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Six games for Radko Gudas, here is the explanation.
He will forfeit $245,121.96 and the money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
I spoke with Gudas on Thursday after his hit on Vesey and before he lowered the boom on Czarnik. He seems like a likeable man, and he's highly regarded by those he's played with and played for in Tampa and Philadelphia. They believe his good traits far outweigh the bad. He's had more than one discussion with the National Hockey League about his aggressive style and while he knows he's crossed the line with certain hits, he also says he understands where the line is and refutes the notion his game is based on delivering a physical message.
"I think playing more of a defensive role is more of a focus," he explained to The Dreger Report. "It doesn't mean I have to plan on the line all of the time to look for those hits on the line all of the time.
"Obviously, I do have a lot of hits throughout the season, so if you have three or four questionable hits out of 250 or 300 hits per year, I think that's a pretty good number. Accidents happen and everything isn't always perfect, but I'm never targeting a guy to get him hurt or anything like that.
Hockey is a tough sport and accidents happen, if the guy has the puck he's available to get hit, so it's tough to choose sometimes where to hit or not."
To this point, it appears like Gudas is making poor choices. But when asked on Thursday if he had any intention of changing his game or adjusting his style of play, he says he feels he's done that.
If you missed the hit, watch it here...
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
And if he is suspended for Saturday night's third-period shoulder-to-the-head hit on Boston rookie center Austin Czarnik, it would leave the Flyers in an unwanted position for Friday's regular-season opener in Los Angeles _ being short an extra player in case of an injury.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety is expected to rule on Gudas on Sunday, and it would not be surprising if he was suspended.
Then again, the NHL has been so inconsistent in its rulings that nothing can be assumed.
The burly Gudas delivered the hit with 14:13 remaining in regulation of the Bruins' 1-0 overtime win, and he received a two-minute boarding penalty. Unlike Vesey, the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik did not return to the game.
That won't help Gudas' case.
Afterward, Boston coach Claude Julien criticized the 6-foot, 204-pound Gudas, calling the hit "late."
"Somehow, he seems to have a knack of getting himself in trouble every game," he said.
Watch the hit below...
Radko Gudas gets 2 for boarding, watch below...
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald is hoping that when he checks into a hotel next week that it’s in Los Angeles, where the Flyers will open their season, and not Allentown, Pennsylvania.
He did the latter too often for his liking and still feels a bit anxious about it.
Last year he went through training camp figuring he’d be with the Flyers until just before the season started when they waived him, he went unclaimed and moved in part-time at the Renaissance hotel attached to the PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
“It would be pretty tough not to think about it,” MacDonald said, “but at this point, coming into the season I feel like I’m in a pretty good place mentally and physically. The way things finished up last year was obviously a huge part of that. I think I was just able to come in this year and put everything aside and just play the way I’m capable of playing.”
So far, a trade that brought him from the Islanders to the Flyers in March of 2014 has pulled his career into all sorts of directions.
5 for boarding and a game.
added 8:26pm, video below with replay....
What do you think, I sort of like it but the colors do clash a bit.
See below for pics/vid...
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Here are three key questions facing the Flyers:
Where will offense come from?
The Flyers were 22nd in the League last season at 2.57 goals per game, second-fewest among teams that made the playoffs.
The biggest addition to the forwards was the signing of Dale Weise, who had 14 goals in 71 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks last season. He had one goal in 19 regular-season and playoff games with the Blackhawks.
The Flyers clearly are counting on returning players to step up their play, among them Sean Couturier. In 63 games last season he had 39 points, tying his previous NHL best set in 82 games in 2013-14. Part of his growth was being used in more offensive situations; he started 44.63 percent of shifts in the offensive zone last season, the most in his five NHL seasons....
Is the defense any better?
The six defensemen who played for the Flyers in their final playoff game last spring are signed for this season, and they'll also have Michael Del Zotto, who didn't play after Feb. 13 because of a wrist injury. However, the Flyers were 23rd in the League allowing 30.7 shots per game last season....
one more question plus reasons for optimism...
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