9/21/07 Flyers training camp report
First let me apologize to Mr. no number on the helmet I just learned as I write this that you are Rory Fitzpatrick. I apologize for calling you Nate Guenin.
(the skate drill where timonen got hurt but not actual footage)
Today was scheduled as a 10:30 practice Nitty was the first one on @ 10:15.
The first few people on today started out with shots from redline or further down and into the net.
Then back to high and wide. Then I started doing video it seemed like there was suddenly more thought and care put into the shots.
The socks almost everyone wore the stripe to the back today Richard’s red line set the trend.
Jeff Carter and Jim Dowd
Lines for the pictures
Cote, Cabana, Boulerice
Lupul, Richards, Upshall
Hartnell, Umberger, Kapanen
Eager, Downie, Giroux
Briere, Gagne, Knuble
Timonen and Smith
Jones and Kukkonen
Lars and Fitzpatrick
Piacrd and Gauthier
The drills today seemed to be bent towards battling in the offensive and defensive zones. These battles were often quite spirited and a little fun mixed in.
Eager has a really relentless one about the 1st or 2nd go round on the drill was very good.
Upshall and Richards teaming up resulted in lots of offense through grinding it out. A few D men were less then happy with the results of those battles.
Practice today was as physical as I had seen any Flyers practice since rookie camp.
Zamboni came out and just dry scraped the ice everyone sat on the bench during this period.
Somewhere during this time Ben Eager disappeared not sure what happened to him.
The Red line of Richards, Upshall and Lupul looked so on point today.
The pace and demeanor of today’s practice was more intense and focused. There were still fun things going on IE Biron and Richards exchange about a little help for a puck.
Stevens and Mullen were active participants in a drill on positioning they were acting as the D men while the D men were doing something else at the other end of the ice.
Again to end the day was a long skating drill. Richards and Coburn were extremely fast.
Niitty took down timonen during this skating drill. McCrossin was on the bench came on to the ice to get him off.
Hatcher led the stretches.
Then of course after practice fun, again it is another season of 3 d vs. 3 O.
Today’s match up featured the ever electric Derian Hatcher and his new partner Braydon Coburn their third was Gauthier. Knuble’s team featured RJ Umberger and Steve Downie. Brian Boucher was the honored goalkeeper.
The D men still won again with some really nice goals.
It was a good day. I did not stay for after practice autographs 1 due to the amount of people. At least double the 5 people that had waited yesterday if not closer to triple.
Not sure when my next report will be right now but it will be soon I promise.
Update carter is injured Ok my inside source says this
Jeff was in philly friday getting MRIs...something is wrong with his hip/hips and they don't know what.