Holmgren conference call 11/28

Q: How long have you known he’s had a knee problem? “Obviously Chris has played a long time.  This has been an issue probably for the last month or so for him that’s been nagging.  He’s been playing through it up until this recent bout with his virus.  As I said in my statement earlier, we kind of believed that through continuing the rehabilitation that he’s been doing on that, that he does on a daily basis anyway, and some medicine, that it would start to feel better.  But Chris saw the doctor yesterday and had another MRI, and we …

Flight Plan Week of 11.27.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of their four games this week. They were able to record comeback victories over the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens, but they lost and were thoroughly outplayed by both the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers. It seems as if ever since Brayden Schenn broke his foot by blocking a shot, the rest of the team has been dropping like flies, missing a few games or weeks here or there. Chris Pronger has missed the last four games with a virus, Jaromir Jagr was out with a lower-body injury before returning too soon …

Flyers Shred Blue Jackets 9-2

What a doozy!  In Jeff Carter’s return to Philadelphia… Er,  anyway, even Carter couldn’t have helped his new team survive the Flyers’ 9-2 thrashing of Columbus last night. The game, which the home team controlled from the start, was a real crowd pleaser. It featured a little bit of everything and a whole lotta scoring.  The Flyers started off the first period fast, scoring two within the first 3 1/2 minutes, and worked up a staggering 5-0 advantage before it was all over.  Among these were a pretty power play goal by Jaromir Jagr, a great dexterous goal by Max Talbot and a goal from the blue …

Some unsolicited advice for Rinaldo

Keeping Zac Rinaldo on the roster should have been a matter of simple arithmetic. Relatively speaking, he earns a substantial amount less than Jody Shelley and can serve the same role. Sure, he’s not a heavyweight — most recently, he claimed to be 185lbs., or 40lbs. less than Shelley — but he’s not afraid to square off against bigger guys. He also did little to merit a demotion. According to Behind the Net, Rinaldo leads the team in penalties drawn per 60 minutes (11.3), a number greater than the penalties he’s taken (8.5). As long as he continues to keep …

But what does it mean?

N.B. I apologize in advance for this stream of consciousness post. I need some more time to organize my thoughts on the roster changes and will likely edit this post this afternoon. This morning, the Flyers announced that Brayden Schenn was recalled and Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk were loaned to the Phantoms. That leaves the Flyers with a glut of centers and some big questions about where everyone fits in the lineup. Through five games and a 4-0-1 record, the Flyers have been firing on all cylinders. They lead the league in goals per game (3.80) and have given up …

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