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 …

Five Questions: Has this current group of players responded well to Peter Laviolette?

Flyers Faithful asked Bill Meltzer from HockeyBuzz, NHL.com, and PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, Joshua Janet from GCobb, Michael DeNicola from Orange and Black Pack, and our very own Bob H five questions about the second half of the season. We are very grateful that they took the time to share their opinions and predictions with us. Each day of this week, we will run the answers to one of those questions. Today’s question is: Has this current group of players responded well to Peter Laviolette? Do you think he is the right coach to lead this team? Bill Meltzer: I think the fact that …

Five Questions: How would you grade the Flyers for first half of the season?

Flyers Faithful asked Bill Meltzer from HockeyBuzz, NHL.com, and PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, Joshua Janet from GCobb, Michael DeNicola from Orange and Black Pack, and our very own Bob H five questions about the second half of the season. We are very grateful that they took the time to share their opinions and predictions with us. Each day of this week, we will run the answers to one of those questions. Today’s question is: How would you grade the Flyers for first half of the season? What needs to change and what needs to remain the same? Bill Meltzer: I addressed this in a …

RICE & MICE: JVR’s Concussion

So, last season I wrote about the travesty that was Mark Recchi questioning the severity of the concussion that Max Paciorretty suffered during the violent collision between his head and the turnbuckle in Montreal. At the time I talked about how irresponsible it was for Recchi to pass his uninformed judgment about how severe another player’s head injury was to the media, when all head injuries should be considered severe. Thankfully, Pacioretty has returned to hockey and has been healthy this season. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard more than once, fans making the implication that James van Riemsdyk is …

The top ten Flyers storylines of 2011

Now that 2012 is nearly a week old, we will take one last look at some of the biggest events that occurred during the 2011 calendar year. Ahhh, nostalgia. 10. Flyers fail to show up for 2011 playoffs Injuries limited Chris Pronger to 50 regular season and three playoff games during the 2010-2011 season. Nikolay Zherdev was a riddle wrapped in an enigma and battered in an average 1.29 goals per 60 minutes. The team was plagued with alleged locker room issues, tales of hard-partying stars, and the lack of a clear-cut starting goalie (despite the fact that both Sergei …