The Flyers spent their Sunday relaxing and spending time with the families after practicing on Saturday morning at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
Here are some notes and quotes:
- Danny Briere did not skate on Saturday as part of a planned “maintenance” day. Briere, who appeared in only 29 games last season, is being watched closely by the coaching staff to make sure that he is not prone to injury during the course of the season.
- Defenseman Ryan Parent will be out at least another week with a “lower body injury,” according to general manager Paul Holmgren. He was injured on Friday night in Florida on a non-contact play and was seen on the bench clutching his groin before he left the game. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will more than likely fill in for him.
- Coach John Stevens expanded on the Flyers’ lack of execution around the net at practice on Saturday:
“We started good. I'm a little concerned we are not executing offensively right now. I know we have created a lot of offensive opportunities. Just like the Anaheim game, we had the chance to put the game away, creating chances and not executing them. The big focus [Saturday] was getting to the net and being more determined around the net We're not giving up a whole lot defensively. But I think we have to do a better job of finishing up on the chances that we do get.”
- As part of a scheduling anamoly, the Flyers play just their second game in 12 days on Thursday against Boston. That game at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m.) is the Flyers’ first of three in four nights. They also play the Panthers this Saturday and the Sharks on Sunday. But the players made it clear on Saturday that they’d rather be playing more games than having a long layoff:
“It’s actually easier when you play a lot of games because you get into the rhythm of playing games,” Kimmo Timonen said. “I would rather play three games and then three days off, and then play three games again, rather than have 11 days off. It’s actually tough, even if you think you’re getting a lot of rest, but playing games, that’s the biggest thing. We have to come in next week and practice real well to get ready for Thursday.”
- In case you are interested, here is a salary cap breakdown. Not much has changed since the departure of Randy Jones a few weeks ago.
Danny Briere - $6,500,000
Kimmo Timonen - $6,333,333
Chris Pronger - $6,250,000
Mike Richards - $5,750,000
Simon Gagne - $5,250,000
Jeff Carter - $5,000,000
Scott Hartnell - $4,200,000
(Mike Rathje - $3,500,000)
Matt Carle - $3,437,500
Ray Emery - $1,500,000
Braydon Coburn - $1,300,000
Ian Laperriere - $1,166,666
Brian Boucher - $925,000
Dan Carcillo - $893,750
James van Riemsdyk - $850,000
Ryan Parent - $821,667
Claude Giroux - $821,666
Arron Asham - $640,000
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen - $600,000
Danny Syvret - $575,000
Blair Betts - $550,000
Riley Cote - $550,000
Darroll Powe - $520,000
Mika Pyorala - $500,000
Total Payroll: $54,112,915
Salary Cap: $56,800,000
Cap space: $2,687,085
Note: Mike Rathje’s salary does not count as he is on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) list, but the Flyers are still paying him that amount.
Bonuses: James van Riemsdyk is due another $804,166 and Ryan Parent is due another $33,333 – both bonuses are paid at the end of the season. Those numbers count against the cap but there is a 7% allowance cushion on top of the $56.8 million cap that allows those to be paid. Next season and beyond, full bonuses will count against the cap during the season.
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