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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
After weeks of haggling between Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and then-Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson – did the Jackets want Carter or Mike Richards? would the Jackets include a prospect, first-round pick, and maybe another decent pick? – the two sides began to narrow in on a deal that would send promising left wing Jake Voracek, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick to the Flyers for the veteran Carter.
Holmgren hemmed and hawed for a few days until GMs began showing up in St. Paul and Minneapolis for the draft.
Holmgren called Howson the day before the draft in the morning to tell him he was ready to make the move, but not before he dropped a bombshell on Howson’s lap, one that staggered him and forced him to sit down:
“You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter (ital) and (end) Richards.
via Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Brayden Schenn’s night ended more than a period early after a hit threw him head first into the boards.
Washington’s Tom Wilson hit Schenn, who had the puck and turned to the boards, with 4:44 remaining in the second period. Schenn went flying and the crown of his helmet was the first thing to make contact with the boards behind the Flyers’ goalline.
Wilson was given a 5-minute major for boarding, another five minutes for fighting Nick Grossmann and a game misconduct.
Schenn tried to get off the ice under his own power, but fell three different times before trainer Jim McCrossin could get to him and help him off the ice.
Watch the hit below...
Lecavalier said still no return date, just trying to increase his on-ice workouts at this point in time and move forward.
NEW YORK (Dec. 13, 2013) - Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been fined $2,230.77. the maximum permitted under the CBA, for cross-checking Chicago forward Kris Versteeg in NHL Game No. 471 in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:25 of the second period. No penalty was assessed to Schenn on the play.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
5 for elbowing and a game for Emelin.
added 9:21pm, Flyers broadcast view of the hit is below...
from Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine,
It wasn't until around 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving, when the Flyers arrived home from a Florida trip in which the they were swept by the Lightning and Panthers. The team was given the holiday off by coach Craig Berube and if there was a player who deserved a day to kick back, watch some football and relax, it was Steve Mason.
November was a good month for the Flyers goaltender. He finished it with a 6-2-2 record, 1.94 goals-against average and, most, impressively a .938 save percentage. You have to go back to December 2008 to find a month in which he started at least 10 games and had a save percentage that high. That was his breakout rookie season in Columbus, the year that, in retrospect, might have not have been the best way for a 20-year-old goalie to break into the NHL.
At 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Mason passed on the day off and was on the ice in Philadelphia with a few shooters, getting ready for a game the following day that came with an 11:30 a.m. start. And he was nearly perfect against the Jets that following day, stopping 25 of 26 shots to squash a losing streak before it could get started.
Those who know him well questioned if Mason would have been willing to put in that work a few years prior with his ego still inflated from one of the most impressive rookie seasons any goalie has completed in recent memory. Later in his tenure in Columbus, when overconfidence wasn't an issue, the loss of trust and confidence between him and his former team made it hard to dig deep and put in extra effort. Those excuses are gone. Still just 25 years old, Mason is learning an important lesson with his second organization -- talent alone won't cut it.
from Frank Seravalli of Grequent Flyers,
Vinny Lecavalier underwent an x-ray in Dallas, and the Flyers didn’t like what the images showed.
So, they shipped Lecavalier back to Philadelphia yesterday to undergo an MRI and have the results read by a team physician. They were equally discouraging.
Lecavalier will miss at least the next three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower-back, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The injury was suffered late in the third period against Nashville on Nov. 30.
Early in the first period this afternoon against Dallas.
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 5 minutes, fighting
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 2 minutes, instigator
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, misconduct
“When you hit rock bottom and work your way back up, it makes you appreciate what you have. I’ve gone through so much to get to here and worked so hard to get to this point. You don’t want to waste your second chance.”
-Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers. Much more from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
ESPN hosted an online chat today with Scott Burnside...
Is Steve Mason for real? Should he be getting Vezina consideration?
Scott Burnside Chris; Yes, I think it's fair to say that Steve Mason is the real deal; again. I recall talking to goaltending coach Jeff Reese during training camp and he thought apart from some of the technical things they were working on that one of the big factors was the Flyers' belief in Mason was going to be a big deal to Mason. It was time for a change and even when the team was struggling Mason has been very consistent. Vezina? Might be a stretch with guys like Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov, Josh Harding also having great seasons but Mason's is a great tale Vezina or not.
What is wrong with Kris Letang?Starting with the playoffs and now this season he isnt playing like his normal self.
Scott Burnside No doubt last spring was a nightmare for Letang (and Pens fans in general) and you wonder how it might have eroded his confidence. Even with the contract extension he still can't seem to shake the mistakes that have come to mark his game. Being injured to start the season didn't help and maybe he is worried bout the Canadian Olympic team (he should stop worrying, by the way, as I don't think that's going to happen for him) but definitely needs to get back on track. On a positive note, the Pens have been patient with guys whose game goes sideways ie. Paul Martin and Letang is still a young man so entirely likely he'll get that swagger back in his game.
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