It Could Have Been Worse

As bad as the Flyers played in the second period against Pittsburgh on Thursday, I got the feeling it could have been much worse.

We all kept waiting for a game of pond hockey to break out and in the end what we saw was the Pens box the Flyers into their end and just pepper away with shots on Steve Mason.

I think Pittsburgh seemed a bit disinterested, at times, at turning up the tempo in the

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Must Win? Yeah, It Is

This is about as close to "must win" territory as you get less than 10 games into the season.

Regardless of what happens tonight between the Flyers and Sidney Crosby's Penguins, nothing is going to affect Craig Berube's job or even Paul Holmgren's as the GM.

But a FLyer loss tonight would be especially devastating because they would have a full six days to contemplate its meaning before pl

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Most Undisciplined Club in Hockey

Three games into the Craig Berube Era of Flyers hockey we continue to see the remnants of the Peter Laviolette, John Stevens, Ken Hitchcock, you name it, eras of the past.

The Flyers might want to escape their Bully image but their can’t seem to get out from under themselves with taking penalty after penalty.

This is about the image of a team fighting its way to a Stanley Cup. Hell, if the

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Player Reaction to Laviolette Firing

Reaction from Flyers at Skate Zone today to Peter Laviolette's firing and the hiring of Craig Berube:

Claude Giroux:

"That was a tough day yesterday. I was with Lavy for a while. To see him leave is a little sad. It’s the business part of it and we need to understand that. Having Chief coming in is going to have a different mindset. We only have today to work on some stuff. Guys are pret

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What Was Said at Lavy/Berube Presser

Here's what transpired at the podium on Monday in the Hall of Fame room at Wells Fargo Center during the presser to announce Craig Berube replacing Peter Laviolette as Flyers coach:

Philadelphia Flyers Press Conference

October 7, 2013

Ed Snider – Comcast-Spectacor Chairman

Peter Luukko – Comcast-Spectacor President/COO

Paul Holmgren – Flyers General Manager

Craig Berub

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Laughton Sent Back

Scott Laughton lasted 5 games with the Flyers as an 18-year-old prospect coming out of junior last winter.

This fall, he didn't even make one game.

On Thursday morning, the Flyers sent the young centerman back to his junior club in Oshawa while recalling Kris Newbury - an even bigger surprise _ from the Phantoms.

Newbury over Michael Raffl, Tye McGinn and Chris VandderVelde? Apparently,

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Moving Bodies Around to Save $$

Well, the trade we all thought was coming with the Flyers to help them shed a defenseman and get under the salary cap never materialized.

Instead the Flyers simply moved a couple players -Adam Hall and Bruno Gervais - to the Phantoms via waivers, then put Chris Pronger on LTIR to retrieve $4.9 million in cap space and get under the cap.

The roster they turned into the NHL today had just 21

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Sense a Trade is Coming

The Flyers made a bunch of roster moves on Saturday aimed at clearing cap space and helping the cause of one, Scott Laughton.

First, they sent Chris VandeVelde to the Phantoms. Then then placed Bruno Gervais and surprisingly, Adam Hall, on waivers.

What this does is clear a path for Laughton to remain here past his 9 games in October and actually be on the roster the entire season.

It als

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Surprise: Raffl Goes to the Phantoms

Never a dull moment with the Flyers.

Bill Meltzer and I both felt that Michael Raffl had earned a spot on the roster once Tye McGinn went back to the Phantoms.

We both felt even after Thursday's mind-numbing loss in New Jersey that nothing had changed.

Friday afternoon, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren surprised us by sending Raffl to the Phantoms and keeping Chris VandeVelde. What Bill said back

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Voracek Update

Quick update here ...

Jakub Voracek did not practice with the team on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center while Wayne Simmonds, did.

Simmonds missed a couple practices and Tuesday's 2-1 loss against the Devils with the flu. He is now recovered.

Vinny Lecavalier told me late Tuesday he is still having some lingering effects from that same flu bug but has not missed anything important because

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