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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.

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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.”

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  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.”

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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?

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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.

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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.”

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Flyers Have Interest In Torres, But…

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Dispatch has learned the Philadelphia Flyers are one of the teams with a strong interest in Jackets winger Raffi Torres. The problem is the Flyers do not have a first- or a second-round pick in the upcoming draft. It’s believed general manager Scott Howson is seeking at least a second-round pick. We don’t think there are serious talks between the clubs, but only that the Flyers have a serious interest in Torres.

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Emery’s Injury Could Threaten His Career

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

If goalie Ray Emery does have a torn hip labrum - as the Flyers have hinted - “it’s fixable but career-threatening,” said a doctor who used to work for the club.

“Any injury to a joint is potentially a career-challenging injury,” Arthur Bartolozzi said. “It can affect your timing, your speed, your agility.”

The labrum is a ring of fibrous cartilage around the edge of the joint surface of a bone.

The Flyers would not reveal what the MRI exam on Emery’s injured left hip showed. Instead, they shut him down for three weeks in the hope the rest will enable him to return this season.

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  Tags: ray+emery

Emery Out Three Weeks

via a tweet from Frank Seravalli,

Ray Emery will be out of action for 3 weeks as a precautionary measure with his hip, according to Paul Holmgren.

So basically, he could only miss one week of NHL action.

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  Tags: ray+emery

Flyers Host 8 Haitians In Jersey

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Because of a series of coincidental developments, eight earthquake victims from Haiti - including two young girls who each lost a leg in the tragedy - found themselves in a strange location last night: sitting in a suite, watching the Flyers play the host New Jersey Devils.

A South Jersey doctor, Katie Gollotto, had been on a volunteer mission in Haiti and was taking four youngsters and their parents to hospitals in Philadelphia and Wilmington.

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