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Briere Flying Around The Ice

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers coach John Stevens is experimenting with a forward line combination of Briere and van Riemsdyk on either side of sophomore center Claude Giroux. And while Jeff Carter stole the show Tuesday with two goals in the morning scrimmage, Briere’s explosiveness spoke volumes about how far he has come since missing 53 games with groin strains last season.

“To me he looks a lot better,” Stevens said. “He looks more confident—he looks quicker—he looks like he can get to loose pucks and pop in holes. I think his summer training is going to do a world of good for him because he needs to have his quickness to be the player we all know he can be.”

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Pressure On The Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s pressure there with the team we have on paper,” 24-year-old Flyers captain Mike Richards said after a spirited practice in Voorhees, N.J., yesterday. “Pressure to perform. Everybody around us has those expectations. You feel it.

“What we’re going to do with those is still to see.”

So begins the latest chapter of Flyers hockey, the latest effort to reconnect to the consecutive championship seasons of the mid-1970s, the way the Phillies last October finally bridged to 1980. Great players have come and gone, but the pattern of early promise morphing into lingering doubt has marked this franchise like a witch’s wart, and as the team plays its first preseason game at Detroit tonight, we approach that precipice again.

Is this a team on the brink of a Stanley Cup?

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Why The Flyers Will Win The Cup

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

So here it is, the Three-Star case for the Flyers as Stanley Cup champions this coming June:

1. The Pronger Effect
Not only is Chris Pronger still one of the most dominant, devastating defensemen in the game today, Stanley Cup finals have a way of following him around; especially in his first season with a new team. At least, that’s been the case in the post-lockout NHL and it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, so that’s all the matters.

After nine seasons in St. Louis, Pronger showed up in Edmonton in 2005-06 and led the Oilers to the Cup final against Carolina. Edmonton lost in six games, but the Oilers wouldn’t have come close to advancing that far without the ultra-talented, ultra-snarly defenseman.

The next season, after an auspicious exit from Edmonton (let’s just say, don’t expect Pronger to return to the Oilers a la Mike Comrie anytime soon), he showed up in Anaheim on a blueline that also featured Scott Niedermayer and the pair of future Hall of Famers led the fighty Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship.

Now, Pronger is with his third new team since the lockout. And neither the ’06 Oilers nor the ’07 Ducks were as good as the Flyers – at least on paper – appear to be.

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How Will The Flyers Answer These Questions

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the veterans get ready to begin training camp with their first on-ice workout tomorrow in Voorhees, here are 10 questions to ponder before the Flyers begin the quest for their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

1. What impact will the crease-clearing Pronger have on a defense that wasn’t overly physical last season?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls Ryan Howard “The Big Piece.” Pronger could become “The Missing Piece” - the guy who brings aggressiveness to a defense that was embarrassed as it blew a 3-0 home lead to Pittsburgh in Game 6. Pronger will turn 35 next month, but he is still one of the league’s elite defensemen. He should make life easier for the Flyers’ new goalie.

2. Which Ray Emery will show up?

Will it be the goalie who had a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage while leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, or the one who slumped badly the next season, fought with teammates and opponents, missed practices, and had a penchant for partying and driving like Mario Andretti in his prime?

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Flyers Will Be A Tough Team To Beat

from Jim Cerny’s Rink Rap,

This Flyers team is going to be an absolute bitch to play against this year, adding Pronger and Laperriere to the rugged and abrasive group that consists of Daniel Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, Riley Cote, Arron Asham, and Braydon Coburn.

But like the Broad Street Bully Flyers of the mid-‘70’s, this group is not just filthy. They are filthy good.

The team toughness is there in spades. However, so is the explosive offensive talent.

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Gagne Receives A Shot Of His Own Blood

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne has had enough groin and hip strains throughout his career to know it typically takes three to four weeks of rehab before he is skating pain free.

So why was Gagne back on the ice Tuesday skating for 25 minutes without the slightest hint of discomfort just 10 days after receiving an injection into his right groin?

Because instead of cortisone, Gagne was injected with concentrated amounts of his own blood – a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy – to speed the healing process.

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Phoenix Owner Wants More Money From The NHL

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Saying the NHL needs to come to its senses, lawyers for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes urged the league to sweeten its offer for the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, by about $80 million or so.

That’s roughly the difference between what the NHL is willing to pay ($140 million, all figures U.S.) to keep the team in Phoenix and what Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is willing to pay (212.5 million) in his bid to move the team to Hamilton.

“The real decision to be made here is hardly a contest: $212.5 million from PSE (Balsillie’s company) and $140 million from the NHL,” said a brief filed by Moyes’ estate lawyers. “(The NHL) is $80 million short of the ticket to buy this team.

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Fighting Words- All Ray Emery

from CSNPhilly,

Q: Do you think you’re a better goaltender than Marty Biron?

A:  “I can’t tell you that, but on any given night if we play them this year, we’re going to win.”

much more from Emery…

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Gagne Hurts Hip At Team Canada Camp

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne injured his surgically repaired right hip on the first day of Olympic workouts in Calgary on Monday, the Courier-Post has learned.

Speaking by phone from the Pengrowth Saddledome, Gagne said he felt soreness in his right hip during a fast-paced practice on Monday and will not return to the ice this week.

“For now it’s nothing serious,” Gagne said. “The pace was a little faster than I was used to this summer.  I think I’ll be OK for training camp.”

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added 2:12pm, Other reports coming out of camp claim groin injury.

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A Big Year For Briere

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Too much money, too little return. He was untradable, an anvil around a team unable to improve because of salary-cap restraints.

His heart was questioned. His guts, too. His head.

“People will never say it to your face,” Briere was saying the other day. “I’m aware. I think I’m a realist. I’m aware of the contract and what that means in terms of last year. I think a lot of people maybe don’t quite understand the difference between being injured and not living up to the contract.

“But I’m not really worried about it because I’m confident that last year is behind me and I can now focus on being the player I’m supposed to be in Philadelphia. It’s not really important what happened in the past. It’s what you do in the moment. That’s how hockey and sports operates. It’s what can you do for me now.”

“Now” is a month away.

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