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Guerin Released, Roster Finalized

On Monday, the Flyers formalized their opening night roster. In a twist that was always possible, yet seemingly inconceivable, the team released Bill Guerin. Although I can see the reason behind the move, I don’t fully agree with it. However, as I have preached throughout the offseason, Paul Holmgren and Peter Laviolette have earned my trust through the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. However, by no means does that mean that their moves aren’t to be questioned. Be that as it may, I feel that the team has one of the better lineups top to bottom in the Eastern Conference and should still be among the list of Stanley Cup contenders. The pros with Guerin were obvious; a veter...
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Almost Decision Time

The Flyers continued their stellar preseason Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Buffalo. Nikolai Zherdev (who apparently wants his name spelled Nikolay) and James van Riemsdyk netted the first two goals and Blair Betts closed the game’s scoring with an empty-net goal. The effort was extremely sloppy in the first and third periods, but the second was about as good as the team has played all preseason. The talent is most definitely there when the team plays at their potential. When the gears are clicking, they look about as good as anyone in the league. However, mental breakdowns like stupid penalties, unorganized power plays and defensive breakdowns overshadowed the talent in m...

Coming into Form

Yes, it’s still only preseason. I must preemptively strike myself each and every time I get too excited about the 2010-11 Flyers. Unfortunately for the team, their points won’t be carried over into the regular season this year (but with Gary Bettman running things, who knows?). Nikolai Zherdev and Jeff Carter’s goals won’t be put into the official statistic databases. There is most definitely something to be said for all of this. The real season begins in Pittsburgh on October 7, 2010. With that being said, I’m extremely pleased with what I’ve seen this preseason. And for those of you who aren’t familiar with me, that’s saying something. Wednesday night the Flye...

A Back and a Brain

Paul Holmgren called an news conference today, and everyone that bleeds orange and black knew it probably wasn't a good thing. Michael Leighton had a back strain against Toronto last week, and was put on the shelf until Thursday. That's right, about a week. That gives ample time for bad news. Holmgren said today that Leighton got a second and third opinion on his back in the meantime, and it turns out he has a bulging disk. Apparently, Leighton will be sidelined for at least a month due to the nature of the injury. I say 'at least' because after the way Ray Emery's injury was concealed to the public last season, I would bet that the Leighton will miss more time than a month. Hol...

Two with Toronto

To continue with the preseason evaluations, I watched intently as the Flyers played a two night doubleheader with the Maple Leafs on Thursday and Friday. Because of the convoluted nature of the roster for the games coupled with ‘shaking the rust off’, it becomes extremely difficult to evaluate. Individual players are more the focus than the team as a whole. There is absolutely no way to judge a team with a handful of AHL players that will probably never touch Wells Fargo Center ice (still sounds weird). I’ve attempted to take better notes on the whirling dervish preseason team than I did for the New Jersey game, so lets run down some of what jumped out at me: JVR- He played ...

The Puck has Dropped

Preseason hockey has started in Philadelphia, and that sigh of relief you hear is coming from my end of the internet. There was certainly more than enough to digest after watching the Flyers 4-3 shootout victory over the Devils on Tuesday night. It’s important that none of what I’ll say be taken too seriously, since this is just the preseason. With that being noted, here are some things I liked and didn’t like from the boys in orange and black. Positives: The Youth Group- Claude Giroux and JVR looked absolutely fantastic all game long. Giroux created an early golden opportunity, which Darroll Powe cashed in for the game’s first goal. His ability to carry the puck through ...

Flyers Pre-Season Opener vs. Devils

The Flyers will kick off the pre-season tonight against their Turnpike rivals the NJ Devils at the newly named Wells Fargo Center. This game is the first of a three game pre-season home stand. The Flyers will be playing four games in the next five nights. That means in the next 5 days the Flyers will be through half of their pre-season schedule.This should give the coaching staff ample time to evaluate the college free agent pickups, young goalies and Bill Guerin. The three home games will be televised locally in Philly. Tonights game will be on The Comcast Network (TCN) at 7:00 EST. Out of the eight pre-season games five will be televised, besides the three home games being ...

Day 1 at Flyers Camp

On a crisp, sunny, Saturday morning, the Flyers opened training camp at the Skate Zone in Vorhees NJ.The parking lot was packed and both rinks were full of faithful Flyer fans showing their appreciation for the Stanley Cup playoff run of last year. The first crew on the ice were the injured players. Ville Leino, Blair Betts, Johan Backlund, and Chris Pronger, all wearing yellow jerseys except Pronger, who was in a black jersey. These players were on the ice with 2 coaches doing drills and shooting on Backlund. Ville Leino looked real good and was beating Backlund during the drills by picking the high corners. It was encouraging to see Pronger out there skating pretty good and participating...

Hockey in Sight

Note: I already wrote this post once and deleted it because I’m incompetent. The perception that hockey season is just around the corner is now a reality. Flyers rookie camp started today, and it won’t be long until the puck drops on the 2010-11 season. There is plenty of enthusiasm and excitement in the fan base (hopefully on the team as well), as the Flyers came oh so close to winning the Stanley Cup last year. What is there to watch for in this year’s camp? Let’s take a gander, shall we? Rookie camp is rookie camp. There are fresh faces everywhere, including the seemingly endless amounts of collegiate free agents that the Flyers signed last season. The reality of t...

Quickie: Ron Hextall

Time to take a quick look at Ron Hextall and what he did for the Philadelphia Flyers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueV0_64gJc