Hitting the posts: 12.17.10

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Pronger’s injury is sill a mystery :: Philly.com Checking in with VUKOTA :: Broad Street Hockey Pens/Flyers most-watched game in history of Versus :: Puck the Media Zherdev making a case to stay in the lineup :: NHL Hot Stove Carter, JvR, and Zherdev rip through the Habs :: The 700 Level Why Jody Shelley will/should sit tomorrow :: Broad Street Hockey Cool Matrix: Flyers Ice Habs :: Flyers …

The Flyers’ Christmas wish list

The holiday season is upon us and, while stockpiling items on our Amazon wish lists, we decided to come up with our own list of things we would want for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011. Here are our top 10 wishes, minus the most obvious one (a Stanley Cup championship): 10. Cap relief The Flyers have zero need for Matt Walker. They never did. When he becomes healthy, if the Flyers can find a taker who is desperate for a physical defender, jackpot. If not, just waive him. Meanwhile, it probably won’t be too long before the goaltending logjam gets …

Benchmarking some ’11 predictions

We were too new and too disorganized to assemble a preview of the 2011 NHL season worth reading. However, we made sporadic predictions on our site and participated in Freeze the Puck’s Atlantic Division Preview. So, we’ll aggregate some of those predictions here and benchmark our results. Prediction #1: Breakout stars Atlantic Division: I’m going to pick Claude Giroux. He’s been a slow starter over the last few seasons but he also hasn’t had wingers that could keep up with him on his line. Claude Giroux is only two goals shy of tying his career high of 16 goals. He …

Hitting the posts: 12.10.10

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Evaluating Zherdev and the expectations surrounding him :: Broad Street Hockey For Danny Briere, everything’s coming up Millhouse :: Philly.com And, at the quarter pole, god breathed life (back) into James van Riemsdyk :: NHL Hot Stove The Maple Leafs inquired about JvR :: Philly Sports Daily Ville Leino has spectacular vision :: The 700 Level Everybody loves Bob, including Bernie :: NHL.com That being said, what’s going on with Bob? :: …

Flyers @ Devils preview

The Flyers play the New Jersey Devils today at 1:00 p.m. in New Jersey. Here are a few thoughts on the matchup: After a slow start, James van Riemsdyk has been the hottest Flyer of late, yet he only saw 7 seconds of powerplay time in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames yesterday. The struggling powerplay could use a boost and he could be the catalyst. Claude Giroux, who led all Flyer forcwards in ice time yesterday (22:49), was off his game against Calgary, despite scoring a gorgeous shootout goal. It couldn’t hurt to give him more of …