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Morning Line- Sam Carchidi On The Philadelphia Flyers

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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What Will Ron Hextall Do?

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Not to pile on the misery in here, but it was another disappointing loss for the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, this time blowing a two-goal lead on the way to a shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Flyers haven't managed a road win in their last nine games away from home. They haven't won a game since Nov. 22, a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. They haven't beaten a team in a playoff position since an overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 28. They're threatening to become this year's version of the New Jersey Devils in the shootout, but unlike last year's Devils, those shootout losses may not even matter.

This team isn't particularly good, and you wonder if it would be wise for Ron Hextall to take a full step backward this year, moving players for future assets, for the benefit of a quick turnaround next year. There's good, young talent in Philadelphia, but the anchors of bad contracts weigh them down. There's still some mess there for Hextall to clean up.

read on for more from the ESPN hockey folks including Burnside on Chicago and LeBrun and Strang on the Oilers.

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Philadelphia Flyers And The Edmonton Oilers Lose Again

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers haven't won on the road since a 5-3 victory in their unofficial second home, Pittsburgh, on Oct. 22.

Overall, they have lost 10 of their last 11, including six straight (0-4-2)....

I thought we lost the point tonight," coach Craig Berube said. "We’re up 3-1 and we have to shut the door. We’ve got to play smarter hockey in that situation. I thought we let them back in the game with defensive mistakes" that led to odd-man rushes.

more on the game...

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

After taking a third-period lead with a strong individual effort from David Perron, the Oilers gave up a late goal, then fell 3-2 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets, extending their losing skid to 11 games.

Mathieu Perreault scored 17 seconds into overtime to give the Jets the win on a deflection in front, keeping the Oilers winless (0-12-4) against Western Conference opponents.

“I thought we played a textbook road game,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “We settled in, into a building that is extremely loud and volatile. We settled into the game and I thought we played a mature road game. I thought we showed some growth from how we’ve played as of late and I believe if we can play that game every night, we’re going to win a lot of hockey games.”

read on

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Morning Line- Steve Mason

"I think we’re all tired of moral victories. The team played a good game, but if you don’t win, it’s not good enough. Everybody’s frustrated. Everybody’s ticked off."

-Steve Mason, goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers after a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.  More on the game from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here is the late goal by San Jose whiched gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead with 11 seconds left in the 3rd period.


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Vinny Lecavalier Will Be A Healthy Scratch Tonight

via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Vinny Lecavalier had trouble sleeping on Sunday night - and it had little to do with the 3-hour time difference on the West Coast.

That's because the Flyers' coaching staff notified him then that he'd be out of the lineup tonight against the Sharks.

The fact that Lecavalier would be a healthy scratch for the first time in his illustrious career really hit him yesterday, though, when he saw his name penciled next to injured player Ryan White on the fifth line for practice at SAP Center.

"It's very hard to take," Lecavalier said. "It was a tough night, when you're told something like that. I talked to [coach Craig Berube]. We had a conversation, but I'm out of the lineup. It's as simple as that."

Continue Reading »

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Ed Snider On The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers co-founder Ed Snider is miffed by his team's lack of secondary scoring.

"Never seen anything like it in all the years I've been in hockey," Snider said in a phone interview from his Montecito, Calif., home on Monday afternoon. "Even when we were an expansion team" in 1967-68, "somebody chipped in here and there."...

"All teams are having cap problems. We'll find a way to work around it," said Snider, whose team finished 42-30-10 last season. "In the meantime, that's not the issue. The issue is that we have pretty much the same team as last year, and we're not performing. We're hoping they can turn it around. We have two of the best forwards in the league, but two players can't turn around a team. What's going on with everybody else? What's going on with [Sean] Couturier, [Matt] Read, Simmonds, and the other guys? They should be chipping in with some goals. It's weird. I'm not going to give up on those guys. Even [Vinny] Lecavalier got 20 goals last year. What happened?"


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Flyers Hit The Road

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Your first impulse is that the Flyers, losers of eight of their last nine games, can't get any lower.

Then you quickly realize they are playing their next four games on the road, where they have lost seven straight, and you wonder whether Craig Berube will still be the coach when the team plays its next game at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11 - or whether general manager Ron Hextall has Dan Bylsma on his speed dial.

To be fair, Berube deserves only a little bit of the blame. His team has no identity, has played mostly lifeless hockey, and he has steadfastly refused to bench slow-moving veterans R.J. Umberger (without a point in the last 16 games) or Vinny Lecavalier (goalless in the last 12 games) for an entire game and send a message: Produce or sit.

You can argue that the Flyers have not been ready at the start of games, having allowed the first goal in 17 of 23 contests. The Flyers have played 11 road games and, inexplicably, have failed to score first in any of them.


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Another Loss By The Philadelphia Flyers

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

The Flyers were 8-6-2 after winning three in a row in mid-November, but since they've been outscored 30-16 and shut out three times in going 1-7-1.

Blanked 3-0 at home on Black Friday, the Flyers were outshot 35-22 in losing again.

• D Andrew MacDonald, traded to the Flyers last March and given a six-year, $30 contract extension in May, was a healthy scratch.

• The Flyers, after holding the Rangers to one shot in the first 11:37 of the second period, gave up 13 in being dominated in the final 8:23, including a goal that tied the game at 2-2.

• C Claude Giroux was given a double minor 1:00 into game after clipping Rangers C John Moore in the face with his stick. Derick Brassard made the Flyers pay by scoring a power-play goal at 2:50 for a 1-0 Rangers lead.

• LW R.J. Umberger, playing 14:54, was a minus-2 with no shots in his 16th consecutive game with no points.

• The Flyers allowed the opening goal for the 17th time in 23 games and 11th time in 11 road games.


It doesn't get any easier for the Flyers, they head west and play the Sharks, Duck and Kings starting Tuesday.

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Another Loss By The Philadelphia Flyers

from Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It was the Flyers' first home shutout loss to the Rangers since Feb. 9, 2008. The crowd grew restless as the clock continued to wind down without much of a Flyers scoring threat. The Flyers have lost seven of their last eight games. Saturday brings a rematch at Madison Square Garden, a venue in which the Flyers have lost nine straight times.

"We're playing like crap," Wayne Simmonds said. "They deserve to boo us. We deserve to get booed."

Claude Giroux, the captain, said the Flyers are not playing like a team. They have been held scoreless in two of their last three games. A players-only meeting Wednesday proved futile. General manager Ron Hextall said the Flyers will make moves. There are no short-term fixes, he said. Hextall said the team is better than its record.

"I'm not happy at this point. I'm not happy with our record. I'm not happy with our overall performance," Hextall said.

Head coach Craig Berube said the power-play issues stemmed from frustration and composure. It was a problem that needs to be corrected, he said. The coach was asked if there was something he could do to correct it.

"Do you want me to score for them?" Berube asked.

read on

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Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun On The Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers? Oh, my.

This is a team that's playing like it's afraid to make a mistake. No confidence....

It's a team that doesn't seem to have a set identity. That's frightening more than 20 games into the season.

They've already been reamed out by their GM Ron Hextall, they've had players-only meetings. What's next?

Likely a trade or two I suspect. I don't think Hextall can afford to wait much longer.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN after watching the Flyers lose to the Rangers 3-0 today.  More on the game...

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