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 …

The ‘How’ of Homer

When Paul Holmgren took over as the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006, I received numerous messages from my friends who grew up as fans of the Hartford Whalers. Those messages ranged from, “Good luck with that,” to “What a terrible choice” to the simple but poignant, “Bwahahahahaha.” These were people jaded by the abysmal record that the Whalers posted during his tenure as Hartford’s coach and his brief stint as GM in the years that eventually led up to Hartford’s relocation to Carolina. (His DUI and stint at Betty Ford likely did not help matters …

Future Flyers Report

The Future Flyers Weekly Report follows the weekly progress of Flyers prospects playing in the various hockey leagues. Forwards: Nick Cousins remains the Flyers best scoring prospect in juniors. He collected his 26th-30th points with a goal and 3 assists over two games. Marcel Noebels and Brendan Ranford each picked up an assist this week. Jason Akeson led the Phantoms prospects in scoring with 4 goals and an assist in three games. He now sits at second in goals, assists, and points for the Phantoms. Mike Testwuide exploded with a 4 assist weekend after a slow start to the season. …

Future Flyers Weekly Report

The Future Flyers Weekly Report follows the weekly progress of Flyers prospects playing throughout the various leagues. This week was about as uneventful week as one could imagine since few games were played this week. The Phantoms played one game and their offense consisted of an unassisted goal by Jonathon Kalinski and also an unassisted goal scored by Garret Klotz. Junior prospects Nick Cousins and Brendan Ranford were the only two prospects to finish with more than a point on the week. Cousins finished with a goal and an assist on Sunday and also picked up another assist this week. …

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 …