Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Flyers' Emery downplays rule change; Giroux makes more strides

Ray Emery, who is battling Steve Mason for the Flyers' starting goaltender's job, downplayed the significance of the NHL's new rules that are aimed at increasing the scoring.

Flyers' Emery downplays rule change; Giroux makes more strides

Flyers goalie Ray Emery. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Flyers goalie Ray Emery. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Ray Emery, who is battling Steve Mason for the Flyers’ starting goaltender’s job, downplayed the significance of the NHL’s new rules that are aimed at increasing the scoring.

“It’s fine with me. I don’t really care,” Emery said after the Flyers’ second day of camp at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday. “If it’s 4-3 or 3-2, it doesn’t really matter, as long as I get a win out of it.”

For 2013-14, the back of the net has been shortened by four inches, giving players a smidgeon more room to maneuver and cause some offensive havoc.

In addition, changes have been made to the goalies' equipment. In the past, goalies’ leg pads could not be higher than 11 inches above the center of his knee. The new rule states the pads can’t go higher than nine inches above the knee.

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Since goalies wear different sized pads, the adjustments they have to make will vary.

Emery said he had to cut an inch off his pads.

“As a goalie, you want to cover as much net, but it feels kind of good,” Emery said. “You feel like you can move a bit and your pads aren’t rubbing as much.”

Giroux update. Captain Claude Giroux, progressing ahead of schedule, was able to take wrist shots for the first time since he had finger surgery on Aug. 15.

“It felt good,” he said. “Every day it is feeling better. I’m doing a lot of treatments by myself at night. Just trying to get to 100 percent as quick as possible.”

Breakaways. Sean Couturier said he gained six or seven pounds in the off-season to help him in board battles....The Flyers open their exhibition season by playing Toronto Sunday at 6 p.m. in London, Ontario....Rookie defenseman Mark Alt, who missed Thursday's session as a precaution because of a concussion, was on the ice Friday....In the third session, Max Talbot centered Matt Read and Michael Raffl. The latter is battling for a roster spot…..Camp resumes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

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