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Another Bad Start For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Two games do not a season make for the Flyers. Hey, even Peter Laviolette still had a job at this point last year.

But the Flyers' most apparent fault through the first two sprints of this 82-game marathon is exactly what most feared it would be: a shoddy defense corps that is both too big and too slow to keep up in today's NHL.

With a career-worst minus-5 outing,(Luke) Schenn was just the poster boy. His partner in crime, Michael Del Zotto, was right behind him as a minus-4. That was against a Devils team, albeit which is a bit stronger offensively, that finished 25th in the league in goals last year.

The kicker is that last night was just a preview of perhaps the next month to come, now that general manager Ron Hextall announced Braydon Coburn is expected to miss a substantial amount of time with an undisclosed injury....

Through two games, with the same record as last season, there is a different feel around the Flyers. It is not one of lifelessness, or going through the motions, which cost Laviolette his job. Rather, it is of one aware of the problem but seemingly without answer.

"Last year, we were getting completely outfoxed," Simmonds said. "This year, obviously we've had a couple slow starts. But throughout the game, we're working hard, we're battling back, we're doing some good things."

Just not enough to cover up the bad things.


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Morning Line - Scott Burnside

No matter what safeguards are in place when the league is forced to suspend a Pittsburgh Penguin or a New York Islander or New York Ranger, there will be a shadow of doubt about Pronger's role. For a league that has had so much going for it on the ice and in the boardrooms, it is a curious move to make a hire that is already arching eyebrows around the NHL for its strangeness.

The league somehow managed to move beyond the sometimes embarrassing and at times potentially damaging situation of having former league disciplinarian Colin Campbell preside over supplemental discipline in spite of the fact his son Gregory played in the league.

Why the league would choose to court similar distractions and negative press is more than a little baffling.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.

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Watching NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 9, 2014 – Last night’s NHL opening night doubleheader on NBCSN was the best on record, according to The Nielsen Company, generating record ratings and viewership, as well as digital consumption.

Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN. The game also set live streaming records for uniques and minutes consumed.

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Evening Line - Larry Brooks

Re Chris Pronger & NHL Dep't Player Safety: This is not difficult. He is a Flyers' employee. He is on Flyers' roster. End of discussion.

I know, maybe Brandon Dubinsky can fill in working for Dep't of Player Safety while he's on IR.

-Larry Brooks via Twitter.

added 6:06pm, also from Brooks..

This just in: Bobby Clarke is one of the refs for tonight's Flyers-B's opener in Boston.

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So What Do You Think Of Chris Pronger Joining The Department Of Player Safety?

from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The All-Star defenseman and Stanley Cup champion has interviewed for a job in the DPS and is at the top of Quintal’s list to replace the departed Brian Leetch. He would be part of the team that analyzes plays, participates in hearings and gives input to Quintal, who makes the final decisions.

Pronger would be a controversial choice for two reasons:

-- One, he racked up 1,916 penalty minutes in the regular season and playoffs combined over his 18-year NHL career. He was suspended eight times for a total of 22 games – 20 in the regular season and two in the playoffs. The infractions? Slashing. High-sticking. Leaving the bench to join an altercation. Cross-checking. Kicking (twice). Hitting the head (twice).

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The Philadelphia Flyers Without A True Heavyweight Fighter

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer at the Centre Daily Times,

The Flyers, once known as the Broad Street Bullies, put winger Jay Rosehill on waivers Thursday and will start the season without a heavyweight enforcer for the first time since the early 1970s.

What in the name of Dave Schultz is going on here?

Enforcers, Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Friday's practice in Voorhees, are needed less today than in the past.

"I think everybody knows that," he said. "You look at the rules, look at the game, look at everything."

Over the years, the Flyers have had more than 30 enforcers, including Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Ed Hospodar, Glen Cochrane, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear, Berube, Riley Cote, and Jody Shelley.


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Heckling Bobby Ryan Via Twitter

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

Yesterday evening - a few hours after he signed his new contract extension with the Ottawa Senators - Bobby Ryan posted a fairly harmless tweet about the Thursday night NFL game.

@b_ryan9: Oh man. Is Rodgers going to throw for 450 tonight?

The reaction was immediate and harsh. And no, it wasn't from Minnesota Vikings fans who were upset with Ryan's comment about how Aaron Rodgers was carving up their defense. Instead, the first responders to the tweet were a wave of Philadelphia Flyers fans who were crushed that Ryan had chosen to stay with Ottawa instead of becoming a free agent and returning to his hometown near Philadelphia.

A small sampling of the responses:
@SauceItup: @b_ryan9: Are you coming to Philly? Should answer your question. :(
@FlyersNation: @b_ryan9: Why Bobby why
@FlyersTime: @b_ryan9: you betrayed us #flyers
@jDundon29: @b_ryan9: Well well it's Bobby "no Philly" Ryan

So after his media scrum ended this morning, I decided to ask Ryan if he paid much attention to the negativity coming out of Philadelphia since he signed his contract extension 24 hours earlier. He immediately started to laugh and pulled out his phone from his pocket. "Actually, I got to show you the best one, because the picture was so good."


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About Those Trade Rumors In Philadelphia

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

"I'm not going to talk about trades," Hextall said. "But I will give you one other piece of advice: Don't believe everything you read."

The rumor, from TSN's Bob McKenzie, said Hextall is actively shopping a defenseman - particularly Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann - in order to open up a space in the lineup for 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin.

Hextall wasn't happy. He was rankled about "players' names being specifically mentioned," because there are families and homes and lives attached to those names.

"It's one of my least favorite parts of the business, the stuff that gets out, particularly the stuff that has zero credibility," Hextall said, still fired up.

The problem for Hextall is that yesterday's rumors were 100 percent credible. The one difference, according to a front-office source, is that it may not be to open up room specifically for Morin.

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Vinny Lecavalier Wants To Forget Last Season

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In his first year with the Flyers, after signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million, Lecavalier managed 20 goals but just 37 points after 14 mostly productive seasons with Tampa Bay.

"It's easy to look back and make excuses, but whatever happened, happened," Lecavalier said before he scored one of the Flyers' four power-play goals as their split-squad team beat Washington, 5-4, Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I was put on left wing and I should have been better. It was the first time I ever played that position, but at the same time, you have to try to adapt quicker. Obviously, I didn't. But now's a new year and I want to move on from last year. Right now, I'm in the middle and I'm very comfortable there. It's just more natural for me."

Lecavalier centered right winger R.J. Umberger and left winger Petr Straka on Monday. When the regular season opens in Boston on Oct. 8, there's a good chance that Michael Raffl will replace Straka on that line.

"I'd be really happy" if the line ends up that way, said Lecavalier, who has 403 career goals and will get strong Hall of Fame consideration when he retires. "I think we're three big bodies, and I think there's some chemistry there."


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Season Outlook For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,

Biggest story line to watch: Without Hartnell, the Flyers created a sizeable hole at the top of their forward group. Hartnell was a strong fit alongside centre Giroux and right winger Vorcaek on the first line, so Berube and the coaching staff must quickly find an adequate replacement. Early reports indicate Umberger could be a fit in that role, but he hardly provides the size and physicality that worked so well with the two scorers. Others in consideration are Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Michael Raffl, who all saw time in the role last year.

2014-15 prediction: Despite the Flyers’ strength up front, Philly will take a minor step back without Hartnell and fail to qualify for the playoffs. They don’t have enough on the back end. Philly finishes ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.


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