Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.
All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.
In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.
(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders kick off their first road trip of the season tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It will be the first of three meetings between the two teams during the shortened 48-game season.
With healthy head coach Jack Capuano back behind the bench, the Isles came out on Monday afternoon with confidence and agility. They look to keep the momentum going tonight and pick up another two points. (Photo Credit: gbalogh/Flickr)
About a month ago, Paul Holmgren told the media that James van Riemsdyk had a torn labrum in his hip and would require surgery with a recovery time of about six weeks. Since that day, the surgery has been repeatedly delayed before being canceled last week.
This actually makes sense.
Whenever a surgeon sets up someone for surgery like this there is a process that is followed to make sure that the health of the patient is secured. In fact, this process can actually be outlined by the timeline of van Riemsdyk’s medical updates given by the team.
There is a laundry list of reasons given when a team doesn’t perform well: tension in the locker room, injuries, a lack of jump, so on and so forth. The team vows that they’ll play better next time, that they’ll keep working at it, and they’ll be just fine.
That’s a vow the Flyers are going to need to keep in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, after dropping two games in a row to the New Jersey Devils and falling a game behind in the series.
A one-game deficit might not sound like that big of an issue, but with the way the Flyers have played over the last two games, tying the series up seems like a much more daunting task than it usually might.
There have been slow starts, lapses in communication, weak goals allowed, and defensive breakdowns – things that the team has been dealing with all season. After 91 games, it’s about time that they figure out a solution to those issues.
There were several times that Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils should have been over. Long before Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game to give the Flyers the 4-3 overtime win, the two teams should have been home, resting up and mentally preparing for Game 2.
Yet, a handful of missed opportunities by both teams led to an instance of free hockey.
The long-awaited playoff debut for James van Riemsdyk is finally here.
The left-winger, who had missed the last seven weeks with a broken foot, will be in tonight’s line up for the Flyers for Game 5 in Pittsburgh. He will likely be skating on the third line with Jake Voracek and Matt Read.
Tim Pinaccio of CSN tweeted the update: "JVR arrives with first group of players which indicates he is in rinaldo was not with that group."
Going by that tweet, Rinaldo will not dress for tonight's game even though he was not suspended for his actions in the 10-3 loss during Game 4.
After a good practice on Thursday, the man they call “JvR” said he is ready to play. But whether he will play will be up to the people in charge.