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 All-Star break is an exciting time of year for an NHL hockey player. Whether they are playing in the game or watching from home, the weeklong break is a welcome vacation from the marathon that is the NHL season.
For those involved, the event is a tangible example of their achievements and acknowledges a job well done.
For those who don’t take part in the game, the weeklong break is a time to re-charge their batteries in preparation for the stretch run towards the end of the season.
Some players will spend their time catching up with family or friends. Some will go on vacation, play some golf or maybe visit their hometown.
Hopefully, Philadelphia Flyers rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon will spend some of his time going over game film.
The Flyers have announced that captain defenseman Chris Pronger will sit out the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with severe post concussion symptoms.
It was reported a week ago that Pronger had a concussion and would be out indefinitely.
“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement. "It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”
Holmgren also said Pronger will continue to receive treatment and that they are hopeful this won't affect Pronger's career.
Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.
With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.
Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.
But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.
In Part 2 of the feature about the pending difficulty of December, John Russo discusses possible moves the Flyers could make to sure up their blue line.
History states the Flyers have no problem with making trades that they feel help them "win now." It also states there is no way they let two untested rookies see nearly 20 minutes of ice time for the next 4-6 weeks.
If they make a move, who do they sign? More inside.
Flyers top prospect Brayden Schenn has been activated from the LTIR and sent to the Phantoms. Also inside, forward Harry Zolnierczyk is back with the Flyers and defenseman Kevin Marshall is sent back to Adirondack.