On fighting, defense, and more

Hartnell (drop ‘em) down Over the previous four seasons, Scott Hartnell had a combined 26 fights. This season, he has one. That is it. One. While that is admirable, it is important that he maintain his edge. The way he drops the gloves to energize the team or to protect his teammate(s) is integral to the success of the Flyers. His newfound scoring touch and chemistry on the top line is great but there needs to be more to his game right now. The team is struggling to churn out consecutive wins and someone needs to breathe more life into …

Phantoms Q&A with Tim McManus

Flyers Faithful would like to thank Tim McManus for taking time out of his busy schedule once again to provide insight on the Adirondack Phantoms. We are eternally grateful for all of the help he has given to us. Flyers Faithful: Last season the Phantoms finished 13th in the conference with a .450 win percentage. This season, they’re 12th but have a .524 win percentage and are only 3 points out of a playoff spot with some games in hand over teams above them and 2 points out of first in the division. Are theymbetter than their standing suggest or …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Filip Strych

Filip Strych is a 24-year-old Flyers fan from the Czech Republic. He’s currently a PhD. candidate in Ethnology in the field of African Studies. Ice hockey and mountain biking are his biggest hobbies. He is a diehard fan of the Flyers and is the European correspondent for Flyers Faithful. You can follow him on Twitter. Below, he gives the top five reasons he loves the Flyers. 1. 1997 Stanley Cup Finals This was the first time that I saw my Flyers on TV in the Czech Republic. I was 10 and every game was broadcast from 1 to 5 PM …

Snapshots

1. Laud Bob, learn from Bob When Dmitry Chesnokov interviewed Sergei Bobrovsky for Puck Daddy this offseason, he asked him about Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract. “What I understood from last season is that if you play well, show the result, then you play for the first team,” said Bobrovsky. “If not, you are benched. A contract is not playing, a person is.” Bobrovsky put his head down, kept quiet, and played hard. The presence of Bryzgalov did not intimidate him. That alone speaks volumes about just how much the young goalie matured from the previous postseason. While Bob may not get …