Mair, Nylander gone; Hartnell to have heart tests

Farewell to Adam Mair and Michael Nylander, as both players were released from their tryout contracts on Sunday. The club’s current contract situation, already crowded and up against the limit, was a significant factor in the decision — as was the fact that neither player really meshed well in limited action. One nugget that made us sit up and take notice came when Scott Hartnell was limited to just over nine minutes of ice time in Friday’s preseason win over Detroit. Well, it wasn’t due to poor play, or a different line rotation. Apparently, Hartnell had an elevated heart rate …

Jagr scores, Flyers beat Red Wings

Jaromir Jagr recorded  his first goal in his return to the NHL,  and the  Philadelphia Flyers posted  a 3-1 decision over Detroit in an exhibition contest at Joe Louis Arena. Jagr, late of the New York Rangers who left for the Kontinental Hockey League’s Avangard Omsk in 2008, lit the lamp with 1:52 remaining in the first period to give the Orange and Black a 2-1 edge. James  van Riemsdyk and Matt Read also tallied for the Flyers, who dropped the opener of the back-to-back contests on Thursday by a 4-3 count. That game, contested at the John Labatt Centre …

Simmonds statement on banana incident

On Friday morning, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds issued a statement regarding an incident in Thursday night’s preseason game in London, Ontario. During Detroit’s 4-3 shootout victory, an unidentified fan at the John Labatt Centre threw a banana on the ice in Simmonds’ direction while he was attempting a shot in the round. “It was unfortunate that this incident happened but I am above this sort of stuff. This is something that is out of my control. Moving forward, this incident is something I will no longer comment on so I can just focus on playing hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers.” …

NHL comes down hard on Shelley

While it wasn’t the first test for new NHL discipline czar/vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, it was the one where he showed his mettle. On Thursday evening, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jody Shelley was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season for his questionable hit on Toronto’s Derek Boyce during the second period of Wednesday’s 4-2 preseason loss. It was a ruling based on the new protocols surrounding Rule 48, which aims to penalize the severity of the impact of boarding infractions, rather than the bodily location of the hit. Shelley …

2012 Winter Classic video

and I quote Glen Quagmire: “Allllllriiight” The NHL’s worst-kept secret is about to be revealed during a Monday afternoon press conference at Citizens Bank Park…so says an NHL.com story and a press released sent out by the Phillies this afternoon. Unless it’s to say that several high-ranking members of the organization are actually aliens from the race of ancient-Egyptian-looking gods from the original Stargate movie, we’re finally getting confirmation of the 2012 Winter Classic.