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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The real question here is whether the Flyers are any closer to winning a championship today than they were before Stevens was dismissed Friday. And the answer sure looks like a great big No.
The Pittsburgh Penguins still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The Washington Capitals still have Alexander Ovechkin. The Flyers will be fighting for the right to be the third-best team in their conference until their young, up-and-coming nucleus actually performs according to expectations.
The group, led by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, had its chance to become an elite team with the coach hand-chosen for their comfort and development. Stevens, one of the truly decent and honorable men you will find in this or any other sport, had worked with a lot of the current Flyers when they were mere Phantoms. He was a sound choice as coach after Hitchcock was deemed too mean and demanding for the sensitive buds and blossoms on the roster.
Well, those players now must cope with the fact that they got their guy fired.
more & watch below as Scott Hartnell and Chris Pronger react to last night’s lopsided loss to the Capitals…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Keith, 26, will earn an average of $7.913 million over the first four years, $7.55 million for the next two years, $5.5 million for another two, $4 million for two more, and then slightly more than $2 million for the final three. Total: 13 years/$72 million, for a cap hit of $5.54 million. If you’re still holding on to your calculator, it exceeds the 12-year/$62.8 million deal, in both gross dollars and cap hit, that career marksman Marian Hossa pocketed with the Hawks in July.
OK, it’s a good bet that neither Keith nor Hossa will reach full term on their deals. If Keith retires after 10 years, he’ll have earned just under $66 million. They’ve still paid out huge money for a guy who, though well-conditioned and both a solid citizen and performer, is by no means considered an elite NHL defenseman. OK, they like him, and most teams have a guy like that - someone hauling in A-list money for what most of the world perceives as something less than A-list talent.
But Keith, even if out in the free agent market July 1, 2010, would not have commanded a $72 million commitment from anyone.
more plus other hockey topics…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• Desperate to make the playoffs, the Rangers are beating the bushes for a top-six forward.
While they’d prefer a centre, league sources told Sun Media yesterday that GM Glen Sather is so anxious for help up front, he’s looking at acquiring injured Canucks winger Pavol Demitra once he gets healthy….
• The talk is the Oilers are sniffing around to see if there’s any interest in D Sheldon Souray, who has three years left on a contract that carries an annual cap hit of $5.4 million. There are whispers Souray, 32, was offered as part of a package in a four-player deal with an Eastern Conference team.
• The word is Panthers GM Randy Sexton is ready to hit the panic button. He can’t afford to miss the playoffs and has called every team in the league looking to deal.
more hockey rumors…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Ever since Feb. 17, 1979, the day the great Bernie Parent was poked in the eye by a stick and thus forced into retirement, the Flyers have been blind to the necessity of having a big-time goaltender in order to actually win something.
Since the ‘97 choking situation of the sweep by Detroit in the Cup Final, the Flyers have trotted out Ron Hextall, Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck (the on-the-cheap free agent signing when both Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph were on the market during the summer of 1998), Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Jeff Hackett, Antero Niittymaki, Marty Biron and now Ray Emery as their No. 1 netminders.
While, by the way, the East’s preeminent team, New Jersey, has had one No. 1 in Martin Brodeur and the West’s preeminent team, Detroit, has had three in Mike Vernon, Chris Osgood, Dom Hasek and Cujo.
more hockey talk from Larry…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The more I watch Vincent Lecavalier play this season, the more I start to wonder about his future with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He doesn’t look happy to me. He’s not firing on all cylinders. His coach doesn’t seem to know how to use him. It’s just a bad fit right now. And the timing, well, let’s just say he’s in the first year of a massive lifetime deal that pays him $70 million over the first seven years.
more and other topics, some which were discussed on the HNIC Hotstove tonight…
Ron MacLean, Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury discuss numerous topics including Savard’s contract, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin contract talk, changing some of the names of the NHL Trophies and Brendan Shanahan’s job with the NHL
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nicklas Lidstrom says he is a little frustrated. Pavel Datsyuk would not confirm as much, but his demeanor indicated that he, too, is confounded.
They are two of the Detroit Red Wings’ star players—two of the best in the NHL—but both are experiencing prolonged offensive slumps.
Lidstrom has not scored in 25 consecutive games and has only one goal and nine points in 27 games. Datsyuk, with six goals and 14 assists, is on pace for 18 goals and 61 points, which would be his lowest output in a full season since his rookie year in 2001-02.
Part of the problem, at least in Datsyuk’s case, has been a lack of productivity from his wingers
from the San Jose Sharks,
Good things come in threes and the Sharks will see their third staff member work their 1,000th National Hockey League game this season. This time it’s not a behind the scenes person as Sharks Television Play-by-Play man Randy Hahn will call his 1,000th NHL game Saturday when the Sharks face the Calgary Flames.
continued and Randy’s favorite call is (Detroit fans, don’t watch)...
Tom Van Riper of Forbes ranks the best sports teams (and worst) and has the Red Wings second to the San Anotonia Spurs.
How is this for a boxscore… Carcillo decides to act crazy on Matt Bradley of the Capitals.
So far the penalties have cost the Flyers 2 goals. Caps up 3-1.
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, cross checking
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 5 minutes, fighting
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, instigator
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
video added 8:10pm,
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