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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
With the additions of Daniel Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul, the Flyers have changed the entire face of their roster and their fans have noticed.
“We’re experiencing our best new season ticket sales since the lockout ended,” Flyers vice president of marketing and communications Shawn Tilger said on Wednesday. “The pulse is the strongest I’ve seen since we signed Peter Forsberg after the (2004) lockout.”
read on and the Flyers are actually getting very creative with their season ticket holders. I wonder if other teams are taking notice?
Philladelphia goes Hollywood, and hockey defenseman Randy Jones is taking it seriously. Well, hopefully, not too seriously.
He’s participated in a feature on Extra! entertainment television as on of America’s Most Eligible Bachelors.
Philadelphia Flyers hunk Randy Jones is looking for love – but he’s acting a little shy.
“I cannot believe I’m doing this!” he exclaimed to “Extra” as we pressed him for his vital stats.
But we got them – and it’s hard to believe. This 26-year-old, 6’2’’ hockey sensation is ripped and knows how to break a sweat. [...]
And, for the ladies – boxers of briefs?
“Boxers, and sometimes none,” he admitted. “Never briefs, my Fruit of the Loom days are over!”
Check out the video.
from the Courier Post,
Signed to a one-year, $875,000 contract last week—“not bad since I was negotiating from a stretcher”—Fedoruk believes the Flyers need to find someone who can help Ben Eager take on the NHL’s most powerful punchers.
“I don’t know who they’re going to pick,” said Fedoruk, who continues to work out at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. “Eags did a good job last year. He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league.
“But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.”
fromm Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,
Daniel Briere was handed his new No. 48 Philadelphia Flyers jersey late in Thursday’s press conference at the Flyers Skate Zone practice facility here. Smiling proudly, he held it up for the obligatory welcome-to-your-new-team press-conference photo.
“Finally,” he said with a heartfelt sigh before pulling it over his head for the first time to officially begin life as the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Flyers’ latest renaissance.
Briere, one of the most coveted prizes in this summer’s free-agency class, signed a big-money, eight-year deal with the Flyers just hours after the free-agent market opened 11 days ago. Since agreeing to that deal, he has been waiting eagerly to pull on his new franchise’s cherished black-and-orange sweater.
from the Philly News,
Neither coach John Stevens nor general manager Paul Holmgren gives much of a hint to what they are thinking, but each concedes that Smith will be given significant consideration.
“He’s certainly going to get some consideration and there are a lot of scenarios that we’ve already discussed. We’ll come up with the guy that we all feel comfortable with,” Steven said yesterday.
For Smith, the 33-year-old veteran who was traded to the Flyers with Joffrey Lupul for Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson, the “C” is not something on his mind as much as making a significant impact as a player.
“I just want to go out and play,” Smith said yesterday after he was formally introduced to the media and handed his game jersey by Holmgren. “It’s a new start and a new challenge and I’m looking forward to what’s coming.”
from the Philly News,
On another note, Holmgren said he has heard the rumors that Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne was considering seeking employment with the Flyers to play with Finnish friends Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen, but said he hasn’t had any contact with either his agent or Selanne.
“I think this is one rumor where there is smoke and no fire,” Holmgren said.
more on the Flyers and what Hartnell had to say at his official introduction…
added 10:29am, Spector has more on this plus all the UFA and trade talk…
from the Courier-Post,
With Scott Hartnell, Jason Smith, Derian Hatcher and Ben Eager, who led the NHL in penalty minutes last season with 233, the Flyers have players willing to fight. But they lack a true heavyweight who can take on Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque, the Rangers’ Colton Orr and Buffalo’s Andrew Peters.
Riley Cote just might be that heavyweight.
Cote played most of last season with the Phantoms, where injuries limited him to one goal and 125 penalty minutes in just 37 games. He was scoreless and had 11 penalty minutes in eight games with the Flyers.
“I’m rooting for him,” Holmgren said. “The last three years all he’s done is try to get better. He’s hired his own skills coach, his own skating coach and now he’s taking karate lessons to work on his balance. He’s trying his (behind) off to be a better player. Can he do that role? Yeah, why not?”
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje still has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his contract, but his annual salary of $3.5 million will not count against the $50.3 million salary cap unless he’s removed from the Flyers’ long-term injury list.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would welcome Rathje back onto the Flyers’ roster if he is medically cleared, but by obtaining Jason Smith from the Oilers, Kimmo Timonen from the Predators and Lasse Kukkonen from the Blackhawks it’s clear Holmgren is planning on life without the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rathje.
“He’s a young man, why wouldn’t he try to come back?” Holmgren said. “He’s got our full blessing….”
from Bill Clement at MSNBC,
The Flyers have a new look that’s come about through some key summer moves aimed at transforming the worst team in the NHL into a playoff contender next season.
The most miserable 82 regular-season games in the franchise’s 40-year history could be followed by the Flyers getting into the 16-team Stanley Cup tournament next spring.
Philly may have some tough stretches next season, but with the additions general manager Paul Holmgren has made the team should be really competitive in most games.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Based on the tornado of hype that’s been rolling through the Philadelphia area the last couple weeks, one presumes the Philadelphia Flyers have been pre-approved to hoist the Stanley Cup next spring.
Hate to bear bleak news, but for as well as GM Paul Holmgren has done in quickly rebuilding the franchise from the Corey Haim-like depths it sunk to this past season, the Flyers still have a ways to go before they can be deemed a genuine championship contender.
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