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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In the first three-plus weeks of the season, the Flyers have been mostly about glitter (see their NHL-leading 3.91 goals per game) and little about substance (see their sad-sack 3.64 goals-against average).
That has to change, coach John Stevens said after yesterday’s practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County.
“We’re almost thinking the game offensively first, and that’s a trap any team falls into at certain points of the season - and it’s one we have to learn from,” Stevens said.
“We’re almost cheating on the offensive side of the puck too many times, and it catches us,” he said.
Mark Howe remembers his times in Philadelphia (as told to Bill Meltzer) at Philadelphia Flyers.com:
I was fortunate to play 22 years of pro hockey. My ten years with the Flyers were some of the happiest times of my life. I always associate good times with winning teams, and we did a lot of winning in Philadelphia and had a quality group of guys off the ice.
In terms of Spectrum memories, to be honest, I don’t really have very many of the place itself. What the arena really represents to me are the people I saw there.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But on several occasions on Sunday they seemed perplexed by the judgment of referees Dan O’Rourke and Wes McCauley, who whistled the Flyers for seven minor infractions and the Oilers for six.
“It’s hard to distinguish between what a penalty is because it’s somewhat inconsistent,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said. “Just because a guy gets by you, you can’t make a desperation play because even if you touch him the arm is going to go up.
“I don’t want to say anything and get fined, but it’s hard because of the inconsistency.”
It you were watching the Devils/Flyers game this afternoon, yes, that was a smoke bomb/flare that was tossed on the ice during the OT period.
MSG+ showed a replay of the event with one of the Philadelphia players actually picking it up and carrying it towards the maintenance crew.
Hope the person responsible was caught and not allowed back in the building again!
added 7:35pm, Watch a video of the Smoke/stink bomb/flare below…
added 6:06am 10/26/08, from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
A hostile crowd is the accepted burden of a pro athlete. Having to play under attack from a flaming missile tossed out of the stands is not part of the contract.
This one - possibly a road flare of the kind used during highway emergencies - flew toward the ice, flaming and smoking, landing next to the bench where the Devils were trying to coax victory out of overtime last night.
The missile erupted in acrid smoke that chased coach Brent Sutter and his staff into the runway and left the visitors looking to see if another was headed their way.
“I think if things continue to go like they’re going, we have to start changing some people around. I don’t mean coaches; I mean other people. Changing the coach sends the wrong message. I believe we’re a good team. I believe that we lost three and (tied) three is a little misleading…I think we’re better than that.”
-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. More on the Flyers at Broad Street Bull.
The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be without forward Daniel Briere for up to a month after suffering a torn abdominal muscle in Wednesday’s shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
‘‘Danny has a slight tear in his reptus abdominis, which is a stomach muscle,’’ said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. ‘‘He will be out of the lineup approximately 3-4 weeks.’‘
Holmgren said that the 31-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native is slated to undergo surgery Saturday morning.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
This is Philadelphia, so there’s already a buzz that Flyers coach John Stevens’ job security could be in trouble if the club’s losing streak reaches eight games after weekend games with the New Jersey Devils.
Stevens should NOT be on the hot seat. Last year’s strong regular-season finish and the team’s drive to the Eastern Conference finals has to count for something, right?
The Flyers are 0-3-3 because their goaltending and defense have been lousy, their power play has been inconsistent, and they miss some of last year’s players (R.J. Umberger, Jason Smith, Sami Kapanen, the injured Derian Hatcher and Jim Dowd) more than they expected.
added 7:32am, via Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Over the years, the Philadelphia Flyers have become known as the most cutthroat organization in the league when it comes to coaches. This is a franchise that once fired a coach because he contracted cancer.
So don’t expect John Stevens to enjoy a long and leisurely tenure if the Flyers continue to struggle. The Flyers were on the brink in the late stages of last season and back then, the word was out that Stevens was in a precarious position. As it happened, the Flyers rallied down the stretch and had a commendable playoff run.
Even so, the honeymoon is over.
From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports:
Fortunately for the Flyers, the baseball club’s World Series presence is hogging the spotlight around town these days, but those who are paying attention to the ice prancers couldn’t be faulted for seeking out the panic button because Philadelphia is the NHL’s only winless team two weeks into the season.
If that seems like an overreaction to a slow start, consider that last season only four of 14 teams that were below the playoff cutoff line at Thanksgiving ended up getting to the postseason. And Philadelphia, which has allowed more goals than anyone already has six teams to climb over as it readies for a home-and-home set this weekend against the surging New Jersey Devils, an arch division rival. In other words, Philadelphia could find itself in a potentially insurmountable hole before Halloween.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
“There is a feeling that we’re a good team and that fundamentally we have to play better,” general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday after the team returned from the West Coast. “Two years ago we had a lot more issues with our team that we don’t have with this team.”
The problem, Holmgren said, is not the defense or the injuries.
“Right now I don’t believe we’re real committed to playing the way we need to play, he said. “I’m not sure our forwards are committed. They forgot how hard it was last year in the playoffs and they’re trying to find shortcuts.”
This start doesn’t doom the team, but it casts some serious doubt about a repeat of last year’s playoffs or even advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.
from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
“I’ve been rehabbing like crazy, and to be honest with you, it feels pretty good,” Hatcher said. “I had it drained and then shot up with cortisone and there’s been no fluid build-up since, and that’s the most important thing.”
Hatcher has said all along that his knee felt no worse than it did during the playoffs last spring. The Flyers’ doctors have not cleared him to play, but Hatcher is champing at the bit to get back.
“I still think I can play,” Hatcher said. “I’m not ready for it to be over yet. I still think I can get back and that remains my goal.”
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