Archive: May, 2012
In an attempt to possibly bury or drown out negative press on the night of an Eastern Conference final Game 2, the NHL has thrown the first dagger in what appears to be a long summer of labor negotiations.
On Wednesday, the NHL officially notified the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) in writing that it would like to terminate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Had either side not notified one another of a desire to terminate the current contract within 120 days of the Sept. 15, 2012 expiration date, the deal would have rolled over into another season.
Pavel Kubina packed his bags last Thursday at the Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees. Before his exit meeting with Peter Laviolette, Kubina was one of the few Flyers to pack all of their equipment.
It was time.
For Kubina, his strange, three-month odyssey in Philadelphia was finally over.
When evaluating a season that does not end in a championship, the question invariably boils down to: Do you consider this season a success?
At first glance, it is easy to consider the Flyers’ 2011-12 campaign a success in the big picture, given the strides made by rookies, the abundance of scoring depth, and the flakiness of their goaltending.
For me, I have a tough time saying it is a complete success, just based on the opportunity squandered.
If the Flyers are going to avoid elimination on Tuesday night in Game 5 against New Jersey, they are going to have to do it without their top point producer and leader.
The NHL has decided to suspend Flyers forward Claude Giroux for one game as a result of his high hit on New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus late in the second period on Sunday night.
“Claude Giroux delivered an illegal check to the head,” NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in a video explanation (embedded below). “After pulling even with Zubrus on the backcheck, Giroux chops down Zubrus’ stick. Well after the puck has been chipped into the corner, Giroux comes across Zubrus’ body with his shoulder, making principal point of contact with Zubrus’ head.”
Video: Danny Briere had a goal and an assist but it wasn't enough as the Flyers fell to the Devils 4-3 in overtime. The Daily News' Frank Seravalli discusses Game 3 with CineSport's Brian Clark.
NEWARK, N.J. -- After dispatching the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1, the Flyers have captured the city of Philadelphia. Or, at least that's what the ratings say.
We’ve already noted that the NBC ratings for Game 1 against New Jersey on Sunday were up 121 percent from last year’s Game 1 against Boston.
But the numbers from Game 2 were truly staggering for hockey in Philadelphia.
NEWARK, N.J. – Since it opened in 2007, the Prudential Center in gritty downtown Newark has never been confused for an arena with a hard and fast ice surface. It’s a common complaint in Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, a seemingly forgotten aspect of building operations for some of the NHL’s newest stadiums.
The Prudential Center took an all-time hit last round when Panthers coach Kevin Dineen ripped the ice conditions before Game 3 against the Devils.
Yes, the coach of the Florida Panthers, home to usually the worst ice on the planet, was critical of the ice in New Jersey. That’s saying something.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are the annual spring rite of gamesmanship in ice hockey.
In addition to the head games, the actual games are often filled with matchups inside themselves.
For the Flyers, and specifically Sean Couturier’s checking line, a lot of time and energy has been spent getting matchups and shutting down the opposition’s key players.