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Funmaster writes...

Who gets the C? - Updated

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
While it's been agreed that the Flyers indeed need to have an outstanding offseason as far as free agent signings go, they also need to address the vacancy of a team captain. Here in Philadelphia, finding the perfect, long-term, healthy captain has been about as easy as getting Coatsey to make a comment without rambling for 5 hours. Since Lindros took over the role, ther...
Ok, so everybody else is writing a blog now, so I guess i'd better do one too so everyone knows how I feel about the upcoming season. I guess the best way to describe my feelings about the upcoming season is to say that I am cautiously optimistic. I am very happy about the additions that Homer made and despite what anyone says, I don't think he overpaid at all. He paid wha...
The days are getting shorter, the school buses are freshly cleaned of last year's spitballs and awaiting a new crop of young troublemakers...umm...students, and another Flyers season is but mere weeks away. The near miraculous transformation from worst in the league to potential playoff spot is almost complete. The depth and breadth of the changes that occurred at the en...
[i][b]*warning - Please check any kneejerk reactions at the door - this is all in good humor*[/b][/i] I was thinking about the very clever way the Dallas Stars used billboards/bumper stickers to get a new and funny message across to their current and potential fans. I thought it something that the Flyers might want to take to heart and show the fans that they are excit...
[img]http://www.axisglobe.com/Image/2005/10/23/KGB/KGB_Symbol.gif[/img] [b]The KGB -Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti[/b] KGB. When I think of those three letters, I think of the darkest, most insidious element of the former Soviet Union's Communist regime. The "Committee for State Security" was the secret police, intelligence and security branches cobbled togethe...
mayorofangrytown writes...

Flyers Forecast

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I tend to be pessimistic but hopeful. I can see the Flyers getting off to another bad start but not being non competitive like they were last year. The team made a lot of moves after February, some I like, some I like less, some seem to come with question marks. [b]The Forwards:[/b] I wanted them to sign Drury but they ended up with Briere so I was a little disappointe...
dagley writes...

Rate my Fantasy Team!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I haven't had the chance to write a blog for quite sometime, due to class restrictions and working on my papers. Although I took tonight to draft my fantasy team. I had the second overall pick and just missed out on Sidney Crosby, and I decided to take Mr. Joe Thornton. Below is my team I drafted, and would like if you all would rate my team :) Joe Thornton - C - San Jo...
[img:left]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:rbDOhlS0_FrI2M:http://www.amazing-christmas-ideas.com/images/birds-beads-full-tree-big.jpg[/img] [img:right]http://nhl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p3288909th.gif[/img] With all the proper religious respect due my brothers and sisters of other faiths, seeing a scrimmage with real NHL players was like walking down the st...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_storm-clouds-oly1739_blog.jpg[/img] [b]Riders on the storm[/b] After a terrible performance against the Senators, the Flyers were looking to ride out the storm and rebound by heading into a tilt with the New York Rangers. In fact, they brought their own storm to Broadway. OK...I know, the Flyers 5-0 shutout win...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:JeEvEAeZYd1vtM:http://www.geocities.com/mattreigns/Westerns/goodbadugly.jpeg[/img] Translated from Italian it actually reads The Good, the Ugly and the Bad. Linguistics notwithstanding, Clint Eastwood's performance in the starring role in this 1966 spaghetti western, directed by Sergio Leone, is [u]far and away[/u] the best West...
Seeing Philadelphia come back to Vancouver is like seeing a old girlfriend you used to date in high school. At first you are like " Oh god !, there she is." She always wants it to be the same as it used to be like, but it never is. Things change, people grow apart. That annoying laugh that I ignored because "Having a Girlfriend" in Highschool is just the thing to do...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_canes.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_flyersbackground.jpg[/img] Wow...What a game. No clever song titles, no catchy movie lines, no historical or literary references. This game needed none of that. I know the season is still in its infancy and frost hasn't yet been on the pu...
All good things must come to an end, even the Philadelphia Flyers 5 game winning streak. But the Flyers had to try to defend that streak largely without the services of star forward Simon Gagne. The Flyers began their season-long 8 game road trip by visiting the Florida Panthers, but Olie Jokinen and Gregory Campbell made sure that the Flyers did not continue their winni...
The schedule for the flyers this week is ROUGH. Tonight they have the the Rangers away, Wednesday Pitt away, Thursday Devils away and Saturday Pitt at home. These are enormous games... (even though it is only november). These divisional games are worth 4 points and more that that they are a chance for our VENGEANCE. Last year was embarrasing. We lost games, season ser...
Simply terrible. The Flyers entered the Prudential Center last night hoping things would be different now that the Devils were no longer playing in the Continental Airlines Arena. Yet, the woes were much the same as the Flyers were dropped by the Devils 4-1. It wasn't much of a game after the first period. Flyers took the lead with Mike Knuble's deflection off Richards...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_banner8.jpg[/img] Sometime after the end of last season, after the Ducks had hoisted Lord Stanley's hardware, the Flyers braintrust sat down and tried to come up with a slogan to re-energize the hockey faithful of the Delaware Valley. Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko had just pulled off one of the most tremendous...
mino65434 writes...

High Hopes?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The Philadelphia Flyers surprised everyone last year with a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and there are a lot of people in Philadelphia who expect more of the same this year. Hell, with the Phillies' season coming to a close shortly (satisfyingly or otherwise) and the Eagles playing awfully at the Linc, the Flyers are going to feel the weight of the city on their ...
[u][b]Oh Atlanta...got to get back to you[/b][/u] [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b3/Little_Feat_-_Feats_Don%27t_Fail_Me_Now.jpg[/img][img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:WeWCWF99sb00fM:https://admin.imodules.com/s/324/images/editor/Thrashers%2520logo%25201.gif[/img] I bet if you listened closely you could almost hear Joffrey Lupul, Mike Knuble, S...
Richie18 writes...

Flyers Preview- 11/26/08

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Flyers look to win their sixth consecutive game as they take on the Hurricanes in Carolina tonight. In my opinion, I think this is going to be a fiesty type of game. The main reason why is that these two teams play each other in a home at home series starting tonight, and the 2nd game of the home at home on Friday, and as we have seen in the past, what happens in the f...
Simon Gagne scored two goals, including an empty net goal as time expired, and the Flyers defeated the Hurricanes, 3-1 tonight. Gags's first goal of the game was a chip shot, as there was a big scramble in front of the net, and Simon got open and scored to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. In the second period, the Flyers struggled a little bit, as the Canes pressured the Flyers...
Obviously, today is Thanksgiving, and it is a day to be thankful for everything. Watching the Flyers the last few weeks or so, there have been a lot of things I have been thankful for. Here are the 5 things I am thankful for: 1.) Jeff Carter on fire- What a season Jeff has had so far. 15 goals, which is tied for first in the NHL this season. He is on fire right now and ...
The rematch between the Caps and the Flyers will begin at 1pm today at the Wachovia Center. These two teams faced each other in a great 7 game series this past season, where the Flyers won game 7 in overtime on a Joffrey Lupul goal. I'll tell you what, you want to see an entertaining game, you got it right here. Alex Ovechkin and his crew come here to Philly to take on the...
Richie18 writes...

Flyers destroy OV, Caps 7-1

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Holy Niitty! That is how you describe today's game. Antero Niittymaki made 47 saves, including 25 in the first period, and the Flyers trampled over the Capitals 7-1 today. Obviously, Niitty was the big key in this game, but Scott Hartnell also joined the party. He scored a hat trick in this game, which was his 4th hat trick in the calendar year. After the second goal, the ...
Simon Gagne scored the game winning goal in the shootout, Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves, and the Flyers defeated the Panthers 3-2 tonight. To be quite honest, this was an ugly game, the Flyers did not play their best hockey, but the most important thing was that the Flyers got the two desperate points that they needed. Obviously, the Flyers have been struggling the last ...
Claude Giroux was the Flyers first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. If you're a Flyers fan, by now, you know who Claude Giroux is.  If you live and die hockey, you know who Claude Giroux is.  If you're just an average fan or you just follow one team without really knowing what goes on around the league, well this blog will let you know who Cl...
[code] Claude Giroux was the Flyers first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. If you're a Flyers fan, by now, you know who Claude Giroux is. If you live and die hockey, you know who Claude Giroux is. If you're just an average fan or you just follow one team without really knowing what goes on around the league, well this blog will let you know wh...
Well, we are truly into the dog days of summer, from a hockey persepctive. Apart from the continual rumour mongering there really isn't a lot to talk about in the hockey world. That being said, I think that the new-look Habs have a bunch of interesting storlines that will playout this season, most of which will begin at training camp. Notwithstanding any changes that Ga...
Today was a pretty crazy day for me. At about 2 o'clock my cell phone was going off the hook with text messages about my favorite hockey player, Simon Gagne. These texts lasted for about 2 hours. The first text I got told me Simon had hurt himself at the first day of Canada Camp. As more texts came the story began to further itself that he had hurt his groin. This then ...
Let me start by saying, "I called it!" re: the Sergei Kostitsyn situation. Hooray. Nice for me. Ok, enough patting myself on the back... After being demoted to the AHL but a) refusing to report to the Bulldogs and b) requesting to be traded, it appears that Sergei 'lil-punk' Kostitsyn's time in Montreal is over. I can't say that I am sad about it but definitely disap...
mslepp writes...

Ushering in the Quenney Era

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I'm sure some of you will be surprised that my first blog of the new NHL season is on the Edmonton Oilers. However, I feel it's completely warranted as this team is somewhat of an enigma to me. I'll explain: First of all, it's nice to see the Edmonton fans of this site get a regular blogger, something that was really lacking recently. And, regardless of Mr. Vetter's ...
GagneFire12 writes...

First Blog

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Off in the distance…something is eerily descending from the heavens…is that Falcon Heene? Oh no, never mind, it’s actually the sky falling. Six games into the 2009-2010 Philadelphia Flyers season, doom and gloom has reared its ugly head again. Like the vexatious Republican uncle (every family has one), sentiments from outside the...
So as the it nears the end of the second period the oil are down 4-1, i start thinking that i am watching this oil team relapse in to Mac-T mode. Then i see the teachings of Quinn come into play, his motivation and coaching style take hold of the game and we witness 5 straight goals to win 6-4. The new top line. pens, gags, and hemmers clicked just 58 seconds into the...
snirk sniggler writes...

Hate to Say it but...

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
I told you so. The Oilers were coming together as a team and what do you know. The beat the Wings and the Stars, both teams who the Oilers haven’t had much success against in the past years. The Oilers are still in the running for a lottery pick and still have some glaring weaknesses but as apposed to the past few seasons at least we can say that they are moving in...
Ferrarimn7 writes...

Almost There.

Posted Monday | Comments 0
That is the sense I get from this Flyer team. Almost there. The offense is starting to play with a greater level of consistency than I've seen for most of the year. It might take some time after the Olympic break for the defensive pairs to gel as a cohesive unit., but it seems like they're getting there. As for the goaltending, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised...
exlund writes...

Doing Lines With the Flyers

Posted Friday | Comments 0
No, this isn't one of those scandalous stories with pictures of the Flyers getting wild at parties. Any Flyers fan can tell you that it's been a frustrating year of high expectations and largely disappointing performance from the guys in Orange and Black. A roster full of talent with the scoring consistency of Sami Kapanen (sorry Sami, I love ya but...). One can...
AJonesy19 writes...

Flyers Write History

Posted Monday | Comments 0
As I said in my earlier post...[b]FLYERS IN 7![/b] What an unbelievable comeback. To go down 3-0 in the series, and THEN 3-0 in game 7 and to come back and win is just unreal. For the Bruins, it is simply unacceptable. This collapse was truly the worst in the history of all of sports. I don't want to hear the injuries excuse, because the Flyers played the entire s...
The Flyers are in the Stanley Cup Finals! Congrats to all the Flyer faithful, and even those who had their moments of doubt and pain. Mike Richards is becoming a leader before our eyes. His taking the game into his own hands against Boston, when he demolished Krejci, reminded me of Scott Stevens (only cleaner) on Lindros. As a Flyer fan who was psychologically injured ...
Hello, My name is Ryan Smith. I am 21 years old and a huge Flyers fan for life. This is my first article writing about the Flyers (and really about anything) so I don't expect much, but I do expect to get better as I go along. [b]Thoughts on the Free Agency Frenzy: [/b] Just before the free agency frenzy began at noon on the 1st of July, it was announced that ...
So rumor has it that Ilya Kovalchuk may settle for something less then a billion dollars over 2 years. Apparently, the Flyers have shown direct interest in signing this 50 goal scorer. But with cap issues already a problem, this may be a little more difficult then it appears. With Simon Gagne rumored to be on his way out, this will bring the Eastern Conference Champions t...
Cwg-Bobbo writes...

Good Bye Simon Gagne

Posted Monday | Comments 0
When I was about 15, My mom let me cut school. My birthday is on December 20th, and so she let me cut school a day before x-mas break to do my x-mas shopping. After getting gifts for everyone (my brother got socks, Muaha!) We went into Models to get some more hockey sticks. While there, I saw it.... Number 12- Simon Gagne A jersey, sitting on a rack right in front...
killTHEnight writes...

Simon's Lament

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I told myself I would most assuredly start blogging on hockeybuzz immediately after Ilya Kovalchuk signed on somewhere. I said that yesterday. About three hours before the news actually broke.. so I was unprepared. I figured I would have another week. At least a few more days. I was wrong. My thoughts were there, but they were unharnessed. I knew what I was going to say, b...
killTHEnight writes...

Flyers Prospectus

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
In my Gagne article last night (this morning) I failed to mention my one of my favorite Gags stories. Although, in reality, it just makes me mad. It's only one of my favorites mainly because A: i was right, and B: al morganti was wrong. I remember near the trade deadline a few years back (maybe more than a few), Al Morganti was on Flyers post game live saying that Bobby...
Pierce the Veil is one of my favorite bands (I will freely admit that I have an inordinate amount of favorite bands) and on their new album [i]Selfish Machines[/i], one line sort of summed up our trading of Simon Gagne for me. [i] [quote]Sometimes love dies like a dog.[/quote][/i] 10 seasons of astutely played hockey, and we trade him RIGHT as we stand on the verge of a...
dude84 writes...

Oilers gagner signs!

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Two years 4.55 million 2.225 cap it and per year pay out.
With the recent off season waives, trades and signings, the acquisition of Hall and pulling up two other good (supposedly phenomenal) rookies via Eberle and Paajarvi, it looks like the rebuilding of the Oiler’s may be close to complete. Are they going to be able to go from Dead Last in the league to 8th or higher in the West? Right now. I’m going to say no . ...
killTHEnight writes...

Meanwhile... in Reality...

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
[b]On Richie:[/b] Anyone who says anything about Mike Richards' play or leadership hasn't watched enough Flyers hockey, especially in the past two seasons. The man will be sorely missed, regardless of what you want to say now that he's gone. He was easily one of the best two way forwards in hockey, and Los Angeles gets him at that all-too-cheap 5.4 million dollar cap ...
Now that the initial free agent frenzy is over, I'd like to review some contracts that have been handed out in order to assess the value of 3.5 to 4.5 million dollars on the open market. Or more importantly, to see how NHL franchises value that dollar range differently. Below are a list of forwards who have signed AFTER July 1st 2011 to contracts that will have an annual...
This is my Edmonton Oilers stat predictions, line combinations and my awards for the 2011/2012 season. OILERS 11-12 STAT PREDICTIONS NAME GP G A PST PIM +/- T.HALL 80 31 37 68 37 6 A.HEMSKY 68 23 43 66 30 4 J.EBERLE 82 22 37 59 28 -1 S.GAGNER 82 20 34 54 42 -1 R.WHITNEY 82 6 43 49 66 14 S.HORCOFF 78 15 29 44 82 1 R.SMYTH 82 23 21 44 47 -4 M.PAAJA...
Over the Next 30 days I will be Previewing each of the National Hockey League Clubs heading into the 2011-12 season starting from the Anaheim Ducks. Day 13 of the series belongs to the official AarifDeenReport Los Angeles Kings Preview. Please resort to myhockeybuzz page for previews of teams falling before this team. [b]Follow me on Twitter @AarifDeenReport please....
The Washington Capitals should trade Mike Green this season, if he gets healthy enough to string together a few games. Yes, Mike Green is one of the best offensive defenseman ever, I am in complete support of his abilities, my problem is that he is injury prone and the Capitals can spend their money better elsewhere. I would have never made this argument last year but w...
biggs36 writes...

Sam Gagner

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The rumors have been coming and going about Sam Gagner. Is he a long term 2nd line centre. Maybe, He has had at least 40 points in each of his four NHL seasons. Is he a better choice then future star Tyler Pitlick who has been compared to Ryan Kesler many times. No, probably not. But what about oilers future centre man lineup like this. Nuge, Gags, Lander, Martindale. Nuge...
Okay to start it off. Did you see Gagners fight the other night? It was awesome. Good on ya Sammy. Ok now back to the blog. These or MY line combanations for the upcoming game. Enjoy and leave comments. 1 Hall Nuge ...
Ok so the Oilers draft Yakupov on the 22nd. How does that impact the rest of the Oilers Top Six? In this past season the Oilers top six consisted of Hall, RNH, Eberle, Gagner, Hemsky and for at least the first part of the season Smyth. Just replace Smyth with Yakupov and bang, the Oilers now have an awesome top six, right? Nope I don't think so. It takes more than sk...
Makeitknown15 writes...

Darcy's waiting game

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Rumors have been floating around for a while on Different players Buffalo is chasing. Names like Stasney, Ryan, and most recently Gagner have all shown up in rumors. It turns out, Buffalo could be setting up something a little better than most would have thought. Recently the Flyers lost another D due to injury. The Oilers and Ducks are in desperate need of a good ...
This Rumour was not mentioned on Hockeybuzz I know. But I was surfing twitter and I source that I believe to be accurate mentioned that the maple Leafs were looking to trade for Gagner. I found this interesting because I believe it could very well happen. So as I did for the Buffalo/Edmonton rumour I am going to break this down onto what I think the potential deal could lo...
Hey everyone, Let me start off by saying I love having Holmgren as a GM, at least there's never a dull moment and you can't blame him for not trying! As long as we don't have to sit through 5 years of a painful, embarrassing rebuild I'm okay with it... and I do think we're closer to winning a cup with Schenn, Simmonds, Voracek, and Couturier than Carter and Richie (it w...
C-Flo writes...

The New Beatles (The Fab Four)

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Continuing on a theme first written about in my earlier blog Parallels, it's fascinating to see how these young Oilers bear striking similarities to other people in history. Let's examine in this quick post. If you'd like to read Parallels, comparing the 13-14 Oilers to the 83-84 Oilers, it's here: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=211317&post_id=15448 [b]T...
Anyone who follows the edmonton oilers knows thar their bottom six needs help. I feel that simon gagne is the perfect low risk, high reward 3rd line option. Let me mske my case. I know what you will all say, ""we dont need an older, injury prone forward!" Sure he comes with injury issues, but as of right now is there a better 3rd line option within the orgsnization? ...
I'm really starting to get sick of Sam Gagner, I don't understand why they pay him 4+ million to be ineffective. I'm going to go ahead and list the players the should get rid of before next season. Unfortunately I think that the Oilers will have to deal one of Eberle or Yakupov to fix the teams other needs, if I had a choice I would move yakupov bcuz Eberle is best friends...
This has been an interesting year for Edmonton Oiler fans. What was supposed to be the season where it all turned worked out has become exactly the opposite. The Oilers currently sit 2nd to last in the NHL only ahead of the pitiful Buffalo Sabres. The poor result has caused rookie General Manager Craig MacTavish to make some peculiar deals. With Smid and Dubnyk now gone it...
Is the 2014 offseason the biggest offseason for the Edmonton Oilers in recent memory? Sure, every oiler fan since 2007 has said this in April or May. But the challenges that face the rookie GM and coach are steep, and patience in Oil Country is running thinner then my hair. The challenges are plenty, but I would like to touch on a couple today. 1. Probably one of the ...

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