PIT @ PHI 2012 Game 6

What Are You Thankful For?

In a few hours, it’s officially Thanksgiving Eve (for those of you who aren’t working that is – everyone else throw your coffee in the air). Now is when we’re supposed to take the time to acknowledge what truly makes us happy. So when it comes to Flyers hockey, even though there isn’t much going on at ice level there is still one obvious question – what are you most thankful for? The beauty of something like this when it comes to the Flyers is that there are so many things that come rushing to your mind, like saliva to the mouth …

The time for talking is over... c/o Dispatch

Negative Nancy

This time last week, cautious optimism surrounding the NHL lockout was flowing like a geyser from a liberated fire hydrant, drowning the fans with sweet dreams of the sport that once was, but might still be. Suddenly, the feelings of optimism are gone, and once again those who remain powerless are left feeling power-played. The “secret meetings” (which were only a few blocks away from NHL HQ) have concluded with little ground gained. The perfunctory daily meetings between the second-in-commands appear to be happening with less frequency. Those on the outside looking in have been left to wonder how the …

Jake Voracek

Positive Vibes

I apologize for my absence last week. Hurricane Sandy left my house powerless for a few days, and I know many of us had far greater things to worry about than the sport of hockey. I hope everyone made out safely and securely, and wish nothing but the best to those who may have been affected by the tragedy that struck our Northeast community. – The NHL and NHLPA met for almost a full working day yesterday. They are also doing so today. After canceling the crown jewel of the NHL regular season in the Winter Classic, it’s about time there were …

Giroux

A Video Diary: G being G

I miss hockey. I know it can be found all around me, but I miss it in its most elite form, embraced by the casual independent and celebrated on televisions and in various media formats across the globe. Instead, the hockey as I know it is being played elsewhere around the world in miniscule bits, with no one to enjoy it but the 5,000 to 7,000 people that can fit into the arenas and the other serious few who are brave enough to seek it elsewhere, quality of the stream and play be damned. I miss hockey as it is …

Nik Grossmann should fit in well.. pic c/o Getty Images

Definitive Defensive Deficiencies

There is nothing wrong with good news regarding the lockout; but if the season were to get underway soon, would you be comfortable starting the cup run with the defense as it stands today? It would seem that the thin blue line is unable to withstand any more big blows after losing Andrej Meszaros before the season began, and even after trading a young, talented winger in James van Riemsdyk for  defenseman Luke Schenn, the Flyers defense still remains anything but complete. There are some notable familiar faces who remain. Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn lead the pack, and Nik …