Daily News Flyers beat writer was a guest on Puck Daddy’s Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast yesterday to discuss the the nonsense from Friday night.
A couple of fun bits from the interview:
As we knew, Seravalli was the one who picked Emery as the third star, and contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t trolling or being facetious– he actually thought Emery deserved third star because it woke up the fans. He then said that the team asked him not to participate in the three star selection anymore, this despite the organizational embracement of the fracas.
Seravalli, who generally seems to be an outsider amongst his hockey scriptual peers, took aim at some of his mates: “I just found the whole thing funny, that the same people who were calling this entire situation embarrassing… just criticizing, saying the Flyers’ actions were barbaric… those same people were in the Flyers locker room today asking if this could be a rallying point for the season.”
Seravalli defended the whole goon thing to a point, but I agree with his criticism of his hack mates, who were eager to get a juicy quote – like this one from Scott Hartnell yesterday – and regurgitate it without a shred of critical thought or context. That’s part of the problem with the Flyers– most in the media are too willing to embrace the culture in their articles and columns, but then develop Twitter muscles and criticize the team to a much more niche audience. At least Seravalli and Mike Sielski are willing to challenge the status quo.
Seravalli said he was standing in a hallway between the locker room and the media room trying to get a glimpse of which player was being taken out when an ambulance came to pick up Steve Downie. Security guards asked him to leave and forced him out of the area. He said that multiple calls and texts to Paul Holmgren went unanswered. This was an hour or so after the game, when the Flyers had only said that Downie had a concussion– which he didn’t (he has a broken face).
The first 30 minutes of Marek vs. Wyshynski was dedicated to the incident, with Seravalli on for about 20 of them. Give it a listen here.