Holmgren pre-draft conference call transcript

Q: Can you walk us through the depth of this draft and the overall look at this draft and how it compares to others in the past? “I think this is a fairly decent draft. We had our end of the year scouting meetings, it ended ten days ago, and our list looks pretty good.  If you look at guys that we think are going to be first round picks I think it’s comparable to last year. There are drafts that have been better, think back to the draft of 2003. It’s not looking like that but there are a …

Just a reminder to keep those fires burning…

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Friday roundup

First, there was this from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: “Spent the day getting to know Ilya and Jeniya. There will be no comment on discussions that are ongoing.” Then, there was Peter Laviolette personally chauffering his presumed netminder around town. Now, this: Ilya Bryzgalov left town and a deal was not signed. Well…there’s always next week’s draft… In other non-local, non-garment-rending news: The Minnesota Wild have a new head coach. Good luck with that. And the Dallas Stars begin a new era where they can’t admit they’re rebuilding with a new bench boss. $50 if you can say his name …

Former Flyer Recchi retires a champion, but legacy here is mixed

Mark Recchi, a 22-year NHL veteran, announced his retirement from the game early this morning after the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Recchi made his pro debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins late in the 1988-89 season, and completed his career with 577 goals and 1,533 points in 1,652 games. He added 61 goals and 146 points in 188 playoff contests, winning a trio of Cups with Pittsburgh (1991), Carolina (2006) and Boston (2011). The 43-year-old British Columbia native spent two separate and memorable stints with the Philadelphia Flyers — the first coming …

The Numbers Game

October 7, 1990. An otherwise unremarkable day in the history of the universe. In hockey circles, It was the Philadelphia Flyers’ 1990-91 home opener, played against the Detroit Red Wings after opening the year with two straight losses at Boston and New Jersey. In and of itself, that 7-2 victory played out in front of a sell-out crowd wasn’t notable, unless you count falling behind 2-0 early and then scoring seven straight goals. What did make it special was, it was the official retirement ceremony for Bill Barber’s #7. Honored first towards the tail end of the 1985-86 season for his 13 years …