The NHL Lockout is finally over and there will be hockey played by the Philadelphia Flyers this year in the Wells Fargo Center. A lot of people are upset over the Lockout and the reality is you can’t blame people that are. Season ticket holders who have held onto their tickets are quite excited obviously. The question if the NHL has lost some fans will be answered when the season begins and the attendance is seen.
The passion and dedication of Flyers fans are seen as second to none and being a Flyers fan I agree completely. We’ve lived through the Stanley Cup loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Just this past year we had a massive playoff let down while watching three former Philadelphia Flyers (Mike Richards, Jeff Carter & Simon Gagne) raise the cup for the Los Angeles Kings.
So far the talk has been centered around what the Flyers can do with embattled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. It’s reported that before the 2013-2014 season that there will be two amnesty options that will enable the team to release the player by only paying him 2/3rds of his remaining salary and have it not count against the salary cap. We are a ways away from that process to even begin and if Bryz can be the player he can be this season for the Flyers it would be stupid to walk down that road at that point.
There are some injury questions facing the Flyers now that an agreement is in place. Goal scorer Danny Briere is returning to America from Germany with a wrist injury. Are Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen going to be ready for training camp or even the start of the season?
It’s not known when the NHL will release a schedule. It could be as soon as today or tomorrow. It’s also not known if it’ll be a 48 game or 50 game schedule as of yet. The Stanley Cup Finals could be played at the tail end of June. The 10 year agreement has an option out clause after 8 years and I also can’t see NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman making it to the 8th year of this deal with all the labor unrest he has dealt with in his time leading the Owners.
There are still possible free agents available for the Flyers to look at and possible trade possibilities. At this point the roster looks set and the Flyers playing for their AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms will return shortly for their main club. Brayden Schenn led the Phantoms in Goals with 13 (in 33 games played) and Assists (20.) He has 5 power play goals and one shorthanded goal and a 11% shot percentage. Sean Couturier is not far behind with 10 goals and 18 assists. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson may find his way onto the Flyers roster and is currently 3rd on the Phantoms in points with 14.
Surprisingly Zac Rinaldo is leading the way for the Phantoms with 92 penalty minutes (that was sarcasm) but the team as a whole has struggled to a 14-18 record. The team is a scary -106 in plus/minus.
When the Flyers schedule is revealed we will have it for you on HighPhive.net! Until then stay tuned for more updates on the Flyers injuries and roster moves and for the full coverage of the Flyers season right here!Tags: Andrej Meszaros, Brayden Schenn, Danny Briere, Erik Gustafsson, Ilya Bryzgalov, Kimmo Timonen, Lockout, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo