VOORHEES, N.J. – So, Andrej Meszaros will be back in the lineup for the Flyers tomorrow against the high-powered Anaheim Ducks (nee: Mighty).
Head coach Craig Berube said he wanted to get Meszaros back into the lineup after sitting out the past five games.
Meszaros will replace Erik Gustafsson in the lineup. Gustafsson had a rough night on defense against the New York Islanders, one of the few Flyers who wasn’t clicking on all cylinders.
Many will view this as a demotion for Gustafsson, but I’m told it’s not that, but more a chance to get Meszaros feeling good about himself again.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
There was certainly a lot of good feeling and merriment following the Flyers win on Long Island Saturday.
But rather than selfishly keeping it to themselves, the Flyers did something unique and special Sunday.
Oh, they practiced. When you are climbing out of an early season hole as the Flyers are doing, you can’t afford to let a good day of work slip by, but they weren’t at one of their usual haunts, namely the Voorhees Skate Zone or the Wells Fargo Center.
Instead, the Flyers took their practice on the road – sorta – and took to the ice in the Kensington section of Philadelphia at the Scanlon Ice rink, one of the refurbished hockey homes of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
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VOORHEES, N.J. – There is certainly a furor brewing out there about the Flyers decision to send Tye McGinn back down to the Phantoms Friday.
Local hockey scribes and frustrated fans alike took to social media to lament/criticize/both this decision by the Flyers.
On the surface, it’s certainly understandable. After all, McGinn does lead the team in goals with three and for the life of me I can’t remember the last time in the NHL that a team sent their leading goal scorer to the minors.
So, there is that.
But, it should be noted that this decision goes well beyond the fact that McGinn scored three goals in two games last week.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – Vinny Lecavalier didn’t want to be the one who said it… so he let his coach do the talking.
Widely expected to return to the lineup after dealing with a dreaded lower-body-injury for the past two weeks, Lecavalier, barring tripping over a door jamb on his way into the Wells Fargo Center later this afternoon, will be back for the Flyers after a three game absence.
“It’s looking like that,” Berube said. “He looked good. He’s skating well and moving well.”(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – One of the items that has seemingly slid to the back burner of the observer’s conscience that coach Craig Berube said he wanted to bring to the Flyers is the notion of accountability.
Berube insisted that was going to be his approach as coach – holding his players accountable for their own play.
He hasn’t been shy in criticizing players when they are subpar.
His message is starting to get through.
Take Kimmo TImonen for example.
The veteran defenseman has been demoted off of the Flyers top power play unit for the first time since he was brought here in 2007.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – Flyers Fans need a jolt of optimism.
I understand it’s hard right now, what with the team losing six of the first seven games, scoring just 10 goals and switching coaches already.
But it’s that last part that I want to focus on for a minute here.
Let’s go back to the last time the Flyers made a coaching change. The circumstances were definitely different, but not as different as you might think.
It was the 2009-10 season when John Stevens was fired and replaced by Peter Laviolette.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – When things aren’t going well for a team, they always try to search for positives.
A lot of times, it’s all they have to cling to as they try to muddle their way through what is impeding them from being victorious more often than not.
Sometimes, it’s cut and dry that they are a bad team. Sometimes there’s a lot more to it than that.
For the Flyers, five games into a season that has already seen a coaching change and with it a system switch that results in adapting to a different philosophy, it is still way too early to tell what’s what.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
Usually the morning after a game, I take the time to break down an aspect of the contest from the night before in this space.
But today, will be a little different.
Today we have a guest voice on FlyersInsideOut.com.
I am fortunate this season to have a college intern working with me sometimes, and last night I gave here the task of focusing on a key factor of the game not named Steve Mason (after all, I was writing about the goalie!)
She took on the project head on and sent me her copy three times in the middle of the night…. Just to make sure I got it. That’s dedication!
So, without further ado, I offer you the breakdown of the penalty kill last night by Grace Balassone.
Her contact info is available at the end of the blog.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – It is Day One of the Craig Berube era for the Philadelphia Flyers, and there were some very telling moments at his first “practice” which technically was a morning skate but had more than a few practice elements to it.
There were line juggles. There was defensive realignment. There were game situations practiced – namely breakouts and forechecking, before getting to special teams.
All told, the Flyers morning skate, which usually runs about 20 minutes at half-speed, was a 50-minute hockey-fest with a lot of game-speed action.
Something tells me this won’t be the norm on game days, and was rather a one-time deal as Berube tries to make on-the-fly systematic adjustments.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – Nobody’s Happy.
After sitting back for a few hours and taking in what happened this morning, I think that’s the most apparent thing with the Flyers right now, and frankly, Flyers fans should look at this positively.
That’s not to say that firing a coach should ever be looked at is a good thing – especially a guy like Peter Laviolette, who does have a Stanley Cup on his resume, who got the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals a little more than three years ago and who has the third-most wins in franchise history.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that Laviolette is an excellent coach with a solid track record, who no doubt will coach again in the NHL in the near future and likely with a good measure of success.
But what it does say is that the organization is willing to do whatever it takes to correct recurring errors or eradicate mistakes.(Click "Full Story" for more...)