Archive for Nashville Predators

Quote: The Deepest Team in the East

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 4, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“They’re just tremendous. To me, clearly, they are the deepest team in the Eastern Conference, as far as I’m concerned. No question.”

– Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz, as told to TSN


Ville Leino’s Coming-Out Party

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags , , on February 4, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…Ville Leino had two HUGE goals last night, including the game-winner, and he and Jeff Carter were the Flyers’ two best players last night.  Leino’s second goal – which turned out to be the GWG – was awesome.  He successfully pulled off a spin-o-rama, essentially rendering Anders Lindback’s attempt at stopping his shot useless.  It’s also important to note who was defending him on that goal: Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, two of the best defensemen in the game today.  Hopefully Leino can keep it going Saturday against Dallas.

Video: Last Night’s Highlights

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on February 4, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…I love Ville Leino’s game-winner.  Anyone who says it’s luck that he was able to pull off a move like that, well, they just haven’t been paying close enough attention to Ville Leino.  Video courtesy of MrFlyerGuy.

Tweet: Lindback, NOT Rinne, to Start Tonight

Posted in Game Previews with tags , , , on February 3, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Lindback is 10-4-2 this season with a .915 Save % and a 2.58 GAA.  Not exactly a slouch standing at 6’6”, but the Flyers have seemingly caught a break in not having to face a Vezina candidate in Rinne.

Flyers Face Big Test in Rinne Tonight

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


Getting more traffic in front will be the Flyers’ goal against Nashville, an offense-challenged team that features Rinne, all-star defenseman Shea Weber, owner of a 100-plus m.p.h. slap shot, and defenseman Ryan Suter.

Rinne, a Finland native who has a 17-13-4 record, has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his last 13 games.

The Predators will face a Flyers power play that went 0 for 4 on Tuesday and has scored in just four of their last 14 games.

Nashville (27-17-7) has the league’s third-best penalty-killing unit, with an 85.6 percent success rate.


– Sam Carchidi, Philadelphia Inquirer

Updates: Flyers to Make Offer to Ellis Today

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Could Ellis be in Orange and Black by days end?

According to this tweet from Tim Panaccio and this subsequent article the Philadelphia Flyers will be making an offer to free agent goaltender Dan Ellis later this afternoon.  Ellis fell out of favor in Nashville as the Predators elected to go with Pekka Rinne in between the pipes, and just last week traded Ellis’ rights to the Montreal Canadiens.  Ellis and the Habs haven’t come to terms yet and all signs point to Ellis joining the free agent market at noon eastern time today.

The Flyers re-signed Michael Leighton yesterday to a two year deal, but Paul Holmgren said that would not end their goalie search in free agency.  Having Ellis and Leighton as a duo could potentially work out well as both have a lot to prove heading into this season.  Stay tuned to my Twitter for updates

Updates: Dan Hamhuis, We Hardly Knew You…

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The biggest bit of news that came from the NHL Draft last night concerning the Flyers had to do with a player who had yet to even play a game in the Orange and Black.

And, as it turns out, he never will.

A week ago today Paul Holmgren made a ballsy move to acquire the rights to top-notch defenseman Dan Hamhuis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Ryan Parent.  Last night during the first round of the NHL Draft Paul Holmgren promptly traded those rights away.

To the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For a third round draft pick.


The Flyers traded Hamhuis's rights to Pittsburgh yesterday

Tim Panaccio broke the news via Twitter last night that the deal had went down and nearly almost sent me driving off a cliff as I read the tweet while stopped at a red light.  The first question that obviously comes to mind is, “Why Pittsburgh?”  Arguably the Flyers’ biggest current rival, and a team they will undoubtedly be competing with for Eastern Conference supremacy this season, why trade the rights to what many have called the best free agent defenseman out there this offseason to the Steel City?  To me, it just doesn’t make sense.  Frank Seravalli said in a later tweet that as many as four other teams inquired about the rights to Hamhuis, but the Pens gave the Flyers the best deal.  In my opinion, unless those four teams were the Pens, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils, you trade his rights to someone else for a worse offer, or you just bite the bullet and let him hit the open market on July 1.  However, Paul Holmgren elected to take the best option available to him, even if that meant dealing with his cross-state rival.

Now, Holmgren will, expectedly, take plenty of criticism for this move.  I don’t like it, and I’m not sure there aren’t more than a handful of people who live on the Eastern side of the state that are happy with the deal.  However, there is a bright spot to all this: if, by some chance, the Penguins also can’t sign Hamhuis, it turns into the Flyers getting a third round pick for literally nothing, because Hamhuis will slip into free agency.  Of course, if the Pens do come to terms with the former Nashville defenseman, the trade could be something that haunts the Flyers for years to come.

To Dan Hamhuis: Don’t sign with Pittsburgh, please.  We here in Philadelphia would like that very much.