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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If the Flyers miss the playoffs by two points, they may blame a blown call in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center….
Buffalo center Tim Connolly had not gotten off the ice when Roy was virtually on top of goalie Marty Biron.
“They had five guys on the ice by 60 feet,” Flyers coach John Stevens said, fuming. “Their fifth guy was the guy at the far blue line. . . . It’s unbelievable. They totally missed the call. . . . I don’t know where Roy came from. I thought it was a missed change . . . just a totally blown call.”
from Philly Burbs,
Reinforcements are on the way for the resurgent Flyers.
General manager Paul Holmgren indicated Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher should be back from a three-week knee injury in time for Saturday’s home game against the New York Islanders.
Also, there’s a possibility that right wing Joffrey Lupul, sidelined since Feb. 16 (eight games) due to a high ankle sprain, could be back for the Islanders game.
NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.
More on each player below, plus video available at this link.
from the Courier Post,
With about 5 minutes remaining in Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Carter got tripped up by Brandon Dubinsky along the offensive right wing corner.
A Rangers fan in that section called for a dive and Carter turned back at him and smiled.
On the ensuing power play, Carter scored on a pass from Scottie Upshall and pointed to the fan behind the glass as if to say, “That one’s for you.”
“I had a buddy there in the corner heckling me,” Carter said. “So when I scored that goal I happened to turn that corner. I gave him a look and we had a good laugh. All in good fun.”
more on Jeff Carter…
from the Courier-Post,
Several Flyers said they were happy to see Holmgren commit to his core group of players, many of whom have not played more than one Stanley Cup playoff series.
“Not only is there a lot of potential in this core, we’re fairly young and a lot of us are good friends off the ice,” Umberger said. “If you keep this core together it gives us a good chance to do something special.”
more on the Flyers…
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Holmgren said the Flyers were not willing to blow up their long-term plans and trade a player like Carter.
“There was not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t call about Jeff Carter,’’ Holmgren said. “I guess because they think we’re going to have problems down the road financially with [Carter], I don’t know. I don’t see that. He is a part of our future.
“We certainly have an eye on down the road. If you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. Right now we’re missing three real good forwards. We’re not going to get one back in [Simon] Gagne, but [Mike] Richards and [Joffrey] Lupul will be back at some point. [Derian] Hatcher is out, Modry is out; [that’s] a couple of pretty good NHL defensemen that have played in the playoffs.
more on the Flyers…
via VERSUS, Flyers get Prospal for Alexandre Picard and a conditional pick in 2009.
Update 10:12pm ET: From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired center Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.
And TSN notes it’s a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.
Update 2:05am ET: TSN’s Scott Cullen breaks down the trade in detail.
from Wayne Fish at PhillyBurbs,
If the Flyers players believe that a trade or two will cure all their problems, they’re probably misguided.
And that comes from their general manager.
Paul Holmgren doesn’t deny he still has his “lines in the water” ahead of Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
But he’s already told the players that it’s going to take more than the acquisition of a star player or two to turn things around and presumably get back in the playoff chase.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Flyers also learned after the game that All-Star center Mike Richards will be out three weeks with a left hamstring injury. The team’s MVP this season, playing in his 200th NHL game, collided with Bouwmeester in the third period and limped off of the ice. He did not return.
thanks to the KK readers for the pointer…
from Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The losing streak has taken the Flyers from first place to last place in the Atlantic Division and has taken them entirely out of the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Where they go from here is unknown. The trading deadline is Tuesday, and general manager Paul Holmgren couldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of it.
With Simon Gagne out for the season, the Flyers have extra money available for salaries, but that isn’t so easy, either. Every team looking for players is also looking for wingers and defensemen, just like the injury-riddled Flyers. They are loath to offer any of their younger players in trade, although there is an increasing sense that, if they do, it could be Jeff Carter who is moved.
more... In my opinion, the goaltending in Philly has been average at best, get better goaltending, the team gets better.
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