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from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Already whistled for one roughing infraction and about to enter the penalty box early in the third period, Rosehill instead spun around and skated across the ice on a search-and-destroy mission. He inserted himself into a skirmish, knocking down Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky, earning another roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct and leaving the Flyers shorthanded for four minutes....
"Well, I thought it was a weak call originally," Berube said. "And then what he did afterward was unacceptable. He can't do it. He knows that."
Did the coach have some sort of punishment in mind?
"You want me to spank him?" Berube said. "Get lost."
more on Berube after the Flyers' victory last night.
Watch Berube's comment below...
from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers' lack of patience, their unwillingness to consider a longer view or embrace an innovation before it's already become old hat, their reliance on the tired cliché of "Flyers hockey" - together, those factors have created a vicious cycle that has kept them from achieving their ultimate goal.
The foundations of their franchise, as Berube said, are "character, hard work, competitiveness" - intangibles that are meaningless without the necessary talent or tactics. They pat themselves on the back, as Snider did Monday, for doing whatever it takes, for acting immediately in the name of chasing championships. Still, they apparently never stop to wonder whether that very approach contributes to their failure to win another Cup.
"Many teams are criticized for not having an identity," Flyers president Peter Luukko said. "Right, wrong, or indifferent, we have an identity."
Every big move the Flyers make has Snider's stamp on it. In one sense, he's a dream CEO for the fans, because he's one of them. Like the 20,000 people who fill the Wells Fargo Center every home game, Snider wears his orange-and-black heart on his sleeve. Like the fans, Snider lives and breathes for the day when his team hoists the Stanley Cup, as it did on two unforgettable May days in 1974 and 1975.
But that desire to recapture the past continues to jeopardize the future. Grasping at the nearest straw has become this franchise's hallmark. Need a defenseman? Boom! Chris Pronger. Go to the Cup finals in 2010 with a couple of journeymen goalies? Pow! Sign Bryzgalov. He's the wrong fit for Philadelphia? Zowie! Spend millions to send him to Siberia.
Not that these moves were necessarily bad at the moment they were made. It's just that the wheel keeps on spinning without any coherent plan. The lone constant is Snider, surrounded by a front-office core of ex-Flyers, wheeling and dealing like a fantasy-league owner on his third Red Bull of the day.
-Tom Flynn of PennLive on Ed Snider. Read more on the Flyers at PennLive.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Craig Berube is in as the Philadelphia Flyers’ new coach, replacing Peter Laviolette three games – three! - into the new 2013-14 NHL season. It felt like a panic move, which is what a lot of moves the Flyers make these days feel like.
They can be bold – trading away Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on the same day – and occasionally puzzling – signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a monster free-agent contract, acquiring Steve Mason from the Columbus scrap heap – but they are always interesting. Philadelphia has money to spend and an intensely loyal and involved owner in Ed Snider, so emotion figures into the equation more in Philadelphia than almost anywhere else in the NHL.
There is a Flyer way of doing things and Berube epitomizes the Flyer way. As a player, he was immensely popular wherever he landed – and the same apparently has been true in his various coaching assignments up to now....
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
With the Flyers limping to an 0-3 start, the whispers are quickly growing louder and louder that jobs are on the line.
No one has ever accused Flyers chairman Ed Snider of being a patient man.
Is it possible that the Flyers would consider making a trade first?...
So far, the Flyers have shown interest in the Flames, a team in the midst of a rebuild expected to finish near the bottom of the standings. Complicating matters even more is the fact that the Flames are off to a 1-0-2 start.
One name the Flyers have been kicking around is winger Curtis Glencross, who has been playing on Calgary's first line. Glencross, 30, netted 26 points in 40 games last season. He has 24- and 26-goal seasons on his resume, he's consistent, and he's one of the few players on Calgary's roster to play a gritty game.
from Anthony SanFilippo of Flyers.com,
When the Flyers released their opening night roster yesterday, it was noticeably light with only 21 players listed.
Teams are allowed to carry 23 players on their roster at any one time, so there appeared to be some certainty that they would make another roster move or two before opening night.
And that happened Tuesday.
The Flyers signed defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year contract worth $700,000, making him the eighth defenseman on the roster.
They also recalled forward Adam Hall from the Phantoms, making him the 13th forward.
Gill’s signing is the most interesting news though.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
General manager Paul Holmgren said he hasn’t figured out just yet what becomes of Adam Hall and Bruno Gervais now that they cleared waivers.
“Without giving away any details, secrets, we’ll know [on Monday],” Holmgren said. “Nothing needs to be finalized from our standpoint till 5 p.m. tomorrow.
“That’s when I’ll make everyone aware of what we’re doing. I’m not trying to be secretive, but we’re still juggling things. I’m trying to decide what’s best.”
A decision on Hal Gill (tryout) is also pending on Monday....
The Flyers have been trying to orchestrate a trade to lose significant salary cap dollars on defense, but so far have not succeeded.
“We’ll figure out a way to be cap compliant,” Holmgren said. “That’s part of the job. You talk all the time with other teams. I don’t foresee doing anything that way [trade].”
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
What does Paul Holmgren have up his sleeve?
It doesn’t take a mathlete to understand that the Flyers are currently over the NHL’s $64.3 million salary cap with Chris Pronger on the roster.
Pronger will not play again, but the Flyers must retain his salary cap hit on their roster for the first day of the season before he can be move to the long-term injury list.
It’s important to note that the first day of the salary cap begins Monday afternoon - and the Flyers’ first game isn’t until Wednesday against Toronto. Meaning, many expected the Flyers to simply make a “paper transaction” and send waiver exempt forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier to the Phantoms for the first day and re-call them on the second.
Katie Strang of ESPN held and afternoon chat today...
Pittsburgh has an incredible top six, but will the extreme lack of depth in the 3rd and 4th lines come back to bite them?
Katie Strang I think their goaltending remains a bigger issue. Regardless of how well he plays in the regular season, I think it will be awfully difficult for Marc-Andre Fleury to shake the memories of last spring's trainwreck in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Now Vokoun is out with a blood clot and the plot thickens. I don't see this playing out well, despite Pittsburgh's tremendous talent up front.
Who will be the first coach fired?
Katie Strang Would not be surprised if it was Peter Laviolette. I really don't expect Philly to be very good this year, and though it should probably be Paul Holmgren to get the axe if they falter, the coach is usually the first to go.
more online chatter...
from Anthony SanFillippo at the Flyers' website,
If there was any question at all as to whether the Flyers viewed Matt Read as part of their long-term core that was answered in resounding fashion late Friday.
The Flyers and Read agreed on a four-year contract extension that kicks in beginning next season.
The contract is for $14.5 million, or an average annual value of $3.625, which will serve as his cap hit beginning in the 2014-15 season.
“We’re excited and happy we finally got this done,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “This has been going on for the better part of the summer. We’re happy and I’m sure Matt’s happy. He’s one of the young, core players on our team.”
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