Devils win 4-1, school Flyers young players


Flyers need to up the intensity for the regular season

The New Jersey Devils scored 3 goals in the second to finish off the Flyers in a 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center.

Matt Read’s shorthanded goal in the 3rd was the only thing that stopped a shutout in goal after Cory Schneider had departed, replaced by Keith Kinkaid.

The Flyers played a fairly young team giving them the opportunity to shine. Unfortunately that backfired against a strong New Jersey team who seem to find a way to beat the Flyers each time they play.

With the regular season starting soon Philly will have to pick themselves up and look to get to the dirty areas and compete. The Devils outworked as well as outclassed the Flyers last night which is a familiar tale from matches gone by.


Mason and Emery will thrive together


Mason posted a .944 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average last season for the Flyers

Steve Mason looks set to start against the New Jersey Devils tonight in net as the Flyers stick with their rotation policy.

Now some writers have been questioning the strength of the Flyers in net. Not an unreasonable topic to consider with the Flyers history of woes in net.

However this season I feel Flyers fans should be looking on with renewed optimism.

Speaking to CSNPHILLY.COM Mason responded to the questions around the Flyers net.

“People are making such a big deal out of it,” Mason said. “Razor [Emery] and I are both competitive guys, we both want to play, and only one can play at a time. Regardless of who’s in the net, we want to be supportive of one another and for the team.

“If Razor wins his next start, it’s great, it’s good for our team. If I win my next, it’s great. We’re not going to put any negative spin on it. It’s nice having two guys that are hungry to play.”

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” he said. “I’m not sure where they’re having Razor and myself ranked, but if it’s a low position, it would be a great feeling when you get to prove them wrong.”

Mason certainly believes that both himself and Emery can do well for the Flyers. Philly needed to have a season where there is competition for the starting role. This has been lacking in years gone by and allowed too much media pressure on whoever might protect the net. Spreading the pressure out over two players will allow the Flyers to answer the question they hear every season.

Will the Flyers be vulnerable in net?

This season I can say, with confidence, no!

Flyers Add Defensive Depth with Manning


Yesterday, the Flyers signed restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning to a one-year, two-way contract. CSN Philadelphia reports it is worth $675,000.

I like the way that Manning has stepped his game up in the 6 games that he played for the Flyers last season and he has been rewarded with a new contract.

With the Flyers drafting high on defense this season it is great to see them tie up some of their current younger defenseman on an ageing blueline.

Manning is only 23 and has a good level of experience with the Phantoms playing 65 games last season posting 40 points (12 G, 28 A) with 216 PIM.

With all the injury worries of last season’s defense, Philly are smart to make sure they have depth needed. If likely candidate for injury “paper thin” Andrej Meszaros or anyone else from defense gets hurt, Manning should be able to plug the hole. Let’s hope he kicks on from last season and makes a case for himself in training camp!

Flyers add fight to front office with Hextall!


The Flyers added some fight to the front office today by bringing back Ron Hextall as Assistant GM and director of hockey operations. (

“I’m really pleased we were able to do this,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgrem said. “To me, [Hextall] is probably the most highly thought-of guy in the League who is not a general manager. To add him to our staff is just huge.”

Hextall’s contract at LA has ended and I am sure all like myself most Flyers fans were surprised to see Hextall return not as GM. LA fans will not be happy loosing Hextall in what is essentially a lateral move.

This is smart from Snider who can now bring Hextall through as Holmgrem’s long term replacement. However if things don’t go to plan this move will allow Holmgrem to be moved around rather than fired with Hextall waiting in the wings.

Welcome back to Philly Ron, now Flyers fans can really say our front office is harder than yours!

Flyers re-sign Gus for 1 year at $1m



The Flyers have re-signed Erik Gustafsson for 1 year worth $1m, after an impressive outing at the World Championships.

The deal is one way with the Flyers expecting Gus to take a spot on the third line and prove his consistency this season. A paring with Nicklas Grossman would suit the puck moving quick skating that Gus brings to the Flyers. I hope he has worked on his shot as he has the ability to be a very good OFD.

Now the focus will change in Philly,  who will they move to make the team salary cap compliant? Either trade Meszaros away for very little return or will Coburn be moved as rumored?

I believe we will see Meszaros dumped so the Flyers can keep hold of Coburn to partner Streit who will compliment his play. This leaves of a top six below of:

Timonen – Schenn

Streit – Coburn

Gustafsson – Grossmann

Meszaros’ cap hit of $4m makes him too expensive to be a 7th defensman with Bourdon or Gervais taking that spot. – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development? – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development?

Great article by Bill Melzer, one of the best sports writers about Philly sports.

Whether the Flyers can bring through their defensive players as well as their forwards will be interesting to watch.

Flyers fans will be happy that they have not traded their draft picks and can start the process of rebuilding that prospect pool.