Archive for Stephen Whyno

@CrossingBroad Pays Tribute to @SWhyno

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 9, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

PAYING HOMAGE TO STEVIE WHY

…As is pointed out in this post, last night’s game was Whyno’s final one on the Flyers’ beat, as he moves onto the Capitals’ Beat with the Washington Post March 13th.  It’s a great career move for Whyno, and well-deserved.  Whyno has been absolutely terrific since he’s come into Philadelphia and started covering the Flyers for Philly Sports Daily.  He went from a relative no one amongst Flyers beat reporters, to one of my daily reads on anything and everything concerning the Orange and Black.

He’ll be missed here, that’s for sure.  Still, best of luck to Stephen Whyno in D.C.  A well-deserved promotion for about as hard a working guy as there is in this business.

Nick Boynton is Fine with His Role

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 8, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

NICK BOYNTON COULD MAKE FLYERS DEBUT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

…I don’t really know much about Boynton, but he seems like a likable guy already.  He tells Stephen Whyno in this article that he’s fine with being the team’s seventh defenseman, and I don’t really think he’ll see a whole lot of playing time unless something unspeakable happens to one of the Flyers six d-men.  Look for him to come in soon – possibly this week – as Sean O’Donnell’s 39 year old body may need to rest before the playoffs begin.

Issues w/ Laviolette’s Power Play Approach?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 1, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

FLYERS’ MIKE RICHARDS CRITICIZES COACHES FOR POWER PLAY CHANGES

When the powerplay is struggling, that’s obviously going to frustrate everyone.  The two units that Whyno says are the finalized groups in this piece sound good to me.  I would personally like to see Versteeg play a little more on the man advantage, but if I know Lavy is all about making his players earn their stripes and Steeger still has yet to do that.

Regardless, they need to get it together on the PP, because it could prove to be their undoing come playoff-time if they continue to suffer with the man advantage.

Well, That Was Quick: OD Back Thursday

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 23, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Via Tweet: Sean O’Donnell will be back in the line-up for the Flyers tomorrow night when they host the surging New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.

O’Donnell had missed last game with what the Flyers were calling a sprained knee, but had explained to reporters that the injury wasn’t serious and that if it were the playoffs, he would likely be playing through the pain.

The Flyers are short a defenseman without OD in the line-up after Oskars Bartulis was cheap-shotted last night by former Flyer Scottie Upshall.  Bartulis left the game holding his shoulder and was scheduled to have an MRI done today.

…If it’s not going to kill O’Donnell in the long run, then why not?  You can’t call up Matt Walker, because he was just diagnosed with a knee injury and should miss a month.  I don’t see anything wrong with this move, just hopefully OD’s body can handle it and he can continue to perform at a high level.

Stephen Whyno, of Philly Sports Daily, broke this story.

Tweet: Boucher in Net Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 15, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Boosh is 13-6-2 with a .922 save % and a 2.25 GAA this season. He has won his last two starts  – Feb 5 vs. Dallas and Feb 10 vs. Carolina – allowing one goal in each game.  The Lightning have seemed to have Sergei Bobrovsky’s number this season, so starting Boucher tonight seems like a logical move.

The Changes to the Lines Didn’t Work Out Against LA

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

FLYERS SWITCH UP LINES AS EXPERIMENT IMPLODES IN DEFEAT

…I don’t think “implode” is necessarily the best word to use here.  The Flyers still dominated this game in large parts, firing 41 shots on Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick.  Bottom line?  They ran into a hot goalie.  Still, with the amount of gifted scorers the Flyers have, it’s hard to believe that the team wouldn’t be unable to fire at least one puck into the back of the net.  The Flyers had their chances at even strength and the power play, and also wasted a superb effort from Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 24 of 25 shots, including some big saves in the third to keep it a one-goal game.

I’m firmly of the belief of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” so it’s a little puzzling to me as to why Lavy would change his units up in a game where the Flyers could have conceivably gained ground on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lost to New York.  It’s a tough loss to swallow, and the Flyers don’t really have a lot of time to regroup and figure out Tuesday’s strategy against the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning.  Look for a more standard group of line combinations Tuesday night.

Read: Chris Pronger was Furious Yesterday Afternoon

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

FLYERS’ CHRIS PRONGER BOILING MAD AFTER QUESTIONABLE HIT

…Yesterday’s game was frustrating all the way around.  When Jarret Stoll clearly boarded/hit-from-behind Chris Pronger in the third period, I think basically everyone was shocked that there was no penalty called at all.  Pronger, who’s not exactly light on his feet, flew headfirst into the boards, and instead picked up the only penalty on the play when he got back up and threw Stoll like a ragdoll to the ground.  Obviously, the retaliation aspect is what killed Pronger, but it’s hard to harp all the blame on him when in reality he was just standing up for himself on the play.  I’m sure frustration with the fact that the Flyers couldn’t get a single shot past Jonathan Quick also had something to do with it.