Worst Case Sceniaro for the Philadelphia Flyers Heading into the Draft

The Philadelphia Flyers hold the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but, as normal, rumors begin to swirl on draft day. General Manager Ron Hextall has been linked to moving the number 2 pick for a player the orange and black know all to well. Rumors have been swirling that Philadelphia Flyers […] Worst Case Sceniaro for the Philadelphia Flyers Heading into the Draft – Section 215 – Section 215 – A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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Emery and Co. Take on Senators

It wasn’t too long ago that Ray Emery was nestled between the pipes in Ottawa and leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals. He faces his former team tonight at a Wachovia Center that is sure to be rocking as the Philly Phaithful looks to see their team go for 5-straight wins after a

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Flyers Homecoming Ends in OT Victory; Injuries Afoot

What a game last night. From the minute I walked into the building it was a playoff atmosphere. The Wach was absolutely electric. Even at times when we were losing, the fans were revving it up with “Let’s Go Flyers” chants and taunting Ovechkin.

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Blair Betts Added to the Roster

With the news on the Flyers site that Gagne has returned to the Skate Zone and begun skating for the first time since his injury comes another interesting pre-training camp quip. Seven year NHL veteran of the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers Blair Betts was added to the training camp roster on a

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Can't watch Flyers Games?

I have seen some people comment that they can not watch games due to being out of town or possibly not living in the Philly area anymore (that would be me)…so here is a solution I have come up with.

There is a product called Slingbox that is out on the market (it has been advertised many times on ESPN radio)… Basically this small box plugs just like a splitter would with your cable and TV and sends the signal to the internet. You on your laptop away for business, or me freezing my ass off moving to Alaska here in a few months can use the slingbox program to control the cable box wherever it is located.

 Its a great idea if you still have family or friends back in PA who don’t mind hooking it up for you. The one I got was top of the line with the HD stuff and it was around 250ish…it doesn’t have HD quality, but still good for not having to buy every single sports package from the cable company (yes you can get all Philly stations…including eagles, flyers, sixers and phillies).

I also got a windows based mobile phone which you can download the slingbox player to and watch games on your cell phone…this is a great thing when the wifey wants to go out and I don’t have to miss a thing!

Check out bestbuy and circuit city or wherever you can because they have other options then just slingbox.

Forsberg a Flyer???

The Calgary Sun has reported that former Flyer Peter Forsberg has been contacted by the Philadelphia Flyers to possibly return to the team as early as mid-November.

Currently Forsberg is recovering from his injuries last year by playing with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League.

Other teams interested in the veteran center are the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators. The Stars made the impressive move of sending GM Doug Armstrong and special adviser Brett Hull to Sweden to meet with Forsberg in a face-to-face meeting.

Phillyburbs.com writes, “he (Forsberg) wants to return to Philly to make amends for last season.”

Flyers GM Paul Homegren would welcome him with arms wide open. “If Peter is going to come back and he’s healthy, we would have interest,” Holmgren confirmed the other day. “And we would hope that he would have interest in coming here.”

The Flyers however only have $2.5 million in cap space left after all of their signings in the off season. Hopefully Forsberg will want to play due to the fact at how great the team has looked so far this year and not for the money.

I took the liberty to come up with some offensive line combinations if Forsberg would return….

Richards – Forsberg – Upshall
Richards – Forsberg – Lupul
Lupul – Forsberg – Kapanen
Kapanen – Forsberg – Hartnell

You decide!

Offense Keeps Rolling

Saturday night was an unusual sighting for Flyers Fans.

The opponents scored a goal.

The Flyers looked slow again in the early stages of the first period until Simon Gagne netted his third tally of the season on a great setup from Daniel Briere and Braydon Coburn. Gagne would add his fourth only 48 seconds into overtime to seal the deal for the Flyers. It was also Gagne’s 400 career point in the NHL.

Marty Biron’s shutout streak ended however at over 143 minutes of play as Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes scored six minutes into the first period to tie the game at one. Biron again was the glue that held the Flyers together, stopping 42 of 44 shots, earning him the games first star.

The Flyers also found themselves in another rare position. Trailing 2-1 and entering the third period loosing for the first time this season. Mike Richards answered 1:32 seconds into the final frame as he continued his hot streak with a ‘PECO power play’ goal. For Richards it was his third straight game with a goal as he passes Briere for the team lead with five.

Following Richards’ goal the Flyers outshot the Hurricanes 12-9 in the period. This was a vast improvement over the first two periods, as they got outshot 33-17. The Flyers held off the Hurricanes to force their first overtime of the season.

It only took one shot and 48 seconds for Derian Hatcher and Daniel Briere to find Gagne alone in front of the net. Almost the same spot he scored from in the first period. The play was under review after the teams left the ice due to the puck bouncing off Gagne’s skate before he slapped it in. Brier had two assists on the night for his fourth multi-point game of the year. He leads the team with 11 points.

Interesting Note: After the Flyers had one of the worst defenses last year and were always being criticized for being too slow, they answered tonight by assisting on every Flyer goal. Braydon Coburn showed his talent in the first as he went around half of the Hurricanes team to set up the game’s first goal. Kimmo Timonen made a great pass at the point on the power play to allow Richards to score his fifth of the year. And the veteran Derian Hatcher made one of his best plays all season with the game winning assist, finding Gagne wide open in overtime. The Flyers are already averaging four goals a game, imagine if the defensemen start to contribute, one can only hope.

Good luck to the Eagles tomorrow!

Marty to the Rescue

Who would have thought that the Philadelphia Flyers goalie problem would be cured from the shadows of Dominik Hasek. For the last two games, Flyers goalie Martin Biron has baffled opponents by making highlight real saves. Over the span he has stopped 82 Shots and has not allowed a goal in over 137 minutes of play.

The Flyers, who are off to a much better start then last year find themselves 5-1 and on top of the Atlantic Division. They are also off to a perfect 3-0 start at home, much better than last year when they had a dismal record of 10-24-7. Beating the Devils on Thursday night also snapped an eight game losing streak to their division foe dating back to March 21, 2006.

Although Biron has been getting most of the credit, the offense has been on fire averaging 4.1 goals a game. This night was no different than past games. After a slow 1st period start, which seemed like the Wachovia Center ice was made of jello, the Flyers found their skating legs early in the second. Mike Richards scored on a bullet snap shot high to Martin Brodeur’s right side opening up the scoring.

Former Flyer’s goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, who was broadcasting the game on HDNet stated, “I believe whoever scores first, will open this game up.” He was right.

Less than 5 minutes latter Sami Kapanen scored on a knuckle puck that fooled Brodeur. The shot look like it came straight from Disney’s Mighty Ducks movie as it changed direction in mid flight to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Kapanen is off to one of his best starts in his career scoring goals in each of his last 3 games.

Who would have also thought after signing Daniel Briere to an 8 year $52 million contract, that Mike Richards would be only trailing him by 1 point? Briere with 9 points (4 G, 5 A) leads the team ahead of Richards 8 points (4,4) and newly acquired Joffrey Lupul is in third with 7 (2,5). Last year in a season that barely saw any production other then the top line, the Flyers are scoring at ease, and its coming with from the second, third and forth lines….a good feeling for any Flyers Fan.

Most fans might not notice the hard work of newly acquired Scott Hartnell. On Kapanens play Hartnell picked the Devils right winger allowing the puck to be taken by Kapanen down the ice for the goal. Other times when the Flyers are not skating hard, Hartnell is flying around at 110%, fore- checking and causing turnovers. Flyers Fans watch out….he will be a great player this year.

Interesting Note: The Flyers who had a horrible +/- rating last year only find 2 of their players in the negative. Who you may ask….Simon Gagne (-1) and Mike Knuble (-2). Defensemen Randy Jones leads the team (+8).