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Betts Still Unsigned in Philly

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

First-year wingers James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala were on the 22-man roster that the Flyers submitted to the NHL yesterday.

Center Blair Betts was not.

Betts, 29, is trying to make the team on a tryout contract. After yesterday’s practice in Voorhees, general manager Paul Holmgren said he was still negotiating with Betts’ agent, Steve Kotlowitz. The two sides appear to be at a stalemate.

Betts, whose agent did not return phone calls, made $615,000 with the New York Rangers last season. He has excelled on face-offs and on the penalty kill in the preseason.

“We’ll see how it goes over the next day,” Holmgren said of talks with Betts’ agent. He said if a deal isn’t completed by today, “then it’s probably not going to happen.”

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Report- Flyers Set To Release Jones

from the Daily Times,

The Flyers are expected to release veteran defenseman Randy Jones today, according to a team source.

Jones is a four-year veteran who has been one of the team’s rocks on the blue line. The 6-foot, 2-inch Jones played in 47 games for the Flyers last year. He tallied four goals and four assists and racked up22 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, he has 13 goals and 56 assists.

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Randy Jones May Be A Salary Cap Casualty

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

With a 2009-10 salary of $3 million, Jones ranks fourth among Flyers defensemen, behind Kimmo Timonen ($7 million), Chris Pronger ($6.25 million) and Matt Carle ($3.5 million). But with Braydon Coburn ($1.4 million) and Ryan Parent ($765,000) due big raises after this season and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret pushing hard for roster spots on the blue line, Jones realizes he could become a salary cap casualty.

“Anything can happen,” acknowledged Jones, who is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the New Jersey Devils visit the Wachovia Center for the Flyers’ fifth of seven exhibition games. “It’s a whole new game with the salary cap.

“I’m not coming in looking at that. I want to work my butt off, crack this lineup and have a strong season for 82 games and into the playoffs. I’m not looking at what might happen or what could happen.

“People can look at (my salary) and that’s fine. Guys go through disappointing seasons and some rough patches and last season was one for me. It’s not like I don’t feel I can play in this league.”

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Mike Richards Wired For Sound

Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers was wired for sound during a recent Flyers practice.

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James van Riemsdyk Should Start The Season In AHL

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

He has been touted as the next John LeClair, a big-bodied American power forward with a nose for the net.

His arrival has been greatly anticipated. He already goes by a nickname to most supporters — his initials, JVR.

He holds the promise of a great future. And considering the moves the Flyers made this offseason, bringing in veterans like Chris Pronger, a team-oriented grinder like Ian Laperriere, and an emotional goalie like Ray Emery, the organization believes that future is now.

Which is why van Riemsdyk would be better served starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms.

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60 Goals For Heatley?

Craig Custance of the Sporting News in a Q & A with Ray Emery…

Q: When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate?
A: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.

Q: You think so?
A: Yeah, over 60 for sure.

Q: Over 60 goals? You’re calling it?
A: I’m calling it.

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Briere Flying Around The Ice

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers coach John Stevens is experimenting with a forward line combination of Briere and van Riemsdyk on either side of sophomore center Claude Giroux. And while Jeff Carter stole the show Tuesday with two goals in the morning scrimmage, Briere’s explosiveness spoke volumes about how far he has come since missing 53 games with groin strains last season.

“To me he looks a lot better,” Stevens said. “He looks more confident—he looks quicker—he looks like he can get to loose pucks and pop in holes. I think his summer training is going to do a world of good for him because he needs to have his quickness to be the player we all know he can be.”

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Pressure On The Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s pressure there with the team we have on paper,” 24-year-old Flyers captain Mike Richards said after a spirited practice in Voorhees, N.J., yesterday. “Pressure to perform. Everybody around us has those expectations. You feel it.

“What we’re going to do with those is still to see.”

So begins the latest chapter of Flyers hockey, the latest effort to reconnect to the consecutive championship seasons of the mid-1970s, the way the Phillies last October finally bridged to 1980. Great players have come and gone, but the pattern of early promise morphing into lingering doubt has marked this franchise like a witch’s wart, and as the team plays its first preseason game at Detroit tonight, we approach that precipice again.

Is this a team on the brink of a Stanley Cup?

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Why The Flyers Will Win The Cup

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

So here it is, the Three-Star case for the Flyers as Stanley Cup champions this coming June:

1. The Pronger Effect
Not only is Chris Pronger still one of the most dominant, devastating defensemen in the game today, Stanley Cup finals have a way of following him around; especially in his first season with a new team. At least, that’s been the case in the post-lockout NHL and it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, so that’s all the matters.

After nine seasons in St. Louis, Pronger showed up in Edmonton in 2005-06 and led the Oilers to the Cup final against Carolina. Edmonton lost in six games, but the Oilers wouldn’t have come close to advancing that far without the ultra-talented, ultra-snarly defenseman.

The next season, after an auspicious exit from Edmonton (let’s just say, don’t expect Pronger to return to the Oilers a la Mike Comrie anytime soon), he showed up in Anaheim on a blueline that also featured Scott Niedermayer and the pair of future Hall of Famers led the fighty Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship.

Now, Pronger is with his third new team since the lockout. And neither the ’06 Oilers nor the ’07 Ducks were as good as the Flyers – at least on paper – appear to be.

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How Will The Flyers Answer These Questions

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the veterans get ready to begin training camp with their first on-ice workout tomorrow in Voorhees, here are 10 questions to ponder before the Flyers begin the quest for their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

1. What impact will the crease-clearing Pronger have on a defense that wasn’t overly physical last season?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls Ryan Howard “The Big Piece.” Pronger could become “The Missing Piece” - the guy who brings aggressiveness to a defense that was embarrassed as it blew a 3-0 home lead to Pittsburgh in Game 6. Pronger will turn 35 next month, but he is still one of the league’s elite defensemen. He should make life easier for the Flyers’ new goalie.

2. Which Ray Emery will show up?

Will it be the goalie who had a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage while leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, or the one who slumped badly the next season, fought with teammates and opponents, missed practices, and had a penchant for partying and driving like Mario Andretti in his prime?

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