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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
They are a flawed team that, probably because of the crest on the front of its jersey, believes it is better than its competition.
You can talk about parity, how every night in the NHL's salary-capped world is tough, how every team works hard. That's coach-speak. It's impossible to argue the Flyers did not spend time glancing at the standings before playing last week. Losing one or two games out of those final four could have happened to any team, especially on the heels of a long trip that changed time zones five times for eight games.
How else do you explain a maddeningly inconsistent team that has beaten the defending Cup champion Kings twice, taken the Ducks to overtime twice, and pounded the Penguins this season?
When looking at the standings, the Flyers must have glanced over their own name, buried near the bottom on that list.
NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Philadelphia Flyers' organization for the team's travel to Nashville on December 26, 2014. This team activity was in violation of Article 16.5(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.
The League will have no further comment on the matter.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Philadelphia Flyers appear to have violated the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement by travelling during the recent holiday break, Sportsnet has learned.
The team departed for Nashville at 8:24 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, according to their flight log on FlightAware, during what is considered a restricted period for team activity in the CBA.
Article 16.5 (b) in that document states: “December 24, Christmas Day, and December 26 shall be off-days for all purposes, including travel.”
The Flyers refused comment through a spokesman when asked about the flight. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly did not respond to an email asking whether the team was under investigation.
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.
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