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Big Daddy Graham Does First Public Appearance Since Summer Surgery

Kevin Kinkead - November 22, 2019

Last night Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham did a sold-out launch event at P.J. Whelihan’s in Cherry Hill, introducing the new and revised edition of The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists.

The packed room included a who’s who of Philadelphia media and sports personalities and it was Big Daddy’s first public appearance since July, when he was hospitalized after suffering a spinal bleed that left him partially paralyzed. He’s doing rehab now and operating from a wheelchair after dealing with a months-long recovery process.

Rob Tornoe at the Inquirer was at P.J.’s last night and wrote this:

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Gritty Visited Patients at Children’s Hospital

Kevin Kinkead - November 21, 2019

Haven’t done a Gritty post in a while.

Here’s the big guy visiting the patients at CHOP:

And some more video provided by the Flyers:

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Frosted Over in Florida – Thoughts after Panthers 5, Flyers 2

Anthony SanFilippo - November 20, 2019

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O.K., let’s get this out of the way right off the top – Morgan Frost scored a goal in his NHL debut last night during the Flyers 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Here it is; and it was a pretty goal by him, never mind the fact that the Florida Panthers defense left him all by his lonesome with time and space right to the side of the net:

Frost became the 23rd Flyer to score a goal in his NHL debut. Here are the other 22 just for your perusal. A wide array of players who became stars, players who never lived up to expectations and players who you might never have heard of before or will ever hear of again after reading this post:

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Crossing Broadcast and Snow The Goalie: Nov. 18, 2019

Russ Joy - November 18, 2019

Crossing Broadcast “The Patriots Game, What’s Ailing the Sixers?”

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ break down the Eagles loss to the Patriots, the fan and media’s blame game of Carson Wentz vs. his receivers, a solid game from the defense and more. The guys then discuss what’s been ailing the Sixers against good teams and end the show with Kevin’s Mt. Rushmore of Chain Restaurants.

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Snow The Goalie “Frost Warning: The Call-Up, What it Means, What to Expect”

Anthony and Russ react to the call-up of Morgan Frost and discuss the ramifications of the move, a message being sent, and what to expect from the young center. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer joins the show to offer his thoughts on Frost, the team, and talks about his and Wayne Fish’s new book The Big 50: Philadelphia Flyers. The guys then talk about Phil Myers’ removal from the lineup and take a look at the week ahead.

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Flyers Call Up Morgan Frost, Fans Predictably Think it’s the Rapture

Anthony SanFilippo - November 18, 2019

One thing about this new Flyers regime is they don’t sit on their hands much.

Whether it’s General Manager Chuck Fletcher or Coach Alain Vigneault, or more likely a combination of the two with input from assistant GM Brent Flahr and assistant coaches Michel Therrien, Mike Yeo, and Ian Laperriere and maybe some consultation with advisors Bob Clarke and Paul Holmgren, this is a different approach for the Flyers.

If something is broke, try and fix it. Don’t wait for it to fix itself.

The Flyers’ offense has been sputtering in November. The team is averaging just 2.44 goals per game this month if you don’t count the goal they get credit for when they win a shootout.

Vigneault has tried juggling the lines. Fletcher has called up and sent down a series of forwards. Nothing has helped.

So, now they are going in a different direction.

The Flyers recalled top minor league prospect Morgan Frost on Monday, sending Carsen Twarynski back to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Fans have been begging for Frost since he is the leading scorer for the Phantoms, but the Flyers were reluctant to recall him and allow him to make his NHL debut because although he can score at the AHL level, there are a lot of aspects to his game that need more consistency or nurturing before he can be considered reliable.

But, the NHL team is trying to win. It’s trying to be a competitor once again, and for the most part, the system that Vigneault et al have installed has the Flyers hanging around in almost every game with a chance to win. Couple that with good goaltending, and you have a decent recipe for success.

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Two One-Goal Losses for Flyers Might not be as Bad as it Seems

Anthony SanFilippo - November 17, 2019

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What a difference a week makes…

Last weekend, the Flyers did what not many thought was possible, went on the road on back-to-back nights and defeated a highly-skilled (albeit now struggling) Toronto team and the next night beating arguably the best team in the game in Boston.

Spirits were high as the Flyers improved to 5-0-1 in a six-game stretch at that point. Heck, things were still looking up as recently as Wednesday when the Flyers lost in a shootout to the Washington Capitals, the the team with the best record in the sport at this juncture.

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Hanging With the Best: Thoughts after Capitals 2, Flyers 1 (SO)

Anthony SanFilippo - November 14, 2019

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The winning streak is over, but the point streak lives on.

Go to overtime or a shootout in six-out-of-seven games and, well, that’s going to happen.

(That’s the first time that’s ever happened for the Flyers by the way. According to the NHL stats and information department, since the advent of overtime in 1983, the Flyers have never had a seven-game stretch where six games went past regulation. Pretty remarkable when you think about it.)

The Flyers lost in the shootout to the Washington Capitals 2-1, snapping a four-game winning streak, but they now have points in seven straight games. The lone problem with that is the Capitals have points in 13 straight games and have now stretched their lead over the Flyers to nine points in the Metropolitan Division.

And although the Flyers likely won’t close that gap in the remaining 64 games this season, it’s nice to be talking about them in any capacity about the top of the division standings and not the bottom.

After all, the Flyers’ past five games have come against five really good teams. The Carolina Hurricanes, who were in the Eastern Conference Final a season ago; the Montreal Canadiens, who have the same record as the Flyers and currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division; the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have a ton of skill and talent, even if they are under-performing at the moment, and were a popular pick to compete this season for the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins, who may well be the best team in hockey, and the Capitals, who currently have the best record in the sport.

And that gauntlet, playing those five teams in eight games, resulted in the Flyers taking nine out of a possible 10 points:

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RE: Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, Alain Vigneault Says He Was “Stating the Facts”

Kevin Kinkead - November 12, 2019

Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault went on 97.5 the Fanatic’s morning show today.

The 11-minute discussion touched on a variety of topics, but in non-hockey news we learned that Vigneault is enjoying himself in town:

“I live right in Old City in Philly and it’s a beautiful place. You walk around, there’s a lot of history, there’s a lot of things to see. I’ve fallen in love with the city and I’m really enjoying it.”

The 58 year old Vigneault is already one of us. And he says he used to be a jogger, but that his body doesn’t permit him to do it anymore, so he’s enjoying Philadelphia on foot instead.

As for actual hockey topics, Marc Farzetta asked about the idea of holding top players like Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek accountable, framing the question this way:

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