Who Will Replace Bryzgalov?

The Flyers should be looking at getting in Emery and running with him and Mason.

However with the drama that usually comes with Paul’s GM mode switched on I can see a trade being made for Halak who is rumoured to be available via trade.

Matt Reid and a 2nd would be my offer, but we at Philly love to overpay!

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Flyers sign Mark Streit for 4 Years 5.25/YR

4 years is a long contract but the Flyers needed a PMD so welcome to Philly Mark.

Maybe a bit of an over payment, but this has allowed the Flyers to keep their young forwards in place without loosing one to trade.

Only time will tell if this move proves to be a good one or not?

Thanks to the youtube publisher Fledrate.

BIO:
http://islanders.nhl.com/club/player.htm?

id=8468309
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 11, 1977 (Age 35)
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Acquired: Signed by NYI as free agent 7/1/08
Drafted: MTL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (262nd overall)

Yay or Nay for Bernier?

With this news Paul and the rest of the Philly Front office will have to do some serious thinking on whether Mason has what it takes to be a number one next season for the Flyers. If not will Bryz remain in Philly?

Good luck to Bernier with the Leafs who I think have a signed a great starting tender for a modest amount.

The Captain's Speech

“LEAFS TRADED FOR BERNIER” is the text I received at 12:55 PM today.

Minutes before the Toronto Blue Jays were about to go for their 11th straight victory, the Toronto Maple Leafs stole the spotlight by announcing they had acquired goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, from the Los Angeles Kings. A quick scan of Twitter and Facebook proves that Leafs fans are torn. Well, I’m a Leafs fan, and I’m torn too.

To Toronto: Jonathan Bernier (Goalie)

To Los Angeles: Ben Scrivens (Goalie), Matt Frattin (Forward), 2nd Round Pick in 2014 or 2015, and cash

I’m torn because I love and hate this trade at the same time.

I hate this trade because Bernier has played a grand total of 62 NHL games since he was drafted in 2006. It’s not his fault he’s been stuck behind Jonathan Quick all these years. But to be heralded as a number one goalie when…

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Report: Islanders, Leafs, Flyers, Wild, Panthers interested in Bernier

As a Flyers Fan the debate goes on whether another new goal tender is the right direction to be going in? With the reported addition of Mark Streit at Philly there needs to be some cap relief and we all know Paul Holmgren loves a blockbuster trade.
Bernier is highly regarded at LA but with PuckDropUK understands Matt Read might be enough to clinch a deal.

ProHockeyTalk

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier is coming off an impressive season where he posted a 1.87 GAA and .922 save percentage in 14 games. The 24-year-old has the potential to become a starting goaltender — just not with the Kings.

The Kings intentions on that front have been clear ever since they signed Jonathan Quick to a 10-year extension that runs through 2022-23. Now Kings GM Dean Lombardi is looking to trade Bernier rather than re-sign him as a restricted free agent.

Several teams have interest in Bernier, including the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, and Philadelphia Flyers, according to ESPN.com.

Philadelphia is perhaps the most interesting of those teams because of the drama surrounding Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov’s agent, Rich Winter, claimed that he was assured by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren that the goaltender wouldn’t be bought out this summer. Holmgren then went…

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Have the Bruins found Crawford’s Weakness?

High Glove?

High Glove?

After returning back just in time to spark an inspired playoff run for the Hawks, many would say that Crawford was near on perfect?

Looking at his GAA (which before the final stood at 1.74  and his save percentage which stood at .936) I would agree, but it seems the Bruins like to cause an argument to those stats as well as off the ice.

In the 2011 final it seemed that Roberto Luongo couldn’t cover a table with a cloth, let alone a net, but with Crawford in for the Hawks I was concerned for the Bruins.  However it seems Danny Paille and Milan Lucic in particular have done their homework and targeted Crawford’s high glove side.

In game 1 Milan Lucic fired past Crawford’s glove side twice. The first goal I don’t think Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard or any other goaltender in the league could have stopped. The second goal however was a clear display to any young inspiring goaltender how not to use your glove…

Then in game 2 Danny Paille fired another high glove side shot that Crawford yet again failed to stop and the Bruins went on to win in OT. The Hawks are faced with the dilemma that the Bruins are exploiting a known the weakness of Crawford before the puck was dropped in game 1, but how do they stop it? Their defense needs to step up the blocked shots or they need to outscore the Bruins if they are to win the Stanley Cup.

A separate question all together is how do they beat Rask? Being a Bruins fan myself and watching Rask all season I would say his glove is not the strongest area of his game. Get men out in front of Rask and open the gaps for slap shots though traffic. As it stand  posting 4 goals in game 1 the Hawks are heading for a goalless streak  (182:26 heading into game 4) so coach Joel Quenneville is going to have to do something to rally his players and they challenge the Bruins for every loose puck.

Part of this inspiration is going to have to include Crawford doing his part and stopping those shots that have come whistling in high on his glove side.

Who will win the Stanley Cup?

Bruins-Blackhawks Bad Blood Boils Over In Final Minute Of Game 3

With the Bruins knowing the Hawks bring speed to the ice frustrating them in game 3 is a smart move.

Back at TD Garden with the Bruins fans behind them Boston are likely to keep winning that physical battle that LA failed to draw the Hawks into.

Only time will tell but if I was a betting man it would have to be Boston to take the momentum into game 4 and take a 3-1 series lead.

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Hate has found its way into the Stanley Cup Final.

After nearly three full games (13 periods), the Bruins and Blackhawks got past their pleasantries and engaged in a full-on brawl in the waning seconds of Game 3.

With roughly 20 seconds to go and the Bruins leading 2-0, Zdeno Chara dumped Bryan Bickell to the ice on front of the Boston net. Bickell tugged on Chara’s jersey and then cross-checked the much taller defenseman in the side.

Had the cross-check come in the middle of the game, Chara no doubt would have let it go without responding. Such is the price one pays while protecting the front of the net. However, with the game in hand, Chara decided to send a message to the Blackhawks that if they want to camp out in front of the net, they’re going to have to pay a price.

Chara…

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