Lindros may return for Winter Classic

No featured player in Flyers franchise history is the subject of more intense scrutiny or polarized opinions than Eric Lindros. Last seen in Orange and Black in May of 2000, the now 38-year-old — 19 years removed from his rookie campaign – has been estranged from the organization since his 2000-01 holdout which eventually led to then-GM Bob Clarke shipping him to the New York Rangers for three players. The native of Oshawa, Ontario was last heard from in September of 2008, in a brief videotaped message to the fans during the club’s final appearance in the Spectrum. Many have wondered …

Ask the Ref, 2011 edition

You may recall, late last season, we picked up on an occasional series that Canada’s TSN ran featuring recently-retired ref Kerry Fraser fielding questions from the public and offering his take on various issues. It’s our pleasure to bring it back for another season. ********************************************************************** Hi Kerry, On two occasions this past weekend, I saw two different players drop the gloves, throw some punches and on one occasion (Malkin) lose his jersey in the process. In both of these cases, the players were assessed roughing penalties. What weighs in the ref’s decision to not call a fighting major or to …

Philadelphia Flyers 2011-12 season preview

Perpetual winners but constantly in a state of flux, the Philadelphia Flyers of 2010-11 followed up a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals with an equally perplexing 11-game playoff course which ended in a four-game sweep to the Boston Bruins. Cue the massive moves necessary to alter team chemistry. Peter Laviolette, who is entering his second full season and third year at the helm, is again tasked with bringing order to the chaos — much like he did when he stepped in for John Stevens in December of 2009. Unlike in previous years, the pressure to turn things around …

Sestito suspended four games

The National  Hockey  League once again made its punitive presence known to the Philadelphia Flyers, as forward Tom Sestito has been told to sit out for the remainder of the preseason (two games) and two additional regular-season games. It was not an unexpected move, as the fiery bottom-six winger, who was fighting for a roster spot (somewhat literally) even posted a message on his Twitter account earlier in the day saying he was fortunate to not have the book thrown at him as a repeat offender. Sestito, who has apparently been waived by the Flyers  on Wednesday, was banned due …

Campbell issues statement on Flyers-Rangers flap; Simmonds, Avery unpunished

It was only a matter of time, that the maelstrom of reaction from all sides today, crossed with some very stern words from GLAAD, caused a lengthy response from the National Hockey League. NHL discipline czar Emeritus, Colin Campbell, issued a statement this evening regarding an  incident  during  Monday night’s preseason contest  between Rangers forward  Sean Avery (Caucasian-Canadian) and Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (African-Canadian). Allegedly,  anti-gay and  racial slurs  were exchanged  in heated  discussions between both players. Campbell’s  statement said  the league has looked into the allegations but has not  been able  to substantiate what was  said and by whom. …