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.
Monthly Archives: September 2008
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.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the official roster for its annual rookie camp that is set to begin on September 15th at the Virtua Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. The rookie camp is used specifically to get younger players acquainted with the organization, working with teammates, and for the brass to get a good look at the young talent. The practices will take place from 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 P.M. through the 17th. The rookie camp immediately precedes the regular training camp, which begins on the 20th.
The new Russian Kontinental Hockey League has proved to be more than just competition to the NHL – it is actually quite entertaining. Take this insane fight featured on puckdaddy’s blog for example. The line brawl consists of former Philadelphia Flyer Matt Ellison, Marcel Hossa, Duvie Westcott and Ron Petrovicky. Yes, that is Petrovicky hiking an opposing player between his legs in the spirit of football season.
Even an honest gander at the league’s statistics brought me insurmountable hilarity.