Archive for January, 2011

Flyers Shove It in League’s Face on National Television

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2011 by flyersfan44

The Flyers took to the Chicago ice for a rematch of last year’s Cup finals on NBC this afternoon and showed everyone why they’re the best team in the NHL with a solid 4-1 victory. Although the Blackhawks were forced to gut their team last summer because of salary cap problems and it thus weren’t the same team that won the Cup, the Flyers nevertheless stifled this year’s version of the Blackhawks, shutting them down and forcing turnovers that led to goals. The line of Carter-Giroux-Zherdev was dominant, figuring in all the goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky had a great game. The only goal scored by Chicago was on a penalty shot awarded after Braydon Coburn swept the puck out of the crease on a play that rarely leads to a penalty shot being called, however it was the Flyers and they were ahead at the time. Marian Hossa converted and was awarded the game’s second star as a result. (The Chicago-biased genius who chose the stars overlooked Claude Giroux and his four assists, by the way). And while we’re on the subject of bias, how about the NBC broadcast team (led by former Blackhawk Ed Olczyk) who acted as Chicago apologists and sounded disappointed the Flyers were winning. The League, which has enacted questionable suspensions against Flyers, passed over deserving Flyers for the All-Star team, and regularly ignores them on promotional commercials (such as the current one for the All-Star Game – see if you can find any Flyers among the multitude of players shown), was undoubtedly disappointed at today’s result. It’s great shoving it their face. Take THAT, Colin Campbell!

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Flyers Flying High

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2011 by flyersfan44

Right now is a really good time for the Flyers – they are playing really well and looking very strong in many areas. Great balance up front with eight players at double figures in goals, three very good defensive pairs including one (O’Donnell and Mezaros) near the top of the league in plus/minus. Solid goaltending from Boucher and Bobrovsky. They lead the league in points and wins – the latest that they’ve led the league in a season since 1984-85, and have currently won nine of 11. They’ve internalized coach Peter Laviolette’s puck pursuit approach and left wing lock system and are executing it very well. They’re scoring almost an average of three and a half goals per game. Danny Briere, recently deservedly named to the All-Star team as a replacement for Jerome Iginla, is having a superb season near the top of the league in goals. Claude Giroux is enjoying a break out season and James van Riemsdyk is now proving me wrong by emerging now as the power forward that we expected when he was drafted second overall. Overall they are flying high – just sit back and enjoy it!

Leighton Sent Down; Giroux the Only All-Star

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 by flyersfan44

Goalie Michael Leighton cleared waivers and was sent to Adirondack. Good move – three goalies never works. GM Paul Holmgren still believes Leighton was hurt when he signed the contract extension and didn’t say anything until after the deal, so, this is no surprise. Don’t expect to see Leighton again this year. To be recalled, he’d have to go through waivers again and this time be claimed for half his $1.3 million salary, with the Flyers paying the other half. Meanwhile, Boucher has quietly become the number one goalie – he’s been stellar lately. Bobrovsky has cooled off some but remember, he’s only 22. I think he has a bright future.

The League announced the rest of the players they have chosen for the All-Star Game (like the control mentality of today’s corporate entity NHL?) and only one Flyer – Claude Giroux – was named to participate in the game. I have to take time to study the other names added but c’mon, the team that leads the Eastern Conference gets ONE player chosen? The more I observe (questionable penalties at untimely moments, ridiculous suspensions, a draft lottery instituted the year the Flyers finish last, and now All-Star Game snubs) the more I believe there is a profound bias against the Flyers by the League. Oh well, Danny, Chris, Jeff, Mike – enjoy the days off!

2010 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 by flyersfan44

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 82 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 194 posts. There were 63 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 24th with 406 views. The most popular post that day was Flyers Acquire Chris Pronger.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogsurfer.us, search.aol.com, aim.search.aol.com, search.conduit.com, and student-loan-consilidation.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jeff carter, chris pronger, ron hextall, pelle lindbergh, and bernie parent.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Flyers Acquire Chris Pronger June 2009

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Flyers’ Greatest Playoff Goals June 2008
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NHL Winter Classic 2010: Bruins vs. Flyers at Fenway Park June 2009
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Crapitals Still Agitating About Last Year January 2009
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Claude Giroux Shines as Flyers Drop Penguins, 6-3 April 2009