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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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