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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If the Flyers are going to make the playoffs, they will, by most estimates, need 91 or 92 points. So they have to earn nine or 10 points over these final eight games, four of which are against the Rangers and New Jersey Devils, who have given the Flyers problems this season. There are also two games against the resurgent fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, who have 89 points.
The Flyers are likely going to labor to collect points from these clubs, even if they sweep the remaining two games against the Islanders.
From the Sports Network via WJAC,
Struggling to get into the postseason, the Philadelphia Flyers learned on Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher will be out for the season with a fractured right tibia and forward R.J. Umberger will miss the next two weeks with a sprained MCL.
Hatcher was hurt with 12:07 left in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston while blocking a slap shot by Bruins forward Andrew Ference. Hatcher was helped off the ice and did not return. The right leg was broken just above the ankle and was placed in a cast on Saturday. It is possible he might return to play if the Flyers make the postseason.
From Scott Cruickshank at the Calgary Herald,
“I still feel that I can play in the NHL, that I can help a team,” says Gauthier, a six-foot-three, 224-pounder. “This is not the end. I’ll be back. I just want to play in the NHL. It’s tough to be told that you’re an NHL defenceman, but you can’t play in the NHL.” Out of training camp, the Philadelphia Flyers, flush with high-priced personnel (including his Drummondville junior teammate Daniel Briere), needed cap relief. So they shoved Gauthier and his salary—$2.1 million US—across the parking lot, to the Spectrum, headquarters of the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Which marooned Gauthier in the minors for the first time in a decade.
more… *a detailed look at Denis Gauthier’s ‘greatest hits’
from the Toronto Sun,
Here in the city that once adored the Broad Street Bullies, the lack of energy shown by the Philadelphia Flyers in back-to-back losses to the Maple Leafs is cause for concern.
Especially from general manager Paul Holmgren.
“Absolutely,” he said last night after his team’s 3-2 setback at the hands of the Leafs. “Not about how they got away from us but how we started those games.
“We are flat. We have to have emotion. The emotion this time of year should be ramping up right now and it’s not for our team.
“I know we have a little bit of the flu thing going around but guys were healthy enough to play tonight, healthy enough to play last night and it’s not an excuse this time of year.”
read on, Marty Biron chimes in too…
from the Courier-Post,
The Flyers announced Wednesday they will raise ticket prices for the first time in six years next season, with increases ranging from $1.75 per ticket in the nose bleeds to $7 per ticket in the lower bowl.
The average ticket price will increase from slightly less than $55 to right around $60.
The biggest increase will come on the 168 front-row seats that ring the ice.
Those tickets, all owned by season-ticket holders, will jump from $73 to $175 and will include a $25 gift card good for food, beverages and concessions.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If the Flyers miss the playoffs by two points, they may blame a blown call in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center….
Buffalo center Tim Connolly had not gotten off the ice when Roy was virtually on top of goalie Marty Biron.
“They had five guys on the ice by 60 feet,” Flyers coach John Stevens said, fuming. “Their fifth guy was the guy at the far blue line. . . . It’s unbelievable. They totally missed the call. . . . I don’t know where Roy came from. I thought it was a missed change . . . just a totally blown call.”
from Philly Burbs,
Reinforcements are on the way for the resurgent Flyers.
General manager Paul Holmgren indicated Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher should be back from a three-week knee injury in time for Saturday’s home game against the New York Islanders.
Also, there’s a possibility that right wing Joffrey Lupul, sidelined since Feb. 16 (eight games) due to a high ankle sprain, could be back for the Islanders game.
NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.
More on each player below, plus video available at this link.
from the Courier Post,
With about 5 minutes remaining in Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Carter got tripped up by Brandon Dubinsky along the offensive right wing corner.
A Rangers fan in that section called for a dive and Carter turned back at him and smiled.
On the ensuing power play, Carter scored on a pass from Scottie Upshall and pointed to the fan behind the glass as if to say, “That one’s for you.”
“I had a buddy there in the corner heckling me,” Carter said. “So when I scored that goal I happened to turn that corner. I gave him a look and we had a good laugh. All in good fun.”
more on Jeff Carter…
from the Courier-Post,
Several Flyers said they were happy to see Holmgren commit to his core group of players, many of whom have not played more than one Stanley Cup playoff series.
“Not only is there a lot of potential in this core, we’re fairly young and a lot of us are good friends off the ice,” Umberger said. “If you keep this core together it gives us a good chance to do something special.”
more on the Flyers…
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