Jun 272011
Flyers forward Andreas Nodl

Flyers forward Andreas Nodl (photo: Bridget Samuels)

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Forwards Nodl, Sestito re-signed

June 27 CSN Philly:

The moves revealed by the Flyers on Monday morning certainly won’t make national headlines in the way last week’s dealing of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards did, but the team has continued to rebuild by re-signing forwards Andreas Nodl and Tom Sestito.  Nodl, 24, registered 11 goals and 11 assists in 67 games with the Flyers last season, his first full year at the NHL level.

Flyers stick to draft philosophy, emerge with athletes

June 27 CSN Philly:

When it comes to drafting hockey players under Paul Holmgren, both as the Flyers director of player personnel and now as their general manager, he won’t deviate in his thinking.  The Flyers draft from a list that the organization’s scouts rank by “best available athlete.” Most teams do that.

Draft reshapes Flyers

June 26 Camden Courier-Post:

After digesting the news that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter had been traded, Danny Briere made an interesting observation about the Flyers and their future plans for success.  “I guess we realized that having three scoring lines might not be the answer in the playoffs,” Briere said. “Maybe having some more grit on the wings is the way to go because Boston kind of had their way with us physically.”

Placek latest in Flyers’ 6th-round magic

June 27 CSN Philly columnist Jay Greenberg:

In November, Petr Placek was the 54th-ranked prospect by NHL Central Scouting for the 2011 draft. Then, he needed knee surgery, came back too soon, suffered a high ankle sprain, played only eight games all season and was thrilled to go 176th on Saturday.  “I got picked by Philadelphia and am very happy about it,” Placek said.

Flyers rolling dice with center shakeup

June 26 CSN Philly:

So there’s the big center the Flyers are going to need to keep themselves Stanley Cup contenders. Sean Couturier is 6-foot-4, plenty size enough to protect the puck — maybe even keep it from Evgeni Malkin, his favorite NHL player, up to six times a year, not to mention in the playoffs.  Couturier got over mononucleosis and resumed scoring at a pace that had Paul Holmgren happy to get him Friday night with the eighth-overall pick of the NHL draft, even if the Drummondville center was no longer the scouts’ flavor of the month.

Report: NHL considering ‘dramatic’ realignment for 2012-13

June 27 Detroit Free Press:

The NHL is welcoming back the Winnipeg Jets. But that leaves an interesting problem.  This upcoming season, the Jets will play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, the same spot the Atlanta Thrashers, which moved to Manitoba, played in.  According to the Sporting News’ Craig Custance, major realignment is on the horizon for the 2012-13 season.

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