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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
After a hard conditioning practice punctuated by wind sprints, the Flyers boarded a flight for Fort Lauderdale on Monday, where they will spend the next three days participating in team bonding exercises designed to get them to know each other in a more meaningful way….
Today, players and coaches will negotiate strong winds and rough waves in a five-team sailboat regatta featuring six people to a boat.
“The coaches are the early odds-on favorites,” said Flyers coach John Stevens, who grew up boating off the coast of New Brunswick.
Wednesday, the players and coaches will again venture into the Atlantic for a fishing tournament. All players will be provided with life preservers, Stevens said.
“That’s good,” Laperriere said, “because I swim like a rock.”
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Just got back from the Flyers’ practice, where Simon Gagne declined to speak to me – a rarity for him — because he said he was “going to the doctor” with Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin.
Gagne has no goals and three assists in five games this season and has lacked the jump he showed most of last season when he finished with 34 goals.
“I think just with the tradition of this organization and the way that they’ve played over the years and the style of play that they want to play, I think I do fit into this culture and the system very well.
“It’s tailor-made for my style of play and I’m pretty excited.”
-Chris Pronger talking about playing for the Flyers. More from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.
via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
No suspension or fine for Scott Hartnell.
added 3:12pm, via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,
Just spoke to client Scott Hartnell of the Flyers. We participated in a disciplinary hearing this am. The verdict, no suspension, no fine.
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, told sportsnet.ca that the league is looking into the comments.
“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”
Scott Hartnell had a 15-minute conference call with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Disciplone, on Friday morning….
The Flyers winger denied the incident.
“We’re all pretty honest players,” said Hartnell, who was back on the ice Friday morning practicing with the Flyers. “You don’t want to be eye gouging … we’re not savages. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a savage. I just play the game hard.”
Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.
Watch that video below…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
(Ray) Shero, of course, understands the significance of the Pronger addition.
“I think you have to pay attention to it. It was a dramatic move to get Pronger,” he said. “It really makes their defense stronger. Do we react to that?”
“I think you have to build your team the way you want it to look,” he said.
As for Thursday’s clash, even though it is one of 82 games on the schedule, Shero said he doubts there ever will be such a thing as “just another game” with the Flyers.
“They’re probably our biggest rival,” he said.
We took too many penalties or too many penalties were called. The refs can’t become such a big part of the night. Six penalties in one period and more penalty killing time than playing 5 on 5 time means that our best offensive players aren’t on the ice either. The refs played the best D against our best lines last night!
-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis on last night’s loss to the Flyers. Read more from Ted at Ted’s Take.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHL might have financial issues in a few of its markets, but we once again were reminded just how far the game has come on the ice Tuesday night.
Anyone check out Philadelphia’s 6-5 overtime win over Washington? I needed a towel after that one … and I was sitting on the couch.
Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Richards combined for seven goals in a thrill-a-minute affair that left your jaw open.
continued and watch the highlights of the game below…
added 9:00am, Anthony SanFilippo of In The Room reports Blair Betts suffered a dislocated shoulder and James van Riemsdyk go his “bell rung”.
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