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.
Monthly Archives: September 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.