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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Berube would not totally commit to the lineup change for Thursday night’s seemingly must-win game against Florida, but hinted at the possibility.
Lecavalier, 34, has not played since Nov. 29 against the Rangers....
“I like the lines as they are, I don’t know what I’ll do,” Berube said. “But I have to give him opportunities, whether it’s power play or whatever. If I bring him in, I’m going to bring him in the middle of the ice. I definitely want to get him more than (5 minutes) for sure. I’m going to try to get him, obviously, more ice time than that.”...
What changed between now and earlier in the week, when Berube didn’t seem open to using Lecavalier again?
“His work ethic was really noticeable,” Berube said. “I thought the beginning of the year, he was skating really well, too. I’m noticing that skating again. He does make plays. He can score. He looks hungry to me and he wants in there. That’s a good sign.”
Anyone care to comment?
from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,
Still, his symptoms didn’t cause him much concern. Even when his friend diagnosed the blood clot in his calf, Timonen says he needed some persuading to undergo a chest scan. “I’m so glad he talked me into it,” he says.
The scan revealed clots in both of Timonen’s lungs. They had most likely broken off the one in his calf, traveled up through his blood stream and pumped through his heart before becoming lodged in the smaller vessels of the lungs. Such clots are known as pulmonary emboli. They prevent blood from circulating through the lungs, and in some circumstances, they can lead to death....
It’s a scary situation that has affected NHLers such Jed Ortmeyer (in 2006), Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann (in 2011) and recently sidelined Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis in January and then again last month. Just this week, 38-year-old Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun announced his retirement after having missed much of the 2013-14 season with blood clots that nearly killed him. They were Vokoun's second brush with the affliction. He was diagnosed with one in his pelvis in 2006.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
His greatest success came not with the Flyers, but with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won two Stanley Cups.
While Peter Forsberg had just a brief stay here -– a mere 100 games where he registered 115 points -– it was nonetheless remarkable that the player they lovingly called “Foppa” was still amazing on the ice, even though he had a congenital deformity in his right foot....
On Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers will recognize Forsberg’s 22-year hockey brilliance on North American and European ice, as well as his inclusion into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
When last season started and Peter Laviolette was still the coach, the Flyers were known as a hell-bent, attacking team - which, besides a five-year, $22.5 million contract, was one of the reasons Vinny Lecavalier came here.
They took on a different persona after Craig Berube was hired early last season, using a defense-first mentality. Berube believed having all five skaters playing good defense would lead to offensive chances, and it's difficult to argue with the results. It took the Flyers a while to adjust, but they overcame the worst start (1-7) in franchise history and went 41-23-10 the rest of the way.
Between last season and this year, however, the Flyers have lost their identity - and showed just how much Kimmo Timonen, despite his advanced age, meant to the team.
"What's our identity?" winger asked Zac Rinaldo asked, repeating a question. ". . . Um . . . I don't even know."
from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,
It could not have been easy for Philadelphia Flyers fans to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hoist the 2013 Vezina Trophy one year after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was no need, however, to rekindle any angst when Bobrovsky was named NHL Second Star of the Week heading into a game against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Bobrovsky would be the first to remind fans still upset by his departure that the goalie Philadelphia traded is not the same one now stopping pucks and winning awards in Columbus. He has made significant technical and tactical adjustments since leaving.
"I would say it's two different goalies right now comparing me in Philly and right now in Columbus," Bobrovsky told NHL.com. "I changed my style a lot. Mentally, physically, technically, all those things have changed here."
If that story sounds familiar to Philadelphia fans, it's because the Flyers' current goalie, Steve Mason, has undergone a similar transformation since arriving from Columbus in April 2013.
Like Bobrovksy, Mason has benefitted from tactical changes since joining a new team. In addition to easing the pain of losing Bobrovsky, Mason's resurgence in Philadelphia is another reminder that one style does not fit all when it comes to NHL goaltending.
from David Isaac of the News Journal,
Losing physical battles along the sideboards has led to less time in the offensive zone, less of a forecheck to create shots and chances.
The question, which no one seems able to answer, is, “Why?”
“I don’t think we saw an effort for whatever reason that is,” said Brayden Schenn, who scored twice Tuesday night. “When you’re playing Columbus, you know they’re going to come hard and you’ve got to match their work ethic. I’m not saying we didn’t work hard [Tuesday night], but obviously not hard enough to generate chances or to dominate parts of the game.”
There isn’t enough compete, not enough battle for coach Craig Berube to be pleased with his players.
“It has to do with five guys giving the right effort on the ice at once,” Berube said. “Playing the game the right way, for 60 minutes, and we played the game the right way in the third period and got a point.”
"When you think in terms of how we were playing and what could have happened, I think you have to look at this as a turnaround for us, I hope. I'm very pleased of what I've seen."
"I'm very much behind what Hexy's doing ... from the get go, from the very first day, love his plan. I think he's doing a great job for us and I'm looking forward to what's going to happen in the future."
"It's always frustrating when you're losing, but by the same token it happens to teams and we were hoping for a good trip. We've had a pretty good trip. It could have been better if we hadn't given up that goal (in San Jose) with 15 seconds to go and not lost in regulation in any of the games. So I'm very proud of this team."
-Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers after beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 last night. More from Randy Miller of NJ.com.
"I have no plans to replace the coach."
"When you have a team going like we are, it’s all of us. I’ve got my fair share of responsibility. So does Chief (Berube) and so do the players, the assistant coaches. We’re in this together. We all have a piece of the pie here and we all have to do a better job."
-Ron Hextall, GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on the Flyers from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The sad realization: The Flyers aren't bad enough to get franchise-changing players in the draft, and they aren't good enough to be a Cup contender.
There are no quick fixes for Hextall. He inherited a messy cap situation and it's going to take a few years to get out of it.
-Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, where you can read more on the Flyers.
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