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The My Story series profiles Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and his perseverance against odds to make the NHL
from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Eric Lindros and John LeClair are years removed from their playing days, but they are still teammates.
The two made that clear Thursday night as they were inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame. They didn’t say it, but they didn’t need to. Lindros and LeClair remain fiercely defensive and supportive of one another, nearly 20 years after they dominated in the game of hockey.
LeClair, for instance, still doesn’t understand all the criticism his linemate and friend faced during his tenure in Philadelphia. To LeClair, Lindros always went “above and beyond.” He was one of the greatest players to play the game, LeClair said, one of the greatest he ever played with.
“What hype did he not live up to?” LeClair asked. “I mean, he won a Hart Trophy. He scored 100 points. I never got that. He had the respect of his teammates and carried the Flyers for five years or however many years he was here. How many?”
continued including video highlight of the induction...
FYI, the NHL Network showed the complete ceremony last night along with the game. The ceremony started at 7:00pm ET and the game started around 8:00pm.
I do hope this sets a precedence for the network and as we know, they have not shown these types of ceremonies in full in the past.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The door slammed, opened, and slammed again.
Inside the changing room, a sanctuary for players that is usually kept at an arms-length from team management, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was peeling the paint off the walls with words that would make a stevedore blush.
"Are you [bleeping] kidding me?" Hextall screamed, loud enough for the media waiting next door in the locker room to hear. "That's [bleeping] embarrassing! Jesus [bleeping] Christ!"
The door slammed, one final time, but not until it sounded as if a wastebasket bounced off the wall deep inside the bowels of Madison Square Garden - where the Flyers have now lost nine consecutive regular-season games.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
After general manager Ron Hextall declared Giroux to be "fine" on Monday, Giroux will likely miss at least the next two games with what the team is calling a "lower-body" injury. It will be Giroux's first game missed due to injury since Dec. 19, 2011 (concussion), breaking a streak of 197 straight games healthy.
Hextall said, via a conference call in Toronto, that Giroux suffered the injury in practice.
If so, Giroux's injury must have flared up long after he left the practice rink. The Flyers practiced at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Giroux participated from start-to-finish. He handled his media responsibilities, light for the day, and left the locker room like normal. There was no apparent ill-effect from skating.
In between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Giroux's "lower-body" injury became serious enough that he needed to ask out of a long-planned meet-and-greet session with season-ticket holders at Wells Fargo Center.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
He wears a pair of shorts and a hoodie. His name is Ryan Podell and he’s the Flyers’ strength and conditioning coach.
Before the players go out for practice, Podell sets up a sensor in the penalty box and opens his laptop as he sits at the scorer’s table.
What he sees probably looks like mass chaos. Each Flyer wears a transmitter, usually sewn into his shoulder pads, and Podell’s laptop shows the live data.
The system, from an Austrailan-based company named Catapult Sports, helps Podell see just how hard the players are working in practice. The transmitters help measure energy exertion and all that data is forwarded to coach Craig Berube.
“The strength coach does a very good job with all that stuff,” Berube said. “We communicate on a daily basis about practice and the length and the intensity and that kind of thing. It’s good stuff, really good stuff.”
For instance, when the Flyers recently had a five-day layoff, the data suggested the Flyers would be more efficient in their first game out of the break if they practiced long and hard two days before the game and had a lighter practice the day before the game.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with the story.
Patrick Roy not happy.
note 8:05pm, Changed the headline, was not a game misconduct, only a major.
Raffl was injured when he blocked a shot in the Edmonton game on Tuesday.
“He’s gotta go out and play his game. Don’t try and do too much, just play your game. Just be you. Move the puck when you get it. Get out and play the puck and move it. That’s what gets him in the game. And make the saves you’re supposed to make.”
-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on goaltender Steve Mason who has yet to win a game this season. More on Mason from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.
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