At the conclusion of the Flyers’ season, it was announced that defenseman Randy Jones would need exploratory surgery to figure out why the same hip that needed a procedure done to repair a torn labrum at the beginning of the season, was still giving him pain. After getting the hip checked out by professionals, it turns out Randy did not re-injure himself, but just needed a clean up.
On Wednesday, Jones underwent a surgery to clean up scar tissue and inflamed tissue in his hip.
“Jones had immediate relief from the surgery they did today,” Holmgren said.
Jones finished the season under extreme pain caused by the sore hip and serious surgery was a potential concern. But with him possibly on the trade block in the offseason, not needing months of rehab is not only a breath of fresh air for Jones, but for the Flyers as well.
On March 30, during the second period of a Bruins – Flyers matchup, Boston play-by-play man and now infamous hockey legend, Jack Edwards, witnessed Milan Lucic bowl over Flyers’ defenseman Randy Jones from behind. The crowd thought a boarding could have been called and made a typical groan at the sight of no referee calling the slight infraction. Edwards then hollered with glee with what quickly became a youtube.com must see.
“Lucic hammers him! And down goes Jones,” Edwards screamed. “And how’s this for irony, the crowd wants a call for a hit from behind! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”
The sound clip sent shock waves into the hockey community. Edward’s lack of professionalism, unflappable bias and overindulgent hate for Jones, had many scratching their heads as to why the man still has a job. But during an interview with hockey blog “Puck the Media”, Edwards attacks Philadelphia fans and the organization for not canceling the 2007-08 season after Jones knocked Patrice Bergeron out with a boarding.
“The Philadelphia media swallowed the PR spin whole to the point that the Philadelphia fans now, in revisionist history, a lot of them think that hit by Jones was not a significant hit,” he said. “That there was no problem with it, and that it was just the circumstance that resulted in Jones’ suspension. For that crowd to whine and moan after a perfectly legal shoulder-to-shoulder hit, that sent Jones in a non-threatening angle down behind the goal, not face first but sideways into the boards. For them to whine that there should be a hit from behind, frankly, was hilarious. Anybody who can’t connect those two dots, and see the humor in the crowd, not at the hit by Lucic but the crowd’s reaction, you’re distorting the story or have no sense of humor.
“The point is: lighten up folks! I mean, you’re just dead wrong about that one, just dead wrong, and for them to plead for a call for Randy Jones’ benefit was just such a twist of karma that I actually found it hilarious,”
During the second period of the Flyers – Bruins match up on Sunday, Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic threw himself into the turned body of defenseman Randy Jones. The borderline play could have been cited for boarding, but wasn’t, sending the Flyers’ home crowd into a groaning frenzy. That’s when Bruins’ play-by-play man Jack Edwards struck.
“Lucic hammers him! And down goes Jones,” Edwards screamed into the mic. “And how’s this for irony, the crowd wants a call for a hit from behind! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”
The reference was due to an incident last season, when petite Bruin Patrice Bergeron, turned his back to a charging Jones, who put him face first into the boards, ending Bergeron’s season with a severe concussion. Jones, who is not known for dirty (or physical) play, was suspended and was apologetic. But apparently Edwards doesn’t forgive and forget.
The evil laugh and unprofessional nature shocked out of town Philadelphia fans, who watched the telecast from Yahoo Sports, which streamed the Boston feed.
“That was the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever heard in a sports broadcast,” said one Philly fan located in Boston, on the message board Flyersphans.com.
But Edwards still wasn’t finished. What the youtube.com video doesn’t show is Edwards yelling “Cry me a river!” after a replay of the hit.
Edwards reputation proceeds him as an enormous homer. And despite whether you are for or against the Bruins or Flyers, it’s hard to disagree.
The Flyers have recalled 23-year old Phantoms’ defenseman Danny Syvret to replace injured defenseman Randy Jones. Jones tweaked his hip/groin in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
“It is still pretty tender today. I’m still getting treatment, but it is still pretty sore,” said Jones. “I am getting, by but it’s not like it’s life or death, that’s for sure.”
Syvret has been a warrior for the Phantoms this season, scoring 11 goals and 37 assists in 65 games. He is ranked second in the AHL in points for a defenseman. Syvret played 16 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07. He tallied just one assist during that time.
Syvret came to Philadelphia in a trade for center Ryan Potulny in early 2008. Seen as a project, the defenseman began to flurish in Philadelphia under the coaching of John Paddock. And for all his hard work and production, the Flyers are rewarding him with a shot. He will wear number 26.
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.”
After thoroughly dismantling the Rangers, 4-2, in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Flyers let a golden opportunity slip away to further secure the fourth seed in the playoffs, as they dropped the second half of the home-and-home with New York, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.