Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Philadelphia-Flyers

All Paul Holmgren

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror and just 14 games separating his team from the April 11 finish line, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren can do little more than sit and wait.

The Daily News caught up with Holmgren yesterday for his thoughts on the state of the Flyers:

DN: You have always said that you are confident in Michael Leighton and his abilities, but is it tough to put your trust in someone who has only been here for a limited sample size?

PH: What would’ve been the difference if it was Ray Emery? Him and Michael have been with the team almost the same amount of time. Or Brian Boucher, for that matter. So, no, I have every confidence in Michael. I think he’s played well. The numbers since he’s been with us speak for themselves. I don’t know how many goalies in the NHL have Stanley Cups - Martin Brodeur, Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Marc-Andre Fleury - so that means there are 25 other teams that are in the same boat that we’re in, wondering whether Michael is good enough. But we think Michael is good enough to lead us into the playoffs.



Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: paul+holmgren

No Suspension For Carcillo

via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Flyers forward Dan Carcillo will not be suspended for pushing off linesman Greg Devorski during an attempt to fight Boston’s Matt Hunwick’s during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Bruins.

Devorski tried to separate the two late in the two period when Carcillo struck him.

Ironically, the decision was left in left Devorski’s hands, and he cut the Flyers a break, CSNPhilly.com was told.

“I have spoken to Stephen Walkom about the play,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Discipline in an e-mail to CSNPhilly.com.

“And IF Greg Devorski, who was the linesman with Carcillo, decided Carcillo needed discipline, they could apply three, 10 or 20 games themselves under Rule 41, Abuse of Officials. They decided not to and I am fine with their decision.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dan+carcillo

Flyers Have Interest In Extending Leighton’s Contract

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

There’s been a lot of speculation about the Flyers’ future in goal beyond this season. An answer may be forthcoming sooner rather than later.

Michael Leighton’s agent, Mike Liut, has been in the Philadelphia area for several days and likely will talk to general manager Paul Holmgren about a contract extension for his client this week, a Flyers source confirmed to the Daily Times.

While there is no guarantee that anything will be signed this week, it’s a good bet ideas will be exchanged.

According to the source, the Flyers would like to have Leighton back – possibly on a two-year deal – if the salary figure is reasonable.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: michael+leighton

Carter & Hartnell Going In Opposite Directions

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell have been linked together in many conversations this season, both on and off the ice.

Some of that chatter has been fair. The rest of it could sometimes borderline slanderous.

But whatever had people talking about them is irrelevant now, since the two couldn’t be any more the polar opposites than they are.

Carter is in one of his noted scoring outbursts. He has goals in seven of the past eight Flyers games and has reached 30 goals in back-to-back seasons….

The same can’t be said for Hartnell, who is stuck in the worst drought of his professional career since he was a 20-year-old neophyte grinder with the Nashville Predators in 2002-03.

Now a handsomely paid winger on the top line of a playoff team, Hartnell has fallen well below expectations.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeff+carter, scott+hartnell

No Stability For Flyers Goaltender

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Flyers goalie Michael Leighton is the only starter in the NHL who still lives out of a hotel.

The 28-year-old native of Sarnia holds that title because he landed the No. 1 spot less than two months ago, despite a seven-year career.

Before being known for hotel home, he was mostly known for being placed on waivers.

To date, Leighton has been waived four times, once after playing only 20 minutes in Nashville. He’s also been traded twice and signed as a free agent once, with Anaheim. Now, after more than two months with the Flyers, Leighton may be able to stop counting.

Despite being a lock for the Flyers job, Leighton knows how fleeting the position can be at times.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: michael+leighton

Booth Battles Richards

from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,

Here’s what Booth said after the game about what went down with Richards 2:45 into the first period:

“That was kind of expected. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I fight,” Booth said. “But it was just a lot of…I don’t know what’s built up, but what could have been this year if you were playing, you think about that. But that’s behind me now. I don’t have to worry about that. I can just go out there and play and be free of this. I’m back to 100 percent.”

Booth added: “I just wanted to get it off my chest. It wasn’t cheap or anything. I just asked him if he wanted to and he was good enough to give me my shot.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: david+booth, mike+richards

Lack Of Activity Surprising For A Few Teams

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Judging from the reaction on our ESPN.com message boards, the angriest hockey fans in North America on Wednesday lived in Philadelphia and Boston.

And the puckheads in Chicago were a little disappointed the juggernaut Blackhawks didn’t improve in goal, which, quite frankly, was never going to be easy given Cristobal Huet’s massive contract.

Did the Blackhawks make a phone call?

“We talked to a lot of people about lots of things, not necessarily about that, but just nothing made sense,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening. “It takes two to tango. Sometimes you want to do something and they don’t, and sometimes they want too much and that’s why deals don’t get made.

“It never really got too heated up on any one front, to be honest,” Bowman added. “That’s just the way it went.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Can We Talk Goaltending?

In this salary cap world, when a team feels they have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup, they sgo for it and go for it hard.

Three teams that have this shot are Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. 

Are you surprised that none of these teams made a trade to improve their goaltending situation and is it a mistake that will cost them once the playoffs start?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Emery Done For The Season

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren released the following statement today regarding goaltender Ray Emery:

“Ray Emery will have surgery in the near future to repair his right hip. He is suffering from avascular necrosis and will have a bone graft done to alleviate his hip issues. Ray will be out for the remainder of the season.”

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Ruch at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. The date and time of the procedure have not yet been determined.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+emery

Flyers May Be Looking For A Goal Scorer

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

If the Flyers make a move before the deadline, it will likely be for a winger who can provide offense to one of the top three lines. They could make a strong push for Carolina veteran Ray Whitney, but without a first-round pick this year or next—both surrendered to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger trade—Holmgren will be hard-pressed to give any team a package that brings back a goal-scoring forward.

If Holmgren cannot land a goal scorer, the Flyers will head into the stretch run with a team whose talent level is considered inferior to the Washington Capitals’ (90 points) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ (76). Holmgren disagrees, saying the distance between the teams is not as great as the standings suggest.

“One thing that has been proven since the lockout is that once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen,” Holmgren said. “We’re working our way back into the fight. I think our team stayed together when things were rough back in December and they showed a lot of perseverance to right the ship.

“Every team has gone through down periods, and hopefully the one we went through will benefit us in the long run.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

« Previous       ‹ First  < 142 143 144 145 146 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook


Most Recent Blog Posts