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November 1 Camden Courier-Post:
“The Flyers’ emotionally charged 6-1 win over the New York Islanders Saturday night might have cost them three players for tonight’s home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros suffered a head injury when he was driven into the boards by Islanders forward Trent Hunter and right wing Andreas Nodl is questionable for tonight with a shoulder injury that occurred when he careened into the boards.
Moreover, the Flyers could also be without center Danny Briere, who will undergo a 10 a.m. hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell for allegedly cross-checking Islanders forward Frans Nielsen with 1 minute left in the Flyers’ win Saturday night.
Briere, who is tied for the team lead with six goals in his first 10 games, allegedly cross-checked Nielsen to the ice after taking a faceoff and was immediately challenged by Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who jabbed his stick into Briere’s belly while Nielsen lay in pain in the faceoff circle.
“I don’t know what this is about,” Briere told reporters on Sunday who asked if he expected to be suspended. “I sure hope not. I didn’t hit him and I didn’t hurt him.”
“In the faceoff before he did the same thing to me. He came over with his stick, had me in a head lock, so I didn’t know what he was doing, I just wanted to keep my hands high and try to protect myself.””
November 1 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Almost one month into their grueling, 82-game season, the Flyers are still a work in progress.
Still searching for an identity, although it’s coming.
Still striving for consistency. (That’s coming, too.)
Still trying to regain the chemistry that produced their remarkable drive to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
The good news, from the Flyers’ perspective, is that they are beginning to regain their swagger, beginning to play three good periods in most games, beginning to resemble the team that captured the imagination of the hockey world in the 2010 postseason.
After a scuffling start that may have been missed because of the Phillies’ fascinating playoff run, the Flyers (6-4-1) have won three straight and climbed to No. 1 in the Atlantic Division and No. 4 in the Eastern Conference.
So far, the positives outweigh the negatives. Consider:
The rebuilt defense has been solid, as advertised.
Rookie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky, demonstrating great lateral quickness, is blossoming into the Flyers’ goalie of the future – and perhaps present. Bobrovsky, who is 5-2 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, has gotten a chance because of an injury to starter Michael Leighton. He has made the most of that opportunity.
The penalty kill, with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe doing a lot of the dirty work, has been among the league’s best (seventh in the NHL, with an 87.9 success rate).
The line of Danny Briere centering Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino has been the team’s best unit – just as it was in the 2010 postseason.
Center Claude Giroux, who leads the NHL with three shorthanded goals, is establishing himself as one of the league’s elite young players.
November 1 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Frank Seravalli:
“Have you ever seen a team, just 1 month into the season, tell its leading scorer to pack his bags and head home?
That’s exactly what Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren did on Wednesday, when he phoned to Adirondack, N.Y., and – on the advice of his coaching staff – dismissed once-promising prospect Pat Maroon.
Holmgren told Maroon that he was no longer welcome on the Phantoms, the Flyers’ top affiliate, after scoring five goals and adding three assists in the first nine games. The Phantoms (2-8-1) have the second-lowest point total in the 30-team AHL, despite playing the most games so far in the Eastern Conference.
Holmgren refused to comment on Maroon’s status yesterday but told the Glens Falls Post-Star in New York that there was “probably a pattern” of incidents that led to Maroon’s demise.
Holmgren spent the weekend in Glens Falls, reportedly watching the Phantoms in the Glens Falls Civic Center simultaneously with the Flyers’ back-to-back games against Pittsburgh and the Islanders via a laptop placed at his feet.
“I’m not going to get into the whys and the how comes,” Holmgren told the Post-Star. “From time to time you have to do things that are not nice in the interest of the team, the organization and the hockey team. And this is a decision that ultimately I made on Wednesday.
“If you give up a player of his offensive abilities it makes it a little bit more difficult, but we thought it was in the best interest of the team and the organization.”
Maroon, still only 22, said he was stunned by the call. Two summers ago, Maroon was a player many thought might crack the Flyers’ opening-night lineup before an injury derailed him in training camp. He politely declined to discuss specifics.
“I was definitely surprised,” Maroon told the Daily News yesterday. “I had no idea this was coming. It’s pretty strange when a team calls you and says you can no longer play hockey. There was nothing I could do about it.”
November 1 NHL.com:
“Ian Laperriere, who was at Staples Center on Saturday night as part of a pregame ceremony to honor Mattias Norstrom, said he’s still not feeling close to 100 percent after experiencing post-concussion symptoms in training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers.
“I’m all right. Not that great if I’m standing right here in front of you,” Laperriere said. “It’s part of the injury I have and I have to deal with it.”
Laperriere suffered a concussion when he blocked a shot with his face during the Flyers’ first-round playoff series with the New Jersey Devils. He was said to be out indefinitely, but told team doctors he was OK to play and returned for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Now, Laperriere said he hasn’t gotten to the point where he said he’s ready to even attempt a comeback.”
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