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Downie Faces Ottawa

from CBC,

Steve Downie will be front and centre as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night….

“It’s just another game and we need the two points,” he said. “I’m not worried at all. It’s behind me and I’m leaving it there.”...

Ottawa enforcer Brian McGrattan said in September Downie would eventually pay for his hit on McAmmond but has since tempered his comments.

“If [Downie] is there and he has the puck, I’m going to hit him. I’m not going to jump him from behind and cause a huge melee,” McGrattan told the Ottawa Sun. “I don’t think we really need that.”

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Taking A Chance With Forsberg

from Chuck Gormley of the CourierPost,

The Flyers are believed to be at the top of Forsberg’s list and if Paul Holmgren can devise a suitable contract offer, Forsberg could be wearing orange and black as early as Valentine’s Day, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Flyers at the Wachovia Center.

With a few tweaks, the Flyers can create between $2.5 million and $3 million in cap space. If they offer Forsberg $1 million to play the final 26 games (52 days) of the regular season, his prorated salary of $3.54 million would count against the cap.

If they offer him $750,000 to play the remainder of the season, $2.65 million would count against the cap.

Judging from Forsberg’s recent comments, he’ll want a contract that includes next season and perhaps another, taking him through the 2009-10 season. If that is the case, the aforementioned salary figures (between $2.6 million and $3.5 million) would likely count against the Flyers’ cap….

Which brings us back to our original question: Should the Flyers do it?

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You Never Know Who Is Listening

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You probably don’t know Haney, and she definitely doesn’t know much about hockey. The stay-athome mom from Clarence couldn’t remember Martin Biron’s name, referring to the goaltender as “that guy who used to be with us but is now in Philly” during an interview last week.

So how did she get tangled up in questions about Briere?

Sources said the Buffalo Sabres asked the NHL to look into whether Briere started negotiations with the Philadelphia Flyers before July 1, when he became an unrestricted free agent.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

One Canadian Doesn’t Know Hockey

from philadelphia will do,

The 76ers are so hard up for publicity this year—the Phillies are currently on the front of Philly.com—they’ve resorted to latching on to the Flyers, who at least have a winning record. And what’s the newest publicity scheme?

Why, 76ers center Samuel Dalembert will attend his first NHL game!...

Dalembert was born in Haiti, but he grew up in Montreal and recently became a Canadian citizen. How “Have you ever attended an NHL game?” is not the first question on the Canadian citizenship test I will never understand.

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Anytime Downie Hits Someone…

from On Frozen Pond,

OK, so Rostislav Olesz takes a late hit from Steve Downie, but since the Panthers didn’t do much complaining about it—and didn’t do anything about it—I won’t pile on. But, this could be bad. Olesz bounced up off the ice in a lot of pain.

JM says he re-injured his surgically repaired wrist/hand area, although I’m not so sure. That was Rusty’s right hand and it looked to me like he came up favoring his left. But we’ll see. Either way, doesn’t look good.

You decide…

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Adding Gagne Improves Flyers

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

Again, while it is fun to speculate about Forsberg, in Gagne, the Flyers are already getting an All-Star impact player for the stretch run - one who is only going to get better and better as he works his way back into full condition.

“I think I’m in pretty good shape, but I want to get back to game shape, skillwise, get the legs back and all the quickness I had before,” Gagne said.

The Flyers are now 10-3-1 with Gagne in the lineup, 14-12-2 without.

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Mike Richards Conference Call Transcript

Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.

Q.  Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?

MIKE RICHARDS:  I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.

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Mike Richards Conference Call Transcript

Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.

Q.  Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?
MIKE RICHARDS:  I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.

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Flyers Getting Healthy

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Simon Gagne (concussion), Jason Smith (leg injury), Sami Kapanen (facial lacerations) and Scottie Upshall (sprained ankle) all skated with their teammates on Wednesday at practice. If this were a football injury update, Gagne and Kapanen would be on the probable side, while Smith and Upshall would be listed as questionable.

Of course, the big news is that Gagne, who has missed the last 26 games, will get back into game action after the long layoff.

“I’ll be nervous,” said the two-time 40-goal scorer. “I was a little bit nervous coming in for practice today. I felt good again on the ice and I’m looking forward to playing in New York.”

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Clarke Approves of Downie’s Actions

From TSN,

More fuel was thrown on the fire regarding Steve Downie’s sucker punch on Wednesday, with Philadelphia Flyers Senior Vice President Bob Clarke holding the gas can.

Clarke, who selected Downie 29th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, told TSN’s Off The Record that he enjoyed watching the rookie forward go after Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake.

“When he went after Blake, I loved it,” Clarke told TSN.

note: GM Paul Holmgren was a bit less understanding the other day.

Update 4:30pm ET: From the Globe & Mail,

After the Leafs’ morning skate Wednesday morning, Blake said brushed aside Clarke’s comments and repeated what he said about Downie a day earlier. “I don’t care who it is, but in the over-all picture, there’s no place for [those hits],” he said. “You don’t want injuries that will keep you out for the whole season. I’m just thankful there was no structural damage.” Leafs head coach Paul Maurice put Clarke’s comments down to sticking up for one of his players. “That’s what it’s all about,” Maurice said. “Whether you’re a player or in the office, you take care of your own.”

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  Tags: bob+clarke, jason+blake, steve+downie

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