The wounds from yesterday's 6-4 loss to the Devils are still fresh, as should be expected after we had to endure Ilya Kovalchuk posting a Gordie Howe hat trick. Here are a few stories to distract us from that, and perhaps one to add a little salt.
First, how's this for a possible business partnership? Former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of Pennsylvania and Flyers owner Ed Snider are among a group folks interested in possibly buying the Inquirer and the Daily News. [AP/Delco Times]
Meanwhile, the February 12th episode the NBC Network show "Charlie Moore: No Offense," featuring the Mad Fisherman, will showcase the rod and reel talents of Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette. The pic at above-right looks nothing like the Lavvy we saw ready to hold someone's face up to the skate sharpener at the end of yesterday's first period, eh? [Flyers.com]
Zac Rinaldo's agitation may have helped the Flyers turn the tide of yesterday's game, but it also cost him $5,000. After the game, Rinaldo was issued two separate fines of $2,500, one for a late hit on Jacob Josefson and another for the trip of Zach Parise that led to the third period melee also including the Schenn/Kovalchuk fight. Still awaiting word on whether Parise was fined for slashing Jaromir Jagr and possibly breaking his finger, or Anton Volchenkov for hitting him at every opportunity. I guess Volch had to find another skill player to pick at, with Danny Briere still sidelined with the concussion he gave him. [CSN Philly]
Interested in a closer look at the SABR-like side of hockey analysis? Eric T. digs through some zone entry comparisons for the Flyers and Rangers. Uh huhghuhh huh. He said 'zone entry.' [Broad Street Hockey]