SCORES & REVIEWS
12/1 at PIT- The Flyers beat their cross-state rivals 4-2 with a rare 60-minute effort.
12/6 vs CBJ- The Flyers failed to follow up on their momentum against the Penguins and came out flat and got throttled by the Blue Jackets. Sanheim scored two late goals to send the game to overtime, but the Flyers failed to finish their comeback and lost 4-3.
FLYERS NEWS AND NOTES
Chuck Fletcher was hired as the Flyers new general manager on December 3rd.
Fletcher’s first move as GM was to hire Rick Wilson as an assistant coach in charge of the defense.
Forbes released their annual list of NHL team valuations and the Flyers were ranked seventh with a value of $800 million dollars. If you are curious, the Rangers were first with a value of $1.55 Billion dollars.
AROUND THE NHL
The NHL broke the news on Tuesday that they will award Seattle a franchise starting in 2021.
William Nylander finally ended his holdout, signing a six-year, $45 million dollar deal with the Maple Leafs.
STUDS & DUDS
Anthony Stolarz– Stolie made 30 saves against the Penguins and actually got some support from the offense to pick up his first win since his return from injury.
Dale Weise- Weise scored a breakaway goal against the Penguins. He may never get this honor again, so let’s include him.
Travis Sanheim– Finally let loose, Sanheim scored two goals in two minutes to tie the game against Columbus. He still only saw 12:38 of ice time, almost four minutes less than Gudas who was the second lowest.
John Tortorella– Usually I wouldn’t add a non-Flyer to the list, but the man was battling the flu and wore a hoodie behind the Columbus bench. Absolute legend.
James Van Riemsdyk– JVR still has yet to find any chemistry with any of his linemates. The best thing Hakstol can do is shakeup the lineup to try to jump start Van Riemsdyk’s season.
Andrew MacDonald– Just Andrew MacDonald doing Andrew MacDonald things.
Oskar Lindblom– It’s not his fault he is on this list, but failing to crack five minutes of TOI in two of his last three games isn’t a good sign. Hopefully he finds his way out of Hakstol’s doghouse soon.
BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME OF THE WEEK
Connor McDavid scored a shootout winner against the Blues in the simplest, filthiest way possible.
SAMUEL MORIN TRACKER
Morin was spotted Monday morning practicing point shots on the recovering Brian Elliott before the rest of the team took the ice.
Morin was once again skating with Brian Elliott on Thursday morning, lingering around as the rest of the team came out for normal practice. Though it is reported his targeted return date is still in February.
FUN FACT OF THE WEEK
Bobby Clarke wore number 16 his whole NHL career with the exception of two games during the 1980-81 season. He had his jersey stolen on February 27, 1981 and was forced to wear number 36.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)