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from David Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Even if the Flyers had won in regulation Saturday and cut the deficit to two points, the Bruins have two games in hand on the Flyers and the potential to get four more points.
"We were 13 points away about a month ago," Voracek said. "When you would tell me we'd be five points away a month later, I wouldn't believe you. That's not the way we think (that the season is over). That's the way you guys (in the media) think. You didn't believe in us since Game 1. We know what we have in the locker room. We've just got to keep going."
If blaming the media is bulletin-board material for the Flyers, they'll start their hopeful comeback Sunday against the New Jersey Devils who have won six of their last nine games.
"It's always easy to bash and be harsh on the guys when the team doesn't play well. It's easy to do that when we play a game like that," Voracek said. "We've just got to make sure we refocus. I know it's hard. It's a tough pill to swallow."
If you believe sportsclubstats.com, which projects playoff chances based on more than 11 million simulations of the final 16 games, the Flyers have a measly 2.4 percent chance of making the postseason.
"The season's not over, is it?" coach Craig Berube said. "I don't know why anyone would think that."
Then this happened...
Below is the Eastern Conference picture afte the Boston win...
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
According to multiple sources, Reese was peeved that Mason relieved starter Rob Zepp after two goals, since Mason was told that day he would not play unless Zepp sustained serious injury.
Sources said Mason was given that word by the team, asking him to suit up because the team had salary cap issues and could not afford another backup goaltender for the game.
That jives with what Ron Hextall said this past Monday, in his post-trade deadline press conference, revealing specifically that the Flyers skated by the $69 million cap with just $48,000 to spare “the other day.” On Feb. 24, the Carolina game before Toronto while Mason was still injured, the Flyers used an “emergency goaltender exemption” to add rookie Anthony Stolarz to the roster, temporarily exceeding the 23-man limit for 48 hours.
Two days later, Mason said after the team’s pre-game skate in Toronto: “I’d be able to go in there and do the job, but I hope it doesn’t come to that. The game is not there yet. I haven’t had a good skate yet because of the schedule.”
via a Flyers' press release,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that goaltending coach Jeff Reese is no longer with the team, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
“It was a mutual agreement between both parties,” said Hextall. “Jeff was an integral part of our coaching staff for the past six seasons and we wish him well.”
Reese joined the Flyers in 2009 after eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff, including the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup Championship.
The team will have no further comment.
The Flyers lost 3-2 in OT to Calgary...
from Mark Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
... a pool reporter asked Stephen Walkom, the NHL director of officiating, why the play was ruled no goal due to incidental contact and was unreviewable. Here was his response in a phone interview.
“That (incidental contact/no goal) is one of the things we’ve been doing a little more this year. I would say it’s happened 20 or 30 times. . .
“(Referee) Chris (Rooney)made a call of no goal. They (on-ice officials) met, contacted someone here, probably Chris King, and he told them it’s not a reviewable play. . .incidental contact.
“We think it’s a good process – in order to get the right call. We use all the resources available to make the right decision.’’
Watch the play below...
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-0, 198 lb LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Bellemare, who turns 30 on Friday (3/6/1985), has collected four goals and four assists for eight points in 62 games this season. He came to the Flyers from Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Swedish Elite League), where he spent the past five seasons and posted a total of 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.
Bellemare played eight seasons overall in Sweden, spending three years with Leksands IF in Sweden’s second division before moving to Skelleftea in 2009. The native of Paris, France represented his country at the 2014 World Championships, where he recorded three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games.
Every time I decry the supposed virtues of the salary cap, I'm surprised to hear from fans who think it's the best thing the NHL and Gary Bettman ever did.
Sorry, but "thumbs down" - yet again - to that belief.
The level playing field the cap is supposed to create shows a current gap of 46 points between first and last place in the NHL standings. It figures to grow larger.
In the season (2003-04) before the advent of the salary cap, the first and last-place teams were separated by 50 points. A small-market club or fan that needs a way to make sure teams like Toronto and Philadelphia don't bury the opposition with unlimited spending should realize the obvious - the way to keep the Leafs and the Flyers from becoming superpowers is to encourage and allow them to spend as much as they wish.
Because look how they spend it.
-Dave Hodge of TSN.
from MArc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Del Zotto now has seven points (3 goals, four assists) in his last eight games.
“I thought he played a really good game,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s doing an all-around great job.”
Then Berube expanded on the subject.
“He is playing against top lines, defending well and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Berube said. “You know, he’s defending well and then he’s jumping in the play when he can and making good plays with the puck.”
Del Zotto, who turns 25 in June, says this is possibly the most confidence he has had as an NHL player.. He was with the Rangers beginning in the 2009-10 season until being traded to Nashville on Jan. 22, 2014.
In the offseason he signed with the Flyers.
“In the past couple of days the coaching staff has showed a lot of trust in me, throwing me in all situations, the first penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5,” he said. “Anytime that happens it helps with your confidence and it’s going well right now”.
via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks. The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games. He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.
from David Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Some players in the NHL just can't bring themselves to buy into the hype of the league's trade deadline…not even when in the hockey Mecca that is Toronto.
Nick Grossmann won't watch the hours of live TV coverage on deadline day.
"No, I don't know why," the defenseman said. "I've never been much of a fan of that. I think it's too much speculation. It's too many rumors."
Wayne Simmonds, on the other hand, can't get enough.
The right wing remembers being a young player in the league and constantly checking his phone and computer to follow the hot rumor for a couple years: that Simmonds, then an L.A. Kings winger, was destined to be shipped to Atlanta for Ilya Kovalchuk.
"Not a chance I was looking at houses in Atlanta," Simmonds said. "I was a 21-year-old kid. I didn't really care. I was just happy to be playing in the NHL."
The Flyers couldn't help but pay attention during their time in town, in which the Maple Leafs made three trades.
"When you're in Canada I think it's a little bit easier," Simmonds said. "Pretty much every single channel is dedicated to the NHL. No matter where you go you see something pop up.
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