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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.


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!


CSN Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio yet Again Falls Victim to Fake Twitter Account

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It just wouldn’t be silly season without Timmay being a dope. That Tweet – from Andy Strickland – is fake. It was retweeted by over 100 people, including Panaccio (who impressively figured out how to delete his RT).

Of course, Tim has done this sort of thing before:

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Happy anniversary, Tim.


An AHL Reporter Is Fueling a Fire He Created about a “HUGE” Deal Between the Flyers and the Blues

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Here, join me in pairing this post with a grain of salt. Nightingale has 1,200 Twitter followers and is currently podcasting on a live show with… carry the 2… six listeners (one of them is me) and has somehow managed to light Flyers Twitter ablaze.

But this is all part of my new pledge to post completely unsubstantiated rumors because the last time I didn’t do so I had the Dave Hakstol scoop sitting in my inbox. Seriously, I’ll read anything on the prompter right now. Let’s get nutty today.


Flyers Sign Backup Goalie Michal Neuvirth

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Boomshakalaka. And we’re off with free agency.

Neubirthththththth (not even gonna make an attempt) comes as a cheap backup who has spent time with the Capitals, Sabres and Islanders. He has a .912 career save percentage. He was reportedly seeking a starting deal, but obviously the market wasn’t there for him, so the Flyers now have an upgrade behind Steve Mason. Good signing.

Other news: Phil Kessel to the Penguins. Gulp.

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This Isn’t the First Time the Subject of Prescription Painkillers Has Come up Involving Mike Richards

May, 2011, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo take in a Union match at PPL Park. Richards had just had surgery on his wrist.

May, 2011, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo (not pictured) take in a Union match at PPL Park. Richards had just underwent surgery on his wrist. He and Carter would never play for the Flyers again. pic via anonymous tipster

Back in 2013, I had former Philly.com gossip columnist Dan Gross, who broke the Dry Island story, on the podcast, and he reprised comments he made on Puck Daddy Radio in 2011 that the real nut of the story involved prescription painkillers. Here’s what Gross told me [audio at 25:30 mark]:

“After [Richards and Carter] both left, we started hearing some things about why they were gone. And whether it had to do with excessive partying. And there was also a question that didn’t make my story, because it wasn’t to the level which we could say it definitively … it’s certainly accurate to say there were teammates of these guys who had believed that they were taking prescription painkillers in addition to drinking and partying. Now, were those painkillers prescribed due to injury? I’m sure they were– Carter had the broken foot and Richards had I’m sure other things going. So, I’m not about to say the guys were abusing drugs or anything like that. But I will say that there’s at least two teammates who were concerned that was the case.”

He also said that the Daily News was uncomfortable printing some of those details because they were unable to verify the claims, even though Gross felt they were at the heart of the Dry Island story:

“It was unfortunate that it didn’t get into the story. I kinda of thought that if you did have that in the story, it just made the whole thing sound a little more legit. Look, I knew it was legit, I knew what I reported was accurate. And there were people who were like ‘oh, we all know these guys drink but they don’t drink any more than this one or that one,’ and all of that seemed true. But what I think what was really instrumental in selling that story so-to-speak to the readers, was the idea of the Dry Island.”

None of this is particularly surprising, but it does demonstrate that these concerns regarding painkillers have swirled around Richards (and others…) for years now. It would make sense if the Kings had this as context for their decision to release Richards for a breach of contract following a border incident involving OxyContin.

Related: Here are more photos from that trip to PPL Park to see Becks, who wasn’t there

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