What Thornton was about to do to Bryzgalov, Bryz later did to the media

Saturday Morning Musings*

Something, something, intro paragraph. Fluff, yay! Let’s start off by facing the cold, hard truth. There is something like a 1% chance (with a 1% margin of error) that the Flyers could make the playoffs this season. Pointless wins are meaningless. Planning for next year is significantly more important at this point. So, what does that mean? Well, for starters, it does not mean that your loyalty as a fan is not contingent upon whether or not you want the team to win the remaining games of the season. The rational choice is to do what it takes to make …

Rafael Diaz

Five Questions: Fixing the Flyers

Flyers Faithful revisited a former recurring feature, Five Questions, to address some current hot and important topics, including the draft, prospects, and the future of the Flyers. For this edition of Five Questions, we asked John Saquella, Jim Butler, James Centifonti, Joshua Janet, and our very own Jared Abbott to participate. Below, you will find their answers to today’s question. If you were currently the General Manager of the Flyers, how would you go about fixing the defense without decimating the core of the team? John Saquella: I feel, rather strongly, that a lot of the team’s defensive issues are due …

Harry Z Fight Club

His Name Was Harry Z

On April 1, 2013 the Flyers traded away Harry Zolnierczyk. The members of the Flyers have been trained to lose all identity so they could dissolve into one cohesive orange and black unit. They were trained to live for the crest on the front, not the name on the back. When one of them was moved from the team, the players didn’t understand it. Zac Rinaldo looked up, tears in his eyes. He understood the situation less than anyone. “Why did Flyer 37 have to leave? What does it all mean?” Looking around the room, Kimmo Timonen asked,  “Are you …

Timonen

As playoffs chances dwindle, Timonen extension makes less sense

In early February the Philadelphia Flyers extended the heart of their defense corps, Kimmo Timonen, for one season. At the time, there was a fair share of debate as to whether it was the right move. As the Flyers inch closer to missing the playoffs, my distaste for the decision increases. From a hockey perspective, it made perfect sense to re-sign the 38 year old defenseman. On a mightly struggling blueline, Timonen was a steadying presence. While you can argue he has lost a step, he is still an incredibly valuable member of the group. When you look at the …

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Couturier and pair of new Flyers help Philly to road win over Leafs

The Philadelphia Flyers extended their season-high winning streak to four games tonight with a 5-3 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Sean Couturier and Erik Gustafsson both recorded two-assist nights, while Jay Rosehill was credited with the eventual game-winner against his former squad. Ilya Bryzgalov may have allowed three goals on 28 shots, but he and the Flyers’ defense did come up big in the third period when the Leafs surged late in the contest. The trio of Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles, and James van Riemsdyk beat Bryzgalov tonight, while James Reimer suffered the loss …