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Leafs Prepare For A Battle

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Leafs have sent down skilled rookie forward Viktor Stalberg to the American Hockey League’s Marlies in order to call up pugilist Jay Rosehill, whose muscle likely will be front and centre against the modern-day version of the Broad St. Bullies tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre.

In 23 games with the Marlies, Rosehill has two points and 122 penalty minutes. It’s easy to see he hasn’t be recalled for his playmaking skills.

The Leafs obviously are attempting to send a message after their fight-filled 6-2 loss to the Flyers in the City of Brotherly Loathe seven days ago.

The primary target for most of their bitterness was Flyers superpest Dan Carcillo, who irked the Leafs when, after scoring a beautiful goal, looked at them in a mocking fashion as he skated past their bench.

read on

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FSN Pittsburgh Under Investigation

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

The NHL is investigating Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh for not sending all available camera angles to league headquarters in Toronto for Simon Gagne’s apparent goal that was under review against the Penguins last Thursday, the Daily News has learned.

FSN Pittsburgh, who had the game’s only video feed, allegedly sent all of the camera angles of the replay except the one that clearly showed the puck over the goal line.

Comcast SportsNet elected to not use their own video feed during the game to save money on production costs, one SportsNet employee said on Monday.

continued and in case you missed the call…

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  Tags: fsn+pittsburgh

Have The Flyers Turned The Corner?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The Flyers have been mostly a disaster on and off the ice this season, but they finally appear to be turning a corner. Their poor play cost John Stevens his job and his replacement, Peter Laviolette, did not have an immediate positive impact on the team.

Slowly but surely, however, the Flyers are looking like a team that could make some serious noise in the second half. And that’s when it really matters….

Also, the Flyers still take too many undisciplined penalties. They can’t continue to take dumb minor penalties – Scott Hartnell seems to pride himself on the fact he leads the league in minors – and hope to compete for a title.

Finally, I worry about this team’s depth. It is fine to have abrasive players such as Daniel Carcillo, Ian Laperriere and Arron Asham, but does the team need all three of them? Perhaps switching one of them for a player with a little more skill might go a long way in pushing the Flyers over the top.

Clearly the Flyers are a work in progress.


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Ray Emery Ready To Start, But Does He?

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Now what?

That’s the question buzzing in the mind of Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who suddenly has an unforeseen goaltending dilemma placed on his lap.

Goaltender Ray Emery, who lost his starting job to abdominal surgery in early December, says he’s ready to play Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Flyers.  Brian Boucher, who lost his starting job to a sliced ring finger, has been cleared to play for a week now, but hasn’t because of Michael Leighton’s strong play.

And Leighton, who was plucked off waivers for insurance purposes on Dec. 15, is 6-0-1 in eight straight starts.

Logic tells you Leighton must get the start on Saturday night. He’s certainly earned it. But can a goalie lose his starting job to injury? Apparently, Laviolette thinks so.


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No Goal Or Was It?

Flyers vs. Penguins tonight.

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Carcillo Gets To The Leafs

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“It was a bit unsportsmanlike,” defenceman Ian White said of Carcillo’s act. “He’s known a bit for that. But, hey, he scored a goal and got a fight.”

Carcillo had a simple explanation for his actions.

“I just looked at (Colton) Orr a bit,” the Flyers pugilist said. “He had been running around at us doing his thing. I tried fighting him on that shift. When it didn’t happen, I scored.”

Then came Carcillo’s post-goal antics, aimed at Orr.

“It doesn’t even deserve a comment,” Orr said.

While his players may have been angry at Carcillo, Wilson was more steamed at his own team.

more and if you missed his goal and the post-goal skate past the Leafs bench, watch it below…

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Flyers Performance Has Been Unacceptable

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

As the Flyers embark on their final 41 games of the 2009-10 campaign, they leave behind months of juicy internet fodder that included allegations of too much partying; outside accusations of a rift between veteran Chris Pronger and captain Mike Richards; and a coaching change that saw Peter Laviolette replace John Stevens.

Whether the spicy innuendo flowing around the team in the City of Brotherly Loathe is true or not, there is one point the Flyers can not deny: They have pathetically underachieved.

With 41 points in their first 41 games, the Flyers are on pace to finish the season with just 82 points. If this was 2008-09, that would leave you in 23rd spot overall in the NHL standings. Unacceptable.

In addition, it would give you the No. 8 overall selection in this summer’s entry draft in Los Angeles.

Also unacceptable.


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Your Average Flyers Team

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Having marked the end of the season’s first half with a sloppy 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Flyers find themselves with a .500 record.

The difference is that 22 other NHL teams have been better, leaving the Flyers—once projected as a Stanley Cup contender—bobbing with a 19-19-3 record, last in the Atlantic Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the NHL.

The Flyers are just as ordinary at home, where they are 9-9-2, as they are on the road, where they are 10-10-1.

And they haven’t been any better under coach Peter Laviolette (6-8-2) than they were under coach John Stevens (13-11-1).


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Big Names Needed To Draw Casual Hockey Fans

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

So, a quick post on the disappointing NBC rating for the New Year’s day Winter Classic. The overnight rating of 2.6 was down 10.3 percent from 2.9 a year ago. (A rating is the percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in.)...

The problem is, if you’re NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and desperate to be the person responsible for growing the NHL game in the United States, a close, well played game appeals only to hockey’s core audience. The casual fans couldn’t have cared less. Bring on the snow, and, hey, where are Alex and Sid? There were no big names in this game, which is to say Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby weren’t there.

  But let’s not get too serious about the Winter Classic. It’s a gimmick, a novelty that earns some extra money for the clubs, and, in a perfect world, would kick-start NBC’s NHL coverage.


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  Tags: winter+classic

Winter Classic Ratings

via SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),

NBC earned a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating for the Flyers-Bruins Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday, down 10.3% from a 2.9 for the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup last year, and even with the inaugural Penguins-Sabres Winter Classic in ‘08.

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