Point/Counterpoint: Realignment

Point/Counterpoint is a new weekly series which argues both sides of a topic relevant to the Philadelphia Flyers. Today, Nick D and Bob H will tackle the new “radical” realignment plan the NHL will implement next season. Point – Nick D: The National Hockey League will realign for the 2012-2013 season. There will no longer be two conferences with six divisions in each conference, and five teams in each division. Now there will be four “conferences” made up of either seven or eight clubs each. All teams in the league will see each other at least twice, with intra-conference teams meeting six times apiece, …

Pronger out for the year

The inevitable has occurred. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren revealed on Thursday night that defenseman and captain Chris Pronger will be shut down for the rest of the year and the playoffs. “After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that …

Lindros, LeClair join forces for a cause

Eric Lindros and John LeClair are as much a study in contrasts as they are a study in similarities — but both men do not betray their roots and are still prime examples of how playing the game of hockey has molded their personalities. Lindros is 38. LeClair is 42. One is Canadian, one is American. One has returned to his native country and the other is still a resident of the area. Lindros took great pains to show how pained he still is that his Canada squad lost to the USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey on …

Gritty Flyers score 5-1 win over listless Caps

Marc-Andre Bourdon, Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot  tallied in  the second period as Philadelphia extended its season-high win streak to six with a 5-1 decision over Washington at Verizon Center. Scott  Hartnell  and Jakub Voracek also  scored for the Flyers, who have taken eight of their last nine contests. Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk added two assists each. Beneficiary of a whopping 9 1/2 hours of sleep last night, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31-of-32 shots, improving to 14-5-2 on the year. Playing without the NHL’s leading scorer in Claude Giroux — revealed earlier Tuesday to be out indefinitely with a …

The need without G

I’ll just let this quote from Paul Holmgren speak for itself. “Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse.  He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.” There are multitudes contained within. I’m tired of parsing every statement, looking for the grains of truth hidden within the untruths. Right now, the expectations of every single Flyers fan and media member should be lowered to near-rock-bottom status. We’re in full-blown emergency mode, so every loss should be taken with a shaker full of salt and every victory should be savored as …