With the preseason now complete, Philadelphia Flyers coach Bill Barber is at the helm of what on paper figures to be a serious Cup threat. Even so, the team still has some question marks. Here’s a look at some of the major issues the team faces as opening day approaches and some notes on every player who dressed for the Flyers during the 2001-02 preseason.
New Faces Everywhere
The Flyers had a 100 point regular season last year before losing the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the playoffs. However, few, (either among outside observers or within the Flyers organization itself) believed that the team, as constituted this past spring, was a serious contender for the Stanley Cup.
In the offseason, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke solidified the team in its area of greatest positional weakness– center. With the additions of Jeremy Roenick and veteran Czech Extraleague stalwart Jiri Dopita to add to Keith Primeau, the team now boasts a very formidable trio of centermen. If they can all remain healthy, the Flyers have the makings of three productive offensive lines.
Clarke also added depth on the wings. Arguably, his biggest move was re-signing perennial all-star left winger John LeClair to a hefty long-term contract. The move was not without risk, as LeClair missed most of last season with a serious back injury and, at 32, is at the age where players who play his style (camping out down low in the offensive zone) produce annually diminishing returns. While LeClair will still play a vital role on the powerplay, however, the overall bur Read more»
AHL Southern Division Report
This week’s version of the AHL South Report will be
Monday (Oct. 1): Hershey Bears Preview
Tuesday (Oct. 2): Norfolk Admirals Preview
Wednesday (Oct. 3): Philadelphia Phantoms Preview
Thursday (Oct. 4): WBS Penguins Preview
In this article, we’ll briefly cover the major
Hershey Bears Update
Earlier in the week, the parent Colorado Avalanche
Potential Bears still competing for roster spots with
Center Yuri Babenko skated for the first time this
Hershey finally plays its first preseason game of the
This article was written by Evan Schnittman, who can be reached at RIPBIH@aol.com. Evan originally wrote the article for his school newspaper, The Thunderbird, at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, New York. With Evan’s permission, I have posted this article here on Hockey’s Future for our readers enjoyment.
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Thursday was a day that highly touted prospect Jamie Lundmark did not want to come about as he knew the results of the day. The result of the day was a ticket to the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, Connecticut along with goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Ed Ward (on tryout), Mike Mottau, Martin Richter, Mikael Samuelsson, Jeff Toms, and PJ Stock while Bryce Wandler, Scott Meyer, Dean Arsene, Dean Serdachny were assigned to Charlotte of the ECHL.
While Lundmark shined at times in this camp he also seemingly had “stone hands” as his puck control skills appear to have disappeared at an alarming rate that hopefully some time in Hartford would cure. Another reason and perhaps a more “rock hard” reason is that the roster is loaded with centers including Mark Messier, Eric Lindros, Mike York, Peter Nedved and Manny Malhotra oh which atleast 2 will see time at wing and one relegated to another club (via trade) or become comfortable at the no.4 spot with limited ice time. In short.. no room at the inn for Lundmark.