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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Around he goes in full gear, stretching here, working his knees back and forth there, stopping on a dime in another part of the ice.
The solitary nature of the workout is in some ways the perfect metaphor for where Gill and many other NHLers find themselves on the eve of training camp. The big defenseman is here for the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp, which starts on Thursday morning, but he does not have a contract, no safety net, no guarantees of anything other than a few days in Flyer orange.
After 1,102 regular season NHL games and another 110 in the postseason, a couple of trips to the Stanley Cup finals and a Cup ring to show for his efforts, this is where Gill is at, working out the kinks alone on the ice and hoping against hope this isn't the end.
"It's tough. You know there's a lot of guys that are on the outside looking in. I guess the whole thing is I can't really control that," Gill told a small group of reporters after completing his physical. "I feel like the NHL's always changed the rules to try and get me out of the league and maybe they did that, just for me, they lowered the cap just for me. They've been trying for years, they've been trying, everything."
added 12:07pm, A little more from Carchidi via the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers appear to have found their third-line left winger.
General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed on Tuesday that Dan Cleary will be at the Flyers' camp Thursday on a tryout contract. However, Holmgren said no deal was in place, as was reported by the Detroit Free Press.
"There are no promises. It's just like the Hal Gill (contract)," he said.
The Detroit newspaper said Cleary had agreed to a three-year deal worth $2.75 million per year, and that it would be signed after the Flyers gain cap space by putting Chris Pronger on the LTIR list at the start of the season.
A lot of head scratching going on over the Flyers and Dan Cleary reaching an agreement on a contract which will pay Cleary $8.25M over 3 years plus a No-Trade Clause.
My reaction? Cleary has been a warrior for the Red Wings but injuries over the last few years were an issue for him. He has slowed down and even though only 34 years-old, his body has taken a beating and it is time for the Wings to giving more ice time to the younger players.
For fans not familiar with Cleary, watch below a HNIC After Hours segment he did in March of this year.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
At least Hal Gill is being realistic about what he is facing in trying to earn a contract with the Flyers on a tryout basis.
Training camp opens Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I think I can go in and do the best I can,” Gill told CSNPhilly.com. “I know throughout the year there is going to be changes. I am certainly not looking at it as a guaranteed spot.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues announced Saturday that they have invited free-agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a professional tryout (PTO).
Whitney, 30, has spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. In 34 games last season, he had four goals, 13 points and plus-minus rating of minus-7.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Some media around North America have questioned the circumstance around his injury. Giroux said he doesn’t know why people were doubting he was injured on a golf course, the day he was supposed to appear in a tournament sponsored by the Ottawa Sun.
“I don’t know why [people think otherwise], but I’m not worried about it,” Giroux said. “Whether it’s bad or good in the papers, I don’t pay attention. People can think whatever they want. Right now, I just focus on my rehab.”
Giroux insists he will be ready for the regular season opener Oct. 2 here against Toronto and would like to get at least one exhibition game in, but there are no guarantees he will play in the preseason.
“I will be ready for the season, but I am not going to force it,” he said. “If I am healthy, I’m playing and I want to. I would like to get a game in to get the feel for a game first.”
He is still not allowed to use his hand for stick work, although he carried a stick all through his skating drills on Wednesday.
"...the people hear believe the Philadelphia Flyers were emphatic on him staying and that's the reason he is not here."
-Bob McKenzie of TSN on Claude Giroux not attending the Canadian Olympic Camp while he is rehabbing his injured hand
More information from the camp in this TSN video featuring, McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and James Duthie.
When asked by a reader if she really hates the Flyers...
You just have to understand a few things: In addition to liking the Rangers, I'm a Mets and Giants fan, which means I am preconditioned to dislike and distrust the Phillies and Eagles. I grew up about halfway between New York City and Philly, so the allegiances of my peers were split, which made for a more intense rivalry. In recent years, the Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies have kept the Rangers, Giants, and Mets out of the playoffs. The Rangers drafted Bobby Sanguinetti (now playing in Russia) when they could have had Claude Giroux. And finally, Philadelphia and its fans are just highly mockable.
That said, I really don't hate the Flyers per se, I just find them most fulfilling when things are flying off the rails. The Ilya Bryzgalov saga delivered on this, though it grew uncomfortably bleak by the end. Giroux recently injured his finger while golfing, which is concerning to any fan of the league's finest players, yet still mildly amusing in the same way that it's mildly amusing when you get a ticker update that Mark Sanchez has thrown three interceptions five minutes into a Jets game.
Actually, the Flyers are in many ways the Jets of hockey, if you equate goaltenders to quarterbacks.
-Katie Baker of Grantland where you can read a few more questions and answers regarding hockey.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Judging by his gleaming-white smile, Steve Mason is the happiest guy in the room.
The goaltender is still weeks away from training camp, yet he’s already describing the NHL offseason — one of the shortest ever, with the lockout pushing the Stanley Cup final to the end of June and the 2014 Winter Games spurring an Oct. 1 start to 2013-14 — as long. With the Philadelphia Flyers missing the postseason cut and the number of Mason’s starts decreasing in each of his five pro campaigns, the 25-year-old is well rested. Some downtime in Punta Cana this summer has only added to the relaxation.
“Now it’s strictly business. Vacation time is over,” says Mason, who went 4-2-0 with a head-turning 1.90 GAA and .944 save percentage in Philly. “Finishing on a strong note was nice, but it also left a sour taste in my mouth.”
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