Archive for Jody Shelley

Laviolette Downplays Leadership Issues

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

FLYERS COACH DOWNPLAYS LEADERSHIP ISSUES

…There’s no doubt in my mind the Flyers miss Chris Pronger and Jody Shelley on a consistent basis in that locker room.  When their both back, maybe the team’s in-game focus will increase, but it seems to me like veterans Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, and Danny Briere aren’t having as much effect as Pronger and Shelley clearly did earlier in the season.

I’ve said time and time again: Chris Pronger is the Flyer the team can LEAST afford to lose, and, unfortunately, my point is being very much proven over these last few games.


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

Tweet: Jody Shelley to Miss 4 Weeks

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags on March 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…That would explain why Shelley was so pissed off yesterday.  I feel bad for Andreas Nodl, who redirected the puck off his stick and into Shelley’s eye.  Tough loss – maybe Zherdev sees increased ice time?

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.

Finally! A Case for Jody Shelley

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 3, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

THE CASE FOR JODY SHELLEY TO BE IN THE FLYERS’ LINE-UP

…Thank god for Stephen Whyno.  Aside from churning out 100 Flyers stories a day for the a great site in Philly Sports Daily, he also makes plenty of points in this article that I wholeheartedly agree with.  Jody Shelley’s importance to the Flyers has been really underestimated by the fans this season.  He adds so many intangibles that another twelfth forward would not, and on top of all that, he’s an extremely likable guy.  Laviolette has continuously praised him, and he’s a smart coach: he’ll keep Shelley in the line-up unless he’s forced not to.

Jody Shelley Missed Last Night’s Game w/the Flu

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

SHELLEY, BARTULIS LIKELY OUT

…I  will always contend that the Flyers are a better team with Jody Shelley in the line-up than with Dan Carcillo.  I don’t want to say last night is a prime example, because, quite frankly, the whole team stunk.  Still, Shelley brings a locker room component and veteran presence that isn’t otherwise there when he is scratched.  I am a fan.

For the record, Shelley should be back in the line-up Thursday vs. Nashville, unless the flu keeps him sidelined.

Updates: Flyers Third in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on November 8, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

ESPN.com released another week’s worth of power rankings on the NHL portion of their site today, and the folks in Bristol put the Flyers down as the third best team in the National Hockey League at this early juncture of the season.

Jody Shelley and the Flyers are tops in the East according to ESPN

Ahead of the Orange and Black are the St. Louis Blues (#1 overall, 9-1-2) and the Los Angeles Kings (#2 overall, 10-3-0).  The Washington Capitals (5th overall) join the Flyers as the only two Eastern Conference teams in the top five, with the Flyers being the top-ranked Eastern Conference team at 3rd overall.  The Orange and Black made a significant jump from last week’s rankings, which saw the Flyers just barely clinging on to the tenth spot.  Here’s ESPN.com’s reasoning as to why the Flyers made a seven spot step forward this week:

“The Flyers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end in overtime against Washington on Sunday but are getting contributions from throughout the lineup. Sergei Bobrovsky (Bob, or Bobo the Goalie, as we like to call him) appears to be the real deal with eight victories (tied for the league lead).”

Comments?  Post ’em below.  First in the East sounds alright to me.

Check out the rankings here: POWER RANKINGS: BLUES STAY AT #1