season,” Gostisbehere said to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“You don’t get the bounces, per se, and it takes a toll on you mentally – and then you start looking for things you can change.”

Gostisbehere admitted the recovery from his injuries contributed to his down year.

“It wasn’t like I hit a switch and the injury healed. It was nothing like that,” Gostisbehere admitted.

“I think it was strictly confidence (that returned). I was put in the right situations, and that’s a big thing, too.  I flourished, and I knew I was one of the best players on the ice.

When I know that, I think it really shows out there and it really helped our team, too. That’s the biggest thing for me – anything I can do, team-wise.”

Despite the drop in production, the Flyers signed Gostisbehere to a six-year. $27 million contract.

“We have a lot of young guys and we have a great group of veterans, a good core to show the young guys the way,” Gostisbehere said.

“I think it’s a big, big learning season for us obviously coming up, but again, we’re a team, and we think we can win the Stanley Cup. That’s our ultimate goal.”

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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