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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Rookie coach Dave Hakstol pointed a finger at himself for the Flyers’ 4-2 loss Tuesday night in Edmonton.
With 14 minutes left, the Flyers, playing their second game in as many nights, looking exhausted as they were clinging to a 2-1 lead. The Oilers were swarming the net, as they had done for most of the game.
In hindsight, Hakstol said after Edmonton rallied for the victory, he should have called a timeout and given his team a chance to recharge.
"That’s not on the guys; that’s on me. That’s where it starts," Hakstol said.
The Flyers, loser of five straight, have to accept a huge part of the blame. They allowed Edmonton to spend most of the night in the offensive end. Edmonton outshot the Flyers, 49-22, and had an 87-41 domination in shot attempts.
Watch the game highlights below....
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Vinny had five shifts in the first period, four in the second, spending a total of 5 minutes, 31 seconds. He used to log that in the first 10 minutes of play during those 14 seasons at Tampa Bay. In eight of those seasons, he played in at least 80 of his team's 82 games, and in two others he missed a total of 11.
Last night's game was his 1,164th in an NHL uniform. For five consecutive seasons beginning in 2002, Lecavalier scored at least 33 goals. His best year was 2006-07, when he poured in 52 goals and finished with 108 points. His discernible decline in both productivity and health began a couple of years later, and Holmgren's offer sheet was extended the summer after he played in only 39 games.
Which is a long way of saying Lecavalier's current plight is hardly a matter of a fat-cat athlete.
"It's tough," he said of his current plight. "There's no flow. You're just not warmed up. I try to go when there's whistles, just skate around. The last couple of years have been like that. You kind of have to battle through that. I never understood that before. But it's tough to play so little minutes and stay warm because you can't. I want to make a difference."
from Jeff Neiburg of the Philadelphia Daily News,
MacDonald - acquired from the New York Islanders in the spring of 2014 and then signed to a highly criticized, six-year, $30 million deal by then-general manager, Paul Holmgren - hasn't been a regular minor leaguer since 2008-09....
"Obviously, it's a bit of an adjustment," MacDonald said after the Phantoms fell, 3-1, to the Toronto Marlies in their third game in three nights. "At this point, I'm settling in here and just trying to help the team win here."
And playing three games in three nights?
"It's been a while," MacDonald said with a laugh.
He might have to get used to it. The Phantoms have eight more of those sets the rest of the season. And the way it looks right now, MacDonald, who entered Wednesday with two assists and a plus-3 rating in five games, isn't coming back to the NHL anytime soon. The Flyers, who gained $950,000 in cap relief when they sent MacDonald down, simply don't have the space to bring him back up.
"Quite frankly, we'd like to get him back up," said general manager Ron Hextall, who was in attendance Sunday. "It's a situation right now that's partly out of our hands and his hands.
"It's certainly not the way you script it. You don't want to have a guy making a ton of money here. That's not the way you plan things. Obviously, sometimes you have to adjust.
via the YouTube channel of the NHL...
Jarret Stoll made incidental contact with Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason before the puck crossed the goal line. No goal New York Rangers.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Viktor Stalberg will not be available to play against the Flames, having sustained a suspected concussion on an open-ice, neutral zone blow from defenseman Radko Gudas with 1:06 remaining in the second period. No penalty was called on the hit that was delivered with Stalberg being hawked and defenseless as he reached for the puck.
“That was probably the definition of a blindside, direct hit to the head,” (Marc) Staal told The Post. “The guy came from the side, [Stalberg] couldn’t see him and he made contact with his chin first.
“That’s what I saw.”...
Coach Alain Vigneault, who lost the first coach’s challenge in Rangers history when the officials did not reverse an incidental contact, no-goal call against Jarret Stoll at 11:45 of the second period that would have given his team a 3-2 lead, was not happy with the hit and no-call on Gudas.
“For me, the principal point of contact was the head,” Vigneault said. “We’ll see what the league says.”
more on the game,,,
Watch the hit below....
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
After giving five more goals in a 5-4 OT loss to the Philadelphia Flyers where the Bruins blew a two goal lead in the third period, Claude Julien didn’t hold back in his comments about a hockey team that was making mistakes all over the ice. There were poorly timed line changes, soft goals allowed by Tuukka Rask and lost one-on-one battles all over the ice throughout the game, and Julien lamented afterward that his Bruins simply didn’t compete like the Flyers when it mattered.
That’s a pretty damning observation for a well-rested Bruins team that should have skated Philly right out of the Garden while hosting a fatigued Flyers group, which had played against Dallas on Tuesday night.
“I think a lot of it is that we played a light game tonight…a lot lighter than them. They certainly were better in the battles than we were, and they were certainly better at getting back to a scoring position than we were preventing them from getting there,” said Julien, who was referring to both the physical and mental side of the game for his Bruins. “We had too many guys with light sticks, too many guys playing a light game, and that’s not the way we’re going to have some success.
“It’s unacceptable, and what happened tonight I think we probably deserved. They were the hungrier team, and we didn’t respond well…too many light guys. We were bad as a team, and a lot of guys would just go into battle and take a swing at the puck and curl the other way. That’s not the way we play, and it’s not the way we’re going to accept players to play on our team.”
Below, watch some of the Bruins post-game including Julien...
from Jeff Neiburg of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The village of Warburg, Alberta, is home to 789 people, according to Canadian census data from 2011. Just under 400 of them are men.
What are the odds, then, that two boys from that town grow up and one day coach against each other in the National Hockey League?
The math would show that it's, well . . . pretty improbable, all things considered.
"It's a coaching hotbed, Warburg," Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said with a laugh after Tuesday's morning skate at Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, 47, and Dallas' Ruff, 55, were raised on the rustic prairie land in central Alberta. Hockey was their way out of the area, which usually breeds generations of farmers and manual laborers.
via the Flyers...
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that the club intends to place defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers at noon today.
The 29-year-old defenseman is in his third season with the Flyers and recorded one assist in three preseason games. He posted 12 points (2g-10a) in 58 games for the Flyers in 2014-15.
MacDonald signed a multi-year contract extension with the Flyers on Apr. 15, 2014. He was originally acquired by the Flyers from the New York Islanders on March 4. 2014 in exchange for forward Matt Mangene, a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Part of the reason for the wait is that Hextall wants to see if he can find a trade partner to make the decision of cutting or waiving a player easier.
“We’ll see what comes along, if anything, and go from there,” he said.
He still has 14 forwards on the roster with eight defensemen and two goalies. It would appear as though his final cut will come to a defenseman, especially considering he publically said he’d rather carry seven than eight “in a perfect world.”
His world is far from perfect looking at the roster and the salaries that go along with it.
The “extra” players in Saturday’s practice were Vinny Lecavalier, Sam Gagner, Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn. Together, those four total $16.3 million in salary cap space while the other 20 accounted for $54.88 million.
Salary isn’t everything in a determining factor, but it sure is important. Just look at the Edmonton Oilers, who Saturday played defenseman Nikita Nikitin and his $4.5 million cap hit on waivers. If he clears, the Oilers will send him to the American Hockey League and still have all but $950,000 of his cap hit on their books.
The Oilers did this because of roster space, but the Flyers might consider a move like that because they need the $950,000 of space. As it stands they have roughly $585,000, barely enough for one call-up depending on the player’s salary.
If you are going to call this a penalty shot, then it has to remain consistent through the season.
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