Trust, injuries played a role in Zherdev’s failure and Leino’s success

The signing of Nikolay Zherdev in the summer appeared to be one of the better moves Holmgren made in the summer. It seemed like the classic case of a low risk/high reward situation. Zherdev, a former fourth overall pick, is a highly skilled forward that had the potential to be a 60 point forward that chips in with around 25 goals a season. He was signed to a reasonable one year deal worth $2 million. The work ethic issues that has followed Zherdev everywhere he has gone was the reason the Flyers were able to sign him for to such …

Tocchet’s unexpected burst of offense still a Flyers record

Three hat tricks in the span of four games. Eleven total goals. A road trip to remember for Flyers fans old enough to stay up late and watch it. If you work up a short list of Orange and Black snipers, it’s easy to think of Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, John LeClair, Simon Gagne and now Danny Briere. But Rick Tocchet? Strange but true. Tocchet played 18 memorable NHL seasons, and was paired alongside some bona-fide Hall-of-Fame talent for a good portion of that time, but he wasn’t always the complete player that everyone now retroactively …

Blue Valentine: Forsberg retires again

The second NHL comeback of former superstar Peter Forsberg is over after just two games. Forsberg, the 37-year-old Swede who hooked on with the Avalanche last week, made it official on Monday afternoon. The time has finally come, I am retiring from the game of ice hockey,” said Forsberg.  “I’ve played hockey all my life but I’ve come to the decision that I’ve played my final game.  It is perfect for me to announce my retirement here in Denver, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.” The news comes as a shock, with Colorado in the midst of a seven- …

An in-depth look at Andreas Nodl, the trade deadline, and more with Geoff Detweiler

Broad Street Hockey has been very gracious to Flyers Faithful, linking to many of our stories since we joined the hockey blogging ranks this season. We greatly respect their opinions, as they are one of the top Flyer-centric hockey sites around. So, when we realized Andreas Nodl was a heated topic for Geoff Detweiler, it piqued our interest. We asked Geoff if he would care to share his thoughts on Nodl, the trade deadline, and more. He agreed to do so and provided some really great insights and perspective into these topics. Please read on as Geoff took the time …

Lightning Trample Flyers

Thanks to a poor start and rust from the All-Star break, the Flyers experienced their 3rd loss on the season to Tampa Bay by a score of 4-0. Teddy Purcell tallied his first career two-goal game scoring Tampa’s first two goals on the night. Poor positional play from the defense and unfortunate bounces resulted in Philadelphia’s early deficit. Both Martin St.Louis and Simon Gagne had two assists on the night while Steve Downie netted a goal late in the first period. Dwayne Roloson recorded the shutout for Tampa tonight. It’s the fourth time all season the Flyers have been shutout. …