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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.
“I think just with the tradition of this organization and the way that they’ve played over the years and the style of play that they want to play, I think I do fit into this culture and the system very well.
“It’s tailor-made for my style of play and I’m pretty excited.”
-Chris Pronger talking about playing for the Flyers. More from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.
via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
No suspension or fine for Scott Hartnell.
added 3:12pm, via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,
Just spoke to client Scott Hartnell of the Flyers. We participated in a disciplinary hearing this am. The verdict, no suspension, no fine.
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, told sportsnet.ca that the league is looking into the comments.
“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”
Scott Hartnell had a 15-minute conference call with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Disciplone, on Friday morning….
The Flyers winger denied the incident.
“We’re all pretty honest players,” said Hartnell, who was back on the ice Friday morning practicing with the Flyers. “You don’t want to be eye gouging … we’re not savages. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a savage. I just play the game hard.”
Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.
Watch that video below…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
(Ray) Shero, of course, understands the significance of the Pronger addition.
“I think you have to pay attention to it. It was a dramatic move to get Pronger,” he said. “It really makes their defense stronger. Do we react to that?”
“I think you have to build your team the way you want it to look,” he said.
As for Thursday’s clash, even though it is one of 82 games on the schedule, Shero said he doubts there ever will be such a thing as “just another game” with the Flyers.
“They’re probably our biggest rival,” he said.
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