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Funmaster writes...

Who gets the C? - Updated

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
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...
Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Martin St. Louis. The Tampa Bay Lightning's Big 3. Before the series with New Jersey, one of the best defensive teams in hockey, the story regarding the Lightning was "What's Tampa Bay going to do when New Jersey shuts down their main line - where will the scoring come from?". Funny thing happend on the way to answering that que...
This is an interesting topic I got into a great discussion about with some guys in Tim's blog. The Flyers money situation after this season... I know its early but bare with me its pretty intriguing to me... Players Under Contract Offense- 8 Players at 24.137 cap hit Gagne, Briere, Knuble, Upshall, Lupul, Hartnell, Kapanen, Eager Defense- 5 players at 16.305 cap ...
This is an interesting topic I got into a great discussion about with some guys in Tim's blog. The Flyers money situation after this season... I know its early but bare with me its pretty intriguing to me... Players Under Contract Offense- 8 Players at 24.137 cap hit Gagne, Briere, Knuble, Upshall, Lupul, Hartnell, Kapanen, Eager Defense- 5 players at 16.305 cap ...
Id like to start of this blog by giving my condolences to the Ferguson family may John Sr. rest in peace. Now to this blogs topic and that is what can the Leafs do to obtain another scoring forward. The Leafs currently sit with about 1.5 million in Cap room and an easy move could be signing an UFA to suit up for the team but not many are out there that could really make...
Per the Globe and Mail, this will be Bob Cole's last year calling games for HNIC and Harry Neale will see a reduced work load. I myself have mixed feeligns on this. Bob Cole still has one of the best voices from the booth in all of sports, but unfortunately his eye sight hasn't kept up. Harry Neal can still do it, but Cole really seems to bring him down. It really is...
"Always do everything you ask of those you command." -George S. Patton, Jr. As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of General George S. Patton, Jr. He was a true leader in every sense of the word. He was a fearless warrior, a surprisingly thoughtful philosopher, a tortured historian with many former lives, a sometimes unstable egomaniac and an incredibly brillian...
groome16 writes...

Rumblings and Bumblings

Posted Monday | Comments 9
Summer is over - Hockey is upon us and it's time for me to pipe in with my rumblings and bumblings about what I have seen and heard throughout the summer silly season and beyond. The NHL has had an interesting summer, to say the least, and there is a lot to bumble on about. So without further ado: [b]Buying and Selling and Selling and Buying[/b] Nashville had a buy...
[b]Anatomy of a Hockey Buzzard:[/b] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/hockeyaccident12_edited-2.jpg?t=1191607046[/img] [i]HockeyPuckusBuzzardus[/i]: a fascinating species of modern day hockey fan often found in their native habitat of the HockeyBuzz site, www.hockeybuzz.com. When not chasing, discussing or arguing rumors, they are known to frequent...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:nagITiFfeAvPsM:http://images.cnhi.zope.net/images_sizedimage_180211403/lg[/img] [b]You know you're a hockey fan if:[/b] * You know all the words to "O Canada"...in French...and you're American * You hear "Prince of Wales" and you immediately discount the guy with big ears, perk up thinking Bettman might actually get one rig...
[b]You know you're a HockeyBuzzard if:[/b] * You reset your company homepage to [img]http://v4.hockeybuzz.com/images/blacklogo.jpg[/img] and [u]don't care[/u] who sees it * You think...Separated at Birth? - Gary Bettman [img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:r5LmuTSaO8RFdM:http://www.backinblue.com/files/images/capt.stk10412140104.penguins_blues_bettman_stk104.jpg...
For those who have not read [b]B.D. Gallof's[/b] insightful, well written and absolutely dead on blog - do yourself a favor and read it. [u]It might be the best piece you read all year.[/u] Here is a link to B.D.'s blog [url]http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=567&post_id=2810[/url] ************* [u]The Emperor has no clothes...[/u] B.D.'s writing inspi...
VANCOUVER - If the Philadelphia Flyers were looking to build momentum off their time atop the mountains of Whistler, British Columbia, they couldn't have asked for much more. That is, of course, unless you count Jesse Boulerice. Danny Briere wrote himself into the record books in just his 3rd game with the team with his goal and 2 assists, and Mike Richards added the fin...
[b]It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..[/b] Much like the French Revolution, about which Charles Dickens (apparently I cannot use the word to properly denote the author's last name) wrote the above famous first line of [i]A Tale of Two Cities[/i], the Flyers are in a state of radical change and turmoil. The new regime is intent on successfully erasin...
"[i]Atlanta, Jersey and the Canes[/i] are only a few days away, and the recruits of the [i]2007-08 Flyers[/i] are salty. They are ready to eat their own guts and ask for seconds." - [b]Full Metal Jacket[/b] OK...so maybe Stanley Kubric doesn't know the first thing about hockey or the Flyers first homestand of the season. But the abovementioned quote, narrated by Matth...
[b]"I love the smell of napalm in the morning...it smells like....victory" - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore [i]Apocalypse Now[/i][/b] [b]Napalm in the morning[/b] If you were to walk into Bank Building in South Philadelphia today, it would would have a peculiar odor...no not stale beer or rock hard pretzels...but of the scorched remains of the bird with the genus Toxostoma -...
[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...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:XHhsrz2CNko4HM:http://outdoorlife.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/05/gator.jpg[/img] [b]Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know[/b] No...not the entirely forgettable 3rd album by "Dead or Alive" or the bumper sticker that is perennially placed on the back window of many pickup trucks, just below the gun rack. The phrase was ori...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_florida_panthers_1994.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_tampa_bay_lightning_1993.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_781.jpg[/img]...oh my The 6-1, Atlantic Division leading Flyers take their game, from the homey confines of South Philadelphia, on the road fo...
Through the first 8 games of the season, Kimmo Timonen has been the solid defensive presence the Flyers hoped for when he was acquired just ahead of the opening of free agency. But it's safe to say that Timonen wishes he had this one game back. A late miscue in his own zone led to an errant pass attempt to Danny Briere and a turnover that eventually ended up in the Flyer...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/blacklogo.jpg?t=1194045859[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_capitals.jpg[/img] This is a [u]statement[/u] game. [b]Period[/b]. The Flyboys were solidly outplayed by a more determined, grittier team that spent too much time in the Flyers' zone. The Flyers spent too much time in the box ag...
http://flyerflies.com/main/recaps/07-08/07-11-02.html Before the opening of the regular season, Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens decided to give the alternate captain title to 3rd year center Mike Richards. Stevens is certainly not regretting that decision early in the Flyers season. Richards brought the Flyers out of a 1st period funk by winning a ...
[b]What's Wrong with Marty?[/b] I could not agree with Tim Panaccio more...the Flyers are getting beat much worse than the 1-0 score would attest. They look slow, they are getting beat to pucks and are losing the battle of heart and desire. You cannot coach desire. Likewise, it is not easy to just flick a switch when things are not going well with your team when the ...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_Penguins-1.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_PHI_161.jpg[/img] [b]Break on through to the other side...[/b] With all due respect to [b]Jim Morrison[/b], alive or dead, he could not have envisioned those words applied more aptly than to the Flyers' effort tonight versus a Pittsburgh...
Flyers win 3-1 in Pittsburgh last night. Good win for the Flyboys, who had dropped four of their last six games. I unfortunately was dead tired last night and missed most of the game, however I was fortunate enough to see them take a two goal lead on some very STRONG forechecking. The way the team played when I got the chance to see them last night was much like how they w...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_stealiebear.jpg[/img] [i][b]What a long strange trip it's been...[/b][/i] OK...I have to admit, I've been saving that one for a special occasion. [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/tiedieflyers.jpg?t=1194640911[/img] As Jerry and the boys stated in their rock anthem [b][i]Truckin'[/i][/...
phi1671 writes...

Pen vs. Flyers

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
2 and 0 versus the Pens this year. Have the Flyers gained any respect from the Pens, namely from Crybaby Sid? I don't think so. You have to wonder when Malkin and Sid get hit if their desire is still there. I would venture to say no it's not. I've never seen two players shy away from contact as quickly as these two players and turtle the rest of the game. Begging...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_PHI_161.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_Penguins-1.jpg[/img] [u][b]Peco Perfect[/b][/u] [u][b]PECO[/b][/u] [img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:kcwzRy_DHguSQM:http://www.handhonline.com/images/PecoEnergy.jpg[/img] For those of you not familiar with the Delaware Valley of Penn...
[b]Pain[/b] The Merriam-Webster's dictionary describes the word as follows: [i]noun[/i]: acute mental or emotional distress or suffering. We all know the feeling of missing the nail and hitting your thumb with a hammer. We all know the feeling of stepping on a child's toy with an armful of groceries and ending up looking at the ceiling with a swollen ankle. Ya ...
Jsaquella writes...

Random Thoughts

Posted Tuesday | Comments 15
-Mike Richards is now my favorite NHLer. -Why is there no discussion of Andy Sutton's elbow to the head of Lasse Kukkonen at the buzzer of last night's Flyers-Isles game? It was a dangerous hit that marred a fun game to watch. Sutton now has laid two elbows this year that I found to be borderline dirty and review worthy for suspension. -If Sean Avery did make derogat...
I am going to break this down into three parts: 1) Flyers 2) NHL 3) Non-Hockey. [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_PHI_161.jpg[/img] [b]25 points and at Thanksgiving[/b] Who saw that coming? [b]Mike Richards[/b] - natch. Mr. Everything. 2nd on the team in scoring (23pts), leading in goal production (11), 5th on the team in +/-, tied with Cob...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_hurricanes.jpg[/img] The Flyers entered North Carolina in their own stormy turbulence, having sandwiched stellar performances against these same Hurricanes and the powerhouse Ottawa Senators with head-scratching, maddening and inconsistent performances in losses to lesser lights Washington and Boston. The Flyers re...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/lights.gif?t=1196695011[/img] [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_pfanim1.gif[/img] [u][b]The Twelve Days of Flyers' Christmas[/b][/u] In line with this season of giving, the Flyers' Elves decided to get decked out in their Holiday finery, complete with alternating black and white jerseys and and...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_Ozzyblizzard4iz.jpg[/img] Yes...The Blizzard of Oz is back. [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_osbourne-ozzy-photo-ozzy-osbourne-6.jpg[/img] No. Not as a semi-coherent "reality star" with severe parenting issues. [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_Ozzy-Osbourne--C1...
Last year, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins owned the Flyers. Dennis Lemieux didn't even have to ask Joe McGrath to see that. The Pens won all 8 meetings and Crosby scored almost at will. Well, this season, the story has been different. The Flyers have won the first two meetings, and Crosby has not scored a goal. Crosby has been largely frustrated, especially in the last...
It's great when your team hands out an old fashioned ass-whompin'. It's better when they do it to a division rival. It's even better when that rival is loaded with hypocritical, whining clowns. The Flyers utterly destroyed the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in South Philadelphia. The line of Mike Richards, Joffrey Lupul and RJ Umberger combined for ten even strength po...
Those nine words from Mike Richards caused his agent, Pat Morris, to take a phone call from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and throw the bruising former winger for a loop. Morris asked Holmgren for a fifteen year deal that would allow Richards to retire as a Flyer. Fans who have watched Richards over his three year career can't help but compare the 5'11 185 lb pivot to Flye...
. . . then here are some stats you may wish to contemplate. - In 2006-2007, R.J. Umberger at minus-32 had the lowest plus/minus rating in the league. This year he and Randy Jones are tied for first in that area with plus-9. - Second worst plus/minus rating in the NHL last year: then-Edmonton Oiler Joffrey Lupul (minus-29) What a difference a year makes! - People...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/lights.gif?t=1198113250[/img] [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_santa_waving_cool.gif[/img] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/lights.gif?t=1198113250[/img] [u][b]The Season of Giving[/b][/u] Yes, yule log is on the fire (whatever a yule log is), the numerous fruit cakes fro...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_PbI3.gif[/img] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/thAppleArtcopy.jpg?t=1200060237[/img] Wow...words can hardly describe the effort and the result of last night's game in the Big Apple. Flyers give up two quick goals to ...hmm...let's see. Perenial All-Star Jaromir Jagr? Nope. First part of the ...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_079074991201LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img] [b]Any given Sunday...[/b] With all due respect to Oliver Stone, while that phrase obviously related to football, it rings true in all professional sports - with hockey being no exception. On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team. [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/al...
Already Sidney Crosby's unfortunate slide into the boards at the Igloo has been treated by most hockey media outlets as The Titanic, Hindenburg and Kennedy assassination all rolled into one. The NHL Networkwent out of it's way to let us know that Crosby's injury is a league wide issue and not just a Penguins issue. Will Crosby be missed at the All Star game? Sure. But ...
mnflyer writes...

Flyers Future

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
How nice is it to be a Flyers fan nowadays? At the All-Star break last season, the Flyers were sitting with 27 points and in the midst of a January where they accumulated four points - yep, four. The O&B were well on there way to the most futile season in the franchise's history. Oh, how times have changed. So far, 2007-2008 has seen our club return to - at th...
[u][b]The Overtime/Shootout Loss - Time to Lose the Point and Win [/b][/u] [b]The Good Old Days[/b] Take a walk with me back to the days of clutching and grabbing, the days of actually being able to clear the crease and the horrid days of ties in hockey. Two teams played 60 minutes, fought hard, left their blood on the ice and end up tied. Overtime. In this in...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:WRTGGbGdEuc9dM:http://graphics.jsonline.com/graphics/packer/img/insider/may02/vince522.jpg[/img] "It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner." [b]- Vince Lombardi[/b] First off, I hate foo...
boobyorr writes...

Oiler Questions

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Greeting Hockey Fans, So Oil Country I have some questions for you in regards to this team. I hope to get some response, as I am curious for other opinions on some issues I have heard being discussed. So here's a couple questions with a few talking points for your enjoyment or displeasure. 1. If he was available, would waive his NTC, and could be had for a reasonable...
[b]How Long to the point of know return?[/b] [i]I heard the men saying something The captains tell they pay you well And they say they need sailing men to Show the way, and leave today Was it you that said,[b] "How long, how long?"[/b] They say the sea turns so dark that You know it's time, you see the sign They say the point demons guard is An ocean grave, fo...
predjoe writes...

What's That Smell?

Posted Sunday | Comments 3
What you are smelling is the rotten egg that the Preds laid last night against a very good Dallas Stars team. [b]Where It Went Right:[/b] The first period for the most part was solid and the Preds played step for step with the Stars. It looked like this was going to be a game decided in OT or by a late goal. Both teams were skating hard and playing a physical game. ...
[b]Down the Rabbit Hole[/b] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/morph_neo.jpg?t=1203905441[/img] [i] [b]Morpheus[/b]: I imagine that right now, you're feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole? [b]Neo[/b]: You could say that. [b]Morpheus[/b]: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is...
Texhorns02 writes...

Mike Heika on the radio

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Mike Heika was just on BaD radio on the Ticket discussing Brad Richards. His sources say Dallas' offer involves Mike Smith and Phillippe Boucher. Fantastic fit Bob Gainey is also offering Michael Ryder to get Olli Jokinen. This is why Ryder isn't a Star yet. undecidedname.blogspot.com
Brad Richards is making a ton of money. Richards is also the owner of the worst +/- in hockey. Richards also makes perfect sense for Dallas. It sounds crazy, but I've talked myself into wanting this potential trade to go through. I feel that the best way to justify this is to look at the short term benefits vs. the long term benefits. Brad Richards is the owner...
Ok, so I worked for the first time in over a decade on deadline day. Fortunately, I had all the deals sent via text message to me, so I didn't miss anything except the normal glass of Jameson's with one cube and a splash of water and being able to sit around all day in my underwear and not have the wife complain. Anyhow, I am going to offer some thoughts on the trades:...
Texhorns02 writes...

Brad Richards has linemates

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Brett Hull was just on BaD Radio and let the world in on who Richards was playing with in practice. Brad Richards is surrounded by Finns. Nik Hagman and Antti Miettinen are flanking him. This means that at least for tonight Tippett is keeping the top line and Modano's checking line together. Great to hear. undecidedname.blogspot.com
7-4 There isn't much to be said about this game. Dallas dominated a weaker opponent and took care of business. Brad Richards was more than advertised. The top 3 lines were phenomenal. I know Dave Tippett likes to tinker, but if it isn't broken leave it alone. Those 3 lines are awesome. Lines 1. Morrow Ribeiro Eriksson 2. Ott Modano Lehtinen 3. Hagman Richards M...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
As usual thanks for reading. http://flyerflies.com/blogs/Buts/ Have a great weekend.
[u][b]Don't blame Marty Biron for this one. [/b][/u] Yes, the Flyers are a walking MASH unit. Yes, John Stevens has had to patch lines together with duct tape and bailing wire. Yes, Biron has issues with stopping breakaways and in shootouts. All of the above are true. But the simple fact of the matter is this: [b]The Flyers defense stunk out the joint toni...
950FlyGuy writes...

BRIERE out Thursday vs. TB

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Flyers have Danny Briere officially listed as day to day with the right shoulder sprain suffered when he crashed into the boards in the 2nd period Sunday against the Rangers.... But after seeing Briere myself after Tuesday nights game and talking to a couple of people close to the situation, I feel confident to say Briere will definitely NOT dress tomorrow night agai...
3-0 Dallas The Dallas Stars finally came to play tonight. They outworked Colorado consistently, shut Colorados powerplay down, and manhandled them at even strength. The Morrow/Modano/Richards line was electric at times, but the Hagman/Ribeiro/Miettinen looked flat at times. I barely noticed Ribeiro on the ice. Dallas simply outworked Colorado tonight. It doesn't ge...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_415372974_c73ef1cab6.jpg[/img] Mike Richards scored the first playoff penalty shot goal in Franchise history and broke the back of the Washington Capitals in the process. Mr. Everything skated in, dipped his shoulder, and calmly tucked the puck in the Five Hole of Cristobal Huet to seal the fate of the Caps. Mr. Hue...
You can fill in the blank with alot of names : ~Briere ~Prospal ~Richards ~Lupul ~Kapanen ~Ushall ~Carter ~Umberger ~Knuble ~Hartnell ~Hatcher ...impressive...
sm623181 writes...

Game 3...Flyers/Habs

Posted Tuesday | Comments 15
Thank god for DVR...because I got to see all of the important stuff... Let me just start off by saying I'm sick of hearing that the flyers are dirty. At the beginning of the season a couple players made some bad decisions. It cost us big time. Game over. We did our time. It's the end, and I don't want to hear about it anymore b/c it's irrelevent. The Flyers are ...
VENGEANCE [i]{has to wait for}[/i] NOW! This year the Flyers went through a lot. They started came out hot and went on a 6-1 tear, and from there on the team was very inconsistent. Injuries to [b]Simon Gagne[/b], [b]Mike Richards[/b], [b]Joffrey Lupul[/b], [b]Scottie Upshall[/b], and [b]RJ Umberger[/b] cost this team some scoring punch, and coupled with the teams inco...
It's no secret that the Leafs contain a very limited number of promising prospects. However, it wasn't long ago that Alexander Steen and Kyle Wellwood were compared to the Flyers' young duo in Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Three years into their respective NHL careers, the Leafs youngsters find themselves on the backburner after promising seasons. While the difference ...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_2231766672_fff7aebf1f.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_376718634_84ebfb0ca3.jpg[/img][img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/letterc.jpg?t=1220497278[/img] What's in a letter? After A and B and just before D. The third letter in the alphabet... [img]http://i228.photobu...
By Wednesday, October 8th, at 3pm Eastern the Stars must have their roster down from their current total of 28 to the 23 man maximum. Here is the current 28 man roster Forwards Sean Avery Krys Barch Fabian Brunnstrom Chris Conner BJ Crombeen Loui Eriksson Jere Lehtinen Joel Lundqvist Mike Modano Brenden Morrow James Neal Steve Ott Toby Petersen Konstantin...
After clearing waivers, Luke Richardson has decided that it's time to hang up his skates, and is expected to make the transition to a coaching position with the Ottawa Senators. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Richardson is likely to accept an assistant coach position in Binghampton. Richardson has had conversations with Sens GM Bryan Murray about such a move, and it i...
[u][b]Holy Schniekie!!!![/b][/u] What a night! With the Orange and Black up 3-1, on two Jeff Carter powerplay goals and one shortie by Mike Richards, the Lightining tie it in third with a missed rebound opportunity put back by Steve Downie, of all people. Then, with 16 seconds remining, Scottie Hartnell pulled a bush-league move of tossing his glove at the stick/p...
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...
Jeff Carter scored two goals to add on to his league leading 29 goals, and Marty Biron made 41 saves as the Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-1 tonight. I thought Marty had one of his best performances of the season. Marty made the big saves when needed, and he helped the Flyers get a big win. Obviously, if Marty can keep on playing this way, the Flyers will win a ton of games. ...
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 ...
Richie18 writes...

Flyers first-half analysis

Posted Friday | Comments 5
Obviously in any season, you are going to have your up's and down's, and the Flyers went through that a little bit so far this season. The Flyers failed to win a game in their first six games, as they lost 6 games(Sharks twice) to some elite teams. On opening night, the Flyers lost their home opener against the Rangers 4-3, then two nights later, they lost to Montreal 5-3....
Richie18 writes...

Flyers destroy Bolts 6-1

Posted Friday | Comments 3
What an amazing game it was tonight for the Flyers. Unbelievable. The Flyers scored three goals in the third period, as they put a beating on the Bolts 6-1 tonight. Going into this game, I didn't think that the Flyers were going to score six goals against Mike Smith. Obviously, I'm a huge Mike Smith fan, and I would love to see him in a Flyers uniform. Luckily for the Flye...
I understand the need to fit Briere into the roster but at the expense of the captain, leading scorer, and Selke candidate seems a bit odd. Richards is in the top ten in the league for pts/gm and putting him with 3rd line calibre line-mates is a waste. He is still getting top powerplay time which is smart, but at even strength his talent is being wasted.
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...
Last year Philly came into the playoff series against the Penguins with the intention of pounding them into the boards on every shift - and it the process - they hoped to pound the life out of Pittsburgh. The result...Pens won the series in 5 games. A couple of years earlier, in a regular season match-up in Philly, Derrian Hatcher pounded on the face of, then rookie,...
As we have moved through the season, I've had an eye toward the playoffs with my Flyers and have noticed a few shortcomings which I felt would prevent them from being able to get out of the conference to challenge for the Stanley Cup to be real contenders; [i]not [/i]pretenders as they are now. Don't get me wrong. Coming off of a season where the home team couldn't eve...
Enver Lisin is now a NY Ranger. He comes from Phoenix for Lauri Korpikoski, who never hit his stride as a Ranger. Lisin netted 13 goals and put up 8 helpers on a financialy troubled and offensively lousy Coyotes team. In my opinion it is a great move by Glen Sather. Lisin is an RFA and can be used as trade bait to lure in the #1 center to feed Gaborik the puck. I do believ...
sdflyerfan writes...

Olympic Fever

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I realize its only August and the Olympics are still 6 months away, but after watching the Red/White Canada scrimmage last night I have to admit I am very excited about the upcoming season. A few takes on the scrimmage itself - please be aware I watched it over the internet, so the quality wasnt the greatest and the screen size was small and with no play-by-play it was...
GagneFire12 writes...

First Blog

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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...
sdflyerfan writes...

Panthers vs. Flyers: Game 8

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Big win for Philadelphia tonight as they get closer to playing a full 60-minute game. For the most part the Flyers were up on their skates and initiating contact while pursuing the puck, however, the Panthers looked like they were just trying to get out of town after the big Richards hit on Booth. [b]First Period[/b] Back and forth game as both teams have several scor...
Colin Campbell said on NHL Live this afternoon that there was nothing illegal about Mike Richards' hit on David Booth Saturday night. "He did not jump. He did not elbow him. He did not hit him in a place where he wasn't expecting it. It was an area where you expect to get hit, both the player passing the puck and the player doing the hitting," Campbell said. Campbell...
sreekers writes...

Flyers/Avs Trade Possibilities

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First and foremost, this blog is simply to provide a fun conversation as well as enjoying some of the rumors that are going on. It is no secret that the Flyers are struggling, and in the cap era this seems to be the only time that major trades really have any traction. For the most part this also brings about big dealings at the deadline. In relation to the Flyers I ...
Let's face it...Penguins and Flyers fans love TWO things... 1) Their respective teams... and 2) to dislike, dare I say hate, the OTHER team/team's fans But in February, both sides will be put into an akward position as the 2010 Olympics open. Both teams fans, of mostly US origin, will have (most likely) their favorite players on the roster for Team Canada - Mike...
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...
Alright fellow Philly fans. It's time for me to make some rash statements about our favorite hockey club. It's time to make a final prediction for the season and do some speculating regarding roster moves for the summer. First of all, the Flyers have signed another random 3rd string goalie to make a ridiculous attempt at fulfilling sports' toughest position in order f...
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 ...
icedog97 writes...

Mike Richards

Posted Wednesday | Comments 7
NHL fans are constantly debating the effectiveness of their team's captains. Let's face it, unless you are in the city that wins the cup (and sometimes even that's not enough), you are likely to find a good number of people who will argue that the current team captain (--->insert your favorite whipping boy here
Only a few hours remain until draft and I am having difficulty containing my excitement. I didn't sleep much last night but that isn't much of a big deal. I was reading some of the blogs on here, and Eklund who is the one who updates regularly on rumors regarding FA's, UFA's, and possible trades said in his post late last night to keep a VERY close eye on garth snow and th...
Big news in the NHL today as Kovy finally decided on where he wanted to spend the balance of his career. The fact it was New Jersey which offered the most in terms of money was somewhat surprising as most pundits figured the LA Kings would go all-out to add a marquee talent to it’s roster to augment the impressive, young core already in place. New Jersey’s offer of a 1...
When D.Sutter came from San Jose he made a habit of trading for players he knew from that system, we all appreciate the Kirpusoff trade but the players that followed like Lynn Loyns, Bryan marchment, Mark Smith and Jeff Friesen indicate that Sutter like to trade or sign what is familiar to him. Darryl is not the first G.M. to trade for what he knows, but it does make us th...
I was reading a post a week or so ago about the 10 General Managers your team should want to rebuild your team. Based on the fact that Paul Holmgren took the team that finished dead last in the entire NHL only to take his team to the Eastern Conference Finals the following season only to lose to the stacked Penguins. How does that not make him top 5 maybe even top 3 or b...
In my previous posts I've indicated that I do not think much of a major shake up is going to happen prior to next season with the Flames, unless you call assigning veterans to the minor league a major a shake up. However having said that I'm a fan and like all fans I like to play the what if game with the rumors that are being circulated. The reason Hockeybuzz is fun to me...
Micheal Aldred writes...

Preview: Dallas Stars

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[b]Primary Staff:[/b] Joe Nieuwendyk (GM), Marc Crawford (Head Coach) [b]2009-10 Stats:[/b] 82GP 37W 31L 14OTL 88PTS [b]Place: [/b]5th Pacific, 12th West, 20th NHL [b]Top Scorer:[/b] Brad Richards – 80GP 24G 67A 91P [b]Captains:[/b] Brendan Morrow (C), Stephane Robidas (A), Brad Richards (A) [b]OFF-SEASON MOVES OUT:[/b] Warren Peters (Signed with Minnesota) ...
flamesfan!! writes...

What's up with Iginla

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
The Flames perennial leader in goals and points, Jarome Iginla is on pace for a measly 12 goals and 37 assists giving him a total of 49 points in the season. Is this just a lousy start for the notoriously slow starting Flames captain? Or is this something else? It is widely believed that Iginla has had a history of starting slow and finally finding his groove in the mon...
jzadow writes...

Trade Deadline Splashes

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There have been some big moves already before the deadline -- maybe the most we've seen this early since the NHL lockout -- and certainly, more to come. It seems the most intriguing targets for most teams are the players that will be UFAs at season's end. And, this off-season boasts some of the biggest names around the league, however, some of them will most likely re-sign...
jzadow writes...

Where Will They Go?

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The biggest name at this year's deadline is Dallas Stars center, Brad Richards. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Richards will only be willing to move his no-trade-clause if GM Joe Nieuwendyk can work out a deal with the New York Rangers. The Kings and Leafs were said to be highly interested in Richards, but obviously the asking price is too much -- it was rumoured that B...
First, this series is not over. I want to be clear on that. Obviously the chances of us winning took a severe hit with Wednesday night's loss. But, if we take it one game at a time, this Rangers club is capable of winning 3 games in a row. This post is going to look at something else that's been close to the minds of Rangers fans. It's actually something we've talked ab...
I know I haven't really spoke up on here all season but I am now. I'm sick of both teams whining about each other. Both teams have been dealt some bad breaks and some uneven and/or make up calls. When it comes right down to it, it doesn't matter. The Flyers can whine all they want about games 1 and 5 and being over penalized but the fact is that they didn't score a...
For many Sabres fans, a sense of disappointment may still linger after the Sabres dreadful Game 7 exit to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs. And rightly so. It was as if the Sabres had left their starting lineup back in Buffalo and instead dressed a band of junior-league misfits to take their place. Either way, it was apparent the team had...
Hockey fans across the New York area sat down this morning with coffee and a copy the New York Post. As they flipped through the sports section, past coverage of early season baseball and the NBA Finals, they found themselves looking at the weekly [i]Slapshots [/i]column written by Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. At first glance, [url=http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/range...
The debate over where Dallas superstar center Brad Richards will play next season is heating up again after Richards basically said goodbye to the Dallas fans via twitter Saturday night. Many teams are in the hunt for his services of course but the Leafs and Rangers were thought to be the front runners. That is until it became known Brad preferred to play in a less Media...
Its coming close to draft and free agency time and it's time to bring up the age old question! Will the Leafs ever find their #1 centre they desperately need? In this day and age its definetly hard to find that #1 centre via trade without giving up an abundance of youth and picks to get said player, but its not impossible. The Leafs have been linked to many #1 centre'...
[img]http://leafshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Brian_Burke.jpg[/img] Its coming close to draft and free agency time and it's time to bring up the age old question! Will the Leafs ever find their #1 centre they desperately need? In this day and age its definetly hard to find that #1 centre via trade without giving up an abundance of youth and picks to get said ...
Richards... Well, as many of you know, Drury will likely be bought out by the Rangers to make room for Richards. And yes, the Rangers are the team that will sign Richards. I say there is 90% chance that that will happen. So good for the Rangers, another soon to be overpaid player on their team. On the Sabres... Now that means that Drury would beco...
ErikC writes...

The Curious Case of Brian Burke

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8 days remain to the start of the 2011 NHL entry draft and 2 weeks remain to the the opening of the NHL free agency period. Burke has defined the number one off-season priority as being a true no. 1 centre to play with Kessel. Ideally, come July 1st Brad Richards would don the blue and white and for years to come would be the set-up man to help Kessel reach his goal-scorin...
joelsteeves writes...

Leafs - Do or Die?

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This summer will be a key time as the Toronto Maple Leafs strive to break a drought that has seen them absent from the past six consecutive post seasons. The farm has been rejuvenated with the likes of Greg McKegg, Jesse Blacker, Jake Gardiner and Joe Colborne joining top prospect Nazem Kadri. However, the Leafs remain without a number one play making center and are still ...
I doubt very many will see this blog as it is my first on hockeybuzz.com. All the same i want to get my opinion out there in the cloud so to speak. Eklund himself is on record as of this morning proclaiming the Sabres are one of the secondary teams in the Brad Richards extravaganza. This isn't the first time that notion has been intimated, but i guess this time it h...
Anyone remember the Comcast Sportsnet commercial with Flyers Beat Writer Tim Panaccio and a Flyer Fan? The fan cuts off Panaccio and begins to blab nonsense, "The Flyers are an F5 tornado" he says. That is an understatement today as the Flyers not only shocked Flyerdom, but also the entire NHL as well. The Flyers began to turn heads when they announced that they had tr...
We are just 15 hours away from the 1st round of the 2011 NHL Entry draft. Already some major moves have been made by the Philadelphia Flyers. Moves that quite frankly shocked myself, and the rest of the hockey world on the eve of the draft. The flyers first traded Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 8th overall pick, Jakub Voracek, and a 3rd round pick. Carter...
Personnally I don't feel that the leafs have missed out on Carter or Richards, neither player are the type of guy that any of us thought we needed. While both are very talented Richards is unpredictable and is still prone to taking terrible penaltied at bad times that hurt his team in late stages of the game and in the playoffs, and Carter is as pure a sniper as Kessel is...
icedog97 writes...

Upsetting the Apple Cart

Posted Friday | Comments 1
Paul Holmgren, for better or worse, has done it in Philadelphia. When the Flyers traded for the right's to free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, everybody knew they were serious...finally...about addressing their question mark in goal. Everybody also knew that signing Bryzgalov to a new contract would require some type of sacrifice from the current roster in order t...
What Holmgren did was not to simply create salary cap room. One does not trade the faces of his franchise in order to lock up a new goalie. The Flyers could have kept both of the players they traded away yesterday afteroon and signed Ilya Bryzgalov to the same contract and made the numbers work by moving other players. He chose to change not just the face of his hockey ...
njdevil267 writes...

A Bold move in Philly

Posted Friday | Comments 9
Hi everyone! Welcome to my first Hockey Buzz blog post! As a New Jersey Devils fan, you will find that my postings will typically revolve around issues affecting the Devils in particular, and the Atlantic Division in general. But of course as with any huge NHL fan I may stray from time to time! Anyway - lets begin by talking about the bold move Paul Holmgren just ...
mcefalu writes...

Flyers Culture Change

Posted Friday | Comments 3
As most of us know by now, Flyers welcomed several new players yesterday in lieu of their blockbuster deals which sent former captain Mike Richards to LA and leading goal scorer Jeff Carter to Columbus. Here's my rundown: 1. Carter - The guy has a killer wrist shot. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that his scoring prowess will be sorely missed. Despite the fact tha...
If you are like me you sat there glued to the television waiting for the big announcement last night... you know the one that didn't happen. Once again Brian Burke was unable to find anyone willing to trade with, I wonder if i it is because people around the league believe that the leafs players aren't worthy of much. Is Brian Burke overvaluing the prospects and draft p...
This is my first post on HockeyBuzz, so most of you probably won't see it, but I just wanted a place to speak my mind about Philadelphia hockey. So here it goes: Not many people were shocked when the Flyers shipped out Jeff Carter. The same can't be said for that of Mike Richards. Two of the Flyers elite players gone, but Paul Holmgren did know what he was doing...
The draft came and went a bit more anti-climatic than expected. The Sabres did well for themselves adding the agile Finnish winger Joel Armia (though i would have preferred Mark McNeill) and the exciting Daniel Catenacci but to expect either of these players to have in impact in the 2011-2012 season is unrealistic. This years draft was to continue stocking the cupboard ...
I don't believe that there will be any "HUGE" signing this summer from Brian Burke. I believe that perhaps Andy Mac may be an option, but is he available? Mr Augello wrote that he would be a nice fit, I also think that Andy would be a great fit. Not only would he be a relative bargain due to injuries, but he could actually end up being the type of guy that Kessel needs...
The addition of Mike Richards has made the Kings tougher up the middle, but the loss of Simmonds leaves a void to an already thin area on the team: Toughness. The Kings lack the kind of toughness that will enable them to go far in the playoffs. Dean Lombardi needs to bring in an animal to play on the back-end, a tough forward willing to drop the gloves to fill in for...
NJDAaron1 writes...

So far...

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TOP DEFENCEMEN OVER THE AGE OF 35 Roman Hamrlik Sami Salo Niclas Wallin Bryan McCabe TOP DEFENSIVE Scott Hannan Brent Sopel TOP OFFENSIVE DEFENCEMEN Ed Jovanovski Christian Ehrhoff Tomas Kaberle FORWARDS TOP SNIPERS Andrew Brunette Erik Cole Simon Gagne Jussi Jokinen Scottie Upshall “Set Up Artists” Tim Connolly Vil...
In all likelihood, the Rangers will sign Brad Richards. I am very disappointed about this because the Rangers were on the right track. They have a nice young core, have built the team through the draft and have good players on the horizon. Now the cap space is gone. We have another buyout in waiting. Does Brad Richards make the Rangers better for the next couple of year...
Before I start, I don't claim to be an expert. I have my own opinions, and don't claim to know everything about hockey. If you find any inaccuracies or have any comments, please respectably leave them below or in my Inbox. Since I last saw my Flyers in May, a lot have transactions obviously have occurred. I was pissed off at the end of the season, and called it the ...
killTHEnight writes...

Meanwhile... in Reality...

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
[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 ...
Before I begin I would like to preface this post by saying a sincere to thank you to the Pegula Family, as well as the entire sabres organization for arguably one of the most exciting off seasons in team history. The future of this franchise is brighter than it has ever been. With that being said. It seems for now that the Buffalo Sabres are re-enacting an old slogan...
Before I begin I would like to preface this post by saying a sincere to thank you to the Pegula Family, as well as the entire sabres organization for arguably one of the most exciting off seasons in team history. The future of this franchise is brighter than it has ever been. With that being said. It seems for now that the Buffalo Sabres are re-enacting an old slogan...
Before I begin I would like to preface this post by saying a sincere to thank you to the Pegula Family, as well as the entire sabres organization for arguably one of the most exciting off seasons in team history. The future of this franchise is brighter than it has ever been. With that being said. It seems for now that the Buffalo Sabres are re-enacting an old slogan...
Before I begin I would like to preface this post by saying a sincere to thank you to the Pegula Family, as well as the entire sabres organization for arguably one of the most exciting off seasons in team history. The future of this franchise is brighter than it has ever been. With that being said. It seems for now that the Buffalo Sabres are re-enacting an old slogan...
For NHL teams, most seasons can be defined by one factor. One segment of the team that made the season a success or a failure. For the 2011 Bruins, Tim Thomas was that factor. He was the difference maker for them, the biggest reason why Boston is celebrating yet another major sports title. The same goes for teams that failed; the Rangers’ season can very well be defined...
Ok, I've finally gathered my thoughts since the huge trade from a week ago. Every blogger is mentioning it over and over, but everyone knows what it is so I won't repeat myself nor make you read it again. There are a lot of things I want to go over with Free Agency and there are some things I'd like to clear up for what seems to be a "pissed off" Flyerdom. First we...
Is it just me or does everything that Steve Simmons say sound the same? Further more everything he writes seems to directly involve Brian Burke's innability to get the hockey team into the playoffs. I honestly don't believe that there is a less intelligent and more negative individual in the Toronto media. The questions this guy asks are irrelavent and offending, only S...
habsteen26 writes...

10 Questions, and .....

Posted Friday | Comments 5
Noticed that I haven't posted in almost a year... well, here it goes. 1) Do you like the Brad Richards contract? How many points will he get? Will he be a big NYR bust? 2) Do you like the Erhoff contract? 3) Will Tim Connolly stay healthy in Toronto? 4) Erik Cole: Yay or Nay? 5) Who will will the Art Ross and the Richard Trophies next season? 6) Flyers: ...
Millpool writes...

Around the NHL

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Here are a few quick thoughts about some happenings around the NHL. [b][u]Draper Retires[/u][/b] And so the NHL bids farewell to one of its fiercest competitors. Few would dispute that age was finally catching up to Draper these past couple seasons. However, his recent difficulties cannot tarnish a brilliant career that saw him help the Wings to four Stanley Cups, take...
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....
AlexanderScharf writes...

Ready To Rumble

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Several promising Rangers prospects fell victim to the second round of cuts on Saturday, as the roster was trimmed to 25 players. It seems like the club will at least start the year with only one rookie on the roster, and Stu Bickel does not figure to see much of the ice. This is a turnaround from last season when the opening night lineup included rookies Michael Sauer and...
Iban3z writes...

Flyers Off On the Right Foot

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Two games into the new look Flyers' season it appears that they seem comfortable with one another. In fact if you had no clue what was going with the team, you may have thought that they've been playing together for awhile now. Just two regular season games and two wins have many fans that were feeling doubtful with this summer's moves, having a change of heart. Thurs...
Welcome to a new feature on the blog, "Wind Sprints." Much like the endurance-building exercise of a hockey team, we'll do four notes - blue line, red line, far blue line and goal line. At the end, instead of being exhausted, you'll be better informed. Or both. [b]Blue Line [/b]It's going to be an odd site watching Mike Richards skate on Wells Fargo ice Saturday. ...
The first ten days of hockey have wrapped up and I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve seen from the Philadelphia Flyers. As of Saturday the Flyers are 3-0-1. Seven points out of eight is a good start for a team that is just gelling together. The Flyers faced the Western Conference champions, the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday and played a pretty solid game. The only...
There are 20 forwards in the NHL with larger cap hits than Brad Richards. Most are the elite players of the league, like Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos. Some are just wildly overpaid, most notably, Scott Gomez. But they are the benchmark to use when evaluating the performance of the Rangers alternate captain. It is early into the season, or so it seems. However, ...
AlexanderScharf writes...

Just Shoot It

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
There are very few things more irritating to true hockey fans than listening to an arena full of spectators screaming "shoot!" for an entire power play. But at this point, the Rangers need somebody to yell at them about being dead last in the league in shots on goal. This is a team that manages to stay in almost every game, thanks to the defensive effort led by Henrik ...
Yellowknife, NT [img:left]http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/aa/fullj.62fe0168591164499a23e1265e45da05/62fe0168591164499a23e1265e45da05-getty-136322072.jpg[/img] The New York Rangers have long been known for their deep wallet and infamous free agent signings. Some of the worst Ranger signings in history include the likes of Bobby Holik, Darius Kasparitus, Theoren...
Part three of revisiting some of the recent bigger deals in the NHL involves the Philadelphia Flyers (again) and the Los Angeles Kings. This was the 2nd impact deal the Flyers made in the summer of 2011. [img]http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/2b/fullj.9c415908a0d3b6187d6156a0916a2f57/9c415908a0d3b6187d6156a0916a2f57-getty-138838397.jpg [/img] [img]http://nyrbl...
[img]http://www.thesenatereform.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/MikeRichardsJeffCarter.jpg[/img] Thursday evening Jeff Carter was reunited with his former teammate and captain Mike Richards as the LA Kings made the move to acquire his services. [i]LA sent defensemen Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick to Columbus (2012 or 2013) for Jeff Carter. [/i] The...
centribo writes...

The LA Kings: A Dynasty

Posted Friday | Comments 15
Which is the greatest dynasty team in the history of the NHL? Is it the Edmonton Oilers of the late 80's? The Canadiens of, well, pick a decade other than the one we're in, or was it the Islanders of the early 80's? Another team perhaps? I guess my point is that in the history of the NHL, there have been teams which have succeed for prolonged periods of time. And I'm no...
Not since the late 80s has a team thoroughly dominated the NHL like the Oilers. There was a 5 year period where they won 4 Stanley Cups. The Oilers organization took what youth they had and expended as much from them as possible. Ever since the Oilers of the 80s, there has not been another team that ran through its opponents so easily. I would call the Oilers of the 80s a ...
Honestly, I couldn't think of a better story for the 2012 NHL season. An 8th place team barely makes the playoffs after having an abysmal year were they couldn't score to save their lives. It took a head coach change, a huge trade and a lot of luck to even accomplish this. And yet, here we are, congratulating the LA Kings! It's quite amazing really, I had them picked every...
It seems that the NY Rangers were mentioned as contenders in every big prize during the lead up to the Draft and the FA period. But it seems between the huge moves made by the Penguins and the Wild, the Rangers (along with most the rest of the NHL) were left debating on making passes at Shane Doan, rolling the dice on Alexander Semin and recently seem to have let the idea...
It seems that the NY Rangers were mentioned as contenders in every big prize during the lead up to the Draft and the FA period. But it seems between the huge moves made by the Penguins and the Wild, the Rangers (along with most the rest of the NHL) were left debating on making passes at Shane Doan, rolling the dice on Alexander Semin and recently seem to have let the idea...
It seems that the NY Rangers were mentioned as contenders in every big prize during the lead up to the Draft and the FA period. But it seems between the huge moves made by the Penguins and the Wild, the Rangers (along with most the rest of the NHL) were left debating on making passes at Shane Doan, rolling the dice on Alexander Semin and recently seem to have let the idea...
It seems that the NY Rangers were mentioned as contenders in every big prize during the lead up to the Draft and the FA period. But it seems between the huge moves made by the Penguins and the Wild, the Rangers (along with most the rest of the NHL) were left debating on making passes at Shane Doan, rolling the dice on Alexander Semin and recently seem to have let the idea...
As it is with any team, good goaltending leads to good results. That was borne out Saturday in the Columbus Blue Jackets season opening tilt against division rival Nashville. New #1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was solid stopping 32 of 34 shots in regulation and OT before besting five of six Predators in the shootout. Derick Brassard tallied the shootout winner in the sixth...
This is pre-Phoenix, but I think the Edmonton game was a sign the Kings are headed back to last season's form/pattern. They've shook the cobwebs I mean the suds of the party/offseason off and are ready to be stingy on D and in net. The forwards can't score, yet, and that is how the Kings got it going last year. Great D and netminding, anemic offense. Clifford is everyth...
This is pre-Phoenix, but I think the Edmonton game was a sign the Kings are headed back to last season's form/pattern. They've shook the cobwebs I mean the suds of the party/offseason off and are ready to be stingy on D and in net. The forwards can't score, yet, and that is how the Kings got it going last year. Great D and netminding, anemic offense. Clifford is everyth...
Through seven games so far, the Kings have played far from the level it had been during the Stanley Cup run. There is too much talent for this club to be where it is now. I understand all of the accolades; the team is still hung over, they are not 100% with weary legs playing until mid-June, they have a target on their back and everyone's gunning for them...etc, etc! Pe...
[b]Toronto Still Work in Progress, LA Fights Back. [/b] [i]2/5 Kings 4 @ Blue Jackets 2; Maple Leafs 3 @ Capitals 2[/i] It was quite a bit of fun going back and forth between the Leafs and Kings games, both playing at the same time tonight in eastern time zone. It was also exciting to see both teams hang onto 3-2 leads late, then equally satisfying to see both teams...
[b]President's Day Blog![/b] Enjoy the day off...well for those who are teacher's like me got the day off! I am sure others did too...hopefully. Some comments on the Kings game at the United Center on Sunday... [u][i]Kings 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3[/i][/u] I was expecting a team like the Kings, who are defending champions, or so technically speaking they are,...
There is no doubt the Rangers took a step backwards in 2012-2013. Glen Sather shook up the entire team with many offseason moves last summer. As we saw they were moves that destroyed team chemistry and divided a locker room. Now add in the shortened season because of the lockout and it spelled disaster for the Rangers from top to bottom. John Tortorella lack of patience an...
Friends, fans and upper management we gather here today to look back upon the Flyers career of the only player we know who can actually flick a switch when games matter. Danny Briere came to the Flyers in July of 2007 and gave this organization hope, that even after an abysmal season star players still wished to play in the City of Brotherly Love. We had all hoped for ...
Brayton writes...

Who's up for buyout?

Posted Saturday | Comments 7
The final four teams remain in the National Hockey League Playoffs with the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to an end in early to mid June. On June 15th, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup has been awarded, the NHL compliance buyout period begins. All 30 NHL teams will have until June 30th to use a compliance buyout on up to two players on its roster. These buyouts wil...
Our "beloved" Maple Leafs return to the ACC Monday night against the lowly, yet always dangerous against Toronto, Carolina Hurricanes after a winless road trip against four of the perennially toughest Western Conference teams. There is no shame in losing close games on the road against the Kings, Ducks, Sharks and Blues. What is a shame is that the Leafs lost to those ...
zjmac writes...

RIP Richie

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Todd Richards: 2012-2015 John Tortorella: 2015- For everyone that wanted something to happen, this happened. Todd Richards was fired and replaced by John Tortorella following a 4-0 shutout last night. Personally, it's sad to see a really good coach leave a really good team because that is what this team is. Richards led this young squad to multiple 40 win seasons,...

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