NHL RUMOR SUNDAY The Atlantic Division could see some big names being moved by the April 3rd trade deadline or this summer. Marian Gaborik tops the list as the New York Rangers are shopping the star winger for a top flight center, NHL sources say. Sources indicate GM Glen Sather remains infatuated with trying to acquire Sharks center Joe Thornton but the buzz is this type of deal would be more likely to happen during the summer than before the trade deadline. Those around the league say the Rangers shopping Gaborik in the “right deal” is a sign that John Tortorella’s seat isn’t even warm as Tortorella is regarded as growing tired of Gaborik and a likely driving force to the Rangers at least exploring potential trade options for Gaborik. Meanwhile, struggling center Brad Richards is suddenly becoming a hot topic in league circles. In the second year of a 9 year,Read More »
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 32 year old winger Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 4th round pick, the Flyers announced. This will mark the second stint for Gagne who had no goals and 5 assists in 11 games for the Kings. Gagne had been a healthy scratch of late after opening the year in a top-2 line role for Los Angeles.
Post-Game Player Reports Game 17 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Flyers 6 @ Penguins 5 Centers Sidney Crosby| 1 Assist, -3 rating, 4 SOG, 1 GV, 27:00 TOI 21 FW – 7 FL, 75% Earned his 25th point of the season tying Thomas Vanek for the league lead and was excellent again in the faceoff circle, winning 21 draws, including 9 of 12 offensive zone draws. Crosby has won 233 faceoffs this season. Crosby though was on the ice for 4 even strength goals against.| Grade: C | Season Stats: 7 G – 18 A – 25 Pts – +8 Evgeni Malkin | 1 Goal, 1 Assist, -1 rating, 5 SOG, 4 PIM, 1 Hit, 21:30 TOI, 7 FW – 3 FL, 70% It was a promising offensive night for Malkin who was shooting the puck very well with a lot of velocity but his night will be remembered for letting the Flyers get under his skin. MalkinRead More »
PHILADELPHIA 6 – PITTSBURGH 5 SUMMARY: Jakub Voracek scored the go ahead goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period to cap off a hat trick and a thrilling Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-1, 17 pts) 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0, 22 pts) on Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center. Voracek’s game winning bad angle goal came 32 seconds after Brandon Sutter (4) tied the game with a beautiful wraparound goal as the Penguins came back from a 5-3 third period deficit to tie the game at 5-5 with 2:03 left in the third period. The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead getting goals from Matt Niskanen (2) and Evgeni Malkin (4) 2:08 apart, but the Flyers would go on to score four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead just 18 seconds into the third period. Tyler Kennedy (2) would cut the Flyers lead toRead More »
GAME DAY BUZZ FLYERS (9-7-1, 15 PTS) @ PENGUINS (11-5-0, 22 PTS) TEAM STATS PIT Goals Per Game (3.19) | PHI Goals Per Game (2.65) PIT Goals Against Per Game (2.38) | PHI Goals Against Per Game (2.82) PIT Power Play (27.4%) | PHI Power Play (19.1%) PIT Penalty Kill (82.5%) | PHI Penalty Kill (83.1%) PIT 5 on 5 Goals (31) | PHI 5 on 5 Goals (28) PIT 5 on 5 Goals Against (24) | PHI 5 on 5 Goals Against (29) LEADERS PIT Points: Sidney Crosby (24), Chris Kunitz (19), Evgeni Malkin (18) | PHI Points: Jacub Voracek (15), Matt Read (13), Claude Giroux (13), Brayden Schenn (13) PIT Goals: James Neal (11), Pascal Dupuis (7), Sidney Crosby (7) | PHI Goals: Matt Read (7), Daniel Briere (5), Claude Giroux (5) PIT Assists: Sidney Crosby (17), Evgeni Malkin (15), Chris Kunitz (13) | PHI Assists: Jacub VoracekRead More »
FLYERS VIEWED IN LEAGUE CIRCLES AS POTENTIAL SLEEPER Phil Kessel was an untouchable with Brian Burke at the helm but that’s no longer the case under GM Dave Nonis. Darren Dreger reported yesterday on TSN that NHL clubs are expressing interest in Leafs winger Phil Kessel and that Nonis is listening, but no deal is in the works. Despite Kessel’s slow start, there are doubts in league circles that the Leafs will move him this season. The Penguins in the market for a top-6 winger have had scouts in Toronto twice this year as top professional scout Don Waddell has been a frequent visitor to the Air Canada Center.
KNUBLE BACK WITH FLYERS With Scott Hartnell out for possibly up to eight weeks with a broken foot, the Flyers are signing 40 year old Mike Knuble. Knuble, 40, played for the Flyers from 2005-2009. Knuble collected eight straight 20 goal seasons from 2002-2003 through 2010-2011, but saw a significant drop in his play last season with the Washington Capitals, going from 24 goals in 2010-2011 to just 6 goals and 18 points last season. Regarded as a great locker room guy, Knuble will be brought in to provide some leadership and help fill the void of Scott Hartnell as a net-front presence.
GABORIK GETS RANGERS BACK ON TRACK Marian Gaborik scored a hat trick and the overtime winner, a breakaway goal, leading the New York Rangers (1-2-0) to a 4-3 OT win over the Boston Bruins (2-1-0) on Wednesday night. Gaborik was sensational in the win, getting the Rangers back on track. Gaborik last season had 41 goals and 76 points and he’s a player Rangers coach John Tortorella is very tough on but feels he’s getting Gaborik to be the player he can be. “I think he has grown so much mentally in how he conducts himself,” Tortorella said on Wednesday, via ESPNNewyork. “He’s a very talented player that’s willing to be there; and when I first met him, I didn’t think he was willing to be there.” One personnel move from Tortorella that paid dividends was Tortorella loading up the top line, putting Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash together.Read More »
Premium Post-Game Player Reports Game 1 – Saturday, January 19, 2012 Penguins @ Flyers Centers Sidney Crosby | 0 points, -1 rating, 3 SOG, 24 shifts, 19:00 TOI-2:21 PP- 1:25 SH – 15:14 EV, 13 FW – 7 FL, 65% Sidney Crosby was held pointless and didn’t have a great jump in his step as the game worn on. Early in the game Crosby took a hard hit in the neutral zone from Nicklas Grossman. Crosby was very solid in the faceoff circle, winning 65% of his draws and he was excellent in the first period. Crosby won 7 of 9 draws in the first period. One area Crosby was a factor was on the forecheck, and the Penguins team speed was a difference when the Penguins controlled the play in the first period. Crosby saw 1:25 of ice time on the penalty kill | Grade: C+ | Evgeni MalkinRead More »
WIDEMAN LANDS BIG DEAL WITH FLAMES After Ryan Suter, there is a small group of top-4 defenseman set to hit the open market on July 1 and the group continues to get smaller as the Calgary Flames traded for the rights of Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman and have signed Wideman to a 5 year, $26.25 million contract. Wideman had 11 goals and 46 points last season. Wideman by the way was apart of the Capitals third pairing in their second round series against the Rangers. With a thin market for top-4 defensemen, Wideman has done Matt Carle and Jason Garrison a favor (Both are better defensemen) as expectations are Garrison’s camp had already felt offers would be in excess of $5 million per season on July 1 and it won’t be a surprise if offers pushing $6 million per season come Garrison’s way who along with Philadelphia’s Matt Carle,Read More »