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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
After general manager Ron Hextall declared Giroux to be "fine" on Monday, Giroux will likely miss at least the next two games with what the team is calling a "lower-body" injury. It will be Giroux's first game missed due to injury since Dec. 19, 2011 (concussion), breaking a streak of 197 straight games healthy.
Hextall said, via a conference call in Toronto, that Giroux suffered the injury in practice.
If so, Giroux's injury must have flared up long after he left the practice rink. The Flyers practiced at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Giroux participated from start-to-finish. He handled his media responsibilities, light for the day, and left the locker room like normal. There was no apparent ill-effect from skating.
In between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Giroux's "lower-body" injury became serious enough that he needed to ask out of a long-planned meet-and-greet session with season-ticket holders at Wells Fargo Center.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
He wears a pair of shorts and a hoodie. His name is Ryan Podell and he’s the Flyers’ strength and conditioning coach.
Before the players go out for practice, Podell sets up a sensor in the penalty box and opens his laptop as he sits at the scorer’s table.
What he sees probably looks like mass chaos. Each Flyer wears a transmitter, usually sewn into his shoulder pads, and Podell’s laptop shows the live data.
The system, from an Austrailan-based company named Catapult Sports, helps Podell see just how hard the players are working in practice. The transmitters help measure energy exertion and all that data is forwarded to coach Craig Berube.
“The strength coach does a very good job with all that stuff,” Berube said. “We communicate on a daily basis about practice and the length and the intensity and that kind of thing. It’s good stuff, really good stuff.”
For instance, when the Flyers recently had a five-day layoff, the data suggested the Flyers would be more efficient in their first game out of the break if they practiced long and hard two days before the game and had a lighter practice the day before the game.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with the story.
Patrick Roy not happy.
note 8:05pm, Changed the headline, was not a game misconduct, only a major.
Raffl was injured when he blocked a shot in the Edmonton game on Tuesday.
“He’s gotta go out and play his game. Don’t try and do too much, just play your game. Just be you. Move the puck when you get it. Get out and play the puck and move it. That’s what gets him in the game. And make the saves you’re supposed to make.”
-Craig Berube, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on goaltender Steve Mason who has yet to win a game this season. More on Mason from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
"I've had a lot of trouble tracking the puck in the lighting," (Steve) Mason said last week. "I don't know the right term. It's just a weird glow out there. With how bright it is, you think it would be clearer.
"It's almost too white out there, if that makes any sense."
To be clear: Mason made it a point to say that the lighting system is not to blame for his winless start to the season. In fact, he has said time and time again that he needs to be better - even if the truth is that the Flyers have given him very little support.
He is not alone in his struggles. The new LED lights are so tuned and focused on the playing surface that less lighting is now sprinkled on the crowd. The result is a darker backdrop to the glass than the players are used to seeing.
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who has since gone down with an injury, said it's been difficult to track the puck when it is in the air or rimming around the glass. The puck blends into the crowd.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Colaiacovo, 31 (1/27/1983), is a veteran of 401 NHL games over 11 seasons. He most recently was with the St. Louis Blues, where he posted a goal and three assists for four points in 25 games last season. Colaiacovo played a total of five seasons with the Blues, who acquired him from Toronto on November 4, 2008 with Alex Steen in exchange for Lee Stempniak. He spent the 2012-13 season with Detroit, appearing in six games, before re-signing with St. Louis before last season.
In those 401 games with Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit, Colaiacovo has posted 31 goals and 133 assists for 144 points, along with 211 PIM. He was drafted by Toronto in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"The games are so close," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told ESPN.com Wednesday. "I think we all weigh on our top players a lot, and at points I think too much, so I think giving your so-called fourth line a couple of extra minutes, or maybe an extra 3-4 minutes, is becoming bigger and bigger. The guys there have to be good hockey players. I'm not saying our guy [Rosehill] that we demoted wasn't a good hockey player, but we were just looking for a few more minutes from those fourth-line guys." ...
"Colton (Orr) worked hard and brought other elements besides fighting," Leafs GM Dave Nonis told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He did a good job for us, and did play in the playoffs when fighting wasn't part of the game. But the actual minutes that we’re trying to pull out of our fourth line and the combinations that we want available for the coaches has lent itself to a different style of player right now."
more including Ken Holland on the topic...
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