The Chicago Blackhawks remain among this season’s Stanley Cup contenders, but they face some difficult decisions regarding their salary-cap space for 2015-16. With nearly $65 million invested in 14 players and uncertainty over the projected cap ceiling, the Blackhawks face shedding salary in order to reach the 23-man roster limit.
Defensive depth has also become an issue this season for the Blackhawks. Though they possess the league’s best penalty kill, they’re 15th in shots-against per game. Sloppy defensive play has proven costly in several games, prompting speculation the Hawks could shop for a blueliner. Read more
Veteran Flyers goalie Ray Emery is a 10-year NHL veteran who will turn 33 in September. But as he showed in spectacularly robbing Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis of a shootout goal Thursday in Philadelphia, Emery has still got the capability of rising to the occasion and getting the job done.
The Sabres and Flyers were tied at two goals apiece after overtime, and with Philly still within six points of the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the extra point mattered for the home team. That urgency was reflected in Emery’s play when Ennis stepped up to take Buffalo’s third shootout shot of the night: Read more
Take another defenseman off the market come trade deadline day. The Philadelphia Flyers and Nick Schultz have come to terms on a two-year deal worth $2.25 million per season.
In 55 games with the Flyers this season, Schultz has registered two goals and 13 points, while skating just over 19 minutes per night. Schultz, 32, was originally signed by the Flyers in the off-season to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. The signing comes just days after word came that the Flyers and Schutlz were working on an extension. Talk about a quick negotiation. Read more
The Columbus Blue Jackets paid tribute to one of the league’s most affable players on Friday with a ceremony to mark Scott Hartnell’s 1,000th NHL game.
The Jackets played a video tribute to Hartnell before the game and showered Hartnell with gifts and praise. Hartnell’s parents came out on the ice for the ceremony, which coincidentally came with Hartnell’s old Philadelphia Flyers team in town.
Chris VandeVelde had to be sore when he woke up Wednesday morning.
Philadelphia’s VandeVelde was carrying the puck down the wing Tuesday night with Montreal’s Dale Weise giving chase. With Weise on his tail, VandeVelde lowered his head to keep his eye on the puck in order to chip it into the Canadiens zone. Someone should have told him that Montreal blueliner Alexei Emelin was charging hard, ready to light him up with a big, clean body check. Read more
On Sunday night, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason went down with an injury during a TV timeout. It could very well have been the reaggravation of an earlier ailment, but it simply looks like the Philadelphia goaltender just had awful luck.
And strange injuries have been one of the big stories this season. Even when it’s not a strange injury, in some cities players are heading to the injured list at such a rate that it makes one wonder what’s in the water. So, in what has been an odd season for injuries, here are the 10 strangest: Read more
Steve Mason has had his share of injuries to deal with this season, but when the Flyers goalie was hurt Sunday against Washington, he was hurt in the oddest of fashions: during a TV timeout.
The 26-year-old Mason, who has been stellar between the pipes for Philadelphia this season (2.27 goals-against average, .925 save percentage), skated to the Flyers bench during a break in the second period before he abruptly left the ice and had to be carried to the dressing room as backup Ray Emery went in: (video via somehockeyvideos) Read more
In encouraging news for the Philadelphia Flyers and hockey as a whole, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen Thursday announced he will be skating again Friday for the first time in eight months, in the hope of returning to NHL action after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg: