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Re Chris Pronger & NHL Dep't Player Safety: This is not difficult. He is a Flyers' employee. He is on Flyers' roster. End of discussion.
I know, maybe Brandon Dubinsky can fill in working for Dep't of Player Safety while he's on IR.
-Larry Brooks via Twitter.
added 6:06pm, also from Brooks..
This just in: Bobby Clarke is one of the refs for tonight's Flyers-B's opener in Boston.
from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The All-Star defenseman and Stanley Cup champion has interviewed for a job in the DPS and is at the top of Quintal’s list to replace the departed Brian Leetch. He would be part of the team that analyzes plays, participates in hearings and gives input to Quintal, who makes the final decisions.
Pronger would be a controversial choice for two reasons:
-- One, he racked up 1,916 penalty minutes in the regular season and playoffs combined over his 18-year NHL career. He was suspended eight times for a total of 22 games – 20 in the regular season and two in the playoffs. The infractions? Slashing. High-sticking. Leaving the bench to join an altercation. Cross-checking. Kicking (twice). Hitting the head (twice).
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer at the Centre Daily Times,
The Flyers, once known as the Broad Street Bullies, put winger Jay Rosehill on waivers Thursday and will start the season without a heavyweight enforcer for the first time since the early 1970s.
What in the name of Dave Schultz is going on here?
Enforcers, Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Friday's practice in Voorhees, are needed less today than in the past.
"I think everybody knows that," he said. "You look at the rules, look at the game, look at everything."
Over the years, the Flyers have had more than 30 enforcers, including Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Ed Hospodar, Glen Cochrane, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear, Berube, Riley Cote, and Jody Shelley.
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
Yesterday evening - a few hours after he signed his new contract extension with the Ottawa Senators - Bobby Ryan posted a fairly harmless tweet about the Thursday night NFL game.
@b_ryan9: Oh man. Is Rodgers going to throw for 450 tonight?
The reaction was immediate and harsh. And no, it wasn't from Minnesota Vikings fans who were upset with Ryan's comment about how Aaron Rodgers was carving up their defense. Instead, the first responders to the tweet were a wave of Philadelphia Flyers fans who were crushed that Ryan had chosen to stay with Ottawa instead of becoming a free agent and returning to his hometown near Philadelphia.
A small sampling of the responses:
@SauceItup: @b_ryan9: Are you coming to Philly? Should answer your question. :(
@FlyersNation: @b_ryan9: Why Bobby why
@FlyersTime: @b_ryan9: you betrayed us #flyers
@jDundon29: @b_ryan9: Well well it's Bobby "no Philly" Ryan
So after his media scrum ended this morning, I decided to ask Ryan if he paid much attention to the negativity coming out of Philadelphia since he signed his contract extension 24 hours earlier. He immediately started to laugh and pulled out his phone from his pocket. "Actually, I got to show you the best one, because the picture was so good."
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
"I'm not going to talk about trades," Hextall said. "But I will give you one other piece of advice: Don't believe everything you read."
The rumor, from TSN's Bob McKenzie, said Hextall is actively shopping a defenseman - particularly Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann - in order to open up a space in the lineup for 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin.
Hextall wasn't happy. He was rankled about "players' names being specifically mentioned," because there are families and homes and lives attached to those names.
"It's one of my least favorite parts of the business, the stuff that gets out, particularly the stuff that has zero credibility," Hextall said, still fired up.
The problem for Hextall is that yesterday's rumors were 100 percent credible. The one difference, according to a front-office source, is that it may not be to open up room specifically for Morin.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In his first year with the Flyers, after signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million, Lecavalier managed 20 goals but just 37 points after 14 mostly productive seasons with Tampa Bay.
"It's easy to look back and make excuses, but whatever happened, happened," Lecavalier said before he scored one of the Flyers' four power-play goals as their split-squad team beat Washington, 5-4, Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.
"I was put on left wing and I should have been better. It was the first time I ever played that position, but at the same time, you have to try to adapt quicker. Obviously, I didn't. But now's a new year and I want to move on from last year. Right now, I'm in the middle and I'm very comfortable there. It's just more natural for me."
Lecavalier centered right winger R.J. Umberger and left winger Petr Straka on Monday. When the regular season opens in Boston on Oct. 8, there's a good chance that Michael Raffl will replace Straka on that line.
"I'd be really happy" if the line ends up that way, said Lecavalier, who has 403 career goals and will get strong Hall of Fame consideration when he retires. "I think we're three big bodies, and I think there's some chemistry there."
from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
Biggest story line to watch: Without Hartnell, the Flyers created a sizeable hole at the top of their forward group. Hartnell was a strong fit alongside centre Giroux and right winger Vorcaek on the first line, so Berube and the coaching staff must quickly find an adequate replacement. Early reports indicate Umberger could be a fit in that role, but he hardly provides the size and physicality that worked so well with the two scorers. Others in consideration are Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Michael Raffl, who all saw time in the role last year.
2014-15 prediction: Despite the Flyers’ strength up front, Philly will take a minor step back without Hartnell and fail to qualify for the playoffs. They don’t have enough on the back end. Philly finishes ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level.
But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position.
That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
"There's not one person in the organization that doesn't believe in Mason," forward Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers opened camp Friday in Voorhees. "You see what he did last year. When he's on his game, he's one of the better goalies in the league. Just shooting on him in practice, there's no holes. And the thing about him is that he never quits on a play, even in practice."
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will attempt to play during the 2014-15 season but admitted Thursday that the chances of that happening are "slim" due to blood clots that were found in his lower right leg and in both lungs in early August.
"My desire is I want to play but [the] chance of me playing is really slim," Timonen said. "That's the fact. But I'm ready to wait for that chance and see how I feel.
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