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Thoughts on Staal, Simmonds and Avery

The Marc Staal situation is still no clearer today than it was weeks ago. At this point he is still in the States practicing with the Rangers AHL affiliate in Connecticut while his teammates are continuing the exhibition season in Europe. The question is when will Staal be ready to play.

Obviously the Rangers need Staal if they expect to challenge for the Atlantic Division crown. Given how much he plays against the opposition's best, a lengthy absence will force the Blueshirts to use inferior or more inexperienced defenders to counter some of the most skilled players in the league. For a team that relies so heavily on playing good defensively not having Staal in the lineup is a ...

Three in a Row

The Philadelphia Flyers won their third consecutive preseason game on Thursday night by defeating the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1. The game was sloppier than Monday night’s battle with the Rangers but a third period goal by Jaromir Jagr allowed the Flyers to walk away with the victory.

Sad Scene in London

As the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings were in the middle of a shootout during their exhibition match in London, Ontario on Thursday, something happened. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, a Canadian of African descent, had an object thrown at him from the stands before he scored his shootout goal. The object was a banana. The act was despicable, disgusting and horrendous.

Youngsters, Bobrovsky Fuel Flyers

In their first preseason contest of the year, the Philadelphia Flyers got off on the right skate with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would be some newcomers and youngsters that led the way, along with a stellar game from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

After a first period that saw the two teams both play tentative hockey, the second period was a much different story. It would be an unlikely source that would be the first to put a number on the scoreboard. Tough guy Zac Rinaldo finally solved the puzzle of Toronto goalie James Reimer with 13:35 remaining in the second period. He took a centering pass from Matt Read and went in on Reimer using an incredible diving shot to be...

A Very Important Camp for Philadelphia

A case can be made for why this year’s rookie camp and training camp are more important than they have been in previous years for the Philadelphia Flyers. It may seem like common sense to many, but there are several key things that go into the significance of this year.

Rookie camp got under way for the Orange and Black this week and a game against the Washington Capitals is scheduled for tomorrow night. Unless your team is participating in a tournament such as the one in Traverse City, rookie camp is fun to get into. But for Flyers fans, it's not usually as exciting. Luckily for a few thousand fans, there is that one Flyers rookie game.

In rookie camp alone there ar...

New Team Brings Apprehension

 

Once the wrecking ball completed the journey through the Flyers roster following last season, there was no doubt apprehension would follow. And it has. The Flyers fan base has seen an interesting and at times, tumultuous offseason. The captain’s gone, his sidekick is in Columbus and the season’s around the corner.

The really tricky thing about Philadelphia’s offseason is that they really only added one known quantity to the roster. When an exodus the magnitude of the one that general manager Paul Holmgren put into action occurs, usually the return soothes the hearts and souls of the fans. Aside from forward Maxime Talbot, the new players in orange and ...