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from Wayne Fish at PhillyBurbs,
If the Flyers players believe that a trade or two will cure all their problems, they’re probably misguided.
And that comes from their general manager.
Paul Holmgren doesn’t deny he still has his “lines in the water” ahead of Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
But he’s already told the players that it’s going to take more than the acquisition of a star player or two to turn things around and presumably get back in the playoff chase.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Flyers also learned after the game that All-Star center Mike Richards will be out three weeks with a left hamstring injury. The team’s MVP this season, playing in his 200th NHL game, collided with Bouwmeester in the third period and limped off of the ice. He did not return.
thanks to the KK readers for the pointer…
from Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The losing streak has taken the Flyers from first place to last place in the Atlantic Division and has taken them entirely out of the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Where they go from here is unknown. The trading deadline is Tuesday, and general manager Paul Holmgren couldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of it.
With Simon Gagne out for the season, the Flyers have extra money available for salaries, but that isn’t so easy, either. Every team looking for players is also looking for wingers and defensemen, just like the injury-riddled Flyers. They are loath to offer any of their younger players in trade, although there is an increasing sense that, if they do, it could be Jeff Carter who is moved.
more... In my opinion, the goaltending in Philly has been average at best, get better goaltending, the team gets better.
from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
All it took were a few dreaded words from a concussion specialist Tuesday for the Philadelphia Flyers to subtly slip into full-blown desperation mode.
Moments after completing a trade that sent Jim Vandermeer west to Calgary, the Flyers learned they will be without forward Simon Gagne for the remainder of the season.
Not exactly welcome news for a team that hasn’t won in eight games.
Update 4:02pm ET: (alanah) Marty contacted us acknowledging the error in his original article, and made the correction which we’ve also reflected above.
(*Hey, we all have “blonde moments” where we accidentally invert some vital information—I’m just happy it wasn’t me for once!)
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers winger Simon Gagne is finished for the regular season and the playoffs.
That is the advice of concussion specialist James Kelly, who examined Gagne today in Denver.
The Flyers’ left wing has suffered three concussions in five months. General manager Paul Holmgren expressed “disappointment” but said the club would agree to shut Gagne down.
The Los Angeles Kings have traded defenceman Jaroslav Modry to the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round pick.
From Anthony J. SanFilippo at Comcast Sportsnet,
In case you were wondering, now is the perfect time to panic.
The Flyers, losers of seven straight, are in a colossal free fall and are in danger of missing the playoffs.
That’s unbelievable when you think about it, because two weeks ago the conversation around the club was about the prospect of finishing with the best record in the conference.
continued… with a list of everything that’s going wrong
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tomas Kaberle could be on the move.
Two league executives told the Sun talks to send the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman to the Philadelphia Flyers have intensified in the last 24 hours.
The belief is Kaberle may have been asked to waive his no movement clause and if he agrees a deal could be completed.
added 5:04pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
“Tomas Kaberle is not going anywhere,’’ agent Rick Curran told TSN. ‘‘He signed a contract to be a Toronto Maple Leaf and while he’s disappointed with the way things have turned out this season in Toronto, he has no intention of leaving. He’s fully committed to the Maple Leafs. That’s why he signed a long-term contract (three more seasons after this one at $4.25 million per season) and that’s why he’s not waiving his no-trade clause….”
from Philly Burbs,
There was plenty of injury news for the Flyers on Sunday, and it was all bad.
Steve Downie suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s game at Montreal and is sidelined indefinitely.
Derian Hatcher will miss a minimum of three weeks due to soreness and weakness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Joffrey Lupul, who suffered a high sprain to his right ankle Saturday night, also figures to be out of action a minimum of two to three weeks.
from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,
“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”
Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.
“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”
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