NHL fans would rather see their favorite players continue playing through the post-season on their way to a Stanley Cup.
For those players making an early exit, the next best opportunity for delaying the offseason is the 2013 IIHF World Championship. This year’s tournament begins on May 4 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
As one of [...]
“The guys want it. You can see it. You can talk about the battle and the compete. That’s how they’re playing… they sense it. They believe. There’s hope. Those are some powerful things.”
That quote came from Todd Richards, head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, courtesy of Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
The Blue Jackets [...]
It’s easy to overlook deficiencies in a young player’s game when the team is still finding ways to win.
Sitting in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with more games played than any other opponent, though, the Philadelphia Flyers are a team that could clearly benefit from more consistency from it’s entire roster.
One player whose development [...]
With a 6-9-1 record, the Philadelphia Flyers are not that far out of playoff contention in the shortened NHL season that it’s time to “panic.”
Following ugly losses against New Jersey and Montreal, though, there are clearly fundamental issues with the club that need to be addressed if they are going to remain a serious contender [...]
The silver lining of the Philadelphia Flyers’ season to date is that Ilya Bryzgalov has performed like a confident starting goaltender should. He ranks 8th in the NHL in goals-against-average among goaltenders with at least four games played.
It’s a shame that the offense can’t support his efforts.
There was optimism heading into tonight’s game against the [...]
No one expected the first game for the Philadelphia Flyers in 256 days to go “smoothly.”
There were positive flourishes that caught everyone’s attention as much as there were rough patches of ugly, ugly hockey. In the end, the team couldn’t hit the ground running (or skating, if that analogy works better) and finished the day [...]
Multiple reports this afternoon suggested that (surprise!) the Philadelphia Flyers would name Claude Giroux the 19th captain in franchise history.
After a few hours, though, the organization decided not to continue hiding the worst kept secret and made the news official.
From a PR perspective, it’s the only obvious move. Giroux was ranked #3 on TSN’s top 50 [...]
At the moment, there is no relief in sight to the end of the NHL lockout.
For the diehard fans tracking Philadelphia Flyers players overseas, daily reports are typically available around the internet for who scored the game winner in Sweden, destroyed some unsuspecting German in a fight, or injured their knee in the Czech Republic.
It’s difficult [...]
Danny Briere and Claude Giroux are not the first players from the Philadelphia Flyers to make the jump to Europe in light of the NHL lockout, but none of their forebears have as high a profile. Earlier today, the two were formally introduced to the fans of their new home, the Eisbären Berlin. The press [...]
According to Sports Express, Claude Giroux is in negotiations with the team Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Slava Malamud of Sports Express had previously reported that Evgeni Malkin’s Russian agent stated he was representing Giroux in any negotiations with the KHL.
It’s a little bit surprising that Giroux may be close to joining the KHL after [...]