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via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Flyers forward Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin area, the team announced today.
The diagnosis was made after an examination by Dr. Allen Schurict from Pennsylvania Hospital, after Gagne had an ultrasound procedure yesterday.
The Flyers said their medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss possible treatments.
via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne, who took just one shift in the third period in Sunday night’s 5-1 loss to the Sharks, sat out Monday’s practice and had an ultrasound performed on his groin area.
Gagne is off to the slowest start of his career with one goal in nine games.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Gagne “just doesn’t feel right” and is unlikely to play against the Capitals Tuesday night.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I can provide a little insight into why Flyers fans can get worked up into a frenzy at times: A videoboard operator who must be under orders to replay every perceived missed call that goes against the home team. Then replay it again. And again. And again.
In the second period, cameras caught what appeared to be a high-stick by Benn Ferriero on Flyer center Daniel Briere stationed in the Sharks crease. No call was made and at the next stoppage, that’s all the video board kept showing.
The crowd responded as you might expect, but don’t think the point wasn’t lost on the officials either. The Sharks (and most teams), of course, don’t do anything that would embarrass the officials. But, boy, it sure seemed to get the paying customers going. Hint, hint.
read on for some Sharks talk…
According to the Twitter of Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, no suspension for Mike Richards according to Bill Daly.
added 11:49am, via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,
After a 12-hour wait, the Daily News has learned that Flyers captain Mike Richards will not be suspended for his open ice hit on Florida’s David Booth on Saturday night.
“The hit was reviewed by the Hockey Ops staff,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Daily News Sunday morning, “and was determined to not warrant any supplemental discipline.”
Daly told us that the play, as reported on Frequent Flyers last night, was not reviewed by NHL executive vice president for hockey operations Colin Campbell because of a possible conflict of interest. Campbell’s son Gregory is a forward for the Panthers.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren defended Richards and called out Sexton, saying, “Randy should watch more hockey games.”
“It was a good hit,” Holmgren said. “I don’t see how they can (suspend him). Mike was doing his job. He was back tracking, he caught up to the play. His feet never left the ice. David Booth turned his head or it would have been a shoulder on shoulder hit. It’s a physical game and sometimes these things happen.
“Everybody in the league knows Mike isn’t a dirty player. He’s a player every team in the league covets.”...
Several Panthers were angered by the hit and said they thought Richards should be suspended.
“This is the same stuff we’re trying to put an end to,” Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard said. “He tried to hurt him. I understand it’s a split-second decision, but you’d think he’d have more respect than that. … He’s a good player and he plays hard and we respect that, but he did the exact same thing to (Thrashers forward) Colby Armstrong a few years ago.
Mike Richards is a good honest player, except when he does (stuff) like that and he’s done it before.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
In the grand scheme of things, Mike Richards refusing to answer reporters’ questions means little.
But, as the team’s captain, he is the face of the Flyers and a direct conduit to the fans….
Richards has vowed to freeze out the media. He is upset because of stories generated after former teammate Joffrey Lupul, now with Anaheim, was asked recently if he thought he was traded because the Flyers wanted to break up the players who live in Center City and enjoy the night life.
Lupul was asked the question when Anaheim played in Philly on Oct. 10. It was Lupul’s first time back since being part of the trade in which the Flyers acquired Chris Pronger.
After the Flyers blew a late 2-0 lead in that game and dropped a 3-2 shoot-out loss, Richards asked reporters not to mention their night life in their stories.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It would just be another below-the-radar minor-league transaction, if it hadn’t involved Stefan Legein, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect and former star of Canada’s world junior team. Legein, remember, took a half-year sabbatical from hockey at the start of last year, citing burnout and a lack of the necessary passion needed to play at a high level.
Legein eventually rejoined the Blue Jackets’ organization for the second half of last season and played out the year for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Michael Ratchuk.
Getting a fresh start in the Flyers organization may be just what Legein needs to get his career on the rails.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Wisniewski said he got injured midway through the third period when Flyers forward Daniel Briere checked him while he was on the ice as the two went after a loose puck in the defensive zone.
Days later, the hit still leaves the defender miffed at Briere.
“He decided to finish his check while I’m lying on the ice,” Wisniewski said. “Well, my arms were laying straight out. Actually, he even went a little bit lower to get a little more piece of me, which to me is kind of a dirty hit.
“I mean, there’s no need to do that when a guy is in a vulnerable spot to go ahead and finish your check. But that happened. Stuff happens. My shoulder just kind of got crunched against the boards and that was it.”
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.
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