Other than being one of the top defenseman in the league, Chris Pronger was brought in by the Flyers to be an active leader and influence for the young core. And with a month still remaining before training camp on Sept. 13, the veteran defender’s job as a role model has already been put in motion.
“I’m usually here around this time trying to start skating and preparing for the season, and doing all the little things that it takes to be ready to go for the start of camp,” Pronger told the Flyers’ Kevin Kurz, about showing up to camp a month early.
For the past five years, the Flyers have hosted a special preseason game at the Comcast-Spectacor owned John Labatt Centre in London, ON. But they have never seen a draw like this.
“They were gone within minutes,” said Brian Green, a JLC box office manager. “Six people had to be turned away.”
Out of the 8,000 available seats for the Sept. 17 contest against the Maple Leafs, 4,000 were for sale. And people from the surrounding area lined up by the hundreds to get their hands on them.
London, located about two hours south-west of Toronto, has a hotbed of Leaf and general hockey fans. The town also includes one of the more popular Canadian Junior teams, the London Knights.
“Whenever it’s any Canadian team, tickets do go very quickly,” Green said.
And they said a second team wouldn’t work in Ontario.
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.
Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Ryan Parent worked like a madman in the offseason, in hopes that he would be cemented as a top-six d-man for the Flyers. But those plans may have hit a snag, as a nagging shoulder injury may need corrective surgery, icing Parent’s hopes for now.
It is very rare that an 18-year old defenseman starts in the NHL right after being drafted. Typically, it takes the player until they are 20-21 years old before they are physically and mentally able to do the right things on a consistent basis. But after a stellar training camp and eye-opening preseason, the Flyers’ 2008 first-round draft pick, Luca Sbisa, may just be the exception.
According to 610 WIP, the Philadelphia Flyers will not sign veterans Jim Dowd and Bryan Berard. The announcement came during the Flyers – New Jersey Devils preseason telecast, and implied that both players did not show enough during training camp to warrant a signing for the upcoming season.
On Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that six players will be assigned to the Phantoms of the AHL. Jon Kalinski, Boyd Kane, Jared Ross, Nate Guenin and Sean Curry were among those selected. But the biggest name from the group is rookie forward Claude Giroux.
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the previously unbeaten Washington Capitals, 2-1, Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center. But the Bullies didn’t skate away unscathed.
On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers officially said goodbye to the Wachovia Spectrum by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, in preseason action. But neither the win nor the game was important. What mattered was that the Flyers and fans from around the city got to pay their final respects to not just a dingy relic, but an old friend.