Up in Adirondack: Schenn and Couturier Are Pretty Much the Team; Plus, a Phantoms-to-Allentown Update

Up in Adirondack: Schenn and Couturier Are Pretty Much the Team; Plus, a Phantoms-to-Allentown Update

Well, they don't score much.

The Phantom's 23 markers in nine games put them in the bottom 10 of the AHL in the goals for category.

As you'll see on the chart to the right, Braydon Schenn and Sean Couturier lead the team in points. Actually, their 21 combined matches the total of the next six guys combined. And after that, nobody on the team has more than two to their name.

That last part would also help explain why the pair is also a combined -9 (Schenn -6, Couturier -3).

Despite including a whole host of guys who saw time with the Flyers last year — Schenn, Couturier, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom, Harry Zolnierczyk, Zac Rinaldo, Brandon Manning, Eric Wellwood and Marc-Andre Bourdon (paints!) — the Phantoms are off to a slow start at 4-5, 13th in the Eastern Conference.

Sam Carchidi caught up with coach Terry Murray:

"I think some of them thought, 'Maybe this (the lockout) is going to end a little faster than what I was expecting, and I'm going to be gone in a couple days,'" Murray said. "But the players have gathered themselves and they're settling in."

Another year in Glens Falls?
Phantoms relocation updates tend to fly under the radar. Some of you expressed that you didn't even know the team was moving again when we broached this subject last time.

As of last month, ground still had not been broken on the team's new arena in Allentown. But, according to the Post Star on Oct. 13:

"The Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority finally secured the funds to build the complex last week. The arena is expected to open in time for the 2014-15 season, which opens the door to a possible fifth season in Glens Falls."

The article also states the club has until May to renew its lease at the Civic Center for an additional year. After that, the city plans to look for a new team that will replace the Phantoms.

Minor league scrum
Video from the team's 4-0 win over the Albany Devils on Nov. 3, in which the announcer blames the referee:



This is what we're settling for right now in terms of a hockey fix.

Obligatory Dax shot


photo via the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce

Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid of trash talking

Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid of trash talking

Joel Embiid was back in the gym on Wednesday afternoon after enjoying his All-Star break down in New Orleans and appears like he's ready to get back out on the court this weekend.

“I hope that they’re going let me play,” Embiid said after practice on Wednesday. “I feel great. I want to play. If it was my decision, I’d be playing.”

The team doctor's aren't so sure. Joel is currently listed as doubtful for both of the Sixers games this weekend.

But that didn't stop JoJo from talking some smack with one of his favorite teammates, Dario Saric, while battling in a little one-on-one after practice.

Embiid was seen by reporters using some colorful language directed in Saric's direction, screaming "you can't ****-ing guard me!" while the two went at it.

The chatter didn't stop there. Embiid was later asked about the one-on-one and unleashed a little more on Dario.

"He don't like playing me," Embiid said. "He never wins and he doesn't handle me talking trash to him. I would love to play against him all the time because that gives me a lot of confidence beating him every day."

"It's fun playing against him. We both like to compete."

"That's my guy," he added.

And Sixers fans love them both. Let's just hope to see more of them teaming up in actual games soon.

Sixers look forward to results of Ben Simmons' CT scan Thursday

Sixers look forward to results of Ben Simmons' CT scan Thursday

CAMDEN, N.J. — Thursday is significant for the Sixers beyond the trade deadline. It is also the day of Ben Simmons' CT scan to evaluate how his right foot is healing.

"I feel like tomorrow at some point we're all going to be able to lay out a more genuine plan for him," Brett Brown said Wednesday. "I feel like we're going to be good to go with some greater news and a more advanced detail of his plans after this scan."

Once all parties involved assess the results, the team will provide an update, which may not be Thursday. Simmons has been sidelined all season after suffering a Jones fracture during the final scrimmage of training camp. 

On Wednesday, he went through his individual workout plan, which included five-on-none scripting with teammates.

"He's still getting a feel for all of us," Nerlens Noel said. "He's learning to throw it up to me, bounce pass to whoever. It's learning certain tendencies that'll make you start to feel more a part of the team."

The Sixers have not placed a timetable on Simmons' return. The first overall pick has not been cleared for full contact five-on-five practice, the next step in his recovery. Prior to the All-Star break, Brown said he expects Simmons will play at some point this season. He stands by that projection with 26 games remaining. 

"I personally would like to see him play this season. I don't backpedal from that," Brown said. "I think my comments are really very much influenced by his reciprocal desire to play this year, which we all respect. Everybody's got clandestine conspiracy theories on why he might not want to play. I know in my heart and speaking to him, he wants to get on a court and play basketball again.

"I hope he can do that, too. If for some reason he can't, we'll deal with it. But I think it would help him to play NBA basketball and get his competitive juices going again if the doctors point us in that direction."

Simmons' teammates are ready to welcome him into the mix when he is given the green light. Their limited glimpses into his talent have them eager for his debut.

"Unlimited potential," Noel said. "I think with Ben, the thing that makes him so special is his IQ for the game, a sixth sense on the court. Him being able to find little things that not very many 6-10 guys can find. I think that's going to propel his game and make him a special player in this league." 

Added Joel Embiid: "I'm excited ... I thought he was our best player in training camp."