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Team goals aside, Martin Biron entered this season with a personal objective: prove to himself and the world that he’s a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.
The days of backing up Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller in Buffalo are over. At 30, Biron is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Flyers.
He admits there’s one thing that would hasten his validation as a high-level netminder — getting voted onto the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
Of course it’s way too early to start drawing comparisons and it wouldn’t be fair.
But this is how it started nearly 40 years ago when a gap-toothed kid from a small town in Canada got a bunch of grizzled vets to follow his lead.
Namely, play each game as if it were going to be his last.
Only time will tell if Mike Richards someday is mentioned in the same sentence with Flyers legend Bobby Clarke.
via Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Here’s some free advice to Bergeron: Never go into the corner not expecting to be hit; and never bend over to expose your head and neck when you do.
I wonder if Panaccio would be handing out free advice like this if Patrice Bergeron was a Flyer and Randy Jones was a Bruin?
After admitting he probably came back too soon from his first bout with concussion-like symptoms, the Flyers left wing vowed to take more time off before jumping back into NHL action with his latest woes, which include dizziness and fatigue.
When a return date might be is anyone’s guess.
This much we do know: Gagne was examined by team doctor Gary Dorshimer on Friday. While Dorshimer continues to decline to use the word “concussion” in describing Gagne’s condition, the simple matter is that it took Gagne three attempts before passing a baseline test the last time around and now says he isn’t ready to take another since once again complaining of symptoms.
via the AP,
Philadelphia Flyers left winger Simon Gagne was scratched from Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils after complaining of dizziness stemming from a collision with Pittsburgh’s Gary Roberts.
“He went back to the hotel and he said he was a little dizzy and had a headache,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday. “He was a little better this morning, but as the day went on he was a little shaky. He’ll see the doctor in the morning.”
via the Sports Network,
Philadelphia Flyers forward Sami Kapanen is day-to-day with a mild knee sprain and will miss Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
To take Kapanen’s spot on the roster, Philadelphia recalled forward Stefan Ruzicka from the Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
from the NHLPA,
When those closest to Yanick Dupre speak of his life, it’s the person, not the player that dominates the conversations.
It’s been over 10 years since Dupre, the 50th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers, succumbed to leukemia….
“He was a lot of fun to be around,” said Eric Lindros, who played alongside Dupre in Philadelphia. “He was always entertaining. He was also the type of person who stood up for what he believed in.
“I remember how fired up he’d get when we’d play in Montreal. He always loved to play there!”
from Bud Barth of the Worcester-Telegram & Gazette,
The Philly hierarchy obviously is condoning, if not encouraging, this caveman mentality that goes far beyond the NHL toughness standard and enters the barbaric sphere of intent to injure — and injure badly.
Downie’s incident could have been excused as an isolated case. After Boulerice’s hit, it smacked of team policy. Now, with Jones’ infraction being perhaps the ugliest of all, how can you not consider conspiracy?
From the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Dave Schultz was known as “The Hammer,’’ a nickname earned with a ready to rumble style of play that satisfied the bloodlust of NHL fans who paid to see an old-fashioned brawl.
He dropped his gloves, busted and bloodied some chops, absorbed his own share of jabs and could have written a mortgage check to the league for all the minutes the Philadelphia Flyer spent in the penalty box. One thing the enforcer of the 1970s-era Broad Street Bullies never did was put another player on a stretcher.
“Oh my God, no. Never,’’ Schultz said. “We didn’t really hurt anybody. The only time you could hurt anybody was with your stick.’‘
from the AP via Yahoo,
Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks.
The 35-year-old Hatcher, who had his streak of 107 consecutive games recently snapped because the knee was bothering him, said he aggravated the injury lifting weights.
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