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from the AP via TSN,
...Hatcher’s version of the story was different.
“If he’s cut, good, but I didn’t bite him,” Hatcher said. “I didn’t think anything of it until someone mentioned it to me.
“He went like that (face wash) right across my face. He got his glove on my tooth, almost pulled it out. It’s all sore.”
Hatcher could face an NHL suspension, especially if there is video showing him biting Zajac. Devils coach Brent Sutter saw one replay, but didn’t get a total picture of what happened.
“It shows Trav pulling his hand away with the glove still in Hatcher’s mouth, like a dog on a bone,” Sutter said. “It’s not something you like to see in the game, let alone a veteran player like that.”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Consider what happened to the Flyers after just three wins: They went from 13th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Atlantic Division to sixth in the conference and third in the five-team division, trailing first-place New Jersey by only three points. (Pittsburgh’s win yesterday pushed the idle Flyers down one spot in both standings.)
“It can get exhausting to feel like you’re in a playoff race already,” right winger Mike Knuble said. “But I think the fact is that we are. It’s different if you’re chasing it than if you’re in the middle of it.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The unfortunate thing about the Flyers going into the Christmas break on a six-game skid is that they have found the level of consistency they have been searching for, but it isn’t good: They are consistently finding ways to lose games they would have won earlier in the season.
The surprise team in the East early in the year now sits tied for last in the Atlantic Division in points with the Islanders, and tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference. Some of this has to do with Simon Gagne being out of the lineup since Nov. 8, but more of it has to do with the fact that they are not the “Broad Street Bullies.” They need to play tougher and desperately need to play better in their own end.
more on the Flyers and some consistency talk regarding NHL refs. In case you want to see the video Moran is referring to, here it is…
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
The comments have been nearly nonstop on whether Daniel Briere should have been booed mercilessly when he returned to Buffalo on Friday. And the words are passionate on both sides of the argument. One site even had to shut down the message board topic because the chatter turned into fans with opposing views typing vulgarities at each other.
For even more words on the matter, here we go: The booing of Briere was absolutely wrong, especially at the start of the game.
He helped make the Sabres matter again. When he arrived, games consisted of about 9,000 fans and a few writers.
read on and just a little reminder, Sergei Fedorov still gets booed in Detroit so it will probably continue in Buffalo too.
Another Philadelphia Flyer has agreed to a contract extension. This time, it’s head coach John Stevens, who has agreed in principle to a one year extension.
from the Buffalo News,
Rather than revisit the gory details of his departure, Briere elected to emphasize the glory days from his three-plus seasons in Buffalo.
“I’m not here, and it’s not my goal, to go blast the organization for the way they handled things,” Briere said after a workout in the Flyers’ practice facility. “They have a right to walk away from players just like we have a right to decide where we want to go. What I remember from Buffalo is a good time. I have some good memories. That’s all I’m hoping the fans can remember.”
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Right now, the Flyers are a middle-of-the-pack team in the Eastern Conference, and maybe that’s all they are destined to be.
Still, constantly riding the roller coaster is never a strong position from which to operate.
“That’s a good question,” coach John Stevens said of the take-and-give nature of his team. “We’ve talked about building an identity all year. We started the year with a 6-1 start and since then, we’ve been a .500 or sub-.500 hockey team.
“It’s tough to make ground in this league the way it is and as tight as it is. Coming into today, all we did was give ourselves a chance to compete for a playoff spot. Now it’s up to us what we do from here.”
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Jim Vandermeer from the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the Flyers homepage, no details yet.
added 10:47pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained left wing Ben Eager from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Jim Vandermeer. “We wanted a high energy player for our fourth line and Ben Eager is that kind of player,” Tallon said. “He is just 23 years old, he can skate and heis a very gritty player.”
From Ed Moran at the Philadelphia Daily News,
As of yesterday, the Flyers were second in the league in penalty minutes with 605, topped only by Anaheim, which has 706. And watching games like the win in Minnesota, where the Flyers were flagged for nine penalties compared to the Wild’s three, it would seem the Flyers are constantly on the wrong end of the whistle.
The fact is, a lot of those minutes have to do with the game misconducts and majors that came with those five big incidents. And in 31 games, the Flyers led in penalties only 17 times and won 10. Still, coach John Stevens would like to start trimming the time his team is shorthanded.
“I don’t know what the final total was, but you’ve still got to play the game hard,” he said after the Flyers’ loss to the Devils Sunday night. “We’re still trying to sort through what is and what isn’t a penalty. The one guy gets his stick knocked out of his hands [slashing] and, I don’t know, that’s just a battle for the puck.
more including injury updates on Gagne and Timonen
from the News & Observer,
After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.
LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for “dirty” and “personal” things he said on the ice.
“I even put someone else’s shoes on so I can kick him in the face,” LaRose said.
Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.
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