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Flyer Five with @BroadStBull

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyer Five is back after a lengthy hiatus, and just in time for the stretch run.  This week, we sit down with Philadelphia Inquirer Flyers beat writer, Sam Carchidi.  Sam tackles everything from whether it should be Bobrovsky or Boucher come playoff time, if Nikolay Zherdev should see the ice again, and whether or not the Flyers will hold on to the Eastern Conference’s top spot.  Read away:


FLYERFIVE with Sam Carchidi

The Flyers Blog: There has been a lot of banter back and forth as to who should tend goal for the Orange and Black come playoff time.  Who, in your opinion, should be the Flyers starting goaltender this Spring: the rookie, Sergei Bobrovsky, or the well-traveled veteran, Brian Boucher?

SC: I would go with the rookie (Sergei Bobrovsky), but have him on a short leash. It’s easier for the veteran (Brian Boucher) to come into a game in relief than a rookie.


TFB: It’s widely known amongst the NHL that the Flyers have one of the league’s deepest line-ups both at forward and defense.  What player or players in particular do the Flyers need to step up most in these last 10 regular season games?

SC: Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk have been very quiet lately. Time to step to forefront. Ditto Sergei Bobrovsky (of course).


TFB: A season-long debate has raged as to who should be the Flyers’ twelfth forward, with Jody Shelley, who’s recently gone on the shelf with a fractured orbital bone, Dan Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev all rotating into what has been perceived as the 12th forward slot.  If you were head coach Peter Laviolette, what player would you put in that slot, and why?

SC: I would rotate Zherdev and Carcillo, depending on the opponent. If it’s a physical opponent, I’d go with Carcillo. If not, I’d go with Zherdev.

…I take this to mean it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Zherdev again this season unless there’s an injury.


TFB: Entering tonight’s (Thursday vs. PIT, 3/24/11) action, the Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the Pittsburgh Penguins with one game in hand, and lead the Eastern Conference by one point over the Washington Capitals with a game in hand, despite falling to Washington in a shootout Tuesday night.  Do you see them winning both the Atlantic and Eastern Conference by season’s end, one of the two, or neither?

SC: I think the Flyers will win both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, but getting a win Thursday against the Penguins in Philadelphia is the key.


TFB: The New York Rangers (84 pts, 7th place), Buffalo Sabres (81 pts, 8th place), and Carolina Hurricanes (78 pts, 9th place) are all in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots.  If the standings hold true and the Flyers win the division, which would likely assure them of the 1st or 2nd seed, which one of these teams is the best matchup for the Flyers and why?  The worst?

SC: The Rangers would be the worst matchup because they are peaking at the right time and have a gear goalie (Henrik Lundqvist). Buffalo also has a great goaltender in Ryan Miller but I question the Sabres’ offense.  Carolina isn’t as well-rounded as the other two, so I think the ‘Canes would be the Flyers’ most desired opponent in the first round.


Thanks again to Sam Carchidi for offering his thoughts on everything Orange and Black.

Follow Sam on Twitter if you aren’t already at @BroadStBull

Today’s Lines at Practice

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Still say Carcillo should be the odd-man out, but it appears I’m never going to get my way.  Look for these to be the combo’s tomorrow night against Tampa.

Updates: The Flyers and Their Moustaches

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Everyone knows the Flyers are collectively growing out their ‘staches for “Movember”.  Here’s an inside look with the Flyers themselves, courtesy of

Holmgren: Carcillo Unlikely to be Suspended

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on November 5, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Dan Carcillo isn’t likely to be suspended for his hit to the head of Ruslan Fedetenko last night against the Rangers.

Steve Whyno of  Philly Sports Daily broke the story.  Read it here:  FLYERS’ CARCILLO LIKELY WON’T FACE SUSPENSION

Updates: Surgery for Leino, Betts, Backlund, Carcillo

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Anthony SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times is reporting on his blog today that Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo will join Blair Betts and Johan Backlund as some of the Flyers to go under the knife early for surgical procedures this postseason.

Betts is one of four Flyers to have surgery so far this off-season

Betts is scheduled to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, suffered during round two against Boston, and Backlund will have a minor hip procedure to get the goaltender ready for next year.  However, just today SanFilippo said that now Leino and Carcillo will each have procedures.  Carcillo, who sat out various games as a healthy scratch throughout the Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup Finals, was playing with a sports hernia and will have surgery to correct it.  The Flyers, according to SanFilippo, have said that Carcillo’s procedure may take a while, but the winger should be ready for training camp.

Ville Leino is the fourth and newest Flyer to go under the knife so far this summer, as he is having what SanFilippo terms a “minor hip cleaning” that “won’t cost him that much time this summer.”  Leino came onto the spotlight for the Flyers this postseason, emerging as one of the most talented players on the roster and hopefully earning himself a spot in the Flyers’ line-up for many years to come.

Speedy recovery wishes to all dealing with surgeries, get well soon!

Updates: Carcillo, Bartulis IN, Parent, JVR OUT for Game Two; Line-up Changes

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

After losing Game One, the Flyers are tinkering their line-up quite a bit in an effort to get back in the win column come the final buzzer of Game Two.

Everyone's favorite Car-Bomb returns to the ice tonight

Word spread across Twitter today, mostly through CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio and John Boruk, that the Flyers were going to change up their on ice product for the second game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and that they did.  Entering the line-up is the fireball of a human being Dan Carcillo, a healthy scratch since Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.  To open up a spot for Carcillo, James van Riemsdyk has been sat down for tonight’s game. In my opinion, JVR was an easy choice here.  He’s clearly been in over his head these entire playoffs, and really aside from Game Seven in Boston he’s basically just been a body going through the motions during his shifts.  It’s a change that needed to be made to increase both the intensity and aggression of the Flyers as a unit in a game that’s as close to a must-win as they’ll get this early in a series tonight in Chicago.

Along with the offensive changes, Oskars Bartulis will play in his first playoff game since round one against the New Jersey Devils tonight as he has gotten the call in favor of Ryan Parent, who hasn’t been playing with any confidence at all in the past few games, highlighted by a grand total of 41 seconds of ice time in Game One.  Bartulis gives the Flyers defense a fresher body who can contribute, but won’t be expected to do anything more than log maybe eight minutes tops a game.  I think he can handle that.

With those two line-up changes in mind, here are the lines for tonight:


Dan Carcillo – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter

Simon Gagne – Claude Giroux – Arron Asham

Danny Briere – Ville Leino – Scott Hartnell

Ian Laperriere – Blair Betts – Darroll Powe


Chris Pronger – Matt Carle

Braydon Coburn – Kimmo Timonen

Oskars Bartulis – Lukas Krajicek

….Obviously, the pairing of Bartulis and Krajicek together and the distinct possibility that they may be out there at the same time is down-right frightening, but it can’t be any worse than Krajicek and Parent, right?  RIGHT?

….Offensively, the top two lines with a little bit of tinkering, but I think we may see some great things from the combination of Gagne, Giroux, and Asham.  Those three are all skilled with the puck and with Asham’s big body and the likelihood of them cycling, they certainly have the capability to wreak havoc.

Same team, new look.  Let’s see if it makes a difference.

Updates: Carcillo Handed Two-Game Suspension

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Dan Carcillo was handed a two-game suspension by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell yesterday after a noon EST hearing. The suspension will be the fourth of Carcillo’s career and it comes at a pretty bad time for the Flyers.  The Orange and Black have two pivotal games at the end of this week, with a Thursday match-up with the Islanders on Long Island and a crucial Friday night battle at the Wachovia Center against the Montreal Canadiens.

Carcillo is once again subject to disciplinary action from the NHL

The fact that Carcillo was suspended isn’t much of a surprise to me.  He’s a repeat offender, and despite what he and the Flyers’ brass may have to say about the fact that his stick that hit David Clarkson in the face was “inadvertent”, it’s not a matter of the action as much as it is the individual.  Carcillo has gotten the reputation over the past few seasons – especially the past year or so that he’s been with the Flyers – of being a pest on the ice and, to put it lightly, a hot head.  Still, there is reason to listen to arguments from others that perhaps Carcillo was undeserving of the suspension.  Of course, there is clear evidence in the video of the incident that Carcillo isn’t strictly trying to bust Clarkson in the chops.  Also in a longer version of the video, it’s clear that Carcillo apologizes to Clarkson, immediately rendering the high stick unintentional and thus not warranting a match penalty.  General Manager Paul Holmgren even voiced his displeasure yesterday, saying the high stick by Carcillo was “not intentional”.

However, although there is certainly an argument that this issue should never have been reviewed by Campbell in the first place, there is also the fact that Carcillo is a marked man in today’s NHL, and the pesky winger has a bulls-eye on his back, courtesy of the the disciplinary brass of the National Hockey League.  So now, the Flyers are faced with playing to gigantic games in the next three days without Carcillo.  That means that Riley Cote will likely be in the line-up as a forward, and if James van Riemsdyk continues to be hurt, an Adirondack Phantom (Jonathan Matsumoto, Stefan Legein, David Laliberte) would likely be called up to fill the void.  Regardless, it’s another obstacle for the Flyers to overcome, and one last shot to the chest for the Flyers from what has been a brutal month of March.  Hopefully the Orange and Black can begin April with a bang.

Check out the link the the press release on Carcillo’s suspension, courtesy of, here: CARCILLO SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES