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via ESPN Page 2,
It’s Occasionally Sunny In Philadelphia
This spin-off of FX’s quirky hit show follows a down-on-its-luck hockey team as it tries to rebound from having the worst record in the NHL. The two main characters, Kimmo and Scott, learn life lessons the hard way—getting booed every night in the City of Brotherly Love while trying to earn their huge salaries. Episodes blacked out in most markets.
from the Philly News,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was putting the final touches to dual 6-year contracts yesterday afternoon that will pay Timonen $38 million and Hartnell $25.2 million.
“The principals of the trade were laid in place last Friday,” Holmgren explained yesterday. “There was a certain deal for both players. If we were able to move forward with both players, there were different parts to it. So what we did was we traded the 23rd pick in the draft for the rights to both players.
“We did some negotiating with them over the weekend and we’re extremely close to getting it done with both guys, and I would assume it will get done.”
more...inlcuding player reaction…
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It’ll soon become known as the Scott Hartnell theory.
When NHL teams are faced with the decision of keeping an 18-year-old draftee on the roster or send him back to the development ranks, they’ll consider what happened regarding Hartnell.
Hartnell cracked the Nashville lineup as an 18-year-old rookie in 2000-01 even though he had two more seasons of junior eligibility remaining with the Western League’s Prince Albert Raiders.
He had just two goals and 16 points in 75 games that season, but has since evolved into a top-six forward who, according to TSN, signed a six-year, $25.2-million contract with the Flyers Monday.
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers have dipped into the free agent market a little early, thanks to the Nashville Predators.
Because of Nashville’s uncertain ownership future and an expected tight budget in the coming year, sources tell TSN the Predators arranged with the Flyers to give them exclusive negotiating rights to two coveted free agents - defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
Sources tell TSN the Flyers have now signed both Hartnell and Timonen to long-term contracts.
from Ed Moran at the Philly News,
Now that the Ducks and Senators are the two teams left standing and are playing with a fierce combination of size, skill and brutal, relentless hitting, the questions for the Flyers are: What kind of team do they want to be? And who will they bring in to accomplish that?
“I think we want to be a combination of all three teams [Anaheim, Ottawa and Buffalo],” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “They are all good, competitive teams. We want to be a good, competitive team. When we look at players, size is an issue, skill is an issue and skating is an issue….”
A very rough translation of this article in the AftonBladet follows, but Forsberg states he feels good and if he doesn’t play in Europe he is leaning to play for one of the three teams he has played for in the past (Philly, Colorado or Nashville).
Read on for the translation…
And now for a brief break from actual “news”... a tribute to the Flyers Dancing Guy.
Really, you’ve got to respect a fan that can dance after the season his team just had.
Note: Thanks to David for pointing this vid out to me this morning. Always good to get a smile into the hockey newsday.
from Scott Morrision at CBC,
Perhaps he had a premonition. Or perhaps it has been that kind of year, so what else would Paul Holmgren expect?
But these are the words the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers uttered on the eve of Tuesday’s draft lottery:
“It stinks. We’re the worst team, we should get the first pick.”
End of conversation.
So what happens? Even though the Flyers had a 48.2 per cent chance of winning the number one pick, the Chicago Blackhawks moved from fifth (based on the standings) to first through a weighted lottery.
There will be 30 teams vying for the services of a handful of top free agents during the off-season.
Why are the Flyers optimistic they can win a couple of these valuable auctions?
After all, even though they figure to have plenty of salary cap space (between $15-$20 million), so will a lot of other teams.
What will make big-time talents want to leave winning teams such as Buffalo and New Jersey to come to the team with the worst record of 2006-07?
continued… and some Flyers’ speculation about the NHL draft lottery
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Is that a tear dripping from the statue of Kate Smith outside the old Philadelphia Spectrum?
No one would doubt the spirit of the late, great singer of God Bless America has turned away from her beloved Flyers across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center in what could be their worst season in franchise history.
If the Flyers don’t pick up six points in their remaining four games—starting tonight against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre—they’ll come in lower than the 1969-70 club, an expansion-era team that compiled 58 points in 76 games.
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