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The Phantoms Have Yet Another Mascot That’s NOT A PHANTOM

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The now-Lehigh Valley Phantoms have yet another new mascot, this one created by Emperor of Fun and Games Dave Raymond*, the former best friend of the Phanatic.

When the Phantoms moved to Adirondack, they created Dax, named after that guy from TMZ, whose birth was covered here with much snark. He of course replaced Phlex, who was, in case you never noticed, ACTUALLY A PHANTOM. And now we have Melvin.

Look, Melvin here, who’s named after a massive cameltoe, is great, and I truly dig the introduction video** (it’s… cute), but it bothers me when teams with characters in their names divert and go totally off-base with their mascot. Phlex worked, however frightening he was, because he was indeed a phantom. Grooved it down the middle, knocked it out of the park. But what’s the obsession with furry things? It’s the new millennium, haven’t they heard Melvins aren’t supposed to be like that anymore? You’re overthinking this, Flyers minor league affiliate. This one is so easy. Opportunity, missed. Unless… this is misdirection and Phlex will actually be lurking beneath the stands, playing his music of the night on the house organ during stoppages, channeling his true (friendly) PHANTOM spirit.*** In which case: well done, guys.

*Goofy hair. Tail. No pants. It’s no surprise that he takes strong cues from the Phanatic.

**Jim Brooks’ part at 1:15 is painfully awkward and more than a little creepy. It’s almost as if he said, “Hey, I’m the owner and we’re going to show my face, dammit!”

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via Broad Street Hockey


104-Year-Old Flyers Fan Cries After Trying on Bob Kelly’s Stanley Cup Ring

Somewhere, Paul Holmgren has given Ron Hextall the green light to lock her up to a three-year, $18 million deal. Happy Birthday, Helen.

via Puck Daddy


And Now, Craig Berube Doing Ordinary Things

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Craig Berube is out there doing ordinary things again. First, he was returning his cable box:


And now he’s chilling on the Ocean City Boardwalk, just being a dad. Kyle is losing his mind because he swears he had a picture of Berube at court fighting a parking ticket or something, but he can’t find it [Editor's note: SEND ME THAT PICTURE AGAIN, WHOEVER YOU ARE!]. So now, we’ve got Berube enjoying a nice day in Ocean City, after allegedly fighting a ticket, and returning his cable box to at the hellhole that is Comcast. We’re glad he’s out there having fun, because if the two pictures we had of him show anything — and literally only one picture does — it’s that he was doing some really boring stuff this summer. His captain’s having more fun.


Flyers Equipment Manager Claims Eric Lindros was Not a Huge Jerk When He was Young

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In a Huffington Post piece published the other day, former NHL ref and “noted tough guy” Paul Stewart told a story about Eric Lindros being a gigantic asshole and ripping up autographed posters meant for a charity auction. A key person in the story was the Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. Well, Turk called in to the Preston & Steve show this morning to tell his side of the story. And his side? That it never happened at all.

We’re still waiting for audio, but according to Preston & Steve’s producer’s notes for the show, this was the gist of it:

“[Turk] Said Lindros would never do anything like this, it’s not true. Turk was named in the story as the one telling the ref that Lindros ripped up the posters. He doesn’t know why this ref would ever make these accusations. Lindros is such a great guy, goes out of his way for the fans. Turk couldn’t believe this guy wrote this stuff, he never contacted Turk about any of these supposed quotes. Lindros would never do anything like this.”

Additionally, Buzz on Broad quoted Turk as saying, “I’ve known Stewie (Paul Stewart) for a while, he’s a UPenn grad, and you have to be pretty smart to go there. Maybe he had too many concussions over his career cause he wasn’t a very good hockey player, but I don’t know what would make him say something like that about Eric.” You know, Turk didn’t have to defend Lindros, but he did, and that’s great. He also didn’t have to make a dig at Stewart’s lack of playing ability, but that’s even better.


Thousands of Flyers Fans Celebrated the Kings Stanley Cup in Sea Isle Today

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You have some on your chin, Flyers fans. Never mind the fact that John Stevens is trolling his former employer hard right now – not only by bringing the Stanley Cup to Sea Isle, but also by posing on the steps of the Art Museum (for no apparent reason) with it – this is an LA King celebrating his Stanley Cup win. The turnout goes to show what a great hockey town (area) this is, and hey, who doesn’t want to see the Cup on the beach?, but can we show just a little bit of restraint and, at the very least, not wear Flyers t-shirts to a Flyers West parade on the beaches of Flyers East? We’re success confused right now, and I just feel the need to remind you that the Flyers haven’t sniffed the thing in four years, and they haven’t sipped from it since the Ford Administration.

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Before Sea Isle, John Stevens and Justin Williams Punched You in the Dick and Took the Stanley Cup to the Art Museum

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The Stanley Cup is in Sea Isle today – RIGHT NOW – and we’ll bring you pictures of that all day. But here’s John Stevens and Justin Williams holding the Cup ON THE STEPS OF THE ART MUSEUM. This hurts, and it’s hitting too close to home. Now they’re just trolling us and I’m kind of mad.

Cup Keeper Phil Pritchard tweeted the photo this morning, but I’m guessing it was taken sometime yesterday.


Eric Lindros was a Huge Jerk When He was Young

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Jim included this in the Roundup yesterday, but I felt it deserved further calling out.

In an article for some reason written for the Huffington Post, former referee and noted tough guy Paul Stewart wrote about his first encounter with 19-year-old Eric Lindros:

Eric Lindros was a player I got off with on the wrong foot and we never developed a rapport because neither he nor I wanted one. It started out innocently enough.

I was working an afternoon Philadelphia-New Jersey game at the Spectrum; the back end of a home-and-home. The Devils won the previous game, 6-4, in a game refereed by Mark Faucette. The game got chippy late in the third period, with about 40 penalty minutes being handed out in the final five minutes, including roughing penalties to Lindros and Scott Stevens in the waning seconds of the game.

The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

“Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?” I asked.

The response: “[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.”

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

“Stewy, you’re not going to like this,” Evers said. “I don’t have them.”

“What do you mean you don’t have them?” I asked.

“Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.”

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.

One year, much later in his career when he was with the Rangers, I ended up getting him on eight minor penalties that season. I caught some heat for it from John Davidson on the Rangers’ broadcasts, but the truth of the matter was this: I did NOT go out of my way to “invent” penalties on Lindros — or any player — but I wasn’t going to give that guy a break on anything borderline that I might have let slide with a player who had gained acceptability with me.

I cringed reading that. But, two things: 1) Lindros was 19, so he had some growing up to do. 2) Stewart mentions asking about Lindros’ dad, a notorious figure and the subject of many digs at Lindros. Maybe Lindros took the remark – rightfully or wrongfully – about his father to be some sort of shot. Hey Eric, how’s your dadddddy? Something like that. I don’t know. But this made me sad.


The Stanley Cup Has Arrived in Sea Isle

John Stevens, and the Cup.

I want all your shots today. This is what we do when our teams stink– track the Cup won by other teams.


Pics via (@byJenAMiller), (@ChaddBalbi), (@bellmichele26)

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