Oct 282010
 
Flyers forward Jeff Carter

Flyers forward Jeff Carter

October 28:

Philadelphia Flyers news and stories from around the web…

Report: Contract talks between Flyers and Carter picking up

October 28 TSN.ca:

“It appears contract negotiations between Jeff Carter and the Philadelphia Flyers are headed in the right direction.

According to CSNPhilly.com, the two sides are progressing steadily to lock up Philly’s leading goal scorer the past two seasons.

“You know me, I don’t say much, but I will acknowledge that I’ve had some conversations with (Flyers general manager) Paul (Holmgren) and we’re making progress,” agent Rick Curran told CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday. “For the moment, that’s probably all I’m going to say. I don’t like to discuss negotiations.””

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Zherdev a work in progress

October 28 Camden Courier-Post:

“Early in the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, Nik Zherdev casually retreated toward center ice as a Sabres defenseman snapped an outlet pass through him for an offensive rush.

One step behind the play, Zherdev reached out his stick in a half-hearted attempt to slow his opponent, then wheeled away as Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked away the scoring chance.

A few shifts later, Zherdev pulled the puck away from the offensive left wall, cut to the middle of the ice, weaved his way past diving defenseman Chris Butler, and made world-class goaltender Ryan Miller look silly by unleashing a deadly wrist shot inside the left post.

This, the Flyers are learning, is what you get with Zherdev.

Sometimes he plays as if the puck is on a string, other times he tends to float.

It is the reputation that has followed the 25-year-old Russian right wing since the Columbus Blue Jackets made him the fourth pick overall in the same 2003 NHL draft that produced Flyers Braydon Coburn (8th), Jeff Carter (11th) and Mike Richards (24th).

“When it comes to a player like Nik, he’s coming in with a different language, a different coach, different teammates, a different system,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Wednesday after giving his players a complete day off. “You have to give some time for guys to figure it out. (Tuesday) night I thought the puck was in his hands more than it had been in any other game. He seemed to be involved in it more with the puck.”

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Flyers defensemen need to chip in with scoring

October 28 Philadelphia Daily News:

“It sounds hard to believe, but more than 10 percent of the NHL’s regular-season schedule has come and gone for the Flyers.

With a 4-4-1 record, there have been ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and brief flashes of brilliance. Like the rest of the team, the Flyers’ offense has hardly been consistent.

Consider this: In their last two wins (Tuesday night against Buffalo and Saturday night against Toronto), the Flyers’ 11 combined goals accounted for 44 percent of the team’s total scoring output through nine games.

There has been a gaping hole in the Flyers’ scoring, though, in that not one defenseman has scored a goal this season.

Last year, the Flyers’ defense tallied 32 goals and chipped in with another 137 assists from the blue line. Chris Pronger finished with 55 points, good for third in team scoring and fifth in the NHL among defensemen. Kimmo Timonen finished 27th among defensemen in points.

And through the first 2 months of last season, Matt Carle was in the top five among defensemen in scoring.

The Flyers’ 169 points last year from defensemen stacked up sixth behind Chicago (222), Pittsburgh (186), Washington (179), San Jose (172) and Vancouver (171).

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Power play energizes Flyers

October 28 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“After the Flyers’ 6-3 win over Buffalo Tuesday, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff tried to dissect the defeat.

“If you want to give a team energy,” Ruff said, “you put them on the power play.”

Apparently, Ruff wasn’t aware that the Flyers had been showing about as much energy on the power play as Ryan Howard when he watched the Called Strike That Will Live in Philly Sports Infamy.

Before Tuesday, the Flyers were 25th in the 30-team NHL by clicking on just 8.6 percent (3 for 35) of their power plays.

Energy?

The power play had seemingly drained the Flyers of energy in their first eight games.

That’s what made Tuesday’s performance – the Flyers were 3 for 5 on the power play – so surprising. They scored as many goals on the power play as they had in their first eight games combined.

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