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The state of the Orange-and-Black union

The Philadelphia Flyers currently sit at seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 12-8-1 record with 25 points. The problem; the Flyers haven’t won since Nov. 18 and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, around the Holiday season, yet again. Flyers fans have seen this all before. The streaky Flyers will put together a great stretch of games and pile up the wins, then go about 7-10 days and look like the worst group of players you can put on the ice. A 6-3 loss to San Jose – I can handle, the Flyers won seven of their eight games before the loss to SJ. Yes, just two weeks ago, the Flyers were in the middle of a six-game winning streak. The 3-1 loss to Phoenix ...
Bob ESPN

Philadelphia Flyers 101

On the heels of the streak-busting Flyers well play over the past two weeks, I wanted to put something together with avid Flyers fan; Mr. Hockey (blogger) Anthony Curatolo. I posted the questions – Anthony will respond and my response will follow. With Arron Asham out 10-14 days with an injury, who would you like to see called up and why? AC: Well, I would honestly like to see (David) Laliberte get some ice time in place of Asham. So far this season, Asham has showed that he is more than just an "energy" guy and enforcer type and his offensive production has shown that. With (Ian Laperriere) Lappy, (Riley) Cote and (Dan) Carcillo, I'd like to see the offensive production end of Ash...

RAYmember me?

Ray Emery has been waiting for this one.

The Ottawa Senators will visit the Wachovia Center tonight, in Emery's first every game against his former team. Emery played in Ottawa from 2002-08 and left on a sour note, to say the least.

This is Emery's first chance to 'stick' it to Ottawa and their organization. All of the rumors, the turmoil, the negativity that surrounded Razor while he was in Canada's Capital can be put further behind him tonight.

Did Emery make mistakes? Sure. Did he play the perfect teammate? Of course not. But, the media bashed him, his teammates bashed him and the organization treated him like a second class citizen.

Without...

Briere deja vu?

Danny Briere left practice this morning with the infamous 'lower body injury'.

If this is a repeat of last year, Briere and the Flyers are in trouble. Briere has looked really strong this young season and has been one of the best Flyers, game-in and game-out. Hopefully this has nothing to do with his injury that occurred last year.

Briere said he felt soreness in the first period of the Washington game, and hasn't been on the ice since.

It's not looking good in Flyerland. The club has called up David Laliberte from the Phantoms as Briere's replacement. Laliberte has six points in eight games. Laliberte was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draf...

Kings claim Jones

TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that Randy Jones has been claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings. I was able to quick talk to Flyers' Beat Writer Tim Panaccio last night, and he told me that the Flyers are on the hook for $1.3 million of Jones' $2.75 million dollar salary. I like Jones a lot. After seeing the play of Coburn, Pronger and Timonen, I think that Jones could have been a solid defenseman for the Flyers in the back end. Not to mention how poorly the play of Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret have been. He may be a bit overpriced, but look at what the above mentioned defensemen have been doing for the Flyers. They haven't been playing too well in the defensive...

Flyers fall to Capitals 4-2

Alex Ovechkin scored his 17th goal in 18 career games against the Flyers and the Washington Capitals battled back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Philadelphia 4-2 Wednesday night in the Nation's Capital. After 20 mintues of play and the score locked at 0-0, the Flyers came out in the second period flying, Scott Hartnell scored a power-play goal just over three minutes in off of a beautiful play by Mike Richards on the power-play rush. The line of Hartnell-Richards-Giroux really clicked and looked to be on the same page for much of the night. Braydon Coburn gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead just over 14 minutes in on another power-play goal. Coburn ripped a one-timer from defensive partner Kim...

A Message to Flyerdom

I know the Flyers are 4-2-1 and I seem like a typical downer Philly fan, but if this team could play consistent game-in and game-out, they would be absolutely scary. I know some players have played really well. Carle, Richards, JVR, Briere, Asham – some have played decent, Giroux, Carter, OKT, Laperriere – but those few who haven’t here you go. If Dustin Leed was head coach John Stevens for a day at the rink… To: Mr. Simon Gagne – If you don’t get your ass moving, you’re playing on the fourth line. You aren’t doing anything to help this team win. If you’re too scared to get hit; get off the ice. If you’re too much of a superstar to skate hard; get off the ice. If yo...

Flyers get eaten alive by the Sharks - again, 4-1

Not a good night for the Orange-and-Black as the streak continues. What streak, you ask? The Flyers are 0-6-4 against the Sharks since 2000. Not very good, eh? And 2000? Really? That's almost a decade ago, folks. Backup goalie Brian Boucher looked terrible in net - on the bright side he fits fight in with his defensive corps - Timonen and Coburn were both a minus-3, put's them both at minus-8 on the year. Boucher blamed himself for his performance after the game, and rightfully so. He let in three WEAK goals, including two to Manny Malhotra - his first and second on the year. “All four of them - they were awful goals to give up; they were backbreakers,” said Boucher, making h...

Flyers host Florida

There isn’t much to say about tonight’s match-up besides this – it’s a big game, and quite frankly, a must win. Coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over Boston in the Winter Classic preview, and snapping a three-game losing skid, this game is huge in gaining momentum for the future. You read my blog about the completely different line combination’s to get some of the players moving, let’s hope it works. Here’s a great preview on the Flyers’ website. Also, Mike Richards is taking out some recently published stories about Joffrey Lupul on the reporters. Shouldn’t he have better things to worry about? It all started after the Philly boys (Carter, Lupul, Hartnell, Ric...