Flyers news articles from around the web…
October 13 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Nikolay Zherdev has been quiet.
Zherdev, one of the most offensively gifted Flyers, finished the preseason tied for second for the most goals league-wide with five in six games. In his first three games as a Flyer that count, Zherdev has not picked up a single point – tying him for 283rd league-wide.
Coach Peter Laviolette said yesterday that he would like to find more time for Zherdev in the Flyers’ lineup.
October 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Bob Clarke, the Flyers’ senior vice president, went on XM radio earlier this week and extolled the franchise’s physical image.
“You have to have an identity . . . and we’re going to keep ours,” he said. “Too many teams are nondescript.”
In the season’s first three games, newcomer Andrej Meszaros has fit right into the Flyers‘ image. The sturdy 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has seven hits – including a team-high four against Colorado on Monday – and has looked more like the defenseman who once excelled in Ottawa than the one who struggled in Tampa Bay the last two years.
“When you play with good players, it’s easier,” he said after Tuesday’s practice in Voorhees.
October 13 New York Times columnist Dave Caldwell:
“Ian Laperriere, the pugnacious 36-year-old forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, said this week that he would not play again until he felt better. Considering that Laperriere is the type of player who has often used his face to block slap shots, that is a big sacrifice.
But Laperriere, a relentless fourth-line grinder who helped push the Flyers into the Stanley Cup finals in the spring, says he feels postconcussion symptoms more than five months after he was hit above his right eye with a shot by defenseman Paul Martin, then of the Devils.
“If I don’t feel like myself, I’m not going to go out there and get killed,” Laperriere said Monday in a telephone interview.”
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