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POSTED ON Friday, 01.25.2013 / 3:19 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The last three games for the Flyers have been overshadowed by three things:

Injuries, injuries and more injuries.

The latest is another big blow to the lineup as the Flyers have lost defenseman Andrej Meszaros for at least a month.

Meszaros was hit on the final shift of the second period and left the ice clutching his left arm. The news only got worse from there.

“He’s going to miss some time here,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Right now we’re hopeful it’s about a four-week rehabilitation of the injury. It’s a muscle injury in and around the [AC] joint and we just got to try to get it stronger and we believe he’s going to be out about a month.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.25.2013 / 1:26 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Some days are more hectic than others.

For the Flyers, Thursday was a maelstrom.

We’ll try to cover all of it in this space.

It started with the injury to Scott Hartnell. It was obvious the last two days that Hartnell was in some serious pain and that his outlook wasn’t promising.

But when the news came down just how bad it was, it was like a funeral dirge was playing around the Flyers offices.

Hartnell will miss at least four weeks with a fractured first metatarsal in his left foot, suffered when he was hit by a Kimmo Timonen slapshot in the second period of Tuesday’s game in New Jersey.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 9:59 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Some news, notes and observations from the Flyers 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils:

- As if things couldn’t get any worse, it appears Brayden Schenn will have a hearing today regarding a hit he put on Anton Volchenkov in the second period of the game according to a report on Sportsnet.ca

Schenn had just come off the bench and was flying down the wing and nailed Volchenkov a nanosecond after he passed the puck.

The hit, for years, was deemed a clean hockey hit, and there was no penalty on the play.

But in the era of heightened concussion awareness, all big hits are getting reviewed.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 3:10 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

NEWARK, N.J. – Tye McGinn was so excited Sunday when he found out that there was a very real possibility that he could be making his NHL debut two nights later that he couldn’t keep it a secret from his family.

So he called his parents to spread the good news. That was followed by a phone call to his brother Jamie, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche.

Soon, he was getting congratulations sent to him on Twitter from a bevy of friends and fans.

That’s how quickly news spread.

“I was so excited, I never thought to tell anyone not to put it out on Twitter,” McGinn said. “How can I keep that from my family. I had to tell them.”

No doubt – and no fault to McGinn at all.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.21.2013 / 1:25 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The first in-season casualty has struck the Flyers.

Forward Zac Rinaldo will miss at least one week after suffering a laceration to his leg above his right knee and near his thigh after a first period collision with Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr.

When the two collided, Regehr’s skate cut Rinaldo, resulting in a gash that needed 20 stitches to close.

The Flyers recalled Tye McGinn from the Phantoms to replace Rinaldo in the lineup.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 9:07 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Some news, notes and observations from the Flyers opening game 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins:

- The Flyers game plan was to come out hitting, and hit hard. Primary target: Sidney Crosby. Anyone who got a chance to hit Crosby, did, but it wasn’t just that. Guys were hitting everyone on the Penguins. Maybe the Flyers struggled to find their speed in the first game of the season, but they sure got their licks in.

The Flyers were credited with 40 hits in the game. That’s one every 90 seconds. That’s a lot.

Leading the way for the Flyers with seven hits was Zac Rinaldo, who only played 8:54.

Matt Read had six hits, playing a much more physical brand of hockey than last season. Scott Hartnell had five and Andrej Meszaros and Scott Laughton had four each.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:42 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers opening day roster began to take a little more shape on this, the fourth day of training camp.

They waived two players and sent another back to the minor leagues.

Let’s take them one at a time….

Brian Boucher, who was originally slated to go on waivers Tuesday, actually didn’t get placed on waivers until Wednesday.

If he clears waivers at noon tomorrow (as expected) he will be sent to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

His salary is $950,000. As such, because he exceeds the $900,000 maximum for players waived to the minors, the Flyers will still have to have $50,000 of his money count against the cap.

That cap hit, is, of course, pro-rated for this season based on the shortened season.

Secondly, the Flyers waived defenseman Andreas Lilja.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 12:35 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. -- There wasn’t a ceremonial passing of the letter “C” fin front of the cameras from Chris Pronger to Claude Giroux – that kind of hokey, photo-op stuff is saved for the likes of the Miss America pageant.

But, that doesn’t mean Pronger can’t chime in on the decision to name Giroux as his successor, and 19th captain in Flyers history.

Pronger, who flew back to his St. Louis home following Wednesday’s practice, took a minute before he headed for the airport to comment on Giroux being named the team’s new leader.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 5:01 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. Danny Briere said the uniform was solid gold, not banana yellow.

Fashion debates aside, the stark color differences from the rest of the Flyers was intentional as it is to act as a visual reminder that the player adorned in such a vibrant color on the ice is not to be hit, bumped or even breathed upon, if one could help it.

But, just the fact that Briere was out on the ice with his teammates one day after the doctors had diagnosed his hairline wrist facture as “healing” was a positive for both Briere and the Flyers.

Briere skated for 25 minutes alone on one rink with assistant coaches Joey Mullen and Kevin McCarthy before joining his teammates on the other for practice.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 6:31 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – The voice emanating from down the hall was very familiar, but hadn’t been heard around here for quite some time.

It was refreshing to have it back though, even if it’s for just a short time.

A bearded and bespectacled Chris Pronger was back at the Skate Zone, and while his button-down shirt and slacks suggested he was all business, he still had time to crack a few jokes and bring a few smiles.

Pronger came down the hall and shook hands with several members of the media saying hello, but beyond that he wasn’t talking publicly.

But when his new protégé Luke Schenn was about to face a media scrum, Pronger, as is his style, yelled at the gathered scribes:

“Be gentle or feel the wrath,” he said.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
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5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
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10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
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R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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