Flyers Re-Up with Simmonds

17 08 2012

I’d be lying if I said this off season has gone as planned for the Flyers. I’d also be lying if I said the Flyers would be opening the regular season on time with the pending lockout hanging over everything. However, until September, business must go on and the Flyers have made a move to lock up their own in Wayne Simmonds. Acquired in the Mike Richards trade last summer, Simmonds collected career highs in goals and points this year and showed nice grit. A nice move by the Flyers, however they still need either a.) two defensemen (all star to elite level) or b.) a goalie upgrade.

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Now and Later: Flyers Acquire D Pronger with eye towards 2009-2010

26 06 2009

by John Ryan

While the Philadelphia 76ers were still celebrating their drafting of Jrue Holiday, the Flyers made a strong move article_11927_2towards making a Cup run in 09-10 by acquiring stout defensemen Chris Pronger from Anaheim. The move was a cost cutting move for Anaheim who had to contend with defensemen Scott Niedermeyer deciding to return next season with the Ducks. The move was costly for the Flyers, however, as they had to give up Jofrey Lupul and Lucas Sbisa and two first round draft picks (2009 and 2010).

PCP Analysis: While I don’t profess to be an expert in hockey, I do like the move. Sbisa is going to be a terrific defensemen in the league for a long time in my opinion, but they sorely needed a guy like Pronger who can score, hit, and intimidate. Lupul also was a key loss. He has scored 49 goals the past two season. Some other ramifications to consider: The move leaves the Flyers approx. 2.5 million under the NHL salary cap. They still need a backup goalie, and maybe another defensemen and maybe another winger. They also stand to lose Mike Knuble, as some are speculating that Knuble will get his desired long term pact from the Penguins. He will be hard to replace in a lot of ways. They are closer to a cup, though. They still run forwards out there such as Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, and Scott Hartnell. Key this year will be, as always though, the play of the defense and newly acquired Ray Emery. I still see a few missing pieces before they dethrone the Penguins. Meanwhile, the 76ers still seem a few years away from even cracking the top 4 in the suddenly “Beast” of the East.





PCP Talks to Danny Briere

8 04 2009

By Mike Gill

Danny Briere has been a big playoff producer

Danny Briere has been a big playoff producer

As the regular season begins to wind down for the Orange and Black, there are still three meaningful games left.  The Flyers currently sit in the four spot in the playoff standings which would match them up with the Carolina Hurricanes, a good match-up for sure. 

Earlier today I had a chance to talk to Flyers center Danny Briere who talked about his injuries, the playoffs and the reason he elected to come to Philly. 

Here are just some of the topics we discussed in our chat with Danny.

 

1. Is this team better then last seasons team ?
2. Is Danny feeling fresh since he missed a lot of time with injury?
3. Is Marty Biron ready for another run?
4. How good are Carter and Richards?

Click here to listen to what Danny Brier had to say about the Flyers 2009 playoff chances.





Flyers Open on Saturday – Roster Set

9 10 2008

By Mike Gill – Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers officially announced today their roster for the season opener against the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center on Saturday, October 11. The 22 active player list is as follows:

 

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Orange and Black…Almost Back

11 09 2008

Did they Flyers do enough to surpass the Pens this off season ?

Did the Flyers do enough to surpass the Pens this off-season ?

By Mike Gill

After an exciting, yet unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Philadelphia Flyers are almost back for their 42nd season in Philly.  The team will have 30 of its rookies on the ice starting Monday, but many wonder if the team added enough pieces to the puzzle this off-season.  Other than the addition of some younger, more athletic defensivemen, the Flyers didn’t really make a marque offseason addition.  Meanwhile, the Penguins still have Evgeni Malkin and Sid “The Kid” Crosby.

Gone are post-season hero R.J. Umberger, Vinny Prospal  and former captain Jason Smith.  They have been replaced with young defenders like Steve Eminger and Ossi Vaananen.  However, the guy the Flyers are counting on to be their biggest addition is a guy they already know well – Simon Gagne.

Like former Flyers Eric Lindros and Keith Premeau before him, Gagne is coming off a major concussion that enabled him to play in only 25 games, scoring 18 points.  One has to wonder if the Flyers are putting to much on the fragile shoulders of a guy who has suffered three concussions in a five month span.

While there is plenty of talent on the ice for the Flyers, one has to wonder if they got much better this offseason. 

These are the questions that I have about the 2008-2009 Flyers: Read the rest of this entry »