Ed Snider recognized by Congress

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider will be honored once again by the hockey community, as he will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend. In a surprise move, the U.S. House of Representatives paused to honor the Washington D.C. native who built the franchise from the ground up. Hit the link to watch the proceedings.  

The 731 days and nights of Peter Laviolette

It began with a whimper, but how will it end? That’s the question I find myself asking, as the second anniversary of Peter Laviolette’s hiring passes. We’re at the halfway point for the tenure of most NHL head coaches, so while there’s no question Lavy’s got some good things on his ledger, it’s a given that going forward, we’re simply going to experience the back end of his time in Philadelphia. It was a big step for the organization to bring in the Massachusetts native, then just two days from his 45th birthday. He was an American — only the second …

Talkin’ bout a realignment

After looking at the NHL’s new realignment plan for next season, this was the only thought that struck me for quite a while: But here it is…Conference A (Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver)/Conference B (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg)/Conference C (Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto)/Conference D (Carolina, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington). There were many things wrong with the scheduling the way it is, but nothing so wrong in the format of the divisions as having two Florida clubs in the same grouping as …

NHL to unveil realignment plan

Courtesy of NHL.com PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The NHL’s Board of Governors on Monday approved a radical realignment plan, according to multiple reports. The plan reportedly eliminates the current two-conference, six-division setup in favor of a configuration that features four conferences based on geography. Two conferences will have eight teams and the other two conferences will have seven teams, according to the report. The vote, which required a two-thirds majority of the League’s 30 governors, passed on the first of two days of meetings here at The Inn at Spanish Bay. The League’s new structure will go into effect starting …

Pronger talks post surgery

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers Q: When did you have your surgery and how are you feeling? A: I had the surgery on Tuesday afternoon. I’m feeling okay just ice and elevation, trying to get the swelling out and I start my rehab tomorrow Q: Holmgren said the other day that you would be out for 4 weeks. Are you optimistic that it will be four weeks? Do you think you could be back sooner than that? A: I have no idea. Again, I had surgery two days ago, so  once I start getting my rehab going, as I progress …