Kris Versteeg gathered the puck in the defensive zone early in the second period of Sunday’s Flyers-Rangers contest at Madison Square Garden.
From his own slot, the newly acquired forward tried to brainlessly push the disc through hard-checking Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan, who easily scooped it up and fired top corner into the Flyers’ net to give the Rangers the 4-0 lead. The Blue Shirts would further their advantage to seven before the final whistle mercifully rang.
“Turnovers are what’s killing us,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger told the media after Sunday’s game. “We can look at second-effort and all the rest of that after, but turnovers, we have to get the puck in deep and forecheck and get some sustained pressure down in the offensive zone and start grinding on teams as we’ve done in the past. Until we do that, teams are going to pick us apart like they have been. ”
It’s just not Dale Weise’s day.
Seconds after the New York Ranger forward’s first NHL goal was disallowed due to “a distinct kicking motion,” CSN cameras caught him taking a Gatorade bath, versus the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. Video here.
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Impressive so far, now lets see if the Flyers can handle a little adversity.
After consulting a foot specialist, the Flyers officially announced on Friday that defenseman Chris Pronger has a broken first metatarsal in his right foot and will require surgery. The veteran and keystone of Philadelphia’s blue line will miss 4-6 weeks, or as Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer added up, 11-17 games. Pronger, who has four goals and 11 assists in 31 games, should be available to return by Feb. 1.
Pronger, 36, injured his foot in Philadelphia’s 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
According to Capgeek.com on Tuesday, the Flyers have signed undrafted and hard-nosed defenseman Brandon Manning, to a three-year entry level contract.
Manning, 20, has dominated in points from the blue line for the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL this season, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists in just 20 games. Although not massive in size at 6-foot-1, 195 lbs., he plays a very physical style and does not hesitate to drop the gloves, where he can throw with both hands. Reliable and straightforward, Manning is also the team’s captain.
Starting with the Oct. 7 season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the brand new Consol Energy Center, the Flyers will be nationally televised on VERSUS a total of nine times during the 2010-11 season. The Penguins, Rangers, Detroit, Chicago, Washington and Boston will be shown a league-high 11 times.
Beginning in late Jan., NBC will (have the option) to carry the Flyers five times, including three games against the rival Rangers and once hosting the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers will begin their NBC schedule with a rematch of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 23.
All NBC games listed are soft scheduled around the league so the network can pick the best match up for that particular day.
When the Flyers acquired big-bodied forward Jody Shelley, on July 1 for $1.1 million a year for three years, fans shrieked in confusion. Why? They asked. Why would general manager Paul Holmgren pay that much for an enforcer that will only play a shift or two, take a penalty and ride the bench?
The answer is simple — Holmgren sees 6’3, 225 lbs. Shelley as a player, not just an enforcer.
“We feel we got a guy who can play a role for our team we haven’t had in quite some time and play a third or fourth line,” Holmgren told the media after the signing. “He’s a bigger body, so I’m very happy.”
According to Capgeek.com, the Flyers have signed 26-year-old, right-handed center Greg Moore to a one-year deal worth $550,000.
At 6’1, 225 lbs., Moore played just four games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season in which he recording no points. However, he scored 19 goals and 23 assists in a combined 78 games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Moore, a native of Lisbon, Maine and graduate of the University of Maine, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames.
Moore will likely help fill the center void in Adirondack, which lost pivots Jon Matsumoto and Jared Ross in the offseason.