The Flyers’ roster became a little more settled on Tuesday, when coach John Stevens announced Claude Giroux will begin the season at center and Danny Briere at right wing.
In a Q&A piece from The Courier Post, Stevens made it clear where he thinks Giroux fits on the Flyers this season.
The Hockey News is running a month-long online feature, predicting the finish of every team by the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. And with only a few slots left, the Flyers chimed in at number four in the East.
“Why: The addition of Chris Pronger turned an emerging blueline into one of the NHL’s top units. New goaltender Ray Emery has a chance to be a big upgrade over Martin Biron, assuming the ex-Kontinental Leaguer keeps his head about him. The Flyers are now even tougher to play against and remain deep at forward, especially down the middle.”
Yet to be selected is the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
According to the Swiss League hockey magazine Slapshot, defensive center and former Blue Jacket Jiri Novotny, is waiting on a contract offer by the Flyers before making the decision to depart for the KHL.
Per rough google translation …
“The defensive center Jiri Novotny (26) will wait until Monday to receive an offer from Philadelphia. If he gets no NHL contract,after seven years in North America, he will leave and return to Europe. He has offers from Servette (Swiss league) and from Russia.”
The Phantoms’ schedule may not bring as much excitement as it once did when the team resided in Philadelphia, but here is the full Adirondack schedule for 2009-10. Replacing Hershey as the Phantoms’ geographical rival, will be Albany, who will face the Flyers’ affiliate 12 times.
Former Flyer Robert Esche may be an NHL outcast, but in Russia, he’s a TV star. Thanks to Kevin Allen from USA Today for the find, Esche is featured in one of four KHL TV commercials, in which it appears he’s in a supermarket stopping food with extremely awkward poses. The video of the commercial has not yet been released.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Kurz
A special thanks to the Flyers’ Kevin Kurz (@Flyersonthefly) for producing never-before-seen photos of the brand new Ray Emery mask. With a white base color, on the goalie’s left it features Philly boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, with the right side showing boxing Hall of Famer Joe Frazier. The back has Rocky Balboa draped in an American flag, below the text “Razor.”
Emery, a die-hard boxing fan, sported a mask prior to joining the Flyers, featuring pugilist Mike Tyson. That particular helmet caused a stink due to Iron Mike’s complications with the law. Emery has also sported Marvin Hagler and Jack Johnson on his equipment.
Today was a day for the Flyers front office to re-up some of their property, inking defenseman Danny Syvret to a one-year deal, forward Zac Rinaldo to a three-year entry deal and defenseman David Sloane to a one-year AHL deal.