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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
After their fourth straight defeat, the quotes coming out the Flyers’ locker room sounded oh, so familiar.
"We didn't play a full 60 minutes,” said one player.
“We were flat at the start,” added another.
Et cetera. Et cetera.
Forget the explanations and excuses. The Flyers try hard on most nights, but they simply don't have the right blend of talent and grit....
When the trip started, the Flyers were eight points out of a playoff spot. Now, they’re nine points out _ and that margin could grow because the team they’re chasing, the Rangers, have three games in hand.
Some fans are asking for coach Craig Berube to take the fall, but that isn’t expected to happen.
Claude Giroux knows the cut he suffered on the back of his leg could have been much worse.
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
On his very first shift after sitting out nine games as a healthy scratch, the Flyers' defenseman went into the corner to make a defensive play and fell down.
Danny Briere tried to step over him and caught Del Zotto with his skate, slashing him on the left side of his neck.
“I wanted to take an angle on [Briere],” Del Zotto said. “I don’t know if I clipped a skate but went down and he skated away and I felt his blade hit my neck.”
It could have been a lot worse than the 20 or so stitches, but Del Zotto did not play again until the start of the second period.
At least he wasn’t seriously injured.
Del Zotto posted two pictures on instragram a few hours ago, see them below, not pretty.
Steve Mason skated today while recovering from an injury which he thought was very serious at the time.
from Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
- Defenceman Andrew MacDonald was something of a punchline for the analytics set when he was with the Islanders. Without Travis Hamonic on the ice with, MacDonald was a one-way door for shot attempts. Still, with free agent status looming in the summer ahead, prevailing thought had MacDonald getting paid.
The Philadelphia Flyers saw MacDonald as an upgrade to their defence corp, so they sent two draft picks to the Islanders and planned on signing the 28-year old to a long-term deal.
The Flyers rewarded MacDonald with a six-year, $30 million contract shortly after acquiring him.
MacDonald and his defence partner Luke Schenn combine to make $8.6 million, annually. Try and find a more porous pairing in that price range.
- The Colorado Avalanche sent two years of P.A. Parenteau at $4 million per to the Montreal Canadiens for one year of Daniel Briere at the same price.
The trouble with this move for the Avalanche is that Parenteau is still a very useful and effective player who’s 31-years old. Briere is a 37-year old, one-dimensional player who’s not really worthy of a regular spot in an NHL lineup anymore.
Parenteau currently shades on the positive side of the puck possession spectrum and has played the bulk of his even-strength minutes on a line with Max Pacioretty in Montreal. Briere has found himself in the pressbox on occasion in Denver.
more 'bad' trades...
Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube must’ve said something to Dustin Byfuglien after the Flyers beat the Jets in OT, prompting the big Jets defenceman to get up in his face.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Galvanized by Zepp’s long and winding road, the Flyers put together an equally improbable two-goal rally and stunned the Jets, 4-3, in overtime to deliver him a win.
Zepp, 33, became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut since 1926. He compared the experience to climbing Mount Everest.
"I think that’s the beauty of sports," Streit said. "Everywhere you look, there’s always exceptions to the rule. Some guys make it to the NHL at 18 or 19 years old and some guys have to stick with it and work a lot harder. I think it’s important. Guys like him never lose sight of their goal. They always believe in themselves."
Most players in Zepp’s skates, even with the comfortable pay in Europe, would have quit long ago. There were 98 players taken ahead of him in the 1999 NHL Draft. Only five of them are still in the NHL this season: Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Martin Havlat, Jordan Leopold and Chris Kelly.
His story resonated with every player in the Flyers’ locker room - from young to old, from entitled to hungry, from role player to star.
Hollywood-type storylines don’t usually go over very well in NHL dressing rooms. Players today are usually immune to the narrative in their sterile bubble.
more and watch the game highlights below...
Rob Zepp at age 33 will make his NHL debut as the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Winnipeg Jets...
from Evan Peaslee of Sportsnet,
With the Flyers playing without starter Steve Mason for the weekend, who injured himself during practice on Friday, and playing back-to-back games, the club was in need of a second goaltender. Zepp dressed but served as the backup to Ray Emery for Saturday’s victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the duo will swap roles for Sunday’s contest.
Zepp, a veteran journeyman, has played professional hockey since graduating from the Ontario Hockey League in 2001, and has spent most of the past decade playing in Europe, including the last seven with the Berlin Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
a bit more...
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.
In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.
Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.
As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.
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