Archive: January, 2013
The Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports from the Wells Fargo Center where the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 2-1, for their first on the season and snap a six-game losing streak to the Rangers.
Now that the NHL season is finally underway, three extra months of predications and prognostications are quickly evaporating as they turn to analysis. With everyone having played at least a pair of games, some teams are exactly where they should be, while others have unexpectedly fallen off in the first week.
The one prediction that has unfortunately become reality across the entire league is the increase in injuries early in the season.
The Detroit Red Wings, who fell seven spots in this week's rankings, may have been dealt the hardest blow on the injury front, losing four defenseman in the first week.
Mike Knuble understands he isn’t the player he was during his first stint with the Flyers, but the 40-year-old right wing, who was signed as a free agent on Friday, is looking to contribute in any way.
The Flyers agreed to terms with Knuble following the recent injury to Scott Hartnell, who is expected to miss four to eight weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot.
Knuble was a popular member of the Flyers from 2005-2009 and then signed with Washington as a free agent, where he played the past three years.
By agreeing to terms with unrestricted free-agent Mike Knuble on Thursday, the Flyers are getting an unquestioned leader and someone who can cause havoc in front, especially on the power play.
The move was made because Scott Hartnell has a broken foot and will be sidelined for four to eight weeks.
Knuble, 40, will sign a one-year, $750,000 deal and have a physical performed Friday. It’s safe to assume he’ll pass, since he was playing for the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL team, Grand Rapids, on Wednesday.
The Flyers have placed goaltender Niko Hovinen, who has spent the season with the Trenton Titans, on unconditional waivers with the intent of mutual termination of his contract.
Hovinen, a 6-foot-7 monster in net, did not impress in Phantoms training camp in September and was assigned to the ECHL. In Trenton, Hovinen sported an unsightly 3.14 goals against-average and .889 save percentage. There were whispers that the organization did not appreciate his lacking work ethic.
The deal works for both sides. Hovinen, it seems, would much rather go back and play in his native Finland, and the Flyers have a glut of goaltenders (3) in Adirondack: Scott Munroe, Cal Heeter and Brian Boucher.
The New York Rangers have owned the Flyers in recent seasons, and that domination is expected to continue Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Since late in the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have won eight straight in the rivalry, outscoring the Flyers by a combined 34-13.
The Flyers have lost three straight to start the season, and they have dropped seven in a row if you include last year's playoffs.
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, who scored a career-high 37 goals last season, will miss four to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, GM Paul Holmgren said on Thursday.
The loss is more crippling than normal because of the shortened 48-game season.
Former Flyer Mike Knuble will return to the team, a source sad. He will play this weekend in Florida and Tampa Bay. He was with AHL Grand Rapids, the Red Wings' affiliate.
UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): Flyers forward Scott Hartnell will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. Details on the injury are below. The Flyers, 0-3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1994-95, will already be without suspended forward Brayden Schenn and Danny Briere (wrist) on Thursday night against the Rangers.
Holmgren said the Flyers will know more in a day or two after receiving results from tests.