Nicklas Grossman

Wandell: “Shocked is the right word”

The following is a translated excerpt from a story originally published on hockeysverige.se: Södertälje guys Tom Wandell and Nicklas Grossman were not only teammates in Dallas Stars, they also shared the apartment. Last week, however, told that Grossman has surprisingly become traded to Philadelphia. Surprised is probably the wrong word. Shocked is it the right word, says Wandell to hockeysverige.se. Dallas Stars have had a rough season in the NHL. Today, the team first in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and thus there is a clear summary that they miss the playoffs. In the days did Dallas also get …

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Kubina traded to Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t wait very long after a 6-4 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins to spin the dealer’s wheel, acquiring defenseman Pavel Kubina from the Tampa Bay Lighting. Departing the organization are minor-league forward Jon Kalinski, a conditional second-round pick (acquired from Florida in the Kris Versteeg deal) plus a fourth-rounder in 2013. The 34-year-old Kubina provides a much-needed, right-handed shot from the point and will be an imposing presence at 6-foot-4 and almost 250 pounds. He totaled three goals and 11 points with 59 penalty minutes in 52 games thus far for the Bolts. Over his career, …

On camaraderie, enforcers, and more

Mercenary employment This evening, I had the pleasure of talking to Flyer mainstay, Bruce “Scoop” Cooper. During that conversation, I asked Cooper about Bobby Clarke’s “boys’ night out” events and the camaraderie of the Cup-winning teams. “The team was the family,” he said. “Freddie [Shero] told the wives that you won’t always see your husbands much during the season but it will be worth it in the end.’ “Orest Kindrachuk used to say, ‘We were such lemmings that if we were on a plane heading to a city and a player went to the bathroom, we all went to the …

Read is a commodity

This time last year, the name Matt Read meant nothing to most people. When the Flyers signed him at the end of last March, a Google search was a near prerequisite to find out detailed information about him. It is amazing how quickly things change. Read is now a reliable NHL forward who can play big minutes in all situations, score clutch goals, and will likely surpass the 20-goal mark in his rookie season. However, there is more to it than that. Read will be 26-years old in a few months and, for all intents and purposes, is already entering the …