Ah, no, Sam:
The best part is Carchidi actually wrote the same thing about Brandon Manning and covered the Flyers-Oilers game, in Philly, on March 3.
Brandon Manning has put the death threats behind him.
The Flyers defenseman said he received the threats after he collided with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid on Nov. 3, and the Oilers’ hotshot rookie suffered a broken collarbone on the play.
Manning, who was a healthy scratch in Monday’s 5-3 win over Calgary, hopes to get a chance to play against McDavid on Thursday.
“He finds a way to make things happen,” Manning said.
Sean Couturier, the Flyers’ shutdown center, had a concussion and did not play in the teams’ first meeting four months ago, a 4-2 Edmonton win.
McDavid, Couturier said, “is a pretty spectacular player. A lot of speed. We’re going to have to be ready to skate and keep up with his speed.”
This will be the first time Flyers rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has faced McDavid since he was recalled from the Phantoms. Gostisbehere (12 goals, 35 points, plus-6 in 44 games) and McDavid are two of the league’s best rookies, along with Chicago’s Artemi Panarin, Detroit’s Dylan Larkin, Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, and Arizona’s Max Domi.
Center Connor McDavid, the rookie sensation who was the No. 1 overall selection, sped past defenseman Evgeny Medveded before having his point-blank shot rejected by Neuvirth, but Nail Yakupov knocked in the rebound with 8:40 left in the first period.
In the opening periods of their two games this season, Edmonton outshot the slower Flyers by a combined 33-8. The Oilers won the first meeting, 4-2, in Edmonton on Nov. 3.
That is a staggering level of incompetence, even from Sam Carchidi.