Monthly Archives: September 2008

Eminger, Giroux shine as Flyers open camp

Newly acquired defenseman Steve Eminger made his presence felt early on and Claude Giroux dazzled on a penalty shot, as Team Snider defeated Team Barber, 6-2, to open the much awaited training camp in front of a mass of fans and media at the Virtua Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey.

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Flyers sign veteran goalie Aubin

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday, that the team has signed goaltender J.S. Aubin to a one-year contract, to replace injured backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

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Flyers’ Rookie camp concludes with loss to Caps

The Flyers’ rookies were completely outmatched by the steady Washington group at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia, Thursday afternoon in a friendly rookie scrimmage.  Washington’s Travis Morin netted two goals and starting goalie Simeon Varlamov was outstanding as the Flyers were embarrassed by Washington 7-0.  The Flyers were unable to apply any sustained pressure on offense and impotent at stopping a consistent Capitals’ attack.

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Flyers name Richards Captain

Ed Moran of the Daily News has reported that the Philadelphia Flyers will name their 17th captain tomorrow, and the name chosen was one everyone expected — Mike Richards.

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With Niitty down, Flyers turn to familiar face

With backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki on the shelf for over a month with a hip injury, the Flyers have formally invited former top prospect Maxime Ouellet to attend training camp.

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Injury bug bites early for Flyers

610 WIP reported Monday morning that Flyers’ backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki aggravated his hip in practice on Sunday, and will miss 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery.  Niittymaki has a history of hip problems, stemming from a torn labrum he suffered in the 2006-07 season.  He had the hip surgically repaired at the end of that season.  Last year Niittymaki was 12-9 in 28 games, with a 2.91 GAA.  No word yet on who his replacement will be for the start of the year.

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Hatcher skating, Bodrov not attending camp

According to the Courier Post, veteran defenseman Darian Hatcher has been skating in pre-camp workouts and hopes to play by the start of the season.  The news on Hatcher is somewhat surprising considering General Manager Paul Holmgren’s statement that because of a debilitating knee injury, Hatcher would miss the majority of the season.  Coach John Stevens told the post that if Hatcher is healthy, there will be a roster spot for him.

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