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JVR’s return means more line changes

With rookie forward James van Riemsdyk on the shelf with concussion symptoms for the past week, coach John Stevens made the decision to stick creative winger Claude Giroux on the team’s top line centered by Mike Richards.  The idea was to not only spark Giroux’s production but to get struggling Simon Gagne more scoring chances in hopes that he would break out of his post groin injury slump (three assists in five games).

The unconfirmed belief was that Giroux would return to centering the third line once JVR returned, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Art of War: Penguins – Flyers preview 11/08/09

The early season rivalry tour continues for the Flyers tonight as they take on the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season.  And if you’re wondering if the Orange and Black are still unhappy about getting ejected from the postseason for the second year in a row by the Pens — just look at the lineup dressed for tonight.

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Betts’ spot with Flyers is far from sure thing

VOORHEES — For those who assumed that Blair Betts’ training camp try out would automatically end in a roster spot – think again.

On his first day of skating at the Flyers’ practice facility at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., Betts didn’t seem confident that he was a shoe-in on the Flyers’ roster.

“We have been talking to the Flyers for a couple months and there seems to be a little bit of interest from them,” said Betts, who spent the last four years with the Rangers. “There is an opportunity (to earn a contract) but I don’t know how great of an opportunity it is.

“My conversations with them (Paul Holmgren and John Stevens) were very short.  I was told to play hard and work hard and an opportunity may open up for me. That’s all I’m focusing on right now.”

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Richards, Gagne to battle Carter, Pronger at Canadian Olympic camp.

With the Canadian Olympic team scheduled to begin organized practices on Monday, the 46 active players have been split into two practice groups, which will finish the short camp with a Thursday evening scrimmage.

The Flyers’ invites will be split, with defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Jeff Carter placed on Team Red, while forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne will be on Team White.

On a side note, also playing for White is Penguins’ forward Sidney Crosby, which is interesting considering the bitter rivalry between Crosby and Richards.

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Philabright projected Flyers’ line combinations

Philadelphia Inquirer writer Sam Carchidi wrote a piece designing the projected Flyers’ line combinations for the 2009-10 season.  He put Ian Laperriere on the second line wing and Mike Richards centering the third line with Arron Asham and Daniel Carcillo.  Being moved by the article,  I decided to take it upon myself to put together the groupings to start the season.

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Four Flyers selected for Canadian Olympic team tryouts

In one of the greatest honors any Canadian hockey player can earn, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger have all been selected to the team of 46 players invited to tryout at the Canadian Olympic orientation camp held in Calgary, August 24-27.

Other invites were sent out to


Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Marc-André Fleury, Steve Mason and Cam Ward.


Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Scott Niedermayer, Robyn Regehr, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Staal, Shea Weber, François Beauchemin, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Stéphane Robidas, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.


Sidney Crosby, Shane Doan, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash, Joe Sakic, Martin St-Louis, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Getzlaf,  Milan Lucic, Patrick Marleau, Andy McDonald, Brenden Morrow, Corey Perry, Derek Roy, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Smyth, Jordan Staal and Jonathan Toews.

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Richards loses Selke by three votes

At the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas, no one was surprised to see Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk defeat Flyers’ forward Mike Richards to take home his second consecutive Frank J. Selke trophy for the league’s best defensive forward. But as the voting numbers were counted, it turns out Mike had more support than expected.

According to the Flyers’ official site, Datsyuk defeated Richards 945-942.  It was the closest vote since 1978, when the award began being issued.

Datsyuk was second in the league in takeaways with 89 and a plus/minus of +34, while Richards’ campaign for the award stood on his league leading seven shorthanded goals, with a plus/minus of +22.

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Richards to have offseason surgery

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday, that captain Mike Richards finished the 2008-09 season with a torn labrum both his left and right shoulder.  The first-year Flyers’ captain will undergo surgery on the right shoulder and doctors will re-evaluate the injury on the left shoulder after results of an MRI come back.  Going under the knife will put Mike out 10-12 weeks.  He will be ready for the start of the season.

The Torn Labrum epidemic is becoming more and more common with athletes as technology to diagonose the injury improves.  It’s not the type of tear that can get worse, it simply causes discomfort and if you can handle the pain you can play without fear of aggravating it more or causing more damage.

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Flyers’ captain Richards is Selke smooth

For the first time in his short career, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards will get the respect his deserves in terms of accolades.  The NHL has nominated Richards for the Selke award, for best defensive forward in the league.

Other nominees are Detroit forward and award favorite Pavel Datsyuk and Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler.

Although Datsyuk is the favorite and epitome of two-way forward, Richards may have the resume to de-throne the champion, even though the award is not given as a result of pure stats, but of observation.

Richards scored 30 goals and had 50 assists to go along with his plus-22.  He edged all forwards in blocked shots with 90 and led his team in hits with 137.  He ranked third in the league, behind Evgeni Malkin and Datsyuk in takeaways with 83.

But where Richards may have the edge on Datsyuk is in shorthanded points.

Richards led the NHL in shorthanded goals with seven and SH points with nine.  He also tallied a 5-on-3 goal, the third of his career.

The Flyers’ leader may very well not win the award this season.  But with the reputation as a Selke-caliber forward, it won’t be the last chance Richards has to take home the trophy.

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Flyers show depth in first win vs Pens

For rookie Claude Giroux, it was a game of firsts.

In front of a national audience in a  must-win postseason game, many youngsters may be timid.  But not Giroux. The rookie out of Gatineau scored his first playoff NHL goal and assist and even had time to get in his first fight, which he won via take down.  Giroux powered the Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped notch Philly’s first win in the series.  The Flyers remain down 2-1 in the best of seven and will return to the Wachovia Center, Tuesday for game four.

After the Penguins silenced the Flyers’ big guns in games one and two, they failed to continue the trend in game three.  Jeff Carter opened scoring early in the first period and a few minutes later, Mike Richards tallied on the power play to make it 2-0. The Flyers’ first multi-goal lead of the series.  Simon Gagne netted a shorthanded goal from a beautiful pass from Giroux and rookie Jared Ross scored his first-ever NHL goal for the insurance.  The Flyers had five different players score, one from each line, an both a shorty and powerplay tally.

But the win wasn’t without a scare. With less than a minute to play in the opening stanza, a failed defensive assignment by multiple Flyers led to an Evgeni Malkin goal to cut the Flyers’ lead in half.  The Pens carried the momentum into the second when Rob Scuderi scored from the point, less than a minute into the middle period.

But the Flyers battled back. Giroux regained the lead for the Flyers, burying a perfect pass from Danny Briere, for the 3-2 lead.

Flyers’ fans were absolutely ballistic in what could be the most energetic and exciting game (other than maybe the Montreal – Bruins series) so far in the post season.

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