The break up between the Flyers and the coveted but soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis, was suspected to be about money. Maybe even his role in the defensive game plan.
But according to Hamuis’ agent Wade Arnott, the split had nothing to do with the contract.
“We did not present a framework for a contract to Flyers at any point, nor indicate any salary demands,” Arnott told ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun.
You can’t say the Flyers were held completely out of the 2010 NHL entry draft.
As the first round of the draft came to an end in Los Angeles on Friday, the Flyers got their usual draft-day ink by trading the rights of defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round selection in the 2011 entry draft.
Hamhuis’ rights were acquired from the Nashville Predators, five days ago, in exchange for young Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent.
Twenty-seven year old Hamhuis and the Flyers were at odds over a new contract which had the blue liner rumored to be asking for upwards of $5 million a year. Hamhuis will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
With the money aimed at Hamhuis now freed up, it is expected that the Flyers will target a high-priced goaltender. Philly was rumored to be close to a deal with the San Jose Sharks for the rights of 34-year-old backstop Evgeni Nabakov.
I’ll try to keep this joke free.
According to the AP, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for 250 student volunteers to simultaneous flush all the toilets and urinals in the brand new Consol Energy Center, which is set to open in 2010-11.
“Construction is near completion on the Penguins’ new arena, the Consol Energy Center. But like with any new arena or stadium, officials need to simultaneously flush all the toilets and urinals to make sure everything is working.”
It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
It wasn’t long ago that Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Max Talbot, was on the giving end of a hockey-viral youtube.com video, putting his finger to his lips and shushing a ravenous Philly crowd just seconds after taking a beating from Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo in the 2008-09 post season.
There were even pretty funny shirts made.
But on Thursday night, after the Penguins downed the New York Rangers, 5-4, in overtime at MSG, the loss wasn’t the main topic immediately afterward, it was Sean Avery’s mimicking of Talbot’s feminine panic swings that had New York fans chuckling.
During the third period of the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, a typical line scrum erupted. In the middle of it stood Flyers’ forward Arron Asham and a turtled Matt Cooke. As the melee appeared to be breaking up, Asham began furiously throwing punches to the back of Cooke’s head, warranting penalties on both sides.
The cause of Asham’s outburst: He says Cooke bit him.
NHL executive John Dellapina told the the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday, that the reason why Simon Gagne’s controversial second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday didn’t count, was that the replay room in Toronto was not sent the correct replays from FSN Pittsburgh.
“… An NHL executive said last night that replay officials in Toronto were not given the proper replays by Fox Sports in Pittsburgh on Thursday, when they ruled that Simon Gagne’s goal did not count against the host Penguins … ”
During the final seconds of the Flyers’ 5-4 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, Flyers’ forward Scott Hartnell attacked Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang, whom he thought shoved Mike Richards head first into the net. The two grappling players tumbled to the ice in a heap of humanity. Moments later after separation, Letang skated feverishly to his bench grasping his hand.
Letang returned to the bench with a trainer just seconds later to allow the referees to look closely at his towel-wrapped finger. The problem? Letang claims Hartnell bit him.
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.
Bad news for the Penguins on Thursday — Arron Asham has something to prove.
The rough-and-tough Asham, who scored eight goals, 12 assists and 155 penalty minutes in 78 games last season, will make his 2009-10 season debut on Thursday and is expected to be on the third line aside Claude Giroux and Darroll Powe.
“I’m hoping to stay in the lineup for the rest of the year,” said a very serious Asham, who was scratched for the team’s first three games. “I’ll get my chance, I’ll work hard and keep my spot. I’m definitely not going to give it up easily.”