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…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.
In the last 10 games, in which the Flyers are 8-2, they successfully killed 27 of 30 power plays, or 90 percent, which lifted their season percentage to 83.3 percent. Take away the eight power plays they had to deal with against Montreal on Jan. 25, and the Flyers have faced only 22 power plays in the other nine games. That’s a good way to preserve energy.
-Ray Parillo, Philadelphia Inquirer
…Killing penalties has always been a key component to gaining momentum on your side throughout the course of a hockey game. With the Flyers’ recent success, coupled with their strong overall play, it’s not hard to see why this team has stayed atop the standings in the Eastern Conference. In fact, it’s only reasonable to believe that their penalty kill will get even better, as it currently sits at 10th in the league, and PKers Blair Betts and Darroll Powe are, in my opinion, playing their best hockey of this entire season.
Who could’ve blamed Jody Shelley for rooting against the Flyers in last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs? The Orange and Black did, after all, bounce his Rangers from the postseason chase on the final game of the regular season in a shootout and left Shelley with an entire off-season to ponder a heartbreaking defeat. The victor of that game 82? Well, those Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, and enter this season as the defending Eastern Conference Champions.
Still, despite the agonizing loss, and the success of the team that got in instead of his Rangers, Jody Shelley cheered for the Flyers last season during the playoffs. Shelley told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he was cheering for “Philly in the end. I was jealous all the way. You guys beat us out. You want to lose to the best.”
“Us,” according to Shelley in that quote, is his former team, the New York Rangers. Now, “us” means his current set of colors: the Orange and Black of the Philadelphia Flyers. Signed to a contract that many – this writer included – still don’t understand when he became a free agent on July 1st, Shelley will likely be a regular for the Flyers on the fourth line this season, working with Ian Laperriere and Darroll Powe until Blair Betts returns from injury. As Panaccio points out, he gives the Flyers a bonafide “Tough guy,” something they haven’t had regularly in their line-up for a while.
One thing that impressed me about Shelley is the genuine excitement he seems to have in being a Flyer. In the article, he talks about how the pictures of old Flyers smiling and their missing teeth that line the walls of the dressing room reaffirms in his mind the constant credos associated with Philadelphia: hard work, and very blue-collar.
While I don’t necessarily agree with Shelley’s price tag, there is no doubting that he’ll be a force on the Flyers fourth line this season. Hopefully – who knows – he can rekindle that scoring touch he had against the Flyers the final two games of last season and be a bit of a scoring surprise as well.
For the full article from Panaccio, check out the link here: AS A RANGER, SHELLEY ROOTED FOR THE FLYERS
NAME: Darroll Powe
Regular Season Statistics: 63 Games Played – 9 Goals, 6 Assists, 15 Points. Even.
Analysis: Entering this season, there was a question as to whether or not there would be a spot on the Philadelphia Flyers for Darroll Powe. They appeared to be overloaded at center, and had just brought in Blair Betts to center their fourth line. It looked for a time that Powe would be Philly’s odd man out. However, Paul Holmgren wanted the energy of Powe to be in Orange and Black every night and, as a result, he decided to keep him with the big club after training camp. As it turns it, Holmgren made the correct decision. Powe has quickly become a fan-favorite in Philadelphia, given his story: an undrafted free agent out of Princeton who worked hard and made his own way to the NHL by way of being signed by the Flyers to a professional contract. So far, he’s created a solid NHL career for himself, and this year only helped to add to it.
Postseason Statistics: 23 Games Played – 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point. -2
Analysis: Postseason Darroll Powe is when his facets of the game truly shine. He won’t score you any goals, and he’ll rarely factor in on one at all. He has two purposes, and two purposes only once the NHL shifts to playoff time: wreak havoc as a checking line winger on opponents, and kill penalties. Both of those purposes went completely fulfilled by Powe in this postseason run, and I don’t think you’ll find many people who would disagree with that assessment. Powe is a hard worker, and he never takes a shift off. He knows how fortunate he is to be playing at the highest level of hockey in the world, and he does not take it for granted. As a result, Powe was one of the many Flyers who had a postseason to be proud of this year.
FINAL GRADE: B+
Reasoning: Call me a stickler, but I would’ve liked to at least seen Powe hit the ten goal plateau this year, and it’s a shame he didn’t. Even so, I really feel that Darroll Powe has made tremendous strides since first coming to Philadelphia two seasons ago. He’s an incredibly hard worker, and someone who will always be giving it his all every shift. He’s turned himself into a very serviceable third and fourth line checking player in the National Hockey League, and the Flyers likely will come to terms with the Restricted Free Agent on a new deal this off-season. Hopefully, Powe can continue to have many more hard-working, productive years in the Orange and Black and continue to make us proud that he sports the Flyers crest on his chest. But, really, Darroll. Ten goals next year. Please?
Aside from the fact that there is somewhat of an important game at the Wachovia Center tomorrow afternoon, the game also marks the Flyers’ regular season finale in South Philadelphia. With that, come the team awards. Each year, in the last game of the Flyers season, the organization hands out six different awards to particular Flyers players. My predictions for these awards are below.
BARRY ASHBEE TROPHY
“The Barry Ashbee Trophy is given out to the ‘team’s most outstanding defenseman’ as determined by a panel vote consisting of local sportscasters and sportswriters. The trophy is named in honor of Barry Ashbee, an NHL Second Team All-Star and the team’s best defenseman during the 1973–74 season who suffered a career-ending eye injury during Game 4 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Semifinals.”
2008-2009 Winner: Kimmo Timonen.
2009-2010 Prediction: Chris Pronger.
- Kimmo Timonen’s two-year run as the Flyers’ best defenseman comes to an end at the hands of the franchise’s most prized off-season acquisition. Pronger has brought everything the Flyers could possibly have asked for on an individual stage to the Flyers since they gave up Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and a draft pick to acquire him at the past summer’s draft. Pronger leads the team in plus/minus, with an impressive plus-22, while also adding ten goals and 45 assists. He’s been a calming and stabilizing influence often for a blue-line that desperately needs it.
THE TOYOTA CUP
“The Toyota Cup is an award given to the player who earns the most points from Star of the Game selections throughout the regular season. Five points for being the First Star, three for Second Star, and one for Third Star.”
2008-2009 Winner: Jeff Carter.
2009-2010 Prediction: Mike Richards.
- In the only trophy race where the winner is publicly known ahead of time, this pick is not hard at all. Richards currently leads Jeff Carter by a total of 50 to 48, and is going to capture the Toyota Cup for the first time in his Flyers career. The Flyers captain has had a strong season, and despite all the rumors circulating throughout the Flyers’ dressing room, it’s hard to believe that the Flyers as a collective group don’t have the utmost respect for their man who wears the “C”. I’ve been hard on Richards this season, but his three star selections all year have been warranted, meaning that this award is being given to the correct player.
YANICK DUPRE MEMORIAL AWARD
“The award is given to the ‘Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect for the sport both on and off the ice’ as decided by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.”
2008-2009 Winner: Danny Briere.
2009-2010 Prediction: Blair Betts.
- There are a number of Flyers that could potentially win this award, but I think it’s made for a guy like Betts. He is as classy as they come in the NHL today, and works as hard as any Flyer game in and game out. The writers love him too, because like the fans, they appreciate a player who is going to give his all every play. He’s been a great depth player pick-up for the Flyers this season, vastly improving their efficiency in the face-off circle and on the penalty kill. One of the main entities of this award is the players who embody the class that a well-rounded player should have. Betts is the choice in this writer’s mind.
GENE HART MEMORIAL AWARD
“First given out following the 2006–07 season to honor the memory of long-time announcer Gene Hart, the Gene Hart Memorial Award is given to the ‘Flyer who has the best rapport with the fans’ as decided by the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club Board of Directors, making it the only Flyers team award chosen by the fans.”
2008-2009 Winner: Scott Hartnell.
2009-2010 Prediction: Ian Laperriere.
- As expected when the Flyers signed him this off-season, Laperriere has adorned himself to the Philly faithful. Any Flyers fan who loves the blue-collar style that the team embodies will love seeing Laperriere in action. He’s emotional and he’s competitive. Apparently, as evidenced by events this season, he’s also willing to throw his body into shots, regardless of what part of his frame (face, leg, etc.) the on-coming shot will hit. Lappy’s toothless grin is reminiscent of Bobby Clarke’s from the Golden Flyers Ages of the ’70s, and, not ironically, Laperriere is one of the few Flyers who has even close to the amount of heart that the past Flyers greats have had.
PELLE LINDBERGH MEMORIAL AWARD
“The Pelle Lindbergh Memorial is awarded to the ‘Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.’ Named to honor the memory of Pelle Lindbergh, a Vezina Trophy winning goaltender with the Flyers who died at the age of 26 on November 11, 1985 following a car crash the day before, the award has been given to 17 different players since the 1993–94 season.”
2008-2009 Winner: Darroll Powe.
2009-2010 Prediction: Daniel Carcillo.
- Carcillo is an obvious choice for this award, as I believe that he and Matt Carle are really the only two players that legitimately could be considered. Carcillo has enjoyed a career season in the Orange and Black this year, tallying ten goals and twelve assists. He still leads the team (and the league) in penalty minutes, but, surprisingly, his discipline has been greatly improved this year from a year ago. It’s obvious he wishes he could drop the gloves at any given moment, but, thankfully, he’s settled down a bit. My guess is his teammates have noticed this and he’s their guy for the most improved player this season.
BOBBY CLARKE TROPHY
“The Flyers unveiled the Bobby Clarke Trophy on November 15, 1984 to honor the retired Bobby Clarke during Bobby Clarke Night at the Spectrum. Clarke was the captain of the Flyers for several seasons, including during the team’s two Stanley Cup championship seasons, and was and still is the holder of several Philadelphia Flyers records. Since then it has been given to the ‘Team’s Most Valuable Player,’ as determined by a panel vote consisting of local sportscasters and sportswriters.”
2008-2009 Winner: Mike Richards.
2009-2010 Prediction: Mike Richards.
- Expect Richards to three-peat this season as the team’s MVP. He’s been a constant force all season, registering a career high of 31 goals, while also notching 31 assists, and currently leads the Flyers’ season scoring with 62 points. I knock Richards a lot, but the truth is he’s as capable as they come in the game today, and they guy is a competitor. He’s young still, and needs to really grow into his captaincy, but his on-ice leadership is second to none. He plays physical and scores timely goals. He is a main reason the Flyers even have a chance at the playoffs heading into the last game of the season. Just a sidenote, however: if Michael Leighton stays healthy and the Flyers make the playoffs, Leights is without a doubt my team MVP.