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Time To Move Briere?

from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,

Real hockey men are paid to feel, play, manage and coach as if all 82 games are vital. But what would the Flyers’ front office men say to the thought of trading Danny Briere?

If timing is everything, they’d rightfully say the time is all wrong to think about taking Briere and his huge contract and asking him if he’d mind them waving it across such trade routes as phone lines, e-mail addresses and bars during the general managers meetings.

Briere is a youthful 31 who has had a belly tear for much of the season. He might be over it soon, which would be welcome news for a Flyers team that has been suffering from viral strains of up and chuck lately. Once free of such bugs, this will be a team that shapes up well for the stretch drive, even as it continues to develop into what at some point will be a bit of a financial headache for upper management.


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Shots Fired From Both Sides

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

When the Flyers and Rangers make their season debut today on the NHL on NBC, don’t expect analyst Mike Milbury to give Philadelphia goaltender Marty Biron a lot of love….

“(Biron) is an OK goaltender, but he’s not an A-1. The team in front of him is a pretty good team, but it’s not Detroit either. They are going to need better goaltending to take them to the Promised Land.”

Putting too much credence in Milbury’s opinions is a dangerous thing.

This is a guy who as a defenseman with the Boston Bruins once climbed into the stands at Madison Square Garden, pulled the shoe off a fan and hit him over the head with it.

This is a guy who as coach of the Wales Conference All-Stars, forced the NHL to change its selection rules after he chose enforcer Chris Nilan over the legendary Guy Lafleur.



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All Paul Holmgren

Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…

Q:  Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?

A:  There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up.  We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….

read on

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Nittymaki Edging Into #1 Spot in Philly

From Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Flyers will continue to use goalies Marty Biron and Antero Niittymaki the rest of the season.

But it has become clear that the order has changed.

Biron, who was the main reason the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, will now have to play his way back into the No. 1 spot.

Until further notice, Niittymaki is the main man.


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Flyers May Look For Defensive Help

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

With Marty Biron ($3.5 million) and Niittymaki ($1.225 million) scheduled to become free agents this summer, there is very little chance both will be back next season.

Neither would render much of a return in a trade. The market for goalies is relatively thin this winter, but there are a handful who will become unrestricted after this season, including Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin, Colorado’s Andrew Raycroft, Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson and even prodigal son Brian Boucher.

The Flyers might be better off letting Biron and Niittymaki duke it out and direct their attention to a hard-edged defenseman.

With Ossi Vaananen currently in Stevens’ doghouse (less than 5 minutes of ice time the past two games) and Braydon Coburn not as dominant as expected, the Flyers could use a no-nonsense 25-minute-a-night defenseman to pair with Kimmo Timonen.

The top defensemen on the market are Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester and Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.


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Is Biron Done In Philadelphia?

from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,

Until there is a more fundamental reason to arm himself with padding and stand before rubber hockey bullets, Marty Biron will try to provide the Flyers with the only service a goaltender can: A last resort.

It wasn’t supposed to come to that already —- and it may not have reached that point yet. But it has been heading that way at slapshot speed for a 31-year-old goalie with dwindling chances that he will still be one of Flyers consequence come age 32.

Highly compensated now but with no contract beyond the end of this season, Biron slowly but clearly has been sliding from the Flyers’ long-term plans —- that despite his gymnastics last spring, which helped open access to the NHL’s Final Four.


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Flyers Must Improve Their Game

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

With back-to-back games against the torrid Boston Bruins slated for tonight at the Wachovia Center and Saturday afternoon in Boston, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren assessed his team’s recent play with these words:

“I think we’ve struggled lately,” he said of the Flyers’ 5-4-2 stretch. “We’ve got 33 games left and it’s going to be a dogfight. In my opinion, we’re not playing good enough to get into the playoffs.”

Message sent. But was it received as intended?

read on

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Time To Deal Biron

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In his last 14 games, Niittymaki is 10-2-2. He has started three of the Flyers’ last four games, and his emergence makes one wonder if the Flyers would try to deal Marty Biron (15-10-5, 2.88 GAA, .905 save percentage) before the March 4 trade deadline.

  Biron can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has had an up-and-down regular season _ much like last year. Biron, of course, raised his game in the first two rounds of last year’s playoffs and carried the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals.

  The Flyers would like to acquire a big, physical forward or defenseman.

  Stay tuned.

a little more on the Flyers…

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Reputation Hurting Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday, captain Mike Richards implied that the huge penalty discrepancy his club has this season was due, in part, to the franchise’s bad-boy reputation that goes back more than three decades.

In other words, the Broad Street Bullies are haunting the current Flyers.

For the season, the Flyers have had 174 power plays and have been shorthanded 238 times.

That minus-64 discrepancy is the highest in the NHL. By far


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Veteran Dmen Will Be Available

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Many around the league believe the Flyers are one veteran defenseman away from being a serious playoff threat. With the NHL trading deadline March 4, Holmgren is expected to look closely at defensemen who will become unrestricted free agents after this season, and he could use the Flyers’ depth at forward to acquire one.

Atlanta’s Niclas Havelid, Colorado’s Brett Clark, Phoenix’s Derek Morris, Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis and the Islanders’ Brendan Witt are expected to be on the trade block in the next six weeks. With Scottie Upshall, Lupul and Knuble, the Flyers have the assets to land one of them. Holmgren optimistic

more on the Flyers…

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