On Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers released the long-awaited 2008-09 preseason schedule. The Flyers begin at home against the New Jersey Devils on September 22 and wrap up on October 4 on the road against those same Devils.
Monthly Archives: July 2008
As many speculated, the Philadelphia Flyers, along with many other teams, will sport brand new alternative “third” jerseys for the upcoming 2008-09 season.
The Flyers skipped the post practice scrimmage Friday, likely due to a limited amount of healthy players. Josh Beaulieu missed his third practice after taking a shot to the skate and leaving the ice Tuesday. Steve Downie missed his second practice in a row. Mario Kempe was not available due to an injury he suffered Thursday that caused him to be helped off the ice. Claude Giroux also skipped Friday’s practice for unknown reasons.
Thursday’s scrimmage was forced to switch to four-on-four, midway through the contest, due to limited roster by both teams.
Claude Giroux finally came alive, scoring a pretty breakaway goal and looking more like the player everyone expected in Thursday’s prospect scrimmage. Forward Steve Downie did not take part in drills or the scrimmage for unknown reasons and after a very good start from Mario Kempe, the speedy forward had to be walked off the ice and into the locker room due to an injury.
As the Flyers’ prospects take a break from the ice and head to Avalon, N.J. for the long running Trial on the Isle, a triathlon followed by a charity softball game, Philabright reviews the first half of camp from the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
According to Bob Stauffer of team 1260 radio in Edmonton, the Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms with 24-year-old forward Joffrey Lupul on a four-year deal that would extend his contract with the Flyers through the 2013-2014 season. Because the deal was signed after July 1, Lupul will fulfill the remaining year of his contract at his previous salary of $2.3 million and will revert to his new salary on July 1, 2009. Stauffer said the official announcement would come Monday.
Lupul will likely get a raise of about $2 million, pushing his salary to around $4 million a year. But before the salary scientists pull their hair out over the specualtion over the Flyers’ numbers, Philadelphia will have roughly $17 million worth of cap space next season not counting a possible cap rise. Lupul, who scored 20 goals and 26 assists while missing 20-plus games with a concussion, will be the first crossed off the 2009-2010 free agent list that still includes Scottie Upshall, Mike Knuble, Steve Eminger, Lasse Kukkonen, Ossi Vaananen, Antero Niittymaki and Marty Biron. Lupul’s most memorable moment in his one year with the Flyers was his game 7 overtime goal against the Washington Capitals to send the Flyers into the semifinals.
The Philadelphia Flyers start the 2008-09 season against the division rival New York Rangers, following up with 2008 playoff foe Montreal Canadians and then the orange and black head to Pittsburgh for the first road game of the season against the hated Penguins. After that the Flyers face the San Jose Sharks in a first-ever home and home series against the pacific division club then come back home for another home and home with the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers will also be traveling to Chicago the day after Christmas, then going through Columbus and Vancouver and finally finishing the holiday road trip at the Washington Capitals on Jan. 6. March 17 the Flyers head to Detroit to play the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, a place they haven’t won at in what seems like 20 years.