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Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.
At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Several Flyers said their brawl in a blowout loss against Washington on Friday has unified the team and served as a much-needed spark and rallying cry.
The Flyers received lots of negative national coverage for the four simultaneously fights _ one in which Ray Emery pummeled the fellow goalie Braden Holtby, who didn’t want to participate. The fights occurred eight seconds after visiting Washington took a 7-0 third-period lead.
Left winger Scott Hartnell said the team “fed off” the brawl and it carried into Saturday’s 1-0 win in New Jersey, a game in which the Flyers (4-9) allowed just 14 shots and had no turnovers.
“Obviously, fighting is part of the game. It’s been a while since you see three or four fights in one stoppage and a goalie going down and attacking another team’s goalie,” Hartnell said after Monday’s practice in Voorhees. “People are all over Razor (Emery) for doing that. But look what he did. He played solid for us and got us a shutout. We were excited. Even though the crowd booed us the whole game, it felt like a win after that little scrum. We love it, fans love it here in Philly. It’s part of our heritage. We definitely fed off it. We gotta keep doing it. We can’t win one and lose two every time. It’s got to continue.”
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
After looking at it and discussing it internally for last 24 hrs, NHL has decided not to suspend Ray Emery. Simply put ...
current rulebook as it stands doesn't back any suspension for this. Obviously league doesn't like what it saw last night but ...
there's just nothing in rulebook for supplemental discipline for that
So, who is the next goalie to do the same type of thing and not be subject to punishment?
You had the opportunity to watch the Flyers/Capitals fight earlier with the Philadelphia broadcasters calling the play, now let's see how the Washington crew handled it.
Flyers were losing 7-0 early in the 3rd period when this happened...
Boxscore from the battle is below.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
General manager Paul Holmgren, who is taking a huge risk here with the deal and his job security given the state of the franchise, feels that Downie’s enthusiasm and ability will have a trickle-down effect.
Put it this way: If Downie can prod Giroux, plus somehow inspire the Flyers to regain confidence in themselves in the third period and turn things around, it’s a win.
If not? It’s a disaster.
From a season-ticket holder’s standpoint, judging by the internet comments, it’s anything but a “culture change” -- another ex-Flyer back in the fold instead of moving forward. To say fans are angry would be an understatement.
They see this deal as stale, more of the same.
My opinion, if the Flyers need a player like Downie to provide inspiration, it tells me the team has bigger problems which need to be addressed.
And if it were a question of money, it’s not as though the Avalanche has to move a contract to get under the salary cap or anything. They’re the third-lowest spending team in the league at $51.7 million and with the salary cap almost certainly rising significantly next season, the Avs are going to have to at least get to the floor.
And if they’re going to make moves like this just to save some bucks, what’s the point of even competing in the NHL in the first place? It was budget moves that got the Avalanche in this trouble in the first place and had them mired in the dregs of the NHL for a lot of years.
-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on the Downie/Talbot trade. Read more on the trade.
Talbot, 29, has two more years on his deal with a cap hit of $1.75 million annually. Surely the Avs aren’t thinking about shaving a little money off the bottom line while the team is finally creating some positive buzz after years of being a nonfactor in that market. Surely ownership wouldn’t be that shortsighted.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN also on the trade. More from Burnside on this topic.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Maxime Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Steve Downie.
Talbot, 29, has appeared in all 11 games for the Flyers this year, tallying a goal and one assist. A native of Lemoyne, Quebec, Talbot has recorded 77 goals and 77 assists for 154 points in 515 career games between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He has also skated in 77 career playoff games, totaling 39 points (18g/21a).
“Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We look forward to him bringing that experience to our club.”
Benoit Pouliot received a five minute major for boarding, a ten and game misconduct for the hit.
Talbot did return in the early part of the 3rd period.
I don't believe there was any intent to injure on the play and it just seemed to be the type of play that just happens at times.
Watch the hit below...
added 9:41pm, YouTube version added below...
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