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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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New Adirondack Phantoms jersey released

Shortly after announcing its move from Philadelphia to Glens Falls, NY., the Adirondack Phantoms  have released the new jerseys for the 2009-10 AHL season.

The main colors will be orange and black, with a hint of purple down the sides and back.  The Flyers logo will appear as a shoulder patch on the jersey as they remain the Flyers’ affiliate.



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New York, New York: Phantoms to move to Glens Falls


The homeless Phantoms will be without a place to play no longer.  On Tuesday, the AHL board of governors came to a decision to allow the Brooks Brothers access to the town of Glens Falls, NY., to use as the Phantoms’  temporary home.

Comcast-Spectacor manages the Glens Falls Civic Center and will allow the new owners to run their team out of the venue for the 2-3 years expected to build a new arena in Allentown, PA., where the Phantoms will ultimately end up.

Regardless of where the team is located, the Phantoms should remain the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.  But instead of the Philadelphia Phantoms, try to get used to the Adirondack Phantoms.  Not quite the same poetic alliteration.

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It’s over! Phantoms’ tenure in Philly ends with loss

With a 1-0 victory on Friday, the Hershey Bears completed a four-game sweep of the Phantoms, knocking them out of the playoffs.  Graham Mink scored the lone goal for the Bears, as they ended the Phantoms’ 13-year reign in Philadelphia.

The Phantoms were sold earlier in the season to the Brooks brothers out of Pittsburgh , after news broke that Comcast-Spectacor would demolish the Wachovia Spectrum and build an entertainment complex called Philly Live! The Phantoms have a likely home in Allentown, but it is unknown if they will remain the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, or if they will change the name of the team.

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Ross puts Huntsville on the map in NHL playoffs

If someone saw Flyers’ forward Jared Ross in the supermarket, they may mistake him for a bagger or cashier.  But the diminutive 26-year old with a  boyish face and 5-foot-9, 170 lbs. frame has not only played in the NHL, but has done something no one else, big or small, has ever done: Be a native of Alabama and score a goal.

Less than four minutes in the third period of the Flyers – Penguins game three matchup, Ross grabbed an Andrew Alberts rebound and stuck it into the net, giving his team the much-needed insurance goal and 5-2 lead.  The tally was not only the first of his career, but inked him into the record books.  Ross celebrated accordingly.

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Sbisa gets first goal as professional

One day after playing noticeably bad in his first game with the Phantoms, defenseman Luca Sbisa recovered big time, by scoring his first professional goal and adding an assist in the Phantoms’ 3-2 loss to the Hershey Bears, Saturday.

The slap shot goal from the slot cut the Bears’ lead to 2-1 in second period.  The Phantoms will take on Hershey in the first round of the post season.

Sbisa’s sluggish start back in Philadelphia could be due to fatigue.  The Swiss blue liner arrived 20-pounds less than when he left the city midway through the NHL season.  Sbisa was relied on heavily throughout the playoffs for the Hurricanes, at one time getting a gluttonous 41-minutes  on ice time in game seven of the opening round against Saskatoon.  That’s over two full periods.

The Flyers returned the rookie to Lethbridge of the WHL during the NHL season so they wouldn’t lose a year of his restricted free agent eligibility.

Sbisa will likely join the Flyers during the post seaso, as a seventh defender in case of emergencies.  However, there is a possibility General Manager Paul Holmgren leaves him with the Phantoms for their playoff run.

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JVR’s first pro goal makes youtube

Flyers’ prospect and Phantoms’ forward James van Riemsdyk scored his first pro goal and assist on Wednesday, in the Phantoms’ 4-3 loss to the Albany River Rats.

The first play shown is his assist and second is his goal.

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Parent out, Syvret recalled and Sbisa to return

The tweak of the groin that knocked Flyers’ defenseman Ryan Parent out in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, will keep him out on more contest.  The Flyers were tinkering with the idea that Parent would be available for Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers, but the young rear guard was officially pulled out of the lineup after the 10 a.m. morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

Taking his place will be Phantoms’ top defensemen and one of the top AHL leading scorers from the blue line, Danny Syvret.  Syvret will be playing in his third NHL game this season and has solidified himself as the Flyers’ seventh defenseman until rookie Luca Sbisa rejoins the team.  Syvret has 12 goals and 42 assists in 74 games with the Phantoms this season.

Sbisa, who was sent back to his junior team mid season, will return to the Flyers, after his Lethbridge Hurricanes  were unceremoniously knocked out of the WHL post season by the Calgary Hitmen last night, four games to none.

Because Sbisa can not rejoin the Flyers during the regular season, it is possible he will take  a couple days off then join the Phantoms.  If the Phantoms do not make the playoffs (they are tied for the final playoff spot with two games remaining), Sbisa would join the Flyers as a fringe player, simply practicing with the team but spending game time in the press box, unless needed.

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Breakout game: JVR gets first two points as a pro

Watching Phantoms’ forward and Flyers’ prospect James van Riemsdyk play on Sunday, it was clear his comfort level was rising and that it wouldn’t be long until he made a mark on the scoreboard.  And it wasn’t.  Van Riemsdyk scored his first goal and assist and was a plus-2, in the Phantoms’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Albany River Rats Wednesday.

Van Riemsdyk and the Phantoms return home Friday, in what will be the final AHL game at the Wachovia Spectrum against the Hershey Bears.  There are less than 500 tickets still available for the contest.

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Inside Hockey: Van Riemsdyk making strides

PHILADELPHIA — One week you’re doing everything you can to preserve your college season and the next you’re on an American Hockey League bus headed to Norfolk. Thus is the life of an amateur hockey player turning pro. And for newly minted Philadelphia Phantoms’ forward James vanRiemsdyk, it’s been a hectic week.

“It has been a really grueling week,” said vanRiemsdyk, with a surprising amount of energy. “It also doesn’t help getting thrown right into one of the toughest schedules, four games in five nights.”

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