Bits and pieces of the Flyers pre-season daily schedule have been filtering out in the public for about a month now and I am getting a lot of questions about it both on Twitter and via email.
So, here it is, day-by-day:
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So, Flight Plan has lived on the web site for five days now, and thousands of Flyers fans have tuned in.
For the most part, the responses on social media have been positive, and that’s a good thing.
But, that doesn’t mean that what was presented has not garnered some sort of criticism along the way.
Some of them were valid. Others, were not. That’s O.K. It’s how the world works after all.
That said, I figured I’d use this time to address a few of these discussion points that may have been mistaken or misleading and tell you some of the things that you did not see on Flight Plan.
First let’s address Chris Pronger.
|Chris Pronger, here working with Flyers assitant coach Kevin McCarthy (left) and defenseman Luke Schenn, was more integral to the scouting of defenseman than it appeared in the first episode of Flight Plan.|
Yes, Pronger was part of the scouting meetings – and he wasn’t flown in just to show his bearded mug on in the episode.
No, Pronger actually was helping the Flyers scout some young defensemen last season. He travelled some to check out many of the guys the Flyers were considering in the first round.
He was one of those “secondary scouts” Mark Greig was talking about in Flight Plan.
Pronger also contributed to the meeting talking about the defensemen he saw play, as well as a philosophical approach to drafting defensemen.
So, why didn’t he chime in on Morin?
Well, he didn’t see him play in person!
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The NHL schedule has been out for a few days now and fans are still trying to wrap their head around it a little bit.
The inbox here at FlyersInsideOut.com is chock full of questions from Flyers fans about the new divisional realignment, the way the schedule is broken down, how the playoffs are going to work now and what the heck is a Metropolitan (besides a member of a bad baseball team).
So, I thought it would be a good idea to have a bit of an NHL Realignment 101 here on the blog to answer those burning questions and clear up confusion.
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Flyers Captain Claude Giroux is one step closer to playing in the Olympics.
Team Canada announced it’s orientation camp roster Monday and Giroux was one of 25 forwards invited to participate.
The camp will take place Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
Every time the Flyers name came up in trade rumors – whether it was at the trade deadline last season or leading up to the draft and free agency – one name was constantly in the discussion:
There’s no question that every other team that the Flyers talked turkey with coveted the 20-year-old forward. And there was no question that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren had no intention of trading his talented two-way center.
Evidence of that came further to light Saturday, when the Flyers signed Couturier to a two-year contract extension.(Click "Ful Story" for more....)
The NHL released their schedule today, and for the Flyers, well, let’s just say the travel will be a bear.
It starts at home and ends at home, but everything in between is a frequent flyer’s Utopia.
The Flyers will have five road trips of three games or more (two of them six games in length) and will play 14 sets of games on back-to-back nights. The number of times they have to travel in those 14 instances?
Try all 14.
Sure they get the same number of home games as road games, but there are only three home stands of three games or longer built into the schedule – and one of them sandwiches the Olympic break in February.
The Flyers also have five sets of “home-and-home” series’ with divisional opponents where they play back-to-back games against the same teams.
Oh, and because of the Olympic hiatus, teams are not getting much in the way of time off during the season. Looking at the schedule, the Flyers only have four instances in their schedule when they get more than two days off in a row.
Let’s break it all down, shall we?
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When John Paddock left the Flyers front office in January to become an assistant coach for the team, it left an opening at a key position in the Flyers hierarchy – assistant general manager.
When asked, at the time, if he was going to fill the position, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren paused before saying, “not at this time.”
It was a hint that at some point, the plan was to get someone into that chair that made sense – and when the time was right.
Holmgren announced that he was bringing back a former Flyers player and executive to take over that role, naming Ron Hextall the Assistant G.M. as well as Director of Hockey Operations.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
Lost amid the shuffle of meeting the Flyers three newest additions (there was a press conference with Vincent Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery today) and the ongoing Prospect Development Camp, the Flyers quietly signed one of their restricted free agents to a new deal.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson was inked to a one-year contract worth $1 million. It is a one-way deal, meaning the Flyers now have eight defensemen on one-way contracts this season.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The Flyers went into the offseason looking to upgrade on offense, defense and in goal.
They did all three things and stayed at about the same spot under the salary cap. That’s some good cap management by Paul Holmgren and his staff.
After buying out Danny Briere, they brought in Vincent Lecavalier – at a cap hit $2 million less.
After buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, they brought in Ray Emery. He and Steve Mason, the other goaltender who will battle for the No. 1 spot on the team, combined make $2 million less than Bryzgalov’s cap hit.
And while they paid big money for Mark Streit on defense, having not had to part with the defensemen already on the roster as many thought, The Flyers were able to use those savings from the other areas to upgrade their defense.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
There was never a question as to whether or not the Flyers would sign Claude Giroux to a long-term contract extension, it was just a matter of when, and for how long.
We now have the answer.
Giroux agreed Friday to an eight-year contract extension that kicks in next season that will keep him locked up with the organization through 2022.
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