Monthly Archives: October 2008

Flyers acquire tough guy Josh Gratton

The Flyers made a minor but interesting move by acquiring forward Josh Gratton from the Nashville Predators for Phantoms’ defender Tim Ramholt.  In 67 NHL games, Gratton as amassed 237 penalty minutes and gathered 511 penalty minutes in two years with the Phantoms from 2004-2006.  At 6-foot-2, 214 lbs, Gratton is a legitimate fighter, but will not likely see much time with the Flyers.  However, Gratton would be a call up if Cote were to ever get injured or suspended.  Sending Ramholt to the Music City also breaks up a logjam at the blue line for the Phantoms as well as give the Flyers some enforcer depth.  Gratton was a fan favorite in Philadelphia during his two-year stint with the Phantoms.

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Powe injury update, Downie recalled and Flyers make pre-game move

After a four-point effort against the Norfolk Admirals Thursday night, forward Steve Downie has been recalled to the Flyers to replace injured fourth-line center Darroll Powe.

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Sbisa to stay with Flyers

With eight games played, the Flyers were pushed to come to a quick decision on where 18-year old rookie Luca Sbisa would play the rest of the season.  After 10 games, any juniors player still remaining with an NHL club would count fully against the salary cap and be charged one year on the player’s contract, regardless of whether they continued with the NHL club, or returned to juniors after the allotted 10 games.  On Monday, the Flyers came to a decision and Sbisa will be remaining with the Flyers.

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Briere out with sports hernia, Powe to make debut

Just hours before the Philadelphia Flyers get set to take on the red-hot New Jersey Devils on the road, the organization announced that first-line winger and top scorer Danny Briere, will be out with a lower body injury and Phantom’ forward Darroll Powe will be manning fourth-line center duties. Continue reading

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More lineup tweaks: Downie down, Nodl up.

After being promoted from fourth-line center to second-line winger after the Philadelphia Flyers lost their fourth straight against the Colorado Avalanche, Steve Downie looked to be getting a bigger role with the team.

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Insidehockey: Flyers make familiar change

After a listless and embarrassing effort against the previously 0-3 Colorado Avalanche, to which General Manager Paul Holmgren took special notice, the 0-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers are starting to feel serious pressure to get the young 2008-09 season on track. To combat his flailing team, coach John Stevens has tried (and mostly failed) to find the perfect match for his forward lines. But his latest attempt may prove to be most effective.

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Hoping to spark some offense, Lupul moves to center

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that right winger Joffrey Lupul will be centering the third line tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. Lupul will be between Steve Downie and Scott Hartnell.  The move keeps the first and second lines in tact but moves Glen Metropolit, the Flyers’ best faceoff man, to the fourth line center position.  Lupul has played center in his career, albeit sparringly, but has been fairly successful in the faceoff circle.  Downie made his debut as fourth-line center in two games this season, but has been poor in the faceoff circle, winning only once out of eight attempts.  Downie’s faceoff deficiency could have spawned his move to wing.

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