It sounds so nice, what you’re proposing

Teemu Selanne isn’t an All-Star. Nicklas Lidstrom ain’t going either. Ditto for Jaromir Jagr. The HORROR! But what do the above three players all have in common? Yep, they’re all wily veterans and are all over the age of 35. So why should we be upset at their anti-selection to the league’s midway fete in Ottawa? Why are we so worried that their lights won’t get to shine amongst the younger and brighter stars? Because nobody’s thought of the only true solution to this mess. You want to spice up All-Star Weekend and try to rescue it from encroaching irrelevance? …

Two Phantoms, one Bear draw suspensions for Saturday fracas

While Philadelphia got to see a rare outdoor AHL contest between the Adirondack Phantoms and Hershey Bears on Friday, fans who packed the decidedly-indoor Giant Center in the Chocolate City got the most for their buck on Saturday night. In this jumpy video, Phantoms forward Tom Sestito and defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, along with Bears forward Joel Rechlicz mix it up near the benches.   There’s a better view of the situation, folded into a brief highlight package for the whole game. You can see it all develop from the 2:32 mark.   The American Hockey League had something to say …

NHLPA response to NHL’s realignment plan invites speculation

We apologize for missing this over the weekend, being so caught up in the moment during the final outdoor contest that capped the week of events at Citizens Bank Park, but here’s NHLPA executive director Don Fehr’s statement regarding the rejection of the realignment proposal: “On the evening of December 5, 2011, the NHL informed the NHLPA that they proposed to put in place a four-conference format beginning with the 2012-13 season. As realignment affects Players’ terms and conditions of employment, the CBA requires the League to obtain the NHLPA’s consent before implementation. “Over the last month, we have had …

This Week in Flyers History 1/8-1/14

The first edition of a brand new weekly series here at Flyers Faithful, “This Week in Flyers History” aims to provide historical information on Flyers games of the past with some kind of significance, using pictures and videos where appropriate. January 8, 1984 — Bengt Gustafsson of the Washington Capitals rips Pelle Lindbergh and the Flyers defense for five goals in a 7-1 victory at the Spectrum. It marks the final time in club lore that it gave up five goals to one player in either a regular-season or playoff game. January 8, 2002 — Jiri Dopita “the best player in the …