Mair, Nylander gone; Hartnell to have heart tests

Farewell to Adam Mair and Michael Nylander, as both players were released from their tryout contracts on Sunday. The club’s current contract situation, already crowded and up against the limit, was a significant factor in the decision — as was the fact that neither player really meshed well in limited action. One nugget that made us sit up and take notice came when Scott Hartnell was limited to just over nine minutes of ice time in Friday’s preseason win over Detroit. Well, it wasn’t due to poor play, or a different line rotation. Apparently, Hartnell had an elevated heart rate …

Then and Now: Janne Niinimaa

What do Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, and Janne Niinimaa all have in common? They were all drafted in the 1993 NHL Entry draft. How many were drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers? Only Janne Niinimaa. Pronger went second, to the Hartford Whalers, while Timonen could be considered the hidden gem of the draft going 250nd to the Los Angeles Kings. Well, we know what Pronger and Timonen are doing with their careers now, but what about Niinimaa? Before the aforementioned question is answered, let us remember Niinimaa’s brief time spent in Philly. Spending three seasons with Jokerit in the SM-liiga after …