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from David Isaac of Flyer Files,
According to a report from Sport.cz, Flyers winger Jake Voracek was not injured when he crashed his Ferrari into a truck in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Kladno time.
Pictures of the car (tranlated) on Sport.cz’s website sure make it look like Voracek, 23, was lucky to walk away from the accident with no injuries, if that is indeed the case.
According to a Google translation of the report, Voracek was speeding down the road when a truck coming from the opposite direction slowed down to turn left.
added 11:54am, Paul Holmgren issues a statement...
“I spoke with Jake this morning. He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine.”
note: added an additional video below at 6:30pm.
exit interview clean-out day in Philadelphia...
Some questions and answers are not in the video, like this the Courier-Post says is from the interview transcript...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
With the Flyers about to miss the playoffs for only the second time in 18 seasons, the focus in Philadelphia turns to what has to be done for the team to avoid a similar fate a year from now.
This isn't a town where missing the playoffs is taken lightly. Owner Ed Snider wants to win -- now.
Having said that, there's the danger of overreacting to a lockout-shortened season when a lot of strange and surprising things happened around the league.
"There's a fine line between winning and losing in our league, that's how tight it is," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com Monday. "You don't have to look very closely at the standings to recognize that. There's a few teams that had runaway years, you look at Pittsburgh and Chicago in particular, but everybody else is fairly close.
"I look at our team, it's amazing that's where we're at with the power play and penalty killing near the top of the league; but 5-on-5 goals, we're way down. That's probably what did us in, more than anything."
continued including no plan to buyout Bryzgalov...
via the Flyers website,
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced this evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.
Rinaldo posted three goals and five points to go along with 85 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Flyers this season.
He is currently out of the line up, missing the last seven games, with a high-ankle sprain on his left leg. Prior to his injury, he was one of the Flyers leaders in hits this season, posting 143 in 32 games.
Rinaldo also missed four games from Jan. 22-27 due to lacerated right thigh.
Rosehill was acquired around the trade deadline from the Anaheim Ducks on Apr. 1 in exchange for Harry Zolnierczyk.
Since joining the Flyers, he has one goal and 47 penalty minutes in seven games.
from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,
It is a sad way for a great and likely Hall of Fame career to end, but to Pronger's credit, he also spoke thoughtfully and forcefully about the future, even one with such uncertainty because everything from his vision to his train of thought may never quite return to normal. He talked about what constituted a victory, or what he called "a winning streak": consecutive days without strong headaches and symptoms. He's been pushing himself to work out, move around, and be with people more in order to improve the quality of his life and reduce the stress on his family, even if that means aggravating his symptoms more often than he would like.
Carl Hagelin tries to turn Schenn into a soprano.
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The penalties and a 2nd video with different angles can be seen below the first video.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Forget the rumors about Peter Laviolette being fired after the season.
It sounds as if the Flyers’ fiery coach is staying.
Without formally announcing it, general manager Paul Holmgren gave Laviolette a strong vote of confidence in Montreal on Monday.
Asked if he planned to make a coaching change, Holmgren’s reply was succinct.
“I haven’t even thought along those lines,” he told The Inquirer. “I think it’s been a difficult year because of the (injury) situation. We haven’t had our whole team all year.
“I don’t blame the coaches.”
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Larry "The Rock" Zeidel is standing over me now, fists clenched, his mammoth knuckles inches from my face. Four months ago, he was lying pale-faced in the intensive-care ward of Bryn Mawr Hospital, his legs swollen and blackened from a congestive heart condition worsened over the years by a lack of medical insurance. But there is little hint of that man now. Now it is easy to understand why he has ignored those health problems, why he has in the past refused or flatly not sought health insurance provided by the Social Security he collects in his advanced age.
At 85, more than 4 decades removed from his last days as a stick-wielding hockey enforcer, Larry Zeidel lives most of his waking hours still inside that character, rambling on in no apparent chronological order about a modest heyday that he surrendered so much of his life to obtain. In its wake are an ex-wife and a family of four that he speaks of proudly, even while admitting he hasn't seen most of them in more than a decade.
"I've told this to Marie," he says at one point, speaking of a wife from whom he has been estranged for nearly 30 years and with whom he still shares his monthly Social Security check. "She should be in the Hall of Fame for being married to me. Because I was married to the game of hockey."
“I can’t control if they decide to buy me out. I believe in this team. This is where I want to be. With my kids being here, obviously it would be tough to have to go somewhere else. I want to be here and I’m going to try everything in my power to stay here.”
- Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers on the possibility he may become an amnesty buyout this summer. More from Fran Seravalli of Frequent Flyers.
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