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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional draft selection in the 2013 NHL Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Simon Gagne, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Gagne, 32, has played in 11 games this season with the Kings, recording five assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 195-pound native of Ste. Foy, Quebec has played in 772 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Kings, recording 586 points (283-303=586) and 318 penalty minutes. In 109 career NHL playoff games he has 59 points (37-22=59) and 32 penalty minutes.
“We can talk in a room as much as we want; once we go on the ice, everyone has to show up and do that. It comes from the 20 guys in this room to do it on the ice, not here. We can talk about the urgency, whatever great word you want to make up, but it has to happen there. For some reason we haven’t been able to do that. Like I said, it’s been two periods, 35 minutes, 30 minutes; maybe once or twice in these 21 games we’ve played a full 60 minutes so far.”
-Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers after losing to Toronto 4-2 last night. More from the Flyers by Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It would be one thing if the second-year players who showed promise in smaller roles last season were the cause of this. Then you could talk about experience and improvement. But with the exception of Sean Couturier, who turned 20 in December, they have handled the added pressure. Brayden Schenn has 14 points. Read, now sidelined for 6 weeks with a rib injury, had 13 points.
It would be one thing if this was a goalie thing. It's not. Ilya Bryzgalov might not have been his sharpest in the two games since Monday's shutout of the Islanders, but he's hardly the root of their uneven play.
No, this is about personnel, about the plain and simple truth that these Flyers have all the birthmarks of mediocrity. They don't finish very well, and their mistakes are too often eye-shielding. They score too few goals and they allow too many.
Hockey's a simple game. And the simple truth right now is that this team just isn't good.
from Anthony SanFilippo of the PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
The Flyers were hoping for the best. Instead, they got the worst.
Just when it seemed the team was getting healthy and close to being at full force, Matt Read took a crunching hit from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in the first period of yesterday’s game.
The result of that injury? Read has torn rib cage muscles.
He will be out of the lineup for six weeks.
It’s a significant blow for the Flyers as Read, 26, was the team’s top goal-scorer so far this season, leading the way with seven tallies.
"Honestly, I didn't even know who he was. It's funny how a guy like that who played about three years in the league thinks he came come in and make comments like that.
"I might have played once against him in Winnipeg. Maybe we have our history in PlayStation. That's probably where he remembers me from. That's about the only place I played against him."
-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers on Tanner Glass of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Glass had mentioned Briere has some 'dirty play' in his game. More from Randy Miller of the CourierPost.
If you answered, five, you are correct.
A fire-drill type goal by Nicklas Grossmann of the Philadelphia Flyers tonight.
The two teams faceoff tonight on NBCSN, TSN2 and RDS starting at 7:30pm ET.
"It's more intense than anything I had in the Western Conference. Anaheim was our biggest rivalry when I played with L.A. But last year, when I stepped on the ice, it felt like both teams wanted to take each others' heads off. It definitely makes for exciting hockey for the fans, and as a player, these are the type of games that I like to play in. I can't wait to get it started tonight."
-Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins. More on tonight's game from Sam Carchidi of Broad Steet Bull.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Forget about the captaincy weighing him down. Giroux's slump is more tied to the fact he has lost his two big wingers from last year - Scott Hartnell and the ageless Jaromir Jagr.
Hartnell has played only three games because of a broken left foot. Jagr, who got tired of the Flyers' putting him on hold as they waited to see if they could sign Zach Parise, took the free-agent route to Dallas, where he is the Stars' top scorer with 11 points.
Minus his two linemates from a career-best season in which he finished third in the NHL with 93 points, Giroux has scuffled.
For many reasons.
For one, he has had more linemates than Die Hard has had sequels - and none have the size of Jagr, whose ability to win puck battles was uncanny, or Hartnell. For another, he has been frequently double-teamed and has a fraction of the open ice that was so common last season.
For a smooth skater with dazzling moves such as Giroux, open ice is paramount for creativity. Take it away and those eye-opening passes and clever maneuvers that trigger odd-man rushes become difficult.
Giroux has 3g, 10p and is -6 this season
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Philadelphia Flyers begin a season-long, six-game road trip Monday night, a moment in their season that will answer questions about a club that has sent mixed messages about its status in the Eastern Conference.
Are they indeed still the contenders some people believe they are? Or a team in transition that needs a bit more growth of its youngsters before taking the next step?
The next 10 days will tell the tale.
"We’ve got a six-game road trip and we haven’t had a lot of success [on the road], so this is a big road trip for us," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com Monday morning at Air Canada Centre.
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