Monthly Archives: September 2009

Flyers make first round of cuts

The Flyers were one of the last teams in the NHL to make official cuts, but that day has finally come.

It was announced earlier that NHL vet Mark Bell and try-out Adrian Foster were released and that Andreas Nodl, Jared Ross and Jon Kalinski have been assigned to the Phantoms.

Leading the second wave of not surprising cuts is Josh Beaulieu, Rob Bellamy, Matt Clackson, Ryan Dingle, Garrett Klotz, Jon Matsumoto, Tomas Sinisalo, Oskars Bartulis, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Joonas Lehtivuori, Kevin Marshall, Mike Ratchuk, David Sloane, Logan Stephenson, Matt Duchene, Nicola Riopel, Michael-Lee Teslak.

All have been assigned to the Phantoms.

Those sent back to their junior teams include David Labreque, Eric Wellwood, Zac Rinaldo, Jacob Deserres, Adam Morrison.

The Flyers have signed juniors try-out defenseman Tyler Hostetter.  Hostetter, a Pennsylvania native, was returned to the Erie Otters after signing the contract.  The 5’11 blue liner is a right-handed shot and plays relatively mean.

James van Riemsdyk, Blair Betts, Mika Pyorala, David Laliberte, Patrick Maroon and Danny Syvret have remained on the team so far.

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First cut — Bell gone

Tim Pannacio of is reporting that forward try out Mark Bell has been cut by the Flyers.

Bell, a former Ranger and Blackhawk,  signed on as an early try out just weeks before training camp began.  However, soft play and being quoted as saying “a two-way contract is unacceptable to me,”  surely did not help his chances with the Flyers, who need roster flexibility.

After the three-game preseason road trip in which the team went 0-3, Flyers’ coach John Stevens made it public that he was unimpressed with Bell’s play, saying he played “Just OK.”

The cutting of Bell increases the chances that utility forward Blair Betts makes the team. The Flyers will likely begin to slim down their roster very shortly.

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Game 3: Flyers announce preseason roster for Toronto

The Flyers hope to reverse their preseason woes tonight on the road against Toronto at 7 P.M.  With General Manager Paul Holmgren calling out the team for lack of effort in the team’s 4-0 loss against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, look for a bit more spunk from the group.  James van Riemsdyk sees his third straight game and Ray Emery will return in goal.  Newly acquired Phil Kessel will not suit up for Toronto.

Here is tonight’s full roster.


James van Riemsdyk, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, David Laliberte, Dan Carcillo, Darroll Powe, Ian Laperriere, Riley Cote, Blair Betts, Mark Bell.


Matt Carle, Chris Pronger, Danny Syvret, Braydon Coburn, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Randy Jones.


Ray Emery, Brian Boucher.

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Holmgren displeased about start to preseason

In last night’s 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, Ontario, the Flyers chased the puck and achieved very little offensively.  This, matched with Tuesday’s lifeless 3-1 loss to Detroit, has some of the Flyers’ brass unnerved.

“I think (Toronto) outworked us to be quite honest with you and that’s somewhat disturbing from a Flyers’ standpoint,” Flyers’ General Manager Paul Holmgren told the Fan 590 in Toronto.  “Obviously (Toronto) has a lot of guys fighting for a spot and they had a lot of fight and spirit last night.”

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Flyers release roster for second preseason game

After a 3-1 loss to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday, the Flyers bused to London, Ontario to take the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.  The sold out game will be shown on the NHL network, however the Maple Leafs are holding back most of their tough guys, while the Flyers sit Chris Pronger, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne and Ray Emery.  Other Flyers’ scratches will be declared at game time.

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Preseason opener roster released

The Flyers will dress 20 in Detroit tonight as they take on the Red Wings in the 2009-10 preseason opener at Joe Louis Arena.  The contest will not be aired on TV, but can be heard on 610 WIP at 7 P.M.

The likely forward lines will be..

James van Riemsdyk – Claude Giroux – Danny Briere

Scott Hartnell – Jeff Carter – Mika Pyorala

Andreas Nodl – Jared Ross – Krys Kolanos

Mark Bell – Blair Betts – Ian Laperriere

On defense, the pairs will look like this…

Matt Carle – Chris Pronger

Randy Jones – Ryan Parent

Oskars Bartulis – Joonas Lehtivuori

Ray Emery will start the game for the Flyers, being backed up by Brian Boucher.

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New outlook Downie finding groove in Tampa

When forward Steve Downie was traded to Tampa Bay early last offseason for defenseman Matt Carle, many believed it to be a sign that the Flyers’ organization had finally given up on dealing with his disciplinary issues on and off the ice.  But after a year in Tampa Bay, a newly reformed Downie is starting to see the results of a more mature attitude.

“My goal was to be in the best physical shape and the best possible situation for me. I’ve done that,” said Downie, who benefited greatly from a summer conditioning program. “I’m just going to let things take care of itself. It’s not my job to worry about where I’m going to play or what my role is going to be. I’m just here to work on my game and get better. I end up where I end up.”

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JVR struggles in quest for NHL 10

If you were in a Voorhees, N.J. GameStop late Monday night, the dejected future NHLer you saw walking away empty-handed was Flyers’ prospect and former second-overall pick James van Riemsdyk.  Van Riemsdyk tried his best to pick up a copy of EA Sports’ highly anticipated title NHL 10.  But let it be known that even potential future cover models for the game don’t get early copies.

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Carter, JVR and Emery impress during scrimmages

It may not have been a real game, but it was the closest thing so far.

The Flyers held two intra-squad scrimmages on Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., one being dominated by Jeff Carter and the other Ray Emery.

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Unlikely Pyorala hopes to land with Flyers

Not many people know the name Mika Pyorala.  But they may want to learn.

On day one of Flyers’ training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., Philadelphia coach John Stevens paired 28-year old Pyorala on a line with Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter.  With a healthy number of hopeful forwards looking to make an impression, no one expect the move to stick.  But it did.

“They are very offensive guys that get a lot of points,” said Pyorala (PURE-ella), who will likely be matched up with the same line in the team’s first preseason game Wednesday in Detroit.  “I know if I am going to play with them I have to try to balance the lines because I’m a defensive player.”

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