by Kevin K
On Tuesday, the Flyers (and JVR via Twitter) announced that the Flyers have given JVR a 6-year extension worth $25.5 Million (with a cap hit of $4.25 Million).
JVR had a great postseason in 2010-2011 season and is poised to break out and take over more of an advanced role for the Flyers after trades of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.
Flyers Acquire Kris Versteeg
By Kevin K
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported that the Flyers have traded a first and third round draft pick to Toronto for Winger Kris Versteeg.
Versteeg has 14 goals and 21 assists on the season before being traded to the Flyers.
Flyers may have sent too much to Toronto for Versteeg, however, sources tell CSNPhilly.com that Toronto asked for JVR for Versteeg but took the first and third round pick instead.
With the versatile Versteeg now acquired by the Flyers, it proves that Lavy was right ... it's now Stanley Cup or Bust for the Flyers.
Matt Carle on the addition of Kris Versteeg, "The depth of our team is starting to show some resemblance to the Phillies starting rotation".
Versteeg played for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks last season and was on a bad Toronto team this season before being acquired by the Flyers.He will wear number 32 for the Flyers and is expected to make his Flyers debut versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
JVR and Parent Scratched
By Kevin K
The Flyers announced that Carcillo would return to the lineup for Game Two, but the question was who would be scratched, that question was answered today.
JVR is now a healthy scratch for the Flyers tonight, as is Ryan Parent.
Parent was -1 in 41 seconds of play in Game One. Bartulis will play in place of Parent.
Carcillo said, "I have a lot of pent up energy that you’ll probably see released tonight.” This could be a good or bad thing for the Flyers. "Car-bomb" Carcillo has proven to be an aggressive player, but also takes a lot of penalties, that may be a concern for the Flyers in Game Two because they had zero penalty minutes in Game One
Main Ingredients for a Flyers Win
By Kevin K
JVR has played poorly in the Playoffs this year. He has had plenty of ice time to step up his game, but as I was watching Saturday it seemed like the Rookie didn't know what he was doing at all. He couldn't skate, couldn't puck handle, and couldn't shoot at all. Right now JVR on the ice is starting to scare me. He had one lucky goal in the Bruins series but hasn't done much of anything in the Playoffs. JVR has to step up his game in order for the Flyers to win.
Another player who has to play well, Dan Carcillo. Carcillo has been scratched in the last three games for the Flyers (since Carters return). He played well in the Playoffs but is in the Penalty Box way too much. Carcillo is very aggressive and gets to the puck when you need him to, but his penalties are way to much for the Flyers to handle. In Game One the Flyers had zero penalty minutes, a number that is sure to change with Carcillo in the game.
There have been reports that either Powe or Parent will be scratched for Carcillo. Parent was -1 in 41 seconds of ice time in Game One of the Stanley Cup. Your problem is that he plays defense, a key need for the Flyers ahead of their Goalie.
The Flyers front line of Carter, Richards, and Gagne have to find ways to score goals as well, as they were held scoreless in Game One.
The Flyers defense has to step up in this game as well. Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen seem to be the only players who want to play. Their line-mates, Coburn and Carle, played terribly in Game One and have to step up in Game Two, especially if Parent is out, in order for the Flyers to win.
Michael Leighton is the MAIN ingredient for the Flyers. He has to play well and not give up stupid goals in order for the Flyers to win. He has to play like he did against Montreal for the Flyers to tie the series at one game a piece.
The Flyers have to win Game Two in Chicago if they want to be Stanley Cup Champions, plan and simple.
One Game, One Shift, One Goal at a Time .... LETS GO FLYERS !!!!!
PREGAME UPDATE: JVR AND PARENT SCRATCHED. CARCILLO AND BARTULIS WILL BE IN THE LINEUP.