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Betts signs with Flyers as try out

As I first reported on my Twitter (@philabright), the Flyers have signed forward Blair Betts to a  training camp try out beginning on Sept. 13.  At 6’3, 210 lbs., Betts is a top-notch defensive forward and penalty killer.  Averaging about 50% on faceoffs in the last three seasons with the Rangers, the 29-year old would top the Flyers in that statistic.

If Betts does make Flyers’ roster as a third-line center, it could push forward Claude Giroux to the first or second line.  That would make a big difference in whether the team continues a search for a UFA winger.

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Flyers – Rangers schedule leak

SNY Rangers Blog is reporting that a league source has leaked the Flyers – Rangers season series, prior to the 3 P.M. Wednesday release of the entire 2009-10 NHL schedule. And similar to last season, the two rivals won’t meet until to two months into the season.

December 19th, 2009 @ Wachovia Center
December 30th, 2009 @ Madison Square Garden
January 21st, 2010 @ Wachovia Center
March 14th, 2010 @ Madison Square Garden
April 9th, 2010 @ Madison Square Garden
April 11th, 2010 @ Wachovia Center

Also on Wednesday, the league will officially announce the Winter Classic match up between the Flyers and Bruins at Fenway Park.

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Ovy gets the boot from Rangers’ practice

After losing the first two games at home in their series with the New York Rangers, the  Capitals are desperate for answers.  So much so, that captain Alex Ovechkin was caught attempting to watch the Rangers practice at Madison Square Garden.

After just a few moments of observing, Rangers’ coach John Tororella  asked Ovechkin to leave. The Rangers PR staff offered him a seat in the stands, but he declined, but clearly made a point with the obscure move.

When asked by Capitals’ beat writer Tarik El-Basir about the incident, Ovechkin clearly knew what he was doing.

“Just to get Tortorella pissed off,” Ovechkin said.

When asked why they made him leave, Ovechkin had another gem. “Because they afraid of me,” he said.

Capitals’ coach Bruce Boudreau played the incident off as an innocent mistake.

“I think it was more of a lack of knowing the rules, that’s all,” Boudreau said. “They asked him to leave; he left. He just went out there and he wants to be around the rink. I don’t think he had a pen and paper, writing down line combinations or anything, but I can understand, I’ve gotten into the same arguments with different people when I want privacy in my practice, so I can understand what John was going through as well. ”

When asked about it, Rangers’ coach John Tortorella avoided knowing anything about the situation.

“Oh, God, I didn’t even know,” Tortorella said. “This is the first I’ve heard of it. Ask me a question about the game, not that crap.”

How great is playoff hockey?

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“We’re going to win” Rangers confident to face Flyers

It took only a few minutes for Thursday’s Flyers – Rangers matchup to reach epic status.

After defeating the Canadiens, 3-1, and gaining a crucial two-point buffer between them and the Florida Panthers for the eighth spot in the playoffs on Tuesday, the Rangers took no time at all to look ahead to Thursday’s contest against the visiting Flyers.  If the Rangers win, they clinch a playoff spot. However, if they lose, all bets are off, having just one game left to play, also against Philly.

“Thursday is a huge game against Philadelphia,” said Rangers’ defenseman Paul Mara.  “We control our own destiny and if we win we’re in.  Thursday is a huge game for us.  We’re going to go into that game confident knowing we’re going to win.”

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Avery’s antics bring excitement to possible playoff match up.

During a television timeout in the Boston Bruins’ 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers, Saturday,  everyone’s favorite sideshow Sean Avery, made the boring, one-goal contest immediately entertaining. He skated behind Boston goalie Tim Thomas, tapping him in the back of the head with his stick.  Thomas immediately went after Avery and a ruckus broke out.

Avery pretended the tap to be accidental, but watching the replay, it was clear he checked for the referee’s line of sight before love-tapping the newly signed backstop.

“It’s an unwritten rule that nothing happens during the TV timeout,” said Thomas in published reports. “I’m stretching there, Avery comes by, and I get hit in the head with a stick.  The battling during the game? I have no problem with that. I actually like the way he plays around the net. He’s tenacious. He gets in right around the crease but he’s not doing anything illegal. I have no problem with that. But there are lines that you can’t cross. He seems to have a hard time figuring out where those lines are.”

What makes the irritating move by Avery even more special, is that if the Rangers can hold onto the final spot in the Eastern Conference (which they currently own), they would face the same Bruins in the opening round.  If Avery is sending a message to the Bruins, which is very possible, that’s suddenly a series worth watching.

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Coburn to visit league sinbin over Antropov incident

With five seconds remaining in the second period of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers, Flyers’ defenseman Braydon Coburn took a punch at the head Rangers’ forward Nik Antropov, sending him sprawling on the ice clutching his face in his hands.  What appeared to be just a punch to the head behind the play,  turned into a five minute major and matching game misconduct because Coburn was still clutching his stick at the time, making the play look like an intent to injure.

“I just watched it and I’m not sure it was even a penalty,” said Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren. “I’m not sure if the G.M. meetings influenced the call.  But any time we come out of meetings like that, there’s usually some kind of effect.”

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Flyers face important weekend against Rangers

Sitting tentatively in the fourth place position in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers need to string together some wins down the stretch to solidify their spot in the post season.  And with the third toughest remaining schedule in the conference, there is no better time to do that than a home-and-home against the New York Rangers on Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading

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