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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- The chatter that began over the summer about Johnny Boychuk wanting to sign with his hometown Oilers this summer when the 31-year-old defenseman becomes a free agent persists even as his value to the Cup contenders on Long Island continues to grow.
As huge a get as Boychuk was for GM Garth Snow when he acquired Boychuk on the eve of the season from Boston (who chose not to use their precious cap space on him while fearful of losing the defenseman for nothing), keeping the righty will be a more challenging task…even as the Islanders appear to be in an outstanding position relative to the cap.
The number will start at $6M per.
- So, if the Jacobs ownership was 10 minutes away from firing GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien when the Bruins were down 4-1 to the Leafs with time running down on Game 7 of the first round in 2013 before their historic rally to win it, as we were told by a man who knew the plan, then what will the fallout be if Boston misses the playoffs this time?
We’re betting that the GM will be named Cam Neely by the time of the Entry Draft.
- Hey, have you heard about the NHL renaming the Adams to COY? Not to be confused with the CYA Trophy, about to won yet again by Philadelphia’s “Mr. Snider.”
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb defenseman Nick Schultz to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Schultz, 32 (8/25/1982), has appeared in 55 games for the Flyers this season, recording two goals and 11 assists for 13 points. He has already recorded his highest point total in a season since 2010-11, when he had 17 points (3G, 14A). Schultz has also picked up 33 PIM this season and is a plus-6.
continue for more on Schultz...
Kimo Timonen after his first practice with the Philadelphia Flyers this season.
Timonen says it will probably take 7-10 days before he appears in a game.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
"We're playing a good team game now and everybody is contributing," captain Claude Giroux said after the Flyers overcame an awful 15-minute second-period stretch and outlasted sad-sack Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday.
Thanks to a nine-game points streak (6-0-3), the Flyers are just six points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Boston lost to Calgary in overtime Monday night....
"The odds are still against us . . . but I like the resiliency of our group," general manager Ron Hextall said. "We believe we can make the playoffs. We like our depth."
from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,
Heading into Monday night’s action, the Flyers were five points shy of a playoff spot with 26 games to play, seven of them before the March 2 trade deadline.
GM Ron Hextall isn’t tempted to be a buyer in his first trade deadline.
“We’re not gonna make a deal to try to put us in the playoffs,” Hextall said. “I believe we can make the playoffs with this team right now and quite frankly, to add a piece right now that’s gonna help us that’s gonna be better than what we have is gonna be very costly. We’re not going there.”
Rumors involving young Flyers apparently carry no weight. Hextall still has his eye on the future. And as much as he’d like to avoid the position he was in last summer, when he had very little money to work with, he doesn’t feel like he has to make a trade in the next two weeks.
“Would it be nice to get some flexibility? Of course,” Hextall said. “Is it necessary right now? No, it’s not. We can do things at the draft and we can hold the way we have been.
“I can’t define any direction (regarding trades) right now because of where we’re at and I don’t know what would come our way in certain deals.”
“They’re not playing the right way, for the most part. They’re not working together very well. To me, they have to work harder and they have to play a simpler game.
“They have to work together, and I don’t see that right now.”
-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek. Read more on the Flyers from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Following the team’s morning skate in Montreal, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that goaltender Steve Mason will be out for approximately 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury.
Mason left the Flyers-Capitals game at Washington midway through the second period and did not return. He has missed a total of 10 games this season, both with separate lower-body injuries and all within a span of 52 days (Dec. 19-27 & Jan. 10-27). Overall, Mason has a 11-12-7 record with a 2.30 GAA and .925 save percentage.
With an injury to Phantoms goaltender Rob Zepp, the club recalled rookie Anthony Stolarz from their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley yesterday, who will serve as back up for Ray Emery tonight vs. Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Emery owns a 9-9-1 record with a 3.34 goals-against average and .886 save percentage this season.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media following the second period of the Flyers-Capitals game that goaltender Steve Mason has a lower-body injury and will not return to the game.
Mason left the ice with 8:42 left in the second period during the broadcast timeout before a Capitals power play. Prior to exiting the game, he stopped all eight shots he faced.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Some of the Flyers heard the news in advance.
Most didn’t know until after the game that Kimmo Timonen would resume skating on Friday morning at Skate Zone at 9 a.m.
“I heard during the game that he got cleared,” Claude Giroux said. “It’s great. Kimmo was well liked in this locker room. He brings a lot to us.”
There are two things that Timonen could bring. First, he is not known to make the kind of ghastly turnovers in front of his own goalie like Luke Schenn did in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night (see game recap).
Secondly, and more importantly, Timonen will be an enormous addition to the Flyers' penalty kill. The ultimate difference in this team being a playoff contender and missing out for the second time in three years is how horrific the Flyers have been on the PK, especially on the road.
Nevertheless, there is little chance Timonen will have any impact on the Flyers' playoff chances. There simply is not enough games left for him to be a factor.
Ryan White with a right hand which catches Matt Martin right on the nose.
Martin suffered a broken nose and after getting some repairs, returned to the game with a full shield.
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