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One final meeting

Flyers gather one last time for meetings and interviews to wrap up 2016-17

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Flyers held their annual postseason locker clean out day, where each member of the team met with the coaching staff as well as GM Ron Hextall. 

In addition, players requested by the media also spoke, reflecting on the entire 2016-17 season, their immediate summer plans, and a look towards getting back to Philadelphia for training camp and 2017-18.

Below are some of the best and significant moments to come out of the day's events:

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was the last player to speak and questions immediately flooded in on the scary incident in the Flyers-Devils game on Apr. 1.

HEAR FROM NEUVIRTH BELOW…Video: Neuvirth reflects on his incident & health

Flyers captain Claude Giroux addressed many of the issues that led to the club missing out on the playoffs and where he sees the direction of the team going.

"When you don't make the playoffs, when you don't meet your expectations, change might happen. But at the end of the day, it's not up to us. For us, it's to keep working, keep doing what we're doing. We like our team, we like our group. We didn't really change from last year. I think with Fil [Filppula] coming in this year, it really helped our depth."

MORE FROM GIROUX BELOW…Video: Claude Giroux talks about his play in 2016-17

After a slow start to the season, arriving from the World Cup tournament in Toronto, Shayne Gostisbehere found his game again in the last few months. He averaged a point per-game pace in the final eight contests (1g-7a) along with a +3 rating.

"I'm definitely going to take pride in that. In January, not being where I wanted to be as a player, obviously I went through a tough patch there, obviously a healthy scratch for three games in a row and it was a good reflection period, valuable work days and practice days for myself. I think I really just learned a lot about myself and as a player just stick with things and get back to good old fashioned hard work and go out there and apply it and be a good player."
 
MORE FROM GHOST BELOW…Video: Gostisbehere on his game and young players

Rookie d-man Ivan Provorov appeared in all 82 games for the club, the only Flyers defensemen to accomplish that feat. He also led all Flyers in average time-on-ice this season at 21:58, which ranked second among all NHL rookies.

Provorov talked about his quick adjustment in the league and realized very quickly in the NHL sometimes the simple plays is the play.

"That was my biggest adjustment. You can't make the most out of every possession you have. So it probably took a little bit, in juniors if there was no play I could have just kept it myself or held onto the puck as long as I wanted to. You can't do that here. All the teams are well-structured and pressured hard so sometimes you just have to chip it out and make a smart dump and stuff like that."

MORE FROM PROVOROV BELOW...Video: Hear from Provorov after rookie season


Flyers leading goal scorer Wayne Simmonds addressed the media on the club's offensive troubles, stating consistency being the biggest issue.

A veteran on the team and now alternate captain for the last three years, Simmonds has seen his role on and off the ice increase. 

"I think I've become more of a leader myself. Claude's our captain, but I'm here to help him. We're here to help our younger guys and get this thing going in the right direction and not only get into the playoffs. I think he's getting better and he's being a leader. I think I'd probably be the bad cop for the most part. G's the nice guy; I'm the man that's yelling. I'm probably more all over guys for some things."

MORE FROM SIMMONDS BELOW...Video: Wayne Simmonds' thoughts on 2016-17 Season


Other notes to come out of the day was Sean Couturier, who was one of the hottest Flyers at the end of the season. Couturier credits the instant chemistry of a line that was as equally hot.

"Me, Schenner and Weiser, we had some tremendous chemistry. We seemed to find each other right from the get go when we were reunited. We had a good first few games and built on that, and finished the year strong together. It was nice, and hopefully we can build on that and get the same thing going next year."

The trio led the team in scoring over the final 14 games of the season, combining for 15 goals and 35 points over those last 14 games, while also amounting to a plus-minus rating of +36.

Veteran Nick Schultz, who addressed his future with the club and in the NHL:

"Now that I know I'm not going to be back here, so you kind of move your focus and see if there's an opportunity somewhere else that's going to work for myself and my family and my career. I obviously understand what's going on in the league, and there's young guys coming into the league being factors at 18, 19 years old now. I think there's a lot more of those guys that are making the jump. The dynamic of the league and everything is changing. So we'll see if there's an opportunity to get on somewhere and continue to play."

Michael Del Zotto also addressed the media on his future with the club and meeting with GM Ron Hextall:

"We just talked and I'm sure he'll tell you guys as well. It was short and sweet. He thanked me for my time, I thanked him for the opportunity. We both talked about which way the organization's going. I think it's no secret with what's happening here and we ended on that note. Like I said, I had three great years here. I love being here. Amazing group of guys. It was a treat to come to the rink every day. It's part of the business. You've got to move on and find another place to find that happiness."

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