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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Latchford didn’t know a whole lot about Downie when she opened her Peterborough, Ontario, home to him two years ago. She had heard about his on-ice fight with junior teammate, Akim Aliu, but other than that, she knew very little.
But as their relationship grew, so did Latchford’s affection and appreciation for Downie.
She was there for him when he lost a 19-year-old friend to leukemia and a 20-year-old friend to meningitis. She has seen a side to Downie very few people in the hockey world has seen.
“He’s been through a lot, but he doesn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him because he lost his father,” Latchford said from her home in Peterborough. “Other kids have been through things, too, but nobody knows about them because they’re not in the limelight.”
from Philly Burbs,
Don’t show me the money. At least not yet. That’s the vibe Jeff Carter gives off when questioned about the possibility of beginning contract talks now, rather than wait for his three-year deal to expire in June….
He’s a restricted free agent, so there’s really no urgency to begin negotiations. Like Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger, whose contracts also run out in June, there’s no need for Carter to think about money now.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, just go out and play,” Carter said at Friday morning’s skate. “It doesn’t really matter to me.”
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday recalled minor-league forward Steve Downie.
Today, they’ll call up Andre “Moose” Dupont, Bob “Mad Dog” Kelly and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz.
more on the Flyers…
from the Courier Post,
Briere and Kapanen, each of whom is listed at an exaggerated 5-foot-10, traded a flurry of punches while battling for a puck along the boards in a 2-on-2 drill. They were quickly separated by teammates.
“It wasn’t much,” Briere said. “It was a battling drill. I think he gave a shot to somebody and then he gave me a shot. There were some pushes back and forth.”
For the record, those weren’t pushes, they were punches.
Kapanen suggested there was more to the skirmish than some spur-of-the-moment adrenaline…
So what gives? Is it possible Kapanen was trying to send a message to Briere?
From Ed Moran at the Philadelphia News,
The Flyers have been put on notice by the NHL.
After Riley Cote was handed a three-game suspension for a head shot to Dallas forward Mat Niskanen in Saturday’s game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren that the league would be watching the Flyers closely.
“I talked to [Bettman] today. He thinks, like I do, that these are different coincidences, different situations, that have to be viewed differently, but the question was raised about ramifications if it happens again,” Holmgren told the Daily News. “So obviously we’re under watch.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Philadelphia Flyer forward Riley Cote is likely to be suspended for his match penalty at 17:46 of the third period in Dallas’s 4-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday.
Cote delivered a high head shot against Dallas defenceman Matt Niskanen. Any player assessed a match penalty is automatically suspended pending a review by the league. It will be a shock if Cote isn’t suspended by the league.
from NHL Digest,
If a fan feels that a player deserves to be in the All-Star Game, the fans should vote accordingly. Fans should not be influenced by the lure of autographed merchandise, tickets and/or other prizes.
It is one thing for creative fans to try to hustle votes, but an entirely different thing for an organization to attempt to essentially buy votes for its players.
What do you think?
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphai News,
But when it isn’t even December and you have had four players suspended for on-ice stuff and the rest of the league combined has had only two, you know what people will think. When you lead the league in penalty minutes and majors, you know what people will think. When you are the Flyers, and even if you are so far removed from the old days that some current players are young enough to be the grandsons of some of the original Broad Street Bullies, well, you know.
You know what people will think - and the Flyers had better get used to it.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been suspended two games by the NHL for a blatant, dangerous head shot to Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts during Monday’s 6-3 Bruins rout at the Wachovia Center.
If you missed the video, you can see it here.
added 4:29pm, from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
But there is clearly a mandate in Philadelphia to drill guys first and worry about the repercussions, or concussions, later. They figure that makes them “tough to play against,” and earlier this season GM Paul Holmgren intimated that the Flyers are a better team because they’re making their mark physically on their opponents.
Of course that’s why they’re better. It has nothing to do with acquiring one of the most talented offensive players in the league in Daniel Briere, rebuilding their defense corps and getting a goalie who can actually stop the puck on occasion.
added 4:41pm, from Colin Campbell,
“It appears that Mr. Hartnell was attempting to let up on delivering a check to an opponent that was in a vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “However, at the point of contact, he did deliver a blow to the head of Mr. Alberts that resulted in an injury.”
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
When Simon Gagne went out with a concussion on Nov. 7, there was a feeling that he could miss up to a month.
But now, as the Flyers are nearly at the end of the month, the likelihood is that he might take all of December to get healthy….
While this is some indication of progress, it is not a sign that he will return soon. Even after he is able to start skating and work back into practicing with the team, he will need a significant length of time at full practice to get back into game condition, as well as make sure the concussion has healed.
He can’t even say when that might be right now.
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