Link Checks: 10/6/11
Happy Hockey New Year everybody!
The season kicks off later tonight with three games on tap. First, the Flyers will visit Boston, where their season ended last year. The Canadiens kick off their season with a visit to rival Toronto and Pittsburgh makes the cross country trek to Vancouver to open against the Stanley Cup losers. Should be a great night, and it feels so good to have hockey back in my life.
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The Flyers have announced their opening night roster. It's interesting that recently waived Matt Walker is likely to dress for game one.
Speaking of recently waived Flyers, Blair Betts was picked up by Montreal yesterday. It's a great move for them as Betts is a solid 4th liner and penalty killer. I'm still curious as to why the Flyers decided to cut him loose.
Preview for tonight's game by Larry D'Angelo.
Finally, details for tonight's TCL Flyers Liveblog.
Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey explains why losing Blair Betts for nothing makes no sense at all for the Flyers and is indicitive of how the organization is currently run. He also asks that fans temper their expectations for Matt Read this year.
ESPN posted their hockey predictions for the upcoming season. Puck Daddy has their Eastern Conference predictions up as well. A couple of the analysts think very highly of the Flyers chances this year.
Sean Couturier's strong play in the preseason helped him land a spot on the Flyers roster on opening night. If this continues, will he stay with the Flyers beyond ten games this year? The "slide rule" in the CBA isn't as clear as one might think.
Pierre LeBrun discusses the possibility that there will be another labor war when the CBA expires next September. One of the issues he talks about are the tricks some teams use to circumvent the CBA. What team does he use as his example? Why the Flyers of course.
The Flyers dismantling of the team's foundation a mere year after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals is a pretty rare thing in the NHL.
This could be a milestone year for Jaromir Jagr, as well as several other players in the NHL.