Tag:Philadelphia Flyers
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:54 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

By Brian Stubits

CROSBY HITS THE ICE: For the first time since April, Sidney Crosby has taken to the ice (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) for workouts as he continues toward his return from the concussion he sustained midway through last season. In April, as the Penguins were in playoff mode, Crosby was working out with the team, leading to speculation he might come back for the playoffs. He was soon shut down because of headaches, which were blamed on a sinus infection, not concussion symptoms. It's still just another small step in his recovery and doesn't guarantee he'll be ready for camp, but at this point it can only be taken as a positive for Pittsburgh.

PRONGER PROBLEMS: Speaking of rehabbing players and camp, Chris Pronger could miss the Flyers' training camp for the second consecutive year. Recovering from the removal of a herniated disc in his back, Pronger is still not able to up his own personal training beyond treadmill walking as he was directed to give his back 12 weeks to scar up and heal. Hopefully it's not an omen for a repeat of last year, when Pronger played just 50 games, his lowest total since 2002-03.

MR. POPULAR'S PENGUINS: Pennsylvania is Steelers country, right? Well yes, it still is, but not among the youth. While the Steelers remain the state's most popular team, including the teams across the state in Philly. But the Penguins lead all teams in the coveted demographic of fans between 18 and 29 years old. Among that demographic, the Penguins received 27 percent of the vote, with the Steelers second at 22 percent. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that the Penguins were on the brain at the time of the survey as it was in the middle of Jagr Watch. No matter, it's quite a feather in the Pens' cap to beat out the Steelers, Phillies and Eagles in the young demographic.

THEY COULD BE CONTENDERS: At the Florida Panthers' developmental camp, the team received a visit and motivational speech from Micky Ward (Sun-Sentinel) or the man the movie The Fighter was based on. His story certainly stuck with some of the young Panthers prospects like 2011 draft pick Logan Shaw: "Everyone's going to have low points in their career like he did, retiring for two-and-a-half years. He did it for himself, that's why he came back. That's how we all made it here, believing in ourselves and that's going make us have a successful career."

LET YOUR WINGS FLY: Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the air with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels (Detroit Free Press). The former Mr. Hockey in Michigan will join the Blue Angels in a special showing in Ypsilanti where he will experience the tumbles, twirls, rolls and near-Mach 1 speeds of the Jets. The Blue Angels are in town for an air show next weekend.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:17 pm

Daily Skate: Leonsis' vision, Hiller progressing

By Brian Stubits

LEONSIS LIKES HIS TEAM: Owner Ted Leonsis is anything but shy and reserved, especially as an owner. Speaking at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Leonsis talked about his Capitals (Washington Post), specifically how he sees the Capitals as playoff mainstays. "This team will make the playoffs, as I promised, 10 to 15 years in a row. There is a 10- to 15-year horizon." He also addressed why he elected to keep much-maligned Bruce Boudreau as the team's coach, saying such decisions can't be made by emotion.

WOLFGANG PUCK? The Chicago Blackhawks took a big step in their branding attempts by opening a new restaurant in Chicago O'Hare airport on Wednesday. It figures to get seen by plenty of people, as O'Hare is the world's second busiest airport. What I want to know is how they got that massive pair of scissors for the ribbon cutting through security.

CLIMBING UP THE HILL: The Anaheim Ducks had a massive stroke of bad luck last season when they lost goaltender Jonas Hiller for the stretch run and playoffs because of symptoms of vertigo. But things sound good for Hiller according to coach Randy Carlyle (Ducks team site) . "He's been at a goalie camp in Switzerland and things have gone well with his progression…He has no symptoms, so this is a huge step for him. He'll spend two weeks [working there]…We think it's behind him, but you really never know with these things."

MY OH MYERS: Surprising this was kept so quiet all this time, but in the playoffs the Sabres apparently grew tired of a heckler on the glass in Philadelphia. Check out this video (hat tip to Puck Daddy) of the Flyers fan shouting at the Sabres, who respond by firing pucks at the glass. Then it's the behemoth Tyler Myers' turn and he finds a pretty good way to shut the guy up for a few seconds: breaking the glass. It quickly became a dangerous situation with glass falling to the seats below.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 2:29 pm

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

By Brian Stubits

BEER LEAGUE: The NHL received some great news early on Tuesday when word came down that the league's sponsorship deal with Molson Coors to make it the official beer of the NHL for a reported $375 million would stand. The contention regarded Labatt's relationship with the NHL, with Labatt's saying it already had the rights to the Canadian teams. In the end, it's a huge win for the league, which had a lot of money to be won in the deal.

UP TO THE TASK: Will there be a more scrutinized goaltender next season than Ilya Bryzgalov? The Flyers reconstructed their roster partly to get Bryzgalov on the roster and minding the net so the pressure will be heavy in that regard. Plus, it's Philadelphia and the city hasn't had the Stanley Cup since 1975. The pressure can be a burden. But Bryzgalov is ready to handle the heat. "I want to be the guy who can carry this team," Bryzgalov said yesterday in a conference call. The spotlight's on.

WINGING IT: Yesterday, colleague Adam Gretz told you about the very limited options the Red Wings have in net to back up Jimmy Howard. Detroit GM Ken Holland is working through the issue, too, signing Joey MacDonald yesterday to a two-way deal and now stating his desire to get in touch with Chris Osgood about another season in Hockeytown. If it's not Osgood, Holland also would be interested in talking to former Wing Ty Conklin.

HOWDY SCOTT: With every passing day, fans get more and more access to the inner workings of the sports world. The latest is the outreach from Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who recently joined Twitter (@GMScottHowson) and started blogging -- joining Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis in that department. Howson is surprisingly open in things he posts, not being as secretive as one might expect. In his most recent blog entry, he recounts the past few weeks of numerous transactions both for the Jackets and the NHL as a whole.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:36 pm

Daily Skate: Flyers shopping Bobrovsky?

By: Adam Gretz

PHILADELPHIA SHOPPING BOBROVSKY? After a promising start to his rookie season it appeared that Sergei Bobrovsky was going to be the goaltender of the future for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now that the team has acquired Ilya Bryzgalov, and signed him to a nine-year, $50 million contract, Bobrovsky's role with the club is up in the air. According to Frank Seravalli of Philly.com, the Flyers are apparently shopping Bobrovsky in a trade, even though general manager Paul Holmgren denied it. It might be tough to move a goaltender at this point in the offseason given how few openings there are at the position around the league. Last week the Avalanche gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire Semyon Varlamov from the Capitals, who then turned around and signed free agent Tomas Vokoun to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Bobrovsky started 52 games for the Flyers last season, winning 28, and finishing with a .915 save percentage.

NEW YORK RE-SIGNS ANISIMOV, SAUER The New York Rangers signed a pair of their restricted free agents on Friday, agreeing to terms with forward Artem Anisimov and defenseman Michael Sauer. The 23-year-old Anisimov set career highs across the board last season, finishing with 18 goals and 26 assists in 82 games. His deal is a two-year contract. Sauer, also 23, is coming off his rookie season with the club where he played in 76 games, recording three goals to go with 12 assists while averaging over 17 minutes of ice-time per game.

MARTINEZ AVOIDS ARBITRATION Defenseman Alec Martinez and the Los Angeles Kings avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract. He had five goals and 11 assists a year ago. Los Angeles still needs to work out a deal with its other restricted free agent along the blue line, 21-year-old sensation Drew Doughty.

ARBITRATION DATES ANNOUNCED All of the scheduled arbitration dates were released on Friday, and you can check them all out at the NHLPA website. Some of the big ones: Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers), July 21; Ryan Callahan (Rangers), July 28; Shea Weber (Predators), August 2; Zach Parise (Devils), August 3. Deals can still be worked out prior to the arbitration dates to avoid the awkwardness -- and brutal honesty -- that often comes during the hearings.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 6:06 pm

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

Wayne Simmonds

By: Adam Gretz

Wayne Simmonds was one of the key pieces acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers during their massive -- and surprising -- roster overhaul last month. He joined the team as part of the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles and landed the Flyers Simmonds, top prospect Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round draft pick.

Eligible for restricted free agency, the Flyers still needed to work out a deal with the 22-year-old forward. They managed to do just that on Thursday afternoon by signing him to a two-year contract that carries an average annual salary of $1.75 million, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

In 80 games with Los Angeles last season, Simmonds scored 14 goals to go with 16 assists. He's scored 39 goals in 240 career games.

Simmonds is a nice young player, but he, along with Schenn and Jakub Voracek (acquired as part of the Jeff Carter trade), has some large skates to fill this season. The Flyers offseason has essentially seen them lose Richards, Carter and Ville Leino (three of their top-five scorers from a year ago and their best two-way player), as well as role players like Darroll Powe, Daniel Carcillo and Sean O'Donnell. The club is replacing them with nine years of Ilya Bryzgalov, a 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr, Max Talbot, Andreas Lilja and a collection of young players with talent and upside, but it's far from a guarantee that these players will ever reach the level of the players they're replacing.

That's a sizable risk both in the short-term and the long-term.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 6:41 pm

Laperriere, son prepare for U.S. citizenship test

It's the season for patriotism here in the States, and that includes crunch time for citizenship tests. Just ask Ian Laperriere.

Laperriere, who hails from Montreal, and his son Tristan are both prepping to take their quizzes to become U.S. citizens and part of that includes questions about U.S. history. As you would expect from a professional athlete, Laperriere turns it into a bit of a competition with his son.

I must admit my embarrassment at not getting a couple of the questions in the video correct. Which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold the torch in? I was as unsure as them and I imagine most Americans that don't see the old lady every day are flipping a coin, too.

Laperriere won the Masterton Trophy last month in Las Vegas for showing a perseverance to the sport of hockey. He missed all of last season with the Flyers because of concussion symptoms but hung around the organization to help mentor the younger players.

Now he could use some mentoring help of his own to pass this test.

By Brian Stubits

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:53 pm

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

The Buffalo Sabres have added one of the top available wings on the market, signing former Flyer Ville Leino.

The contract calls for Leino to receive $27 million over six seasons, an average of $4.5 million per season.

The Flyers wanted to keep the 27-year-old Leino but couldn't reach a deal before Friday. He scored 19 goals last season with 34 assists in Philadelphia.

The Sabres are clearly showing they are going to be a team that spends under new owner Terry Pegula, a Sabres fan who also happens to be a billionaire. On Thursday they signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a 10-year, $40 million contract. By adding Leino they get a versatile forward who can help them add some scoring on the outside.

By Brian Stubits

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 8:36 pm

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Dale Tallon has been one of the busiest men today, and now he's made another move. The Florida Panthers GM acquired Kris Versteeg from the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks down the road.

There had been a lot of talk around the draft last week that the Panthers were trying to get Versteeg from the Flyers. Now, it actually goes through. You might remember that Versteeg played for Tallon while he was in Chicago, making it another former Blackhawk added to the Panthers roster, joining Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Jack Skille in the past six months.

It stood to reason the Panthers would be busy considering they had to spend more than any team just to reach the salary cap minimum. In the past few weeks they've taken on the the nickname FLOOR-ida. They also made four moves on the free-agent market, signing Scottie Upshall, Jose Theodore, Ed Jovanovski and Marcel Goc to big deals within the first two hours of free agency beginning.

They topped it all off by later signing Tomas Fleischmann to a four-year, $18 million contract. Fleischmann has been battling a blood clot issue but is believed to be over it as long as he continues to take the prescribed medicine. His highest offensive output came two seasons ago with Washington when he scored 23 goals with 28 assists.

But that didn't end the day for the Panthers. Oh no, they still had one more move left in them. In the late evening, the Panthers announced the signing of Sean Bergenheim for four years at an average of $2.75 million. Bergenheim had a breakout performance when he scored nine goals in the playoffs for Tampa Bay, substantially increasing his asking price and the Lightning were no longer willing to meet it. The Panthers hope Bergenheim found himself in the playoffs and he can continue to play up to a level close to that.

Last season Versteeg had 21 goals and 25 assists.

For Philadelphia it adds to another busy day, something that has become the norm for GM Paul Holmgren of late. Earlier in the day he surprised the NHL by signing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract then added Maxime Talbot from the Penguins. After those moves he was approaching the salary ceiling, but by sending Versteeg to Florida he opens up just more than $3 million on the cap, according to capgeek.com.

By Brian Stubits

Photo: Getty Images

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