With the toughest opening schedule in the NHL, facing six consecutive 2007-08 playoff teams, the Philadelphia Flyers expected a rough start. But after going 0-2-1, including two losses to division opponents, the Flyers are looking to get over the level of competition and get in the win column fast.
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In what was a complete reversal of the season opener against the New York Rangers on Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers got off to a blistering start against the Montreal Canadians Monday night, but fell apart in the final stanza.
According to Russian connected blog Alex Ovetjkin, KHL player and highly touted New York Rangers’ prospect Alexei Cherepanov collided with former Ranger Jaromir Jagr’s elbow on a line change, as his team Omsk Avanguard took on Chekhov Vityaz. Cherepanov was knocked unconscious and shortly after, his heart had stopped. Cherepanov was taken immediately to the ICU, where doctors attempted to resuscitate. TSN is confirming that Alexei has in fact died in the hospital, he was 19.
“He was a great kid,” Cherepanov’s agent, Jay Grossman told TSN. “He had a great smile and was an outstanding player with a great future on and off the ice. It’s both shocking and devastating news for all of us. ”
Because the incident happened in the final moments of the contest, sources say the on-site ambulance may have left the arena and needed to be recalled for Alexei. Sources also stated that defibrillators are not mandatory in KHL arenas and the ones equipped are not regulated to be in working condition.
Cherepanov was the 17th overall selection in the 2007 NHL entry draft by the Rangers. One of the top young players in Europe, Cherepanov took the KHL by storm and was looked at with optimism to take his skilled game to the NHL within the next year or two.
On Monday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Phantoms’ forward Ned Lukacevic and a conditional fourth-round pick will head to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for bruising defenseman Andrew Alberts.
The fear of a slow start by the Philadelphia Flyers came to fruition Saturday night, as the Bullies ran straight into the New York Rangers buzz saw. The hottest team in the league early on in the season, the Rangers had already won three games in the regular season before the Flyers played one, and it showed.
Immediately after announcing that Randy Jones would be undergoing surgery and will miss significant time, Philadelphia Flyers’ coach John Stevens hinted at the proposal of pulling apart top defensive pairing Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn in order to reinforce the banged up blue line. Friday afternoon, he made it official.
Right off the heals of Ryan Parent’s announced shoulder surgery that will keep him out three months, Randy Jones is the next victim of the preseason injury bug. Jones suffered a torn labrum in his hip early in training camp. In hopes that the pain would subside, Jones was inactive for the majority of the preseason. However, much like Parent’s injury, Jones’ didn’t heal on its own and the 27-year old blue liner will likely need to go under the knife for a recovery that will take 6-8 weeks.