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Wayne Simmonds Did a Dirty to the ‘Yotes

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This is gross. Disgusting, actually. And hey, THE FLYERS WON A SHOOTOUT! Video after the jump.

[Related: Mike Richards cleared waivers]
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The Penguins Placed “Sindey Crosby” on Their Official Progam

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And, well, that’s perfect.

H/T to all-star reader (@Banditmax), and (@DylanR_CC)

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Mike Richards Has Cleared Waivers and Will Likely Be Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Sportsnet in Canada with this sad Mike Richards update:

Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards cleared waivers Tuesday, proving his contract is too hefty for the competition to take on.

Richards still carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for five more seasons. With the forward being sent down to AHL Manchester, the Kings will save $925,000 in salary cap relief.

Richards will be available if the Kings wish to recall him for the playoffs.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi:

“There’s still time here. He knows what he has to do,” Lombardi said. “That part I am not questioning. The way the schedule is down there, it allows him to get his innings in and conceivably he could be back here. That’s the way we’re approaching this. That’s the short term.

“On the long term, he could be a different player. If you remember when Teemu Selanne when he went to Colorado it looked like he was done. He looked done. But all of sudden things changed. He went on for a longer career. They’re different players but I see no reason why this can’t happen here, either.”

Incredibly, after helping the Kings on their way to two Stanley Cups, Paul Holmgren has managed to retroactively screw Flyers West with Richie’s outlandish contract, which all but guaranteed Richie would live long enough to see himself become the villain.

Fun part: The Monarchs visit the Phantoms on March 29. God willing, Richards will still be with them.

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Zac Rinaldo Got an Eight-Game Suspension and Will Forfeit $73k in Salary Because He’s an Idiot

From the release:

Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for eight games, without pay, for charging and boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang during NHL Game No. 684 in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:36 of the first period. Rinaldo was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $73,170.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

BUT HE’S SO SKILLED AND BETTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE GOON!

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The Kings Have Waived Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion Mike Richards

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

From Sportsnet in Canada:

The Los Angeles Kings placed Mike Richards on waivers Monday, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The depth centre has seen his production drop off again this season — 15 points in 47 games — and Richards’ name had been bandied about in trade talks this season with multiple teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Richards still carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for five more seasons.

For once, one of Paul Holmgren’s insane contracts is somebody else’s problem.

Somewhere, Jeff Carter makes a cry.

I think I’m going to duck out of the comments on this one, but before I do– I’ll remind you that Richards and Carter won two Stanley Cups over the last four seasons and the Flyers are currently 12th in the conference and 12 points out of a playoff spot.

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Miss Canada Is Here to Win Your Hearts and Other Parts

I have no idea what is going on here, but if that outfit somehow incorporates a goal horn when someone scores… well shit.

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A Yinzer Said Something Ridiculous (But Also Somewhat Accurate) about Philadelphia and the Flyers

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Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. The ground is hard, the grass is white… and stupid ass bloviators are bashing Philadelphia. Not surprsingly, this one is of the Yinzer variety.

Meet Dejan Kovacevic, a longtime “award-winning” columnist from the Yellow City who left his “handsomely [paying]” job at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (there’s an oxymoron) to start DK on Pittsburgh Sports, an impressive, if not familiar looking independent website where Kovacevic charges $24 per year to read his musings… which apparently include nonsensical videos in which Dejan (is that the spicy kind?) tells all of his steel-dust-covered brethren about the time that the mean Eastern PA people threw snow balls at lovable Santa Claus. And, bonus!, the video includes a cameo from longtime Pittsburgh resident Tim Panaccio, who for some reason said that most Flyers fans – a subsection of whom Panaccio calls the “troubled” people who live in Philly – who go to games now weren’t around for the Lindros era and have a hard time appreciating it. Wait, what?

If that video (and still of Panotch) wasn’t enough to turn your stomach, here’s more from Kovacevic:

I won’t even care, as I heard in the corridors closer to midnight, that all this mayhem wrought by the Flyers, the most repugnant franchise in professional sports with all due apologies to Bill Belichick’sPatriots, was essentially orchestrated. That after a 7-4 slaughter Monday on Long Island, Claude Giroux and a few of his mates met at a local steakhouse and decided this night, this opponent would make the perfect foil for turning their season around. That they’d go out and do that thing they’ve always done, 40 years after it last worked, and raise a circus tent over the proceedings.

Well, mission accomplished in that regard. More on that later.

The word butthurt doesn’t even begin to describe what I just read. Continue reading

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Zac Rinaldo Will Earn a Lengthy Suspension for His Hit on Kris Letang

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Zac Rinaldo will be suspended. After pressing the turbo button on a hit that drove Kris Letang’s head into the boards last night, Rinaldo will have an in-person discipline hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety, which will earn him a minimum six-game ban. Rinaldo, for his part, said he wasn’t surprise about the hearing because Letang is a star player, but still defended his hit:

“I hit him on the back side of the shoulder. I don’t know. The power of my hit made his head hit the glass. I didn’t hit him from behind. I hit him from the numbers on the backside of the shoulder.”

That may be true, but Rinaldo left his feet and Letang was looking the other way:

Frank Seravalli reported that Rinaldo, being a total jackass, joked that his hit “changed the whole game,” saying “who knows where the game would have gone if I didn’t do what I did.” What the hit did was put a bad penalty-kill unit on the ice for a long five minutes.

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