DETROIT -- When Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sat down at home on Monday night, he turned on his television to watch the NHL’s early slate of three games.
But Babcock didn’t necessarily focus on the Flyers - his team’s next opponent - playing in Minnesota that night.
He flipped back and forth between the Flyers, Rangers and Canadiens’ games.
DETROIT -- Even though it appears as if the Flyers will be without forward Vinny Lecavalier tomorrow night against the Red Wings, they may still be catching a break.
That’s because the Red Wings are scheduled to be without forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg andTodd Bertuzzi and defenseman Dan DeKeyser.
Even without Datsyuk and Bertuzzi, Detroit has still hummed along to the tune of four wins in a row. The Wings announced at Tuesday’s practice that Zetterberg, who had played in their absence, will be out with a herniated disc in his back.
Comcast-Spectacor announced the resignation of Peter Luukko early Monday afternoon.
Luukko resigned to "pursue other entrepreneurial endeavors" after 25 years with the company.
Dave Scott, a former EVP at Comcast's cable division, will serve as acting president.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It was a play the Flyers had practiced many times. And it may be one that finally gets one of their most baffling assets off the mat.
Matt Read dished to Steve Downie. Downie cycled up the wall and passed off to a streaking Andrej Meszaros, who pivoted, spun around Nashville’s Craig Smith and laid an absolutely perfect backhand pass to Sean Couturier in front of the Predators’ net.
Nevermind the fact that Couturier deposited the puck behind Marek Mazanec to knot the score late in the third period. That was a bonus.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Family. Turkey. Football.
Thanksgiving is purely American.
But what does that mean for a group of 23 mostly foreign hockey players now living in Philadelphia? Only two Flyers, Adam Hall and Hal Gill, are American.
TAMPA, Fla. -- When the news first leaked late Monday night, jaws dropped around Canada and the hockey world.
The NHL’s long-time Canadian national television partner, TSN, will no longer have rights to broadcast the game beginning next season. The NHL and Rogers Sportsnet reached a landmark 12-year, $5.232 billion deal for exclusive Canadian television rights.
That’s roughly $4.9 billion in American dollars.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Relaxing in Florida’s warm, gentle breezes, trips to the Sunshine State normally go one of two ways for the Flyers.
Like the winter-time temperatures in Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, the differences in games are polar opposites.
Either, the difference in latitude provides a change in attitude, and the no-pressure environment in South Florida is a healthy respite from a long and grueling season. In that case, the Flyers usually put a hurtin’ on the lowly Panthers, like a 7-1 pounding in their last visit to BB&T Center on Jan. 26.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Turns out, NHL executives did know what they were doing when they imposed that 113-day lockout last season.
The average NHL team has an enterprise value (equity plus net debt) of a whopping $413 million, nearly 46 percent more than a year ago, according to Forbes Magazine’s annual rankings. And for the first time ever, three Canadian-based teams are ranked in the top five.
Teams have long disputed the Forbes valuations, but Forbes says their data is groomed from sports bankers, public documents and consultants who conduct studies on such matters. Since almost all teams are privately held, their books are not open to the public.