A constant in post-lockout Flyerville

In the book, Hockey Dad, Bob McKenzie discusses a concept he calls the “Hard Work Fairy”. “I only know I have an unwavering faith that if an individual works hard enough long enough at anything, good things will happen and there will be a reward,” writes McKenzie. “But the problem with the philosophy is that every hockey player of any age or ability always thinks he’s working hard, and most of them aren’t. Not even close.” McKenzie admits that the term is comical but the concept is a solid one. Work hard and your efforts will pay off eventually. No …

Poll: Will Sean Couturier play for the Flyers next season?

It was a surprise that Sean Couturier was still available when the Flyers selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Had it not been for setbacks due to a bout with mononucleosis, Couturier could very have been one of the top three picks in the draft. Is he NHL ready? If so, is there a spot for him on the roster in Philly?

Gossip Island

A few years ago, I saw then-Phillies pitcher, Jamie Moyer, stumbling across a Philadelphia street on the outskirts of Old City at some point around 2:00 a.m. He looked a little disheveled — as anyone might at that hour of the morning — as he walked south across Walnut Street with a beautiful woman attached to his arm. Here he was, the venerable, patronly mentor to ace-in-the-making, Cole Hamels, out in a questionable situation. The founder of the Moyer Foundation, a man whom we all respected, may have been out partying with a woman may not have been his wife …