Tag:Brayden Schenn
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:58 am
 

Chris Pronger done for season, playoffs

By: Adam Gretz

Word began to surface late Thursday afternoon that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was going to be out indefinitely due to his various ailments, including the concussion-type symptoms he was recently experiencing.

That wasn't really anything new, as he was already out of the lineup and the team had already announced that he would be indefinitely. But then Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren addressed the media Thursday evening, just after the team faced off against the Montreal Canadiens, and dropped the bombshell that the veteran defenseman will be sidelined for the remainder of the season as well as the playoffs.

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins," Holmgren said, "it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”
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In 13 games this season Pronger scored one goal to go with 11 assists.

Concussions have been sweeping like wildfire across the NHL over the past couple of weeks, something the Flyers currently know all too well. Along with Pronger, they're also playing without forwards Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, both out with concussions.

Nobody seems to know for sure when Pronger suffered the concussion that has now ended his season, but he's had a lengthy list of injuries this season. Earlier in the year he was sidelined after taking a stick in the face, and was most recently out due to a procedure on his knee. It wasn't until after that procedure that we first heard about his concussion symptoms.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

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By: Adam Gretz


When we last left the Flyers and Lightning, there was quite a debate raging on about Philadelphia's "stall tactics" in an effort to beat Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 neutral zone trap. Heading into Saturday's rematch the biggest question being asked was whether or not we would see a repeat when the teams faced off at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maybe it was because they didn't want to put their home town fans to sleep, or perhaps because the strategy resulted in a loss and their worst offensive showing of the season, but the Flyers made no such attempt on Saturday on their way to a 5-2 win over the Lightning. For Tampa Bay it was its sixth loss in the past seven games, and while Philadelphia ended up winning on the scoreboard, it suffered two pretty big losses in the injury department as Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov both left early with injuries.

Giroux, who entered the game as the NHL's leading scorer, had to exit during the second period when he fell to the ice and took an accidental knee to the head from his teammate, Wayne Simmonds. He did not return.  He's been Philadelphia's best player thus far and and an early front runner in the race for league MVP. He did manage to add to his league-leading point total before leaving the game with a pair of assists, including a helper on a power play goal by Simmonds in the second period.

Bryzgalov's injury doesn't appear to be serious and he seems to have been held out as a precaution, and when asked if he's "day-to-day," he replied, "probably hour-to-hour."

It's been a costly week in the injury department for the Flyers, as Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn are both out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Pronger, Schenn out with concussion symptoms

By: Adam Gretz

At this point, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is pretty much a one-man M*A*S*H unit.

Currently sidelined for the next few weeks after having surgery on his knee, which came after he missed a couple of weeks after taking a stick in the eye, and was then out with what the Flyers called a "virus," it was reported on Friday that the veteran defenseman is also suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
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It's entirely possible, if not likely, that the "virus" had something to do with the concussion symptoms he's currently experiencing.

"While Chris' knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a team statement. "Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinetly."

Dr. Mickey Collins, of course, is the same doctor that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been seeing over the past year.

Pronger isn't the only player on the Flyers currently dealing with concussion symptoms, as Holmgren also announced that forward Brayden Schenn will also be out indefinitely with a mild concussion. Said Holmgren in the same statement, "Brayden reported 'not feeling himself' on December 5th. Our doctors believe he has a mild concussion."

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Flyers rookie Schenn breaks foot, out 4-6 weeks

By Brian Stubits

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced on Thursday that one of the team's top prospects, Brayden Schenn, has a broken foot that will obviously keep him out of the lineup.

"Brayden Schenn suffered a broken left foot in the game last night. He will be out of action for 4 – 6 weeks," the team relayed from Holmgren on its Twitter account.

A short while after the announcement, the Flyers recalled Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustafsson.

It's a bad ... um ... break for Schenn, who entered the season as the favorite for many to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. The prized prospect was picked up by the Flyers in the trade for Mike Richards to the Kings, which also landed Philadelphia Wayne Simmonds.

He didn't actually begin the season with the Flyers as he dealt with a minor shoulder issue, but he was recalled and played in four games. He has averaged 14:52 of ice time while failing to pick up a point and posting a minus-5. He did get the chance to go against his brother Luke Schenn of the Maple Leafs in that time as well.

Schenn apparently suffered the broken foot against the Canadiens when blocking a shot from defenseman P.K. Subban. In true hockey-player fashion, Schenn played the remainder of the game, but was seen with a noticeable limp afterward.

The injury comes on the heels of team captain Chris Pronger going down for a couple of weeks after taking a stick to the eye.

Schenn is one of four rookies the Flyers have been playing this season, joining Rinaldo, somewhat surprising Calder candidate Matt Read and the team's top pick in last summer's draft Sean Couturier.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

BSchenn1By: Adam Gretz

When the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Washington Capitals Thursday night they're going to get their first regular season look at Brayden Schenn, one of the key players acquired in the Mike Richards trade over the summer. He was recalled from the American Hockey League on Wednesday, after spending four games playing for the Adirondack Phantoms. He started the season in the minors for two main reasons. For one, he was recovering from a shoulder injury, and perhaps more importantly, his salary cap hit wasn't going to fit on the Flyers roster at the start of the year.

Because of his contract structure his cap hit for this season goes from $3.1 million all the way down to $1.69 million because he played at least one game in the minor leagues. He ended up playing four, scoring four goals to go with four assists. For a team that is crammed to the top of the NHL's salary cap that extra $1.41 million in cap space is a huge deal.

In a related move, the Flyers also sent Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk back to the minor leagues.

Tim Panaccio of CSNPhiladelphia speculates Schenn could make his debut on a line with fellow rookies Matt Read and Sean Couturier, Philadelphia's first-round pick from this past June, which was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeff Carter. It would certainly be an interesting line, and a nice glimpse of what the future might hold for the Flyers as all three are highly touted, and in the case of Read and Couturier, already playing quite well at the NHL level.

As an 18-year-old rookie, Couturier is already logging a ton of minutes on the penalty kill, averaging 4:27 per game, a number that is fourth among all NHL forwards, trailing only Max Talbot, Lauri Korpikoski and Adam Hall. Read, meanwhile, has emerged as an early-season Calder Trophy favorite with two goals and four assists in five games. He's second on the team in scoring behind only Claude Giroux.

The Flyers, one of just four teams in the NHL that has yet to lose a game in regulation, are off to a 4-0-1 start and were the most recent team to systematically dismantle the Ottawa Senators, 7-2, on Tuesday night.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:35 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly



By: Adam Gretz


Mike Richards made his highly anticipated return to Philadelphia on Saturday night for the first time since being traded by the Flyers back in June, and he had a rather interesting -- and busy -- night during the Kings' 3-2 overtime win.

Along with winning 13 of his 19 faceoffs  and logging over 20 minutes of ice-time, Richards also assisted on Jack Johnson's game-winning goal and was also guilty of the penalty that resulted in Matt Carle's third period power play goal that tied the game at two, forcing overtime. His play on the ice, however, wasn't necessarily the only thing we were watching for. Almost as intriguing was the question of how he would be received by the Flyers faithful in the stands, a notoriously tough crowd.

Richards, one of the team's two first-round picks in 2003 (the other was Jeff Carter, also traded this past summer), served as the Flyers captain for three seasons and scored over 130 goals before being traded to the Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round draft pick. He had his share of run-ins with the Philadelphia media, but he was also arguably the best player on the team for the past four years.

The Flyers took the time to thank him for his contributions with a message on the video board, which was accompanied by a standing ovation from the sellout crowd. The hugs and kisses, of course, stopped there, and when play resumed Richards spent the remainder of the evening hearing a chorus of boos every time the puck touched his stick, the type of treatment that is usually reserved for Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby within the confines of the Wells Fargo Center. And there's nothing wrong with that. Richards, for whatever contributions he made to the Flyers over the years, is no longer a member of the team, whether it was a result of his actions or not (and it wasn't, he was traded), and fans are well within their right to cheer or boo whomever or whatever they choose during a game.

They acknoweldged his contributions during a stoppage, and then it was back to business as usual: supporting the players that still play for their team.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Taste testing the Gary Roberts diet

ingredientsBy: Adam Gretz

On Monday we directed you to an article in the Globe and Mail by James Mirtle that talked about the diet Gary Roberts has several of the NHL's best young players eating to stay in top physical shape. It's different, requires a great deal of dedication and is definitely a little on the extreme side.

I like to think I have decent eating habits, but they obviously don't compare -- or come close -- to what Roberts has players like Brayden Schenn and Jeff Skinner sticking to in preperation for the upcoming season. I enjoy my fruits and vegetables, I don't eat a lot of red meat and I try to stay away from junk food as much as possible. But, like most people, I have my guilty pleasures and usually find myself grabbing lunch at Chick Fil-A once a week, and I enjoy Pepsi Throwback more than I probably should.

Still, I'm always looking to try new things, and included in Mirtle's article were a number of sample recipes that Roberts supplies his players with. Because it's still the dog days of the offseason -- and, most importantly, since I wanted to try some of them myself -- I wanted to combine the fun hockey and food and review a couple of the selections.

For Today I decided to whip up a small batch of the roasted red pepper mayonnaise, mainly because I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen.

And away we go…

What You Will Need: Four Red peppers, four tablespoons of olive oil, one clove of garlic, sea salt (all of these are pictured above).

The Recipe: "Bake peppers in half the olive oil at 400F until soft. Remove burnt skin. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until chunky or smooth (depending on preference). Use to marinate meats, as a vegetable dip, with pasta or as mayonnaise for sandwiches and wraps."

Prep time: The most time consuming part of this is simply baking the peppers. I kept them in the oven (at 400 degrees) for a little over 10 minutes and, in hindsight, probably could have (or should have) left them in a little bit longer, as it took longer than I expected for them to break apart in the food processor (I was going for the smooth texture). Still, from start to finish, from the time I started slicing peppers and preparing all of the ingredients, until it was in a bowl and finished, was no more than 20 minutes. Fast and very simple.

I ended up making half of the recipe (two peppers, two tablespoons of olive oil and only half of a garlic clove and only a small pinch of sea salt) since I wasn't sure how much the full batch was going to make, or how it would taste.

Here is the end result…

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Overall Review: It's actually quite delicious -- if you like red peppers. Obviously the red pepper is the main ingredient and ends up dominating the flavor, but you also pick up a nice hint of garlic, which is fine with me. I decided to use it as a mayonnaise on a chicken sandwich with lettuce, home grown tomato and onion, and it was a wonderful finishing touch to the sandwich.

If It Were A Hockey Player: It would be Pavel Datsyuk. Smooth, very versatile, can be used in a lot of different ways and is a great finisher.

Tomorrow we'll tackle "Gary Roberts’s Molten Chocolate Mousse", which is mainly cacao powder and bananas.

Photos from: My kitchen

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Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Eating healthy with Gary Roberts

RobertsBy: Adam Gretz

Even at 45 years of age and two years into his retirement former NHL player Gary Roberts is probably in better physical shape than most of the players that are still active..

He's a health food freak and workout junkie (and whatever other cliche you can think of) and has spent the past couple of years working with young NHL players -- perhaps most famously Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- to whip them into shape and improve their overall conditioning.

A large portion of that program is dietary, and James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail has an excellent piece highlighing the strict -- and limited -- diet Roberts instructs young players to follow.

Writes Mirtle:
Players are assigned a diet that has no wheat, no sugar, no soy and no processed or packaged foods. Everything must be organic, from deli meats on up, and the 26-item list of what players should eat includes goat’s milk, sunflower sprouts, mung beans, salba, chia and hemp.

While their workouts at Mr. Roberts’s High Performance Centre gym north of Toronto get most of the outside attention, players find that it’s what they eat that’s the most important part of the program.

“It’s nutrition, then body maintenance – treatment or yoga – and then it’s the training. If you don’t do the first two, the third one’s not going to work out that well,” says Mr. Roberts.
In other words: No late-night stops (or any stops) at the drive-thru window. I can honestly say I've never tasted a mung bean, and the only thing I know about them is that Creed Bratton once mentioned them on an episode of The Office and described them as, "very nutritious, but they smell like death."

You can check out the complete menu over at the Globe and Mail, as well as a couple of sample recipes that Roberts has players like Brayden Schenn, Jeff Skinner, James Neal, Jordan Staal and Cody Hodgson chowing down on to stay in top physical shape. I have to admit, I think I'm going to try some of them, especailly the shakes, including "Gary Roberts's Molten Chocolate Mousse" and "Steven Stamkos's Mango Mousse."

Photo: Getty Images

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