Flyers vs Islanders: Owen Tippett debuts in win, Gerry Mayhew claimed waiver by Ducks

The Flyers officially kicked off their post-Claude Giroux era on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.

As the captain heads to Florida, the Flyers’ retooling is just beginning. Sunday was the club’s last game before Monday’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET.

The Flyers (20-31-11) are selling and have more moves to come.

Kevin Hayes scored both goals for the Flyers. Both Travis Konecny ​​and Joel Farabee registered assists on both scorers.

The Flyers avoided a sweep by New York in the four-game regular season series, going 1-2-1 against the Islanders (26-25-9).

• After 15 years, Giroux’s streak in Philadelphia came to an end on Saturday night when the 34-year-old was traded to the Panthers.

“Even talking to him after his last game here and texting him a little bit, just thanking him for everything he did for me,” Farabee said after the game on Sunday. “A guy I’ve always been able to look up to or talk to when I’m feeling down. I wish him the best, hope Florida makes a really deep run in the Cup this year because he absolutely deserves it.”

Giroux entered the final year of his eight-year, $66.2 million contract this season, which included a no-move clause.

He held the keys here, rightly so, and the destination ended up being Florida.

“We signed Claude eight years ago for a long, superstar-like contract, which he’s earned,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Sunday. “As part of that contract he had a no-move clause and he earned that right to have a say in where he would go, I think that’s the best way to put it. .

“I had a very limited market in terms of teams that I could talk to. I spoke with several teams, but not all of those teams that I could have made a deal with. There was a lot of interest in Claude, but it was a very limited market, in the end, to which I could sell him.”

Fletcher and the Flyers respected Giroux’s position.

“I don’t blame him,” Fletcher said. “He earned that right, I completely respect that. We knew what a hand we were given. We worked hard and gave our best.

“There was never any animosity, nothing was acrimonious. Everything was done in a professional manner, as it should be. We just worked with him, and within the limits we had, we concluded the deal we made.”

• Owen Tippett, the player the Flyers received as part of the trade for Giroux, made his Philadelphia debut.

“I think I found out about 6 p.m. last night. A few hours later I was on a flight en route to here,” Tippett said. “Ready to play, straight in.”

The 23-year-old winger was on a line with Morgan Frost and Oskar Lindblom. The power forward went scoreless with two shots in 14:38 minutes.

“When we played him earlier I noticed a, I’ll use the ‘weight’ terminology for his game in the sense that he’s strong on the puck, competitive with the puck,” the coach said. Flyers interim manager Mike Yeo before the game. “The kind of guy who can protect it and hang on to it and force you to be really strong in your checking game.

“He’s a shooter, he wants to shoot and he has a great shot.”


Kevin Hayes, Flyers edge Islanders in final game before trade deadline

• Gerry Mayhew, who the Flyers placed on waivers on Saturday, has been claimed by the Ducks.

The 29-year-old winger wrote a great story in Philadelphia. He started the year with two goals in 17 career NHL games. After signing a one-year, $800,000 contract last summer, Mayhew played 25 games with the Flyers and scored six goals.

With his contract expiring and the Flyers in transition mode, he did not appear to be part of the club’s future plans.

He will now travel to Anaheim for his next opportunity.

• For asset management reasons, the Flyers held Justin Braun out of the roster on Sunday.

The veteran defender will most likely be moved on the deadline day.

“A lot of teams have called on Justin and we’ll see what that means the next day whether we move him or not,” Fletcher said before the game. “He’s playing really strong, he’s a guy who blocks shots, takes shots, so I just thought it would be safe to at least work that out over the next 24 hours and save him for today. .”

• With his two-goal game, Hayes has seven points (four goals, three assists) in eight games since returning from a groin infection.

For the Flyers, a quiet silver lining for the rest of this season is Hayes looking more and more like himself.

“He endured a lot of pain and injury earlier in the year,” Yeo said on March 4. “Hopefully we can find a fully healthy Kevin Hayes because it would do us a lot of good.”

• Carter Hart converted 26 saves for the win.

The 23-year-old could have a new backup after Monday. With his experience and expiring contract, Martin Jones is one of the Flyers’ trade chips at the deadline.

New York goaltender Ilya Sorokin was 2-1-0 with 75 saves on 81 shots against the Flyers this season. The 26-year-old made 35 of those saves on Sunday.

• After Monday’s deadline, the Flyers begin a five-game road trip Tuesday when they visit the Red Wings (7:30 pm ET/NBCSP).

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