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“He’s gotta go out and play his game. Don’t try and do too much, just play your game. Just be you. Move the puck when you get it. Get out and play the puck and move it. That’s what gets him in the game. And make the saves you’re supposed to make.”
-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on goaltender Steve Mason who has yet to win a game this season. More on Mason from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
"I've had a lot of trouble tracking the puck in the lighting," (Steve) Mason said last week. "I don't know the right term. It's just a weird glow out there. With how bright it is, you think it would be clearer.
"It's almost too white out there, if that makes any sense."
To be clear: Mason made it a point to say that the lighting system is not to blame for his winless start to the season. In fact, he has said time and time again that he needs to be better - even if the truth is that the Flyers have given him very little support.
He is not alone in his struggles. The new LED lights are so tuned and focused on the playing surface that less lighting is now sprinkled on the crowd. The result is a darker backdrop to the glass than the players are used to seeing.
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who has since gone down with an injury, said it's been difficult to track the puck when it is in the air or rimming around the glass. The puck blends into the crowd.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Colaiacovo, 31 (1/27/1983), is a veteran of 401 NHL games over 11 seasons. He most recently was with the St. Louis Blues, where he posted a goal and three assists for four points in 25 games last season. Colaiacovo played a total of five seasons with the Blues, who acquired him from Toronto on November 4, 2008 with Alex Steen in exchange for Lee Stempniak. He spent the 2012-13 season with Detroit, appearing in six games, before re-signing with St. Louis before last season.
In those 401 games with Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit, Colaiacovo has posted 31 goals and 133 assists for 144 points, along with 211 PIM. He was drafted by Toronto in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"The games are so close," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told ESPN.com Wednesday. "I think we all weigh on our top players a lot, and at points I think too much, so I think giving your so-called fourth line a couple of extra minutes, or maybe an extra 3-4 minutes, is becoming bigger and bigger. The guys there have to be good hockey players. I'm not saying our guy [Rosehill] that we demoted wasn't a good hockey player, but we were just looking for a few more minutes from those fourth-line guys." ...
"Colton (Orr) worked hard and brought other elements besides fighting," Leafs GM Dave Nonis told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He did a good job for us, and did play in the playoffs when fighting wasn't part of the game. But the actual minutes that we’re trying to pull out of our fourth line and the combinations that we want available for the coaches has lent itself to a different style of player right now."
more including Ken Holland on the topic...
via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Jonathan Quick, on whether he felt he was pushed into the net:
No, I know I was. I didn’t ‘feel.’ I know. So that should be no goal. I don’t know how that goes upstairs and still they get it wrong. I don’t know the excat ruling on that because they seem to change it every year, but usually you’re not allowed to push a goalie into the net, so I don’t know. Maybe they changed it again on us.
Darryl Sutter, on whether the call on the ice was correct:
They have the right to review it, so whether it was or not, it doesn’t matter whether I think if it’s correct or not correct. It really has no bearing on anything. He was safe at third and he was out at home.
Quick received a 10 minute game misconduct penalty after the goal was ruled good, watch below...
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
He's drawing on his experience with the Kings as he tries to fortify the Flyers, who missed the playoffs in the 2012-13 season, were eliminated in the first round last season, and are coping with key injuries on defense. He has borrowed bits of philosophy from Flyers icon Bob Clarke, their senior vice president, and Holmgren, the Flyers' president, as well as from Lombardi.
"You've got the two ex-players in 'Clarkie' and 'Homer' and then you get the other side of it. Dean's a lawyer and very analytical, so you tune into some of his thought process and his thinking," Hextall said. "I learned an awful lot from Dean and from being in LA.
"In Philly, things have always been fairly stable. In L.A. we turned over the whole infrastructure of the organization, from trainers to coaches to scouts. I'd never been through a process like that before. I think one of the most valuable things I learned was hiring people and how important it was to hire the right people."...
"We've got some good young pieces coming, and in that sense there's similarities with L.A. We've got a real good young group of forwards here, and we've got some young defensemen coming that we're really excited about. So we've got to have some patience."
more plus a short talk with John Davidson, President of the Columbus Blue Jackets..
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
According to a source, the Flyers reached out to defenseman Ryan Whitney's camp yesterday to gauge interest.
No deal had been reached yesterday, but one could be brokered soon, depending on how Gostisbehere plays and whether the Flyers can get eyes on Whitney's physical condition.
Whitney, 31, arrived in Sochi, Russia, only yesterday after signing with the KHL's HC Sochi. His deal with HC Sochi is a 1-year deal and he has an "out clause" to return to North America at any point. HC Sochi plays next tomorrow.
A text message delivered to Whitney's cellphone by the Daily News in Russia went unreturned. His agent, Paul Krepelka, neither confirmed nor denied the Flyers' interest.
"Ryan is signed with a KHL team as of now," Krepelka said. "I don't want to comment any further than that - I'll leave that up to Ronnie ."
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
COBURN & MacDONALD OUT
Shortly after the Flyers resumed practice on Friday morning, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower-body injuries and will be out for approximately four weeks.
Coburn had been skating with the team for a full week, rehabbing from an injury he suffered on opening night in Boston that has kept him out of the last five games.
MacDonald has appeared in all seven of the Flyers contests, recording three points (1g-2a) and an average ice-time of 22:55 to rank second on the team, behind Mark Streit.
Also on the injury front, Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He did not return for the third period in the Flyers’ 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
When Umberger was a rookie with the Flyers, his locker was next to Mike Knuble’s. Through four games this season, Umberger is pointless and is hearing Knuble’s old advice.
“Concentrate on five shots a game,” Knuble would tell Umberger. “Whether it’s rebounds or whatever, you’ll get out of your slump.”
Well, so far Umberger has mustered only two shots all season. For the past couple games, he’s been on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read – known as the shutdown unit....
“He’s a good defensive player. Checks well, kills penalties,” Berube said. “That’s what we expected out of him. He’ll get his goals. He goes to the net. That’s what he does.”
So far, that hasn’t quite been the case. Umberger has started his shifts in the offensive zone 58.3 percent of the time this season, easily his highest percentage in his career, yet he’s still a minus-5. For those that think plus/minus is an archaic statistic, his Fenwick For percentage (a calculation of shots and misses for the Flyers against shots and misses for an opponent) is a career-low 40.4 percent.
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