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from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
The decision to knowingly violate the NHL's collective bargaining agreement will cost the Flyers $50,000, according to a source.
The team flew to Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 26, one of three required days off from team activities, according to article 16.5(b) of the CBA (see story). Teams are prevented from organized activities including management and coaching staff from Dec. 24-26.
General manager Ron Hextall said he was approached by players who requested the team depart for Nashville earlier than 12:01 a.m. Dec. 27, when teams playing on the road were permitted by the CBA to resume travel. It is very rare for a team to travel on the day of a game; in fact, for flights longer than 2.5 hours in length, the CBA forbids doing so.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Ron Hextall said he’s seen enough from his underachieving hockey club, and unless there’s some major improvement in a hurry, moves will be made with an eye toward next season and beyond.
“We’re not at the point where we’re looking at getting rid of guys, but I would say that probably we’re not far from the point where if we don’t get it going, we’re going to have to start thinking about some things,” the Flyers' general manager said.
“In saying that, you look at those things all the time. Every day, who can help us now and who can help us in the future. If there is anything out there, then we will move forward with it. Obviously, we’re not happy with the performance of the team.”
Hextall made the comment during a conference call Monday afternoon when asked about his hockey team, which is facing a near-impossible task of getting back into the playoff picture.
On one hand, the Flyers broke a seemingly minor rule. Outside of the holiday season, the NHL requires all teams to be in town the night before a regular-season road game.
On the other hand, this was just another example of the Flyers' willingness to push the envelope of the CBA in order to gain a competitive advantage. The optics surrounding the Flyers' cushy relationship with league headquarters were already unseemly, especially considering a player on the team's payroll (Chris Pronger) is working in an official capacity for the league in helping determine player discipline.
The Flyers are also the only team in the NHL to exceed the league's salary cap in real dollars spent almost every season since the cap was put in place in 2005. They have used the long-term injury exception every year to remain cap compliant.
-Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News where you can read more on this topic.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
I'm a bit confounded by the news of several teams challenging the no-practice, no-travel mandate over the NHL's holiday break. As governed by article 16.5 of the collective bargaining agreement, Dec. 24-26 are supposed to be mandatory days off for players, during which they cannot be asked to practice or travel for any reason, yet we've seen several reports lately of teams potentially violating this rule.
Most recently, the Philadelphia Flyers were hit with a fine after it was revealed they traveled to Nashville on Dec. 26. First of all, where are the NHLPA representatives from each team on this? Seems that they should be raising a hand to prevent clubs from infringing upon their right to have time off, as spelled out explicitly by the CBA.
Secondly, if clubs are going to spurn the mandate anyway, holding "optional" practices -- ones that surely feel anything but optional -- then what was the point of including that in the CBA in the first place? It seems that both the NHL and the NHLPA need to take a hard look at why it's there and how enforcement can be improved.
more topics from the ESPN hockey writers including Custance on Connor McDavid and LeBrun on the Ducks...
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
They are a flawed team that, probably because of the crest on the front of its jersey, believes it is better than its competition.
You can talk about parity, how every night in the NHL's salary-capped world is tough, how every team works hard. That's coach-speak. It's impossible to argue the Flyers did not spend time glancing at the standings before playing last week. Losing one or two games out of those final four could have happened to any team, especially on the heels of a long trip that changed time zones five times for eight games.
How else do you explain a maddeningly inconsistent team that has beaten the defending Cup champion Kings twice, taken the Ducks to overtime twice, and pounded the Penguins this season?
When looking at the standings, the Flyers must have glanced over their own name, buried near the bottom on that list.
NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Philadelphia Flyers' organization for the team's travel to Nashville on December 26, 2014. This team activity was in violation of Article 16.5(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.
The League will have no further comment on the matter.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Philadelphia Flyers appear to have violated the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement by travelling during the recent holiday break, Sportsnet has learned.
The team departed for Nashville at 8:24 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, according to their flight log on FlightAware, during what is considered a restricted period for team activity in the CBA.
Article 16.5 (b) in that document states: “December 24, Christmas Day, and December 26 shall be off-days for all purposes, including travel.”
The Flyers refused comment through a spokesman when asked about the flight. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly did not respond to an email asking whether the team was under investigation.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
After their fourth straight defeat, the quotes coming out the Flyers’ locker room sounded oh, so familiar.
"We didn't play a full 60 minutes,” said one player.
“We were flat at the start,” added another.
Et cetera. Et cetera.
Forget the explanations and excuses. The Flyers try hard on most nights, but they simply don't have the right blend of talent and grit....
When the trip started, the Flyers were eight points out of a playoff spot. Now, they’re nine points out _ and that margin could grow because the team they’re chasing, the Rangers, have three games in hand.
Some fans are asking for coach Craig Berube to take the fall, but that isn’t expected to happen.
Claude Giroux knows the cut he suffered on the back of his leg could have been much worse.
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
On his very first shift after sitting out nine games as a healthy scratch, the Flyers' defenseman went into the corner to make a defensive play and fell down.
Danny Briere tried to step over him and caught Del Zotto with his skate, slashing him on the left side of his neck.
“I wanted to take an angle on [Briere],” Del Zotto said. “I don’t know if I clipped a skate but went down and he skated away and I felt his blade hit my neck.”
It could have been a lot worse than the 20 or so stitches, but Del Zotto did not play again until the start of the second period.
At least he wasn’t seriously injured.
Del Zotto posted two pictures on instragram a few hours ago, see them below, not pretty.
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