Ed Moran: I would like to think that the Flyers were just trying to stir the free-agent pot when they acknowledged that former Ottawa goalie Ray Emery could possibly be with the team in camp this fall. Problem is, I really believe they are serious, at least for right now.
THE LOSS was no more than a half-hour old. One after another, the players, the coach, the general manager, the chairman were all expressing shock and wondering what could have gone wrong, when it went wrong, how it went wrong, and, ultimately, what needed to be done about it.
THE FLYERS HAVE BEEN dodging salary-cap bullets all season, but it looks like that will end tomorrow. Danny Briere played his last conditioning game with the Phantoms last night, and he most likely will return to the Flyers' lineup for Wednesday's home game against Atlanta.
JUST AFTER THE Devils lost two top free agents, the feeling among fans was, "That's it for the Devils." I insisted you can never count them out because they have a history of drafting and developing as well as any team in the league, and general manager Lou Lamoriello is not the kind of guy to stand still and accept losing.
LIKE MOST coaches, John Stevens didn't have a lot to do with what went on in the office of the general manager. He didn't pick the players his boss traded for and wasn't in on the negotiations for the deals they cut, or the trades that were made.
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