Another day, another non-playoff opponent and another loss for the Flyers.
Lacking a killer instinct for the second time in as many nights, the Flyers failed to overcome a late deficit, as they lost to Patrik Elias and the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, Friday night at the Prudential Center.
“As a whole, we weren’t good enough,” coach Peter Laviolette told the media. “There were a few bright spots but not enough within the concept of our team and even within the game itself. We have to be better than we were tonight.”
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Flyers started the preseason off right with a 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils, Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Darroll Powe, Jeff Carter and Danny Briere each had a goal and rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took home the win with three shootout saves and seven in regulation. Goaltender Michael Leighton started the game strong, but slowed down in the second period. He finished with 20 saves on 23 shots. Claude Giroux and Mike Richards scored in the shootout.
It feels like just yesterday that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was tossing his gloves in the air and streaking down the Wachovia Center ice, after scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
But as the Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 P.M at the freshly named Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia begins anew.
Despite the NHL’s reopened investigations into the front-loaded contracts of Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, Boston’s Marc Savard, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, one unnamed agent believes even with the league’s newfound aggressiveness on the heels of the declined Ilya Kovalchuk deal — the NHL will not cancel the already accepted contracts.
“The NHL isn’t going to do anything with these deals. Nothing is going to happen,” the agent told the Ottawa Sun. “They’ve been trying to investigate most of these deals for a year.
“I can tell you they certainly aren’t going to rip up a contract that has already been signed and approved by the league.”
The Flyers have officially released their 2010-11 preseason schedule.
After opening training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. on Sept. 17, the Flyers will play eight preseason games starting at home against the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 21 at the Wells Fargo Centre.
Despite a report by Sports.life.ru, which stated that the Flyers had made an offer to free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk, the simple truth is they didn’t. At least not according to Kovalchuk’s European agent Yury Nikolaev.
“I never said this,” Nikolaev said, denying that he ever mentioned any NHL team.
The initial report, printed on Friday, said that Kovalchuk was in discussions with Philadelphia, Colorado and Los Angeles. However, as it turns out, only one of those teams, the Kings, were actually in the running. And they aren’t anymore.
The report was deemed curious to begin with, as the Flyers have extremely limited salary cap space and Kovalchuk was rumored to be after a max contract.
In what has been a strange offseason for the Flyers may have gotten just a bit more odd.
According to the Russian website Life Sports (need translator to read in English), as of Friday, cap-strapped Philadelphia is one of three NHL teams chasing Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
When Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement that forward Ian Laperriere was expected to be in the lineup when the Flyers began the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a sigh of relief came sweeping over the city of Philadelphia.
But an old enemy has emerged.
There was a scary sight during the second period of Monday’s battle between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center, when newly acquired Devil Anssi Salmela was knocked out cold by a hit from Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter.
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The voodoo that the New Jersey Devils held over the Flyers the past few seasons appears to be over.
Goaltender Ray Emery stretched his shut-out streak to 109 minutes and rookie James van Riemsdyk had another excellent game, as the Flyers defeated Atlantic Division rival Devils, 5-2 , Saturday night at the Prudential Center.