Not really, but some...less entrepreneurial we'll say...ticket holders have already gone and put their Winter Classic tickets on sites such as StubHub, eBay, and TiqIQ THE BEST TICKET RESALE VENDOR IN THE 8 PLANETS.
Perhaps these people are looking to get their cash before there's a possible backlash against outrageous pricing? Maybe looking to make some loot before the 99% take over?
Difficult to say. But what I can say is that the bar has been set at "fairly affordable" for the alumni game and "out of my price range" for the actual Winter Classic.
Alumni Game - currently $44 through $230
Winter Classic - currently $500 through $1,395
I guess you have a certain obligation to take care of season ticket holders (that obligation being to make more people buy season tickets by offering the WC as bait), but something just doesn't seem right about having the basement for an afternoon hockey game the day after New Year's, with everyone having to go back to work on Tuesday, start at $500 for seats that are basically in the Phanatic's dressing room (for the record we would pay $5,000 to watch the Phanatic get dressed if that was being offered).
Excitement surrounding Eric Lindros' return, timing, and price are all reasons why the Alumni Game on New Year's Eve is looking like a much more attractive alternative for an older gentleman like myself (30). A 4PM game on NYE is just about the best thing ever. Get all Flyered up at 4 and then pull a James Bond into a tux to take your lady out to some $150 all you can drink party with folding tables hidden by exotic table cloths. Win win.
For those of you who don't know, straight up thuggery on ice has moved from 1970's North America to the KHL. It was a seamless transition and the change management process has been progressing smoothly. There were the line brawls, the goalie fights, the "fights" with maniacal laughing.
But until earlier this week it seemed that most of the Canadian tough guys who had ventured to the KHL for money, vodka, and mail-order brides (local postage) were mainly targeting Europeans and Russians with their ridiculous antics. That's not longer the case, as Thursday night saw notorious AHL enforcer Jeremy Yablonski take on journeyman Darcy Verot - and litteraly drop 'bows on him.
This was these warriors' second tilt of the game, and according to Russian websites, "Если вы перевели это, вы, вероятно, также перематывается кредиты производствана это всегда солнечно. Вы должны перестать делать такого рода вещи."
Like the Wild Wild East over there. Is Will Smiff gonna have to get involved?
I've reviewed the tape six times now. And someone who stood out, in not a great way, during last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Devils, is Braydon Coburn.
With Chris Pronger on sick leave all the Flyers defensemen have been asked to step up in his absence. Not only that, but they also have been forced to change their routines, to break habit and play with a number of different defensive partners. Sometimes even in the same game.
It's like American Gothic went Big Love out there.
With Kimmo as the obvious foundation of our defensive house, Braydon Coburn is the first floor. Now, I don't know exactly what that metaphor means, but what I mean is that Coburn is shouldering a lot more responsibility and bit more ice time. The Flyers, and fans, are looking for him to step up and play the game that we see glimpses of from time to time. And last night he didn't do that. Especially in in his own end. Last night giveaways were killing the Flyers in their own zone, and he had some of the more memorable ones.
But were they his fault? I'd argue no, in a lot of the cases.
I lauded Claude Giroux for playing excellent defense yesterday. In the offensive zone. Forwards don't necessarily need to be in a defensive mindset at all times, but they need to get back to the defensive zone and get to where their D-men expect them to be. At no point was the forwards' lack of intensity in the defensive zone displayed more egregiously last night than when Braydon Coburn was dragging the puck back into his own zone, then into his corner, and then put the puck not hard off the glass, but right to the boards on the hash mark….for a Devil forward to eventually come pick up and take in on B.O.B. for a scoring chance.
When the play was unfolding there were three Flyers on the screen, in the zone, and two Devils. Coburn went so far into the zone that the 3rd Flyer got cut out of the view. When Coburn put the puck to the sideboards even I expected that guy to be there. He wasn't. I was wondering why someone would go for a change right then. I guess if the guy was absolutely dead and the defensemen had control the puck that could be understandable. But on a replay of the scoring chance they showed Maxima Talbot drifting back to this spot and the BLOWING THE ZONE. He just started skating away. He got on the wrong side of two Devils players when he could quite obviously see Coburn was facing the wrong way, and had no chance of knowing the guy he was counting on would not be there.
This happens all the time with the Flyers forwards. They know that the Flyers D-men are going to rip the puck around the boards. Shit, you know they're going to. But the forwards don't start skating until the defensemen actually fire the puck. If the puck doesn't somehow bounce past the opposition's defensemen these plays lead to some long spans of pressure, full shifts in the D zone.
Not to say that the Flyers defensemen are infallible by any means. But the old cliché that says if one of the parts breaks the machine breaks holds true in this case. The defensemen have dudes barreling down on them at full speed, trying to put them through the boards. The least the forwards could do is expend a little extra energy and get to their breakout positions every single time.
Don't even get me started on the forwards dicking around with the puck 3 feet from the blue line….
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THREE people chose Zac Rinaldo to score the first goal last night. Just 3. Ha. Suckas. Only one of them won our drawing, although all successful guesses will be included in our season-ending grand prize drawing for a night in John Stevens' house in Sea Isle this summer. The winner was @tunzo17. You didn't see that coming, did you.
Winning an NHL game with Harry Zolnierczyk, Ben Holmstrom, Zac Rinaldo, Erik Gustafsson, and Jody Shelley in your lineup is quite the feat. I don't care how you do it. If you want to score all your goals on American hero Ryan Miller in the first 6 minutes and then not really have much offense afterwards that's fine. No complaints here.
The difference between a 6-5-1 record and a 7-4-1 record is huge. For me. As a fan. Makes me breath easier. Allows we to keep thinking that we're a solid club, not a team who might be .500 after tonight. Keeps the controversy talk down. Me likey. Mucho gusto.
There were a number of significant plays that led to the win last night. Obviously the goals helped. But I want to take a minute or two, depending on how fast you read, and talk about three plays that I felt shaped the game, and the traits they displayed, that hopefully come to define this team.
Responsibility - At the beginning of the shift that ended with Steve Hartnell's eventual game winning goal, Hartnell and Jagr were fighting for the puck deep in the Sabres zone. The puck squirted out and Claude Giroux, who was floating around the slot like a sea gull, started to go for the loose puck but then pulled up and fell back into his defensive role. He stuck to the system. The race to the puck would have been close, and he knew that was reason enough to pull out even though it was just 5 minutes into a game where offesnive pressure meant more shots on a wounded goalie. Who knows what would have happened if he went for that puck, missed, and there was an odd man break the other way. Not to soothsay too much, but the Sabres would have won 14 -2. Just soothsayin'.
Sacrifice - Max Talbot, who I'm still getting used to like a fancy gin cocktail I've only taken two sips of, had a huge shot block during the first of many second period penalty kills. The Flyers squad had been pinned in their zone since the opening face off of the power play, and after about 90 seconds were all dying or dead. Kimmo may have actually been dead - blocking his second shot in as many periods. The Sabres were moving the puck well around the perimeter and Derlicht Roy wound up for a clapper from the point only to have Talbot slide out at him like Patrick Roy in '93 and block the shot all the way down the ice. If Turtle McGuire stops asking him about Pittsburgh this might become a gin drink I can stomach.
Skill - Our lost in the woods, iPhone wielding mother fucker of a goalie, only minutes after Turtle McGuire tried to question how "comfortable" the broadcasting team was with his play, made a gigantic, point-saving save on Thomas "my eye injury makes it look like I'm wearing mascara" Vanek. We need our top players pulling off sick plays. And that was the case with seconds left in the third.
A few other things:
- feeling a little bad for Big Ville Leino. Not that bad, I guess. As the dude is getting PAID. Would hate to see him turn into the next Sheldon Souray, Michael Nylander, or Wade Redden in a couple years. He should feel free to go on a hot streak from now until the next time the Sabres cross our path.
- Mike Weber deserves an ass whomping. Just slyly drops his gloves and starts punching in a scrum. And then, after the linesmen don't intercede, Coburn finally drops his much later only to have Weber TURTLE?!? What a little bitch. If there actually was a code in the NHL he would have to answer for that. As it stands, The Code basically reads "do whatever you want and use anything to justify it."
- we've put in a patent on James van Riemsdyk's new one-foot fist pump goal celebration. So don't even think about it.
- Keith Jones - Love. Eddie O - Like. Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire should go to Medieval Times and joust it out. The loser is bannished from all things hockey forever. So is the winner.
- and lastly, it's T-SHIRT THURSDAY (for real this time)!!!!! The Flyers host the Devils tonight. Get in your Hartnell picks in you, double backing sonsabitches.
Don't know what T-shirt Thursday is? Oh, I would have welcomed your spaceship from Mars had I known you were arriving this week. Here's the deal:
1. Every Thursday during the season (when the Flyers play) we're giving away one of our home brewed shirts found here in our gear shop.
2. You can win it
3. All you have to do is send an email to Flyersgoalscoredby@gmail.com, hit us in the comments, or tweet us with the name of whoever you think is going to score the first goal of that night's game for the Flyers.
Rules for all you hamsters out there:
- 1 entry per email address, 1 per commenter name, 1 per twitter handle (so you could enter 3 times)
- that's it.
For the first time since dispatching them in last year's playoffs, the Flyers are in Buffalo to take on the Sabres in a great Eastern Conference battle. Two teams that have both stumbled a bit early on will be looking to start off right in November. Ex-Flyer Billy Leino, who charmed our hearts the last two years with his massive beard and timely scoring is now dead to us. He's centering Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville for chrissake. Ville Leino was underground, then got huge, and now just sucks. Ville Leino is Coldplay.
Similiar to Philly, Buffalo's roster a has a ton of new guys this year. Aside from Leino, a smart move made by Buffalo GM Terry Pegula was to bring in Robyn Reghr to anchor the blueline. Add the ex-Flame alongside the langly gangly stupid faced Tyler Myers and you got some studs right in front of American hero Ryan Miller. Buffalo hasn't scored a lot but doesn't give up that much either. It'll be interesting to see which team leads the attack. Flyers should be able to carry play, but the speed of the Sabres scurrs me a bit. Life without Pronger continues for a bit longer, so the pressure will be on Bryz and Timonen and Coburn to keep the Flyers in the game defensively.
I like hating the Sabres, and I think you should too. They are a good team that will be in the Eastern Conference mix all year. They're also a deep team, and if it wasn't for Nathan Gerbe, I'd even say a tall team. They have the perfect mix of guys you wish you had and guys you wouldn't pee on if they suddenly burst into flames. In a perfect world Zac Rinaldo and goat boy Patrick Kaleta will toss some mittens early on tonight to get this thing cranked to 11. Last year's playoff battle renewed a great rivalry between these two clubs, and tonight begins the next chapter. Fuck Billy Leino and fuck the Sabres. Let's Go Flyers.
Karma can be a bitch, but it can also be the shit. It just depends on what you do to set off the cycle.
As far as the Buffalo Sabres are concerned, they're due for some good luck. No, not because of anything they've done on the ice, but because Buffalo's generous old uncle, Terry Pegula, gave Friend of Philadelphia Ville Leino a bajillion dollars over the next six years. Granted, Big Ville Style only has 2 points in 10 games, but it was still a really nice thing to do for a relatively unproven foreigner.
So we'd like to do something for Buffalo in return. And that something is to get a young Buffalonian named Justin an MJ, or at least an HJ, from a young Buffalionette.
We recently came across this ad in Craigslist's Personals, Buffalo Style:
To anyone interested,
Looking for a date for the Sabres game this Wednesday, as my friends are all working. No pressure, I'm just looking to get to know someone new, and maybe this is a good way to go about it. I'd like to go grab some drinks before, maybe like Cobblestone or Pearl Street? I have seasons so the ticket is on me (maybe you could buy me a drink if you want, haha!)
A little about me, I'm 5'10, blonde hair, blue eyes. No I'm not jacked, super tanned, have amazingly good celebrity looks (although a couple people have said I look like Justin Bieber but I don't agree!) or anything like that, so if that's all you are looking for don't bother. I like to think I'm pretty funny, but I'm a bit sarcastic so if you can't take it best you know now. I got a house in North Tonawanda, I also work a lot and go to school, so I don't have a lot of free time but when I do I like to have a good time. Obviously Sabres games are one of my favorite things to do, but besides that I think I'm just like anyone else (Watching movies, partying, hanging out with friends, etc.)
If you are interested send me a response (put something creative in the subject so I know it's not spam.) Let me know a little about yourself or whatever and include a picture, I will respond with a picture as well.
Talk to you soon,
Ladies…he got a house.
So here's a nice guy looking to have a fun time at a game with a random lady, not because his friends don't exist, but because they all work from 7-10 on Wednesdays. He likes to party (hopefully code for "do coke") and he's old enough to drink and all you have to do is buy this Bieber namesake, and possibly facesake, a single beer and you get to enjoy a Sabres hockey game for free! WTF are you waiting for?!?
Also he basically cannot kidnap you. He's pretty much spelling that out - that his short, unjacked, pale body couldn't really wrestle you into a trunk, Dexter style.
So let's come together, as the strong hockey community we are, and get this kid Justin a superfine date to tomorrow night's Flyers-Sabres game.
I understand why writers are upset about Ilya Bryzgalov not talking to the media - it affects their livelihood. But as a fan, I could care less. As a matter of fact, I could care less if any of the Flyers spoke to any of the media, or each other, or their parents ever again. I'm really much more concerned with the moments when the clock on that giant scoreboard is running. Otherwise, these guys' opinions mean about as much to me as I'm sure mine do to them.
I imagine real writers (I myself am not one) are particularly upset because they've just had 9 years of 50% quoted articles taken away from them. But as someone who really doesn't care to watch any of the interviews on Flyers.tv or read anything but the loose pucks/notes sections of any writer's articles, I don't feel affected.
I'm not trying to take a personal dig at the Flyers writers individually, or the PR person on the website, it's just...mainstream writing has either gone astray or not kept up with the times. It's all too templated. And it's a template full of meaningless quotes. And there's 10 versions of the same story. What other industry does the source produce the product and give it to the masses for free (the price of a cable package and internet service for interviews) and then 10 other companies present that free information in comically similar ways? I know I'm brushing up against the iceberg of an issue that is the business model of modern day media, but come on.
I'm reading a book right now called The Game of Our Lives by Peter Gzowski, in which he's following the 1980-81 Edmonton Oilers on their 6 month odyssey also known as the NHL season. Excluding where Gzowski is recreating a conversation, he uses probably less than a quote a page. He's actually writing. I understand deadlines are tight, people want their information quickly, and the bottom line is the bottom line, but who cares if the fans don't get to hear from Bryzgalov himself after he has a shitty game? Who cares if I don't get to read a quote from Claude Giroux on his 4 point night. Who cares if I can't get Jody Shelley's first hand opinion on a hit from behind?
The answer to those questions isn't surprising - only the writers.
Which is why you're reading about it.no comments
I have to tell you, as a commoner, the New Year's Eve Alumni Game is looking a lot more appetizing to me from both a financial and timing point of view. Not being a season ticket holder in New York or Philly, I had resigned myself to getting on StubHub early, and even if it meant me taking a chubby, I would suck it up. But, with or without Michael Renberg in the lineup, just to see The Big E take the ice in The City of Brotherly Love after 10 freaking years of exile…that might just be too much to pass up at (hopefully) half the price of the Winter Classic's main event.
I think a lot of you might feel the same way.
Even though we only got 3% of the way on our Bring Eric Lindros Back to Philly online petition (because a lot of you are apparently lazy, illiterate donkeys) there were some real nice sentiments expressed by some of the real hockey fans in this city (I'm not bitter at all).
You pretty much said it all:
Click on this link to see the full sized chart.
Some individual comments that struck a chord include:
- Come on E ! Please come back ! You and i hung out a few times with a girl named michelle I have plenty of pics of you me and her ! PLEASE COME BACK
- I love Big E he was the most dominate player when he was healthy and things were good between him and the organization. He was amazing to watch and was the face of Philly sports in the 90's. Love ya Big E hope you come back, we want you back. F*&$ the Bobby Clarke BS.
- Eric Lindros put an average Flyers team on his back and brought them to the cup. He should be praised for his skill and excitement he brought to Philly.
- I was young, & I still remember Eric Lindros as one of my first sports heroes. Bring back Big E!!
- Eric Lindros made me become a hockey player and fan. I was too young to even comprehend that he existed off the ice when he was at his best, and I was too old to care when everything went bad. The Big E is my favorite Flyer in my lifetime.
And so on, and so on….
Needless to say we're ecstatic he's coming back. And we can all only hope that this is the first step towards him being inducted into at least one Hall of Fame.
Lost in the forest.
Tonight the Hurricanes invade South Philly to take on the Flyers. The high scoring, high goal allowing Flyers will look to calm thing downs in their own end while taking care of a pesky Canes team. Bryz said it best himself, "I am terrible. The offense scores eight goals and we are still losing. It's obviously a terrible goalie and that's me."
Wow. When was the last time a Philly goaltender has been that candid about his own play? Bryz needs to battle his own demons while still maintaining the starters role. He put himself into this pressure cooker, and it's up to him to play his way out of it. It's too early to start sounding alarms, but Bryzgalov and the rest of the defense needs to play better. Without Pronger, they look lost, something that is surprising to me considering KimmoTimmo, Coburn and Mesz have looked very strong to start this season.
Sometimes a goalie bails a team out, and it's awesome. This is a time where the team have to bail Bryz out. Play a more sound game, with fewer turnovers and better zone clearances. Bryz has shaky confidence, and i wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the club felt the same. The only way to shake it is to lace up the skates and hit the ice with determination. If not, these early season points the Flyers are missing out on could come back to haunt them. Let's Go Flyers.no comments
I suspect you would like to know what I think about last night's 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. I suspect that's why you're here.
To me, the loss was…unfulfilling.
Neither Flyers comeback really had me interested as much as I would have thought. Between the second and third period it really settled in that what I was watching was not a hockey game at all, but a true, real life shit show. It was like a poorly written children's book that's difficult to follow because the author thinks he's the M. Night Shyamalan of Roald Dahls.
Part of me thinks Gary Bettman or his corporate enforcer, Brendan Shanahan, should step in and award neither team two points. I've never really known myself to be a snooty hockey fan, but I guess I enjoy a well-played game. Not whatever that was.
And this horse has been beat to death so hard it's come back to life, but I don't really care how great of a guy Jody Shelley is in the locker room. I'm a great guy everywhere and I don't get dick for it. It was a mistake to sign him at all, compounded by the more severe mistake of paying him like one of those high class prostitutes, even further compounded by the contract's length. Obviously giving up 9 goals on 25 shots is not all on him. What is on him is not clearing the puck on a regular old-fashioned breakout when the game was 7-6 Flyers. The next time the puck left the zone it was in the ref's hand and the scoreboard read 7-7.
All those wasted high-fives from Ed Snider. He probably won't wake up until noon today, having expended all that energy. And for nothing.
So the Flyers have lost 4 of their last 5 on the back of a giveaway epidemic. I think Peter Laviolette needs to focus on just that. Not the forecheck, not the powerplay, not faceoffs, not puck battles. He needs to get this club to believe that the one thing they don't do in their own zone, when they have the puck on their stick, is give it to the other team. That's it. "We're the best in the league at leaving our zone." That's where this team needs to get.
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In happier news, of all the votes for first goal last night, Danny Briere was the clear consensus. Had the contest been "3rd and 5th" goal a lot more people would have been in last night's drawing. As it stands, there were only a handful of Scoot Hootnell's picked, and although @flyersfan124 (Ashley) almost won for the second week in a row, it was the extremely gangsta profile pic'd @Mager_jim who survived our random drawing from a Reading Royals Reebok 11k. So congrats Jim. Hit us up on DM or email us at email@example.com with your choice of shirt, size, and address.