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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
General manager Ron Hextall plans to activate defenseman Mark Streit from long-term injured reserve, possibly as early as Sunday’s game in Anaheim.
The Flyers will have to clear about $860,000 in cap space if they intend to keep "Ghost" around once Streit returns.
While most Flyers fans would think it's inconceivable the 22-year-old would return to the Phantoms, Hextall would not commit to a decision when recently asked, which is troubling.
Gostisbehere is the most exciting player to have joined the Flyers since Claude Giroux became a regular in 2008. He is literally worth the price of admission.
Given the state of the franchise — having missed the playoffs two of the past three years yet currently in a playoff chase — this could have long-term financial consequences for the club if Gostisbehere goes back, the team tanks and an angry fan base rebels.
While the Flyers sell the majority of their seasons out in advance, there were a noticeable number of empty seats this past fall that are now filled. You’d have to think it has something to do with Ghost’s arrival in mid-November, which has sparked a revival in the team....
As for creating salary cap space, the Flyers have a number of players they can move or waive to create cap space. The easiest maneuver would be to send Scott Laughton, whose ice time and role has diminished, down because he doesn’t require waivers. There are a handful of others who can be moved.
Yet Hextall has stressed this isn’t about money — this is about player development. He has a plan he wants every prospect in the organization to follow, including Ghost.
from Al Morganti at Philly Voice,
Like most NHL teams, the Flyers have churned out coaches and of the 13 since 1992, only six have been products of their organization.
One thing the Flyers have always done under Snider is admit a mistake and make the change, no matter what the cost. There was a time Snider did not want to use Russian (Soviet) players because of politics, but he realized that in order to have any real chance to win they had to change that policy.
Snider had to part with Clarke as a general manager.
Through it all, there is no questioning the effort and resources Snider has put into trying to win a championship. As a result, the Flyers remain one of the most recognizable and unique franchises in the world of sports and a crown jewel of the NHL.
And now, with Gostisbehere showing his stuff, and Sanheim and Konecny about to show their stuff for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, maybe it’s a good time to say Happy Holidays to Ed Snider and the hockey fans in Philadelphia where the future looks pretty bright.
from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,
Which teams are ideal fits for Johansen based on what they need and what they can offer the Jackets? Consider these five destinations:...
1. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have the perfect combination of (a) being a bubble team in need of a boost to make the playoffs; (b) possessing some young-ish centers who could head to Columbus in a Johansen swap and (c) loaded with blueline prospects, one of which they could easily spare.
Let’s boot up the fantasy trade machine. Say Philadelphia wants Johansen but wouldn’t dare part with Sean Couturier up front or blue-chip D-men Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere. How about center Brayden Schenn, a 24-year-old pending RFA who still has some upside, plus Travis Sanheim or Samuel Morin? It would be the steep price any Johansen swap would be expected to command. And it would improve both teams’ outlooks. The Jackets could one day ice a top unit of Brandon Saad, Brayden Schenn and Nick Foligno, anchored by up-and-coming blueliners Sanheim and Zach Werenski for years to come. The Flyers would suddenly have one of the league’s best center tandems in Johansen and Giroux.
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
On the heels of Tuesday’s win, the Blues added more good minutes in the first period against Philadelphia on Thursday. But what the Blues had been building fell apart in the second period, as the Flyers scored three unanswered goals in a 4-2 win in front of a disappointed Scottrade Center crowd of 14,028.
“We stopped checking,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Stopped checking, opened up gaps, had some soft plays in the scoring areas against us. That gave them the three goals.
“It’s the common denominator for four of the last six games. This is a league, the more you check, the more you have the puck. The more you stay on the hunt, the more you play on your toes. ... When you’re inconsistent on that level, you open it up. So this has been an ongoing theme for a little while and we’ve got to get it solved.”
The Blues fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games and it’s now been one month since they last won back-to-back games.
Game highlights are below...
Three weeks ago, Shayne Gostisbehere was an injury replacement. Now he is a budding star. Three weeks from now, he might be the leading NHL rookie-of-the year candidate.
Or a shoo-in for AHL MVP.
-Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News where you can read more on Gostisbehere.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
During the Flyers’ morning skate, the team sent a tweet that general manager Ron Hextall would have an “update” on Wednesday. It turns out Lecavalier didn’t skate because he had some tightness in his back, but he is otherwise healthy. He plans to practice Wednesday.
“I don’t know what to say, man. It is what it is,” a frustrated Lecavalier said. “Obviously I’m not getting in the lineup, and I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m not going to come to the rink pissed off. I’m still going to try to come and get better. I don’t know. Wherever I get my opportunity I just want to be in shape if that happens.”
It’s no secret that the $22.5 million, five-year marriage between Lecavalier and the Flyers isn’t working. If it were as simple as filing divorce papers, both sides would be happier....
“Obviously I haven’t played in a while, but the games I’ve played I haven’t played much,” said Lecavalier, who went from having 20 goals in his first season with the Flyers to having 20 total points in his second. “I believe in what I can do. Obviously you need an opportunity and you need the ice time to produce no matter how good you are or if you’re in your prime or not. You still need the minutes to be successful and I believe if I did get those minutes, I would (produce). I believe in myself. I’ve said that all along, but I’m not in that situation here.”
"It’s difficult to go from making the league minimum to $5 million. You put a lot of pressure on yourself and when things don’t necessarily go the way you want, it weighs on you. That being said, it’s part of being a professional. You have to step up and do your job. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out so great so far, but we’ll see what happens here."
-Andrew MacDonald, who was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers today. Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post has more on MacDonald.
Here is the explanation.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
You don't soon forget when you've seen a ghost; you definitely don't soon forget when you've seen The Ghost.
I know I don't (more on that in a moment).
The Ghost, of course, is Shayne Gostisbehere, the Philadelphia Flyers' 22-year-old rookie defenceman who may well be one of the most exciting, dynamic and unique young players in the NHL.
In nine games since being called up to the Flyers from Lehigh Valley in the American Hockey League, Philadelphia has gone 5-2-2. Gostisbehere has four goals and six points, including three power-play goals (two of them overtime game-winners) while playing 17 to 20 minutes a night.
The Ghost can't be the only reason the Flyers have suddenly become relevant again in the Eastern Conference, but the Margate, Fla., native who played his minor hockey in the Florida Panthers' practice rink in Coral Springs is nothing if not, by nature, a catalyst.
He's a fascinating study, everything from his name and how to pronounce it, to his heritage, to the way he plays.
If you missed the hit...
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