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from Philly Burbs,
There was plenty of injury news for the Flyers on Sunday, and it was all bad.
Steve Downie suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s game at Montreal and is sidelined indefinitely.
Derian Hatcher will miss a minimum of three weeks due to soreness and weakness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Joffrey Lupul, who suffered a high sprain to his right ankle Saturday night, also figures to be out of action a minimum of two to three weeks.
from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,
“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”
Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.
“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”
Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL. They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.
Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:
- Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
- Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
- Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
- Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks
note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available
Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.
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From the Philadelphia Flyers,
Q: Is this a new concussion or an extension of the old concussions?
SG: “That’s a good question. The only thing I can say right now is that I don’t think it is that bad. I know the symptoms were definitely worse the last time. Hopefully I will feel better very soon. The doctor said I could feel very good in the next couple of days. I just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens.”
Q: What is the outlook?
SG: “Like I said, right now it is one day at a time. It could be a couple of days, it could be a week or it could be longer. There is no timeframe on what is going on right now.”
via Sports Ticker,
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne missed the final two periods of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with a mild concussion.
“After further consultation, Simon Gagne’s injury will be listed as a mild concussion,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Simon will be re-evaluated [Monday] morning.”
from the Courier Post,
After the Flyers’ fight-filled 2-0 loss to the Rangers at the Wachovia Center, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn was resting in Temple University Hospital after tearing a muscle in his buttocks.
Coburn, the only Flyers defenseman to play in every game this season, had what Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin described as a fascia release, where the torn muscle is released to promote healing.
more on the Flyers
from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,
You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.
“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .
“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”
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.
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