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Danny Briere Retirement Gets Orange and Black Carpet Treatment From Flyers

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Flyers press release:

Former Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere, whose six seasons with the club included some of the most prolific playoff performances in franchise history, announced his retirement as a player on Monday after a 17-year professional career that included 973 NHL games.

“After taking a few weeks to think about it, it’s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family,” Briere said.  “I’ve been very, very fortunate to have a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority.  The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I’ve had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here. I would like to thank Mr. Snider, Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko along with the coaches, staff, the fans and all my teammates. It’s been a great ride in an area that I still call home.”

Not sure I can recall a time where a retiring non-hall of famer got the immediate press release (and conference!) treatment from his former team. Danny’s got Flyers employee written all over him.

Which position does he get?

A) Broadcaster (closest comparison: Keith Jones)

B) Ambassador (Todd Fedoruk)

C) Postgame Live (Brian Boucher)

D) Assistant coach (Ian Laperriere)

E) Front office or scout (like so many before him)

F) Flyer emeritus (Chris Pronger)

I go E.

Side note: I’m not making fun of Briere– love Danny B. I’m making fun of the Flyers for their predictability.


How to Buy a Beat

Yesterday, 12:37 p.m.

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol takes easily-amused, free-loading Flyers beat writers to lunch, at Olive Garden:

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Yesterday, 4:15 p.m.

Tim Panaccio, still digesting unlimited breadsticks, writes glowingly about Saint Hakstol in a fluff piece about the coach’s visit to Ed Snider’s youth hockey camp. Panaccio 6:9-5 (which, mystically, happens to be the price of the OG’s lunch special):

Hakstol is motivated by challenges. While coaching a junior hockey team that won only nine games one season, Hakstol said, he was challenged to find positives and ways to improve despite obstacles. It convinced him he could be a good coach because he liked being around athletes and working with them to find solutions.

“The most important thing is to stay true to who you are and what you believe in,” he told the student athletes. “Every day, you have to find positives and fix things that need to be fixed. Have an even-keeled mentality.”

Hakstol spent over an hour with the campers.

As he was preparing to leave, Hakstol recalled going to Clare Drake camp with one or two friends and leaving every summer with many new friends.

“It’s the same here,” Hakstol said, as the kids skated behind him.



Today, 3:01 a.m.

Frank Seravalli’s replacement at the Daily News, Jeff Neiburg, who has fully flushed the pasta from his system, writes about the chosen one whom the townspeople call Hakstol:

Dave Hakstol still remembers going to hockey camp growing up. A small-town kid from western Canada, he was allowed by his parents to pick one camp to go to each summer.

Year after year, Hakstol attended the Clare Drake Hockey School at the University of Alberta.

Yesterday morning, many years later, school was back in session. And the teacher walked into Scanlon Ice Rink at the Scanlon Recreation Center in Kensington, ready to work with a group of local kids.

Hakstol is no stranger to working with members of the local community, coming from a hockey-crazed environment at the University of North Dakota.

“Our community there, much like here, gave us so much,” Hakstol said. “Every chance we had, even in a busy year, we tried to do some little things where I guess it could be viewed as giving back a little. But, to be honest with you, just like on a day like today, there’s more of a benefit for me than anybody. It’s great to be here and to be part of it.”

The word of the Davey.

If all it takes is a lunch at Olive Garden, it might be smart for Hakstol to just take the beats – or at least Panaccio – out before all 82 games. Figure Panotch spends $28 $43 $607 on each meal (wine…). That’s roughly $50k for the season. Hakstol is making $2 million per. So consider it the cost of doing business. I bet if Berube had it to do all over again, he would’ve taken Mike Sielski to lunch on day one. All coaches should adopt the tactic. Hell, maybe Chip should take Les Bowen to Golden Corral to get him off his ass. [Old people like buffets, is the joke.]

Side note: I’m not above this sort of thing. I just have higher standards. So, yes, if Ruben Amaro took me to Capital Grill, I’d absolutely write a few fluff pieces about how he orchestrated what turned out to be a great trade deadline. Shit, if he let me get the porterhouse, I’d probably play him a hanjo on the way home. It’s all a negotiation. I just think the beats should aim higher.


New Flyers Coach Dave Hakstol Took Flyers Beat Writers To Olive Garden Today

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Strange (and smart) power move by resident hardass Dave Hakstol, who apparently took Flyers beat writers to Olive Garden today to warm up his coverage before the season gets underway.

It’d be easy to joke about how taking a group of people to Olive Garden would make them significantly less likely to be kind, but knowing what we know about the greasy slimeballs who cover the Orange and Black, a dish of soggy pasta and maybe a little bit of wine will go a long way in securing favorable coverage from the scriptuals. And it’s started already– here’s Hakstol at the ribk:

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Good thing Timmay has Hakstol to foot his Italian food (ostensible) bills, because we heard last year that Panotch had his corporate card taken away by CSN.


The Flyers Have Extended Sean Couturier

Flyers press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

I’m sure we’ll get contract details just as soon as Tim Panaccio and Sam Carchidi get off whatever beach they’re sipping Mai Tais on.

Oh and yes, that shirt is 15% off with code SUMMER now through July 31.

UPDATE: Here’s the money as it’s spread out over six years:



Kimmo Timonen Enjoys His Stanley Cup

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Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, posted these pictures from Kimmo Timonen’s day with the Cup in his native Finland today. It’s almost like the Flyers won!


The Local Teams are Bad and No One is Watching Them on TV (Except the Eagles)

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Three of the four teams in Philadelphia right now are going through phases. Well, all four are, but the Eagles’ phase involves winning. The Sixers are undergoing a radical rebuild that will leave them at the bottom of the standings for a few more years. The Flyers are stagnant. The Phillies are terrible. And it shows, not only in-game attendance, but in TV viewership.

According to The Inquirer, TV ratings for all three franchises are on a steep decline. And when it comes to the Sixers, it’s really bad.

Phillies viewership has plummeted 65 percent from 2011, the last time the team reached the playoffs. Sixers viewership has nosedived 72 percent over the same period, according to Nielsen.

Even rabid Flyers fans have cooled, with per-game TV viewership down 36 percent.

The numbers – especially for the Sixers, with an average of only 23,000 adults watching their games on TV last season – are startlingly low for storied franchises in the nation’s fourth-largest TV market, observers say.

Basically, you can take the Phillies crowd at CBP, add everyone watching the Sixers on TV, and still not fill the place. It’s rough. The Phillies, for their part, are below where you want to be in viewership, but in 2011 were probably well above it:

The Phillies won 102 games in 2011, the most in franchise history, and were a heavy favorite to win the World Series.

An average of 350,000 adults watched Phillies games that year. The team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs and never recovered its competitive footing.

Last year, an average of 112,000 adults tuned in to the Phils on SportsNet. Through early June the viewership had improved slightly from last year to an average of 123,000 a game. The Phillies’ record on Monday, going into the break for the All-Star Game, was 29 wins and 62 losses.

And the Sixers? 23,000 per game is abysmal, but Scott O’Neil says they just have to rebound and all will be well. “You can go look at the [Allen] Iverson years or the [Charles] Barkley years,” he said. “The market comes back. We just have to do our job.” Considering the hype, their best bet to jump up those viewer numbers would’ve been a healthy Embiid, but Okafor will just have to do.


Flyers Avoid Arbitration with Michael Del Zotto


The Flyers and Michael Del Zotto avoided entering salary arbitration today when they reached a two-year, $7.75 million agreement. That’s some decent money, and ladies, he’s around. He just might stay around.


Flyers Hire Scott Gordon to Coach the Phantoms, Watch Him Rap


The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have a new head coach in former assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and head coach of the New York Islanders Scott Gordon. You can read all about his credentials here, but the most notable part about this – as pointed about by Broad Street Hockey – is that Gordon did a little rap in his Boston College goalie days on the team song “Beanpot Trot.” It’s like the “Super Bowl Shuffle” but worse and they lost. Gordon’s part starts at around 1:50.

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