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Carter Impressing Everyone

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

...In short, the player whom his teammates call “Carts” is blossoming into one of the NHL’s best two-way players.

“You see guys that have the ingredients that Jeff has, but never in the same person,” winger Mike Knuble said. “It’s always somebody who has the big shot, somebody who can fly up and down the ice, somebody who’s a great defender. He combines all of that. He gets matched up against the top players; he can do it all. Whatever you need at a certain point in the game, he seems to be able to deliver.”

“The sky is the limit for Jeff,” coach John Stevens said. “He has the skill set that’s conducive to scoring a lot of goals. He’s near the top of the league in shots. He skates well enough to get separation to get offensive opportunities, and he’s got a shot that can beat goalies from distance.”

Carter, from London, Ontario, is part of a deep 2003 draft that Holmgren said “may go down as the greatest ever.”

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Briere Close To Return

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But if you don’t see Briere in the lineup today for the Flyers’ 1 p.m. matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s because Flyers coach John Stevens wants to be absolutely certain his star center is completely healed from the left groin strain that has sidelined him for seven games.

“Danny’s feeling better, but I’d say he is doubtful for (today),” Stevens said Thursday after putting his team through a brief on-ice workout. “We need to be careful here. He thinks he can play, but we don’t want him to feel any hesitation.”

With a game Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Stevens sounded hesitant to pencil Briere into today’s lineup.

“There’s the concern of a little fatigue, and we don’t want to make him susceptible to reinjury,” Stevens said. “These athletes are real competitive, and sometimes it’s our job to hold them back for their own good.”

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Flyers Dmen Getting Closer To Return

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When the Flyers head off on their post-Christmas road trip, there is a very good chance they will have both of their injured defensemen back and on the plane.

Randy Jones and Ryan Parent - both out since training camp recovering from surgery, Jones a hip repair and Parent a shoulder - were back practicing with the Flyers yesterday and moving toward December return dates.

Both are still working under restricted status, but they are getting closer to full participation. Both have moved back into their stalls in the practice facility locker room.

Jones is hoping to play before Christmas and the plan for Parent is for him to play Dec. 26 in Chicago.

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Briere Concerned About Groin Pull

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

When Danny Briere suffered what the Flyers termed a “slight” pull in his left groin on Nov. 11 on Long Island, he thought a few days off the ice would allow the pull to heal.
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Nearly two weeks later, Briere says he is no better today than he was last week and is growing concerned about what might be the problem.

“I have no power,” he said Sunday, after skating at the Skate Zone. “I can’t stop and start, and that’s my game. I need to be quick taking off and jumping into holes, and right now I can’t do that.”

Briere insists the slight tear in his groin is unrelated to the sports-hernia surgery he underwent Oct. 25. That surgery was expected to require three to four weeks of rehab, but Briere returned to the lineup in 16 days,

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Goalies & Their Equipment

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Goaltenders have an unusual relationship with their equipment. Some pieces—like Biron’s skates and pants—are preserved and protected like a favorite childhood blanket. Others are changed as often as a car’s oil.

In the case of Biron, he’ll typically go through three sets of leg pads, four catching gloves, four blockers, two chest pads and two sets of arm pads in a season.

Right now, Biron is breaking in a new catching glove in practice, while in games he still uses the one that worked so well for him in the playoffs last season.

“Probably in another week or so I’ll start using it in games,” Biron said.

“In practice I love it. In a game situation, you don’t have time to think.”

The same goes for Biron’s blocker.

“My new one feels really good in practice, but if you use it in a game and misplay the puck, it’s in the net,” he said. “You need to make sure you’re really into it.”

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Morning Line

“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good.  We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row.  More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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Do The Flyers Need Shanahan

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Knuble, perhaps selfishly, thinks the Flyers are fine without Shanahan.

Through 17 games, Knuble is tied for third on the team with seven goals and leads the club with three power-play goals.

“I totally respect what Brendan can bring to a team and to a (locker) room,” Knuble said. “But I think we grew as a group last year. Would one guy be able to come in and change a lot of things? I don’t know. We don’t have one of those yeller-screamer personalities, but we have guys who step up and say the right things.”

At 36, Knuble is three years younger than Shanahan and believes he can be a productive player for the Flyers beyond this season. Knuble makes $2.8 million this season, a fair price for a player on pace for 34 goals.

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Briere Out With Groin Pull

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Danny Briere won’t need another surgery, and his latest injury is not directly related to his recently repaired abdominal tears, but he will miss at least the next three games with a groin pull.

Briere said yesterday that he felt pain in his left groin early in Tuesday night’s win over the Islanders on Long Island, but stayed in long enough to score the opening goal before taking himself out of the game.

“Probably my second or third shift I felt it right away,” he said. “I thought it would warm up. I thought it was nothing major but it just got worse and worse.”

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Evening Line

“I kind of figured it was coming.  A couple times he yelled at me for not moving my feet. I just hope he holds everyone accountable no matter what number they’re wearing on the back.

“It’s all for the team now. I was upbeat and positive cheering guys on.

Winning’s fun, even when you’re sitting.”

-Scott Hartnell of the Flyers after being benched in the 3rd period today, a victory over the New York Islanders.  More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post including the latest lower-body injury to Daniel Briere.

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Flyers Trade For Matt Carle

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While the Flyers continue to wait for news from free agent winger Brendan Shanahan, they made a more critical move to strengthen their ailing defense, sending Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old defenseman Matt Carle.

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