Doomsday in Philthadelphia

12/22/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers

The newest question circulating around Flyer nation is…

When will Peter Laviolette step down from being the coach?

Signs of frustration are apparent, and rightfully so.  So, if the fans are that frustrated, you can imagine how the organization must feel.  Replacing a coach usually is the first attempt to  problems within a team. So when the Flyers handed Stevens a pink slip and hired Laviolette quickly signing him to a three-year contract, a fix was expected.

So Flyers nation, we can all understand frustration, but let’s get a grip.  Is there a way for GM Paul Holmgren to right the ship and avoid a season like 2006-07?  Hopefully, but I don’t think it will be either certain or quick.

I caught a story today over at Habs Inside/Out, which they reported a rumor that might make a lot of sense for both clubs involved.  Of course, if this trade was close to happening, it might not go down as such now due to last night’s Flyer game. Regardless, the trade rumored is…

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Injury Updates 12/04/2009

12/04/2009
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.

Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Mattias Ohlund and Ryan Malone expected to play tonight. [Erik Erlendsson]

New Jersey Devils

  • Johnny Oduya expected back in the lineup tomorrow. [Fire & Ice]

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild

  • Petr Sykora, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns all worked out but are not skating with the team. [Russo’s Rants]

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Injury Updates 12/03/2009

12/03/2009

Semin warms up in Washington, DC

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.

Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Montreal Canadiens

Buffalo Sabres

  • Craig Rivet a game time decision. [Audio]

New York Islanders

  • Frans Nielson skating with the team while Richard Park is not.  Both will play [Katie Strang]

Atlanta Thrashers

Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson visiting a heart specialist, not traveling with the team.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Gustavsson scheduled to undergo heart procedure tomorrow.  [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Carl Gunnarson will miss six weeks. [Jonas Siegler]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Raffi Torres may miss this game due to the birth of his son. [Tom Reed]

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Injury Updates 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
New Jersey Devils v Pittsburgh Penguins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • No updates reported.

Boston Bruins

Vancouver Canucks

  • Shane O’Brien returns to the lineup tonight.  Not an injury, but he is/was fantasy relevant. [Jason Botchford]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jamie Langenbrunner and Rob Niedermayer play tonight.  Jay Pandolfo will not. [Fire & Ice]

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Injury Updates 12/01/2009

12/01/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jeff Finger in for the injured Carl Gunnarson. [Jonas Siegel]

Montreal Canadiens

  • Andrei Kostitsyn skated with the team yesterday but his still out indefinitely.  AK46 has been out since blocking a shot last Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.  [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Scott Gomez and Matt D’Agostini will return tonight while Hal Gill and Andrei Kostitsyn practiced with the team.  [Habs Inside/Out]

Columbus Blue Jackets

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Only injured players are Adam Burish and Dave Bolland, both of which not close to returning.

Ottawa Senators

San Jose Sharks

  • No lineup changes

Los Angeles Kings

Anaheim Ducks

  • Coming Soon

Last Night’s Wounded

Florida Panthers

  • Tomas Vokoun set to meet back with the team, he should dress in Wednesday’s game.  If you missed what happenned last night, click here. [Sun Sentinel]

Carolina Hurricanes

Washington Capitals

Around the League

New Jersey Devils

  • Johnny Oduya practicing with the team.  Rob Niedermayer expected to play on Wednesday.  Jamie Langenbrunner not at practice.  [Fire & Ice]
  • Oduya won’t play, Langenbrunner questionable [NJ.com]

Edmonton Oilers

  • Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Nikolai Khabibulin not practicing.  Ryan Stone and Robert Nilsson cleared to practice and play. [Oilers Country]

Boston Bruins

  • Matt Hunwick and Patrice Bergeron practicing with the team. [John Bishop]

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Restoring the Rosters: Boston Bruins

11/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.  I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Much of the Bruins drafting success has come from recently restoring the cupboards.  Regardless of where it came from, the Bruins have been quite successful in locating and developing high end forward talent and decent defensive depth.

The lineup for the Boston Bruins is as follows.

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