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from the Courier-Post,
When the Flyers fortified their porous defense in the offseason by acquiring Kimmo Timonen from the Nashville Predators and Jason Smith from the Edmonton Oilers, Flyers’ defenseman Denis Gauthier wondered whether he’d be starting training camp wearing a different uniform.
“Yeah, I was concerned,” Gauthier said Tuesday after a scrimmage with several other Flyers’ veterans. “I wanted to be back. When I signed that two-year (contract) extension I planned on being here the whole two years. I feel like I was a part of getting (junior teammate) Danny Briere to come here. That would have really (ticked) me off, giving up on me after one year.”
That two-year extension, valued at $2.1 million in each of the next two seasons, could end up being an albatross for Gauthier, especially if Mike Rathje is successful in his attempted comeback.
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje said he wants to see how he fares in exhibition games before anyone decides how much missing six months of last season affects his ability to perform.
As for the Flyers’ predicament of fitting Rathje onto the roster and under the salary cap, Rathje said he completely understands Holmgren’s concerns.
“He told me what he had to do (by adding Timonen and Smith) and I understand that,” Rathje said. “He was shocked when I told him after the surgery that I wanted to come back. But he never discouraged me. He told me straight up if I’m healthy I’d play.
“We both have an understanding. If I can help the team he’s going to do what he has to do (to fit his salary under the cap). If I can’t play and be healthy I won’t be playing.”
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Brick native Jim Dowd won’t be back with the Devils this season. Instead, the 38-year-old center has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers. A source said that though the Flyers did not sign Dowd, an unrestricted free agent, because they don’t have salary cap room, they have promised him an opportunity to make the team as their fourth-line center.
from the Palm Beach Post,
Can the Rangers’ “D” get it done? The additions of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez give New York the league’s most potent offense and Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn’t very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek.
“It’s brutal,” said Panthers broadcaster Denis Potvin (who, truth be told, never will be accused of being a Rangers fan). “They’ll be OK in goal, but the defense is a big issue.”
“There seems to be an imbalance there, but some people in the know say it’s not as bad as people think,” national broadcaster Bill Clement added.
more NHL talk... including the Panthers, Flyers, Thrashers, Ducks and some Calder talk…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Jason Smith might be skating around Rexall Place next month with a C on his Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
The former Edmonton Oilers captain is one of three former NHL captains on the Philadelphia roster—Danny Briere (Buffalo Sabres) and Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators), also acquired over the summer, are the others—and
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave Smith a rave review Thursday during a conference call.
via SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
The Flyers identified 352 seats for their all-you-can-eat ticket package in the northeast corner of the building’s fourth floor, known as the mezzanine level. Those seats are some of the last to sell for hockey, said Shawn Tilger, the team’s vice president of marketing and communication.
“We have always had a challenge selling those rows on the side where we shoot once,” Tilger said. “These are not season tickets or partials [and it is] more of a marketing campaign to sell single-game tickets.”
The seats, midway up the upper deck, are spread over four sections. They cost $47.50 last season without food and drink included. The new ticket price is $66 and covers the cost to eat hot dogs, popcorn, chips and salsa and soda. Alcohol is an additional cost.
When a Flyers patron buys a ticket at the box office, online or by phone, he gets a game ticket and a second ticket that is exchanged for a wristband at a concession stand designated for the all-you-can-eat seats, Tilger said.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Lupul is part of a revamped team in Philadelphia. The Flyers were big players in the off-season, signing free agent Daniel Briere and acquiring the likes of goaltender Martin Biron, defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
“Any time you get to go to a new team it’s exciting,” Lupul said.
“It’s a fresh start. I could tell from the first day that the Flyers are a first-class organization. They do things right and they definitely treat their players well.
“They’ve helped me out a lot and they’ve made it easy for all of the new guys to feel welcomed there.”
Getting an opportunity to play in the East is also appealing to Lupul, who up to now has only known the rigours of playing for Western teams.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Forsberg told “Aftonbladet” he would play for Modo of the Swedish Elite League before deciding whether to jump to the NHL, perhaps sometime in December.
“He didn’t know what his (playing) status was and I left it that when he gets to that point let us know and we’ll talk,” Holmgren said.
Forsberg has since played a couple of benefit games with former Flyers teammate Simon Gagne in Sweden. Holmgren said Gagne told him Forsberg was “unbelievable” in the exhibitions.
Reuniting Forsberg to a vastly improved Flyers lineup is not a far-fetched proposition. Before he was traded to the Predators Feb. 15, Forsberg said he believed the Flyers could quickly rebound from the worst season in team history and be a Stanley Cup contender within a year or two.
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.
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