Archive for June, 2010

Chris Pronger Sends Clear Message To Media: Don’t Ask Stupid Questions!

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

After watching a number of post-game interviews and press conferences featuring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (courtesy of NHL.com’s and TSN’s websites), one thing is for sure: If a media member tries to be a smart-ass or asks a stupid question, he will get the same attitude back in spades from Pronger—and deservedly so. While the media and hockey fans both thirst for interviews and press conferences, for the players, spending 20 minutes with the media—especially after a tough loss—must be like getting kicked in the groin with steel toe boots…both painful and not something you’d want to do on a regular basis! For many NHL players, making themselves available to the media is both a hassle and a total bore. Time after time, we hear the same questions directed towards players by the media. Sure, they may re-word the

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2010 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers Cup Run Falls Short, So Now What?

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

For the Philadelphia Flyers, their game six Stanley Cup Final loss to the Chicago Blackhawks ended what many have called a “Cinderella” run for the Orange and Black. And, as is the case with any team that falls short of their goals, the re-tooling process will begin immediately, with plenty of question marks surrounding the Flyers. As good as Daniel Briere was throughout the playoffs, will he ever be able to duplicate that drive, determination and vigor that he showed all playoff long for an entire regular season? Briere, who has struggled for much of his time with the Flyers, still has five years left on his contract that goes through the 2015-16 season, the bulk of which will be paid in the next three seasons at a salary of $7 million per. Another question the Flyers will have to

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Chicago Blackhawks: Will They Emerge As The NHL’s Next Dynasty?

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

Fresh off their Stanley Cup victory over the tough-luck Philadelphia Flyers, many Chicago Blackhawk fans are tweeting that their beloved Hawks could be the NHL’s next dynasty. Super-star players such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook gives the Blackhawks a wonderful stable of talent from which to build around. The Question is—given the changes the Blackhawks will have to make this summer, will there be enough for them to repeat their Stanley Cup drive in 2010-11? Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will have to show some tough love to a number of current roster players this off-season, including, restricted free agents Ben eager, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Andrew Ladd and Antti Niemi, as well as unrestricted free agents, Adam Burish, Nick Boynton, Kim Johnsson and veteran forward John Madden—who had a very

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Stanley Cup 2010: Blackhawks End “Homer Series”, Win Stanley Cup In Philly!

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

The Chicago Blackhawks ended their 49-year curse, winning the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961 in Philadelphia tonight, ending the Philadelphia Flyers’ “Cinderella” season. For the Flyers, watching the Hawks skate around with the Stanley Cup around the Wachovia center must have been akin to stabbing yourself in the eye with a pick-axe. For the Hawks, their victory ends what can only be described as a miserable 61 year absence from winning Lord Stanley’s cup. With their victory, the Toronto Maple Leafs now own the distinction of Stanley Cup futility, going back to 1967 (43 years). Many NHL analysts (including myself) predicted that whichever team won Game Five would not only hold a huge advantage going forward, but would win the Cup. As it turns out, the Blackhawks made good on our predictions, winning the Cup in six

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Chris Pronger Sends Clear Message To Media: Don’t Ask Stupid Questions!

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

After watching a number of post-game interviews and press conferences featuring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (courtesy of NHL.com’s and TSN’s websites), one thing is for sure: If a media member tries to be a smart-ass or asks a stupid question, he will get the same attitude back in spades from Pronger—and deservedly so. While the media and hockey fans both thirst for interviews and press conferences, for the players, spending 20 minutes with the media—especially after a tough loss—must be like getting kicked in the groin with steel toe boots…both painful and not something you’d want to do on a regular basis! For many NHL players, making themselves available to the media is both a hassle and a total bore. Time after time, we hear the same questions directed towards players by the media. Sure, they may re-word the

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2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Why The Flyers Will Start Michael Leighton

June 8th, 2010 No Comments

Let’s face it folks, as good as Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michael Leighton has been thus far in the playoffs (second overall in save percentage, .918, first overall in goals against average, 2.34 and first overall in shutouts with three) Leighton has not been very crisp against the Chicago Blackhawks. Upon further review, Leighton has been very good in Philadelphia at the Wachovia center where he has a record of 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, giving up just five goals on 61 shots. That said, given Leighton’s game five performance, in which he allowed three goals on 13 shots in 20 minutes of play, nobody could blame Flyers head coach Peter Laviollette if he chose to go with veteran netminder Brian Boucher instead of the suddenly struggling Leighton. Lest Flyers fans forget, Boucher struggled mightily at Home against the Boston

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