Archive for May, 2010

Chris Pronger: Conn Smythe Worthy? Absolutely!

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

It’s always very tough predicting the Conn Smythe Trophy winner before the Stanley Cup Finals are over, yet here I am, about to type out a very bold prediction. That’s right folks, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player to his team in the playoffs—and here’s why… First off, without question, given their terrific efforts throughout the playoffs there is/are more than one player worthy of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews seems to be the odds-on favorite with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi getting serious consideration as well. On the Flyers side, a case could be made for Captain Mike Richards (who has been tremendous), and, before he got injured, goaltender Brian Boucher was a serious candidate. As much as

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Monday Morning Musings With Me The Big E; Burke, The Worlds & More!

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

Rickard Wallin, Carl Gunnarsson and Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson all had strong showings for Team Sweden in the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships and will add more hardware to the Leafs organization which already boasts three silver medals from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Jonas Gustavsson played nine games in the tournament and boasted

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Flyers Getting It Done With Depth/Team Effort

May 23rd, 2010 No Comments

It’s been “real tough” substituting the beaches of the Bahamas for the thrill of the NHL playoffs, that said, somehow, even with the cards stacked heavily against me, I was able to find a television with yesterday’s Philadelphia Flyer/Montreal Canadiens game. Surrounded by Canadiens fans I made it my mission to seek out some Flyers fans. A quick trip to the pool and I had found two willing partners with whom I would chant “Let’s go Flyers” at every opportunity. We sat watching hockey while sipping back the local flavors of pina colada’s and “Kalik” beer—a little different than sucking back a Molson Canadian, but it did supply us with a little “courage” As it turned out we (Flyers fans) didn’t need the booze as a motivated Flyers team supplied us with plenty to cheer and gloat about, en route

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Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans. Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever! Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five. Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when

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Have The Flyers Already Solved Thier Goaltending “Issues”???

May 14th, 2010 No Comments

When the 2009-10 season began, the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans had hoped free agent signee Ray Emery was their answer in between the pipes. Hampered by injuries that eventually cut short his season—and perhaps his career—Emery posted a reasonable 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 goals against average and a decent .905 save percentage. Coming on in relief of Emery were a combination of veteran Brian Boucher and waiver-wire acquisition Michael Leighton. Boucher finished the regular season with a less than stellar 9-18-3 record to go along with a 2.76 goals against average and a paltry .899 save percentage. It was a tough season for Boucher who was often criticized by the fans and, in many people’s minds, should have played out his days in the minors. Leighton, who came to the Flyers from the Carolina Hurricanes via the waiver

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Six Most Likely Players To Step Up In The Bruins/Flyers Game Seven

May 14th, 2010 No Comments

Well, it’s just a few hours before the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will go head-to-head in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Clearly, having been up three games to none on the Flyers and now facing a game seven elimination, the heat is on the Bruins to perform tonight. That said, with the Flyers having the opportunity to become just the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, the Orange and Black will be on edge as well. As the hours turn to minutes many Bruins and Flyers fans are looking at their rosters in search of a game seven hero. Let’s take a look at the six most likely players to step up their games—perhaps even scoring the coveted game winning goal. For the Boston Bruins— Marc Savard: Forward, Boston Bruins

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