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from the Courier Post,
As a player, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a living out of checking opponents into the third row.
So he chose his words carefully Tuesday when asked about Colin Campbell’s decision to let Georges Laraque’s hit from behind on Steve Downie last week go unpunished.
“The fact that Steve was able to come back, does that mean there shouldn’t be a suspension?” Holmgren asked rhetorically. “I’m sure there’s something to that.”
via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The only thing on which the Penguins and Flyers could agree was that Laraque was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Get past that, and everything became a matter of partisan perspective.
When Flyers coach John Stevens looked at the sequence, for example, he saw “a vicious incident” and “a very, very dangerous play.”
When Laraque reflected on it, he saw an incident in which he pushed Downie, not cross-checked him, and did so with absolutely no malice, let alone intent to injure.
“If I want to hit somebody from behind,” Laraque said, “he’s not going to get up.”
Mike Richards has a dozen reasons to be smiling these days. His Philadelphia teammates and Flyers fans have many more.
Just how good is life for Richards, now in his third National Hockey League season?
Signing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star, all within the span of two months, pretty much sums it up.
But even Richards, who leads the Flyers in several offensive categories, is amazed at how things have unfolded.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Reports had the Flyers offering center Jeff Carter, a prospect and a first-round pick for Sundin, who is the Leafs’ all-time leading scorer with 961 points in 955 career games.
“I can say for a fact that we have had no discussions with the Maple Leafs regarding Mats Sundin,” Holmgren said before the Flyers’ games against the Devils Tuesday night. “We’ll look at some things, but a lot depends on where we’re at (in the standings).”
more on the Flyers…
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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