Just one night after stirring the pot by fighting Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ray Emery stopped 14 shots as the Flyers rebounded with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Emery may not have faced an abundance of shots, but the Flyers goaltender put forth a strong effort on Saturday evening. Emery fought through some tough traffic in front of the net and was absolutely phenomenal for his 15th career shutout and fourth as a Flyer.
The scoring touch has alluded the Flyers early on this season, and was once again absent tonight. Fortunately, they didn't need too much firepower in this game.
The Flyers' week-long break will come to an end this Thursday when they host the Rangers.
While off, the Flyers set to work on a few things. Their powerplay unit, which is 29th in the NHL needed work; the entire team went to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday as a bonding experience; and they have a couple players potentially returning from injuries which will create a few decisions.
The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.
Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.
Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.
(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)
The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.
With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.
One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.
Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
Free agent defenseman Hal Gill knows the reality of the situation he's in.
Playing on a player tryout, Gill left a good impression on the Flyers in their 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at home on Tuesday. Gill registered an assist, was a plus-1 and had four blocked shots.
"I think in a normal situation when you have a contract you’re just worried about progressing and getting ready every game," Gill said. "In this situation I wanted to speed up the process, but it was good.
"It’s nice to get out there and be competitive and play. I felt good. It’s preseason where you are still learning a new system and timing needs to get there, but it is nice to get out there.”
The Flyers are looking to add veteran defensive depth this season.
That is why they have invited veteran defenseman Hal Gill to training camp. Generaln manager Paul Holmgren has already stated that you can't have too many defensemen and this is just another sign of that.
Gill, 38, was signed to a Player Try-Out contract. If the Flyers do decide to sign him they will need to clear some cap space - over $1 million - or wait until Chris Pronger is put on LTIR.
The Montreal Canadiens and General Manager Pierre Gauthier were the first to make a "splash" on Trade Deadline Day Monday, and the result was the shipping of often troubled forward Andrei Kostitsyn to another conference. Kostitsyn now finds himself a member of the new Habs-West, otherwise known as as the Nashville Predators, where he will reunite with his younger brother Sergei. The trade will give the Canadiens a second round pick in the 2013 draft. The Habs have also reacquired the conditional 5th round pick that was sent to Nashville as part of the Hal Gill trade not 10 days ago. On June 29, 2010, the Habs traded Sergei Kostitsyn out of t...
On Friday afternoon, as the Montreal Canadiens were preparing to face the Buffalo Sabres (when else other than game day), news broke on twitter via RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie that Hal Gill has been traded to the Nashville Predators. The trade comes mere hours after the Flyers traded for their own defenseman, Nicklas Grossman on Thursday evening.
Moments later, the trade was made extra official by the Canadiens' official twitter feed, reporting that the Habs have acquired Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a 2nd round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the American defenseman (the Preds will get a conditional 5th rou...