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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Deleware County Times,
“You have to keep yourself honest in the summertime because you’re competing with guys who have the gift of time,” Knuble said. “I know it’s not going to go on forever, but that’s what you use for motivation – trying to make up for lost time.”
Knuble has been doing a darn good job of that. Since turning 30, he has played a second career.
Prior to hitting his 30s, Knuble struggled to score, compiling just 50 goals in his first seven seasons. Given a last chance in Boston, he turned his career around with one 30-goal season, and since has scored 164 goals in six seasons, four with the Flyers.
“I was lucky to still be in the league at age 30,” Knuble said. “Boston gave me a chance, but there were people in that organization that wanted to let me go. There are plenty of guys that are good players that never get the right chance. If things don’t come together for you quick, you kind of fade away and I was right on the cusp of that.
“Then I scored those 30 goals and suddenly my career went in a different direction.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers, boosted by Danny Briere’s return to good health, and the sizzling Pittsburgh Penguins will meet today in a nationally televised game that could be a first-round playoff preview and might factor into who gets home-ice advantage in that round.
The teams are tied for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, though the Flyers have three games in hand.
“If we win this game, it’ll be a huge swing for us,” Briere said.
continued and below find the NHL schedule for today…
I have to admit, on Monday and Tuesday I must have received between 40-50 emails from fans of the Philadelphia Flyers. Most told me the Wings would not be able to compete with the physical play of the Flyers.
My simple response was, if the Flyers try to hit them and miss, look out, a goal may soon follow.
See the attempted hit on Datsyuk by Parent last night- missed hit, tying goal by Franzen.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Detroit fired 48 shots on net and took 35 other shots for a total of 83. Repeat: 83. The Flyers took 37 shots (26 on net). You cannot allow a team to take 83 shots and expect to win.
In their last three games, the Flyers have allowed 41, 39 and 48 shots on goal.
That’s not acceptable if the team thinks it’s a Stanley Cup contender.
more on the Flyers
from Stan Hochman of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Ed Snider tells people that the Spectrum is his “baby” and that he will be heartsick when they implode it before the end of the year.
In Potomac, Md., Jerry Wolman gnashes his teeth and snarls, “Ed Snider didn’t put a dime into the Spectrum.”
Whose fingerprints are on the blueprints? Whose DNA is in the design? Can we put the Spectrum on the Maury Povich show and have him yelp at the doomed 41-year-old arena, “Who’s your daddy?”
continued and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.
“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.
more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Flyers teammates don’t call Scott Hartnell “Samson,” but maybe they should. As the power forward’s hair has gotten longer, he’s gotten better.
The ever-thickening mane of curly brown locks hasn’t been trimmed in about 18 months, and is pushing his helmet to maximum capacity.
“It’s just kind of a fun thing I’ve been doing,” Hartnell told NHL.com. “It’s pretty crazy in the mornings, but I have fun with it. I’ve gone this far into the season, so I might as well let her go.”
continued and the Flyers will be holding a Scott Hartnell Wig Night later this month.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
All week, fans have been telling me I’m soft on Holmgren because I didn’t write that he had messed up.
Well, the reason I didn’t - and won’t - is I don’t think he has and I don’t think the Flyers are in trouble. In fact, I think the opposite.
“Body of work.”
Look how far the Flyers have come since hitting the bottom rung of the NHL ladder two seasons ago. Holmgren rebuilt the team through a series of carefully planned and executed moves. He may have overspent on the free agents he brought in, particularly Briere, but the majority of the fans, the organization, the media, wanted change and big-name players, and he got them.
via TSN, The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year’s draft.
via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
...in the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss to impressive Calgary, Briere left the game late in the second period and did not return. He suffered another groin injury and he will be sidelined for the fourth time this season.
And, based on general manager Paul Holmgren’s body language and somber responses after the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Briere was shut down for the rest of the regular season _ and perhaps the playoffs.
Holmgren said Briere will be evaluated Friday.
added 12:07pm, from the CP via TSN,
Danny Briere’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared, and the Philadelphia Flyers centre hopes to play next week.
Briere was examined Friday morning, and his surgeon told him the adhesions broke from his last groin surgery and there was some internal bleeding. Briere said his surgeon told him that was common and Briere could possibly play Tuesday against Buffalo.
Briere had a light workout Friday and hoped to skate on Saturday. He did not expect to play in Saturday’s game against Nashville.
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