Flyers Winter Classic Alumni Game Roster Announced; Thoughts on Who'll Be There, Who'll Be Missed

Flyers Winter Classic Alumni Game Roster Announced; Thoughts on Who'll Be There, Who'll Be Missed

We've been eager to find out which former Flyers would lace up the skates and once again don the winged P when the team's alumni face off with the old men of the New York Rangers on New Year's Eve. We knew Eric Lindros and John LeClair were scheduled to appear, but that Mikael Renberg wouldn't be available to complete the Legion of Doom Voltron.

Today, the Flyers announced the full roster is it currently stands, with a nice cross-section of previous eras. Let's take a look at the guys who will be there, as well as those we wish could be.

Courtesy our folks over at CSN, here's who'll skate for the Flyers.

Coaches
Coach Pat Quinn
Asst coaches Keith Primeau, Mike Nykoluk

Damn shame that Primeau is only listed here, and not with the forwards.

Wish They Were Here: Bill Dineen, Roger Nielsen (RIP)

Goalies
Neil Little
Mark LaForest

Overall, not a very distinguished pairing. What more would you expect from a Flyers team that has seen so little success between the pipes since Bernie Parent retired due to injury? Little actually played just two games as a Flyer, but he spent his whole career in the organization, spanning season with the Hershey Bears and Philadelphia Phantoms. He later spent some time as an assistant coach for the Phantoms and a goaltending scout for both the Phantoms and the Flyers. LaForest played all of 38 career games as a Flyer, swinging the door for a young starter Ron Hextall for parts of two seasons. Hopefully he still has that great Trees mask

Wish He Was Here: Hexy, Pelle (RIP)

Defense
Chris Therien
Derian Hatcher
Kjell Samuelsson
Larry Goodenough
Eric Desjardins
Terry Carkner
Joe Watson
Brad Marsh
Mark Howe

Here we have a list including the Flyers' current radio color man and their most recent addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and plenty in between. Hatch is a former Flyers captain and currently serves as a development coach. Desjardins is one of the best Flyers defenders of all time, perhaps second to Howe? Carkner was the man in his day as well, and who can forget the giant Kjell Samuelsson? Watson, now 68 years old, was an original Flyer with the team from '67 to '78, winning two Cups, one alongside Goodenough, who is 10 years his junior. Marsh was a Flyers blueliner for six seasons in the mid-80s.

Wish They Were Here: Brad McCrimmon (RIP)

Forwards
John LeClair
Jeremy Roenick
Eric Lindros
Mark Recchi
Bobby Clarke
Rick Tocchet
Shjon Podein
Jim Dowd
Orest Kindrachuk
Dave Poulin
Bob Kelly
Reggie Leach
Bill Barber
Ken Linseman
Brian Propp
Al Hill

Another nice representation of multiple Flyers generations. The LCB Line will skate again, and Lindros and LeClair will join as 2/3 of the Legion of Doom, with a nice array of options to man the other wing. Lindros and Recchi were two-thirds of the Crazy Eights line, who knows where Brent Fedyk is. JR brings even more star power to the mix, and with any luck will see a Propper Guffaw.

Wish They Were Here: Tim Kerr, Keith Jones, and Peter Zezel (RIP)

The Rangers aren't bringing as much to the table, with no Gretzky or Messier highlighting the absences. John Vanbiesbrouck will face his former club though, and Brian Leetch will anchor their defense. See the Rangers roster here.

Who else do you wish had made it for the Flyers? We purposely left our lists small so you could fill in the blanks.

Tonight's lineup: Ryan Howard batting cleanup, Cameron Rupp catching

Tonight's lineup: Ryan Howard batting cleanup, Cameron Rupp catching

Following a day off, the Phillies continue their roadtrip with the start of a three-game set with the New York Mets.

Ryan Howard will bat in the heart of the Phillies order with Cameron Rupp at catcher following the trade of Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers. Meanwhile, the rest of the lineup remains mostly the same as it was prior to a brief two-game series with American League rules.

With Ruiz's trade, Howard is the last remaining member of the Phillies' 2008 World Series team. He'll try to throw back to that time against the ageless Bartolo Colon. 

Howard has good power numbers against Colon. He has just six hits in 28 at-bats, but has drawn three walks and has three home runs against the 43-year-old starter. There are only 18 pitchers he has faced more often than Colon.

At catcher, Rupp had already inherited the starting job from Ruiz, but he is now the backstop with more experience in Philadelphia. The Phillies called up prospect Jorge Alfaro for now, but he will likely remain on the bench and be sent down when A.J. Ellis reports this weekend. 

Rupp has five hits in 14 at-bats against Colon. He has faced only the Braves' Julio Teheran more times than Colon in his four-year career. The five hits are tied for his most against any one pitcher (Teheran).

Here's the full lineup that will oppose Colon and the Mets. 

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, LF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Cameron Rupp, C
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Peter Bourjos, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Awwwwe: Chooch leaves his Phillies teammates a love note on clubhouse white board

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Awwwwe: Chooch leaves his Phillies teammates a love note on clubhouse white board

As if you didn't think you could love Carlos Ruiz any more...

Chooch was traded on Thursday afternoon and he's since departed for the potentially playoff-bound pastures with his new-again teammate Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But not before he left his Phillies teammates a loving note written on the white board in the clubhouse at CitiField where the Phils play the Mets this evening.

Courtesy of CSNPhilly.com's Phillies beat reporter Jim Salisbury:

It reads:

"I will miss all of you guys. Good luck the rest of the season. Love you all, Chooch! (Gracias)"

Awwwwwwwwe.

Gestures like the above help explain why guys like Roy Halladay call Chooch their favorite baseball player ever.

NHL Notes: Brandon Pirri, Rangers agree to terms on one-year deal

NHL Notes: Brandon Pirri, Rangers agree to terms on one-year deal

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Pirri on a $1.1 million, one-year deal.

The 25-year-old Pirri spent last season with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks, recording 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. His 29 points were a career high.

A second-round pick, 59th overall, in the 2009 draft, Pirri has been traded twice and was considered a potential bargain in NHL free agency. Pirri is something of a shootout specialist, scoring on five of his six attempts last season, and that 83.3 percent success rate ranked first among players with at least five attempts.

In 166 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Panthers and Ducks, Pirri has 49 goals and 31 assists for 90 points.

Enroth replaces injured Lerner for Sweden at World Cup
NEW YORK -- With goaltender Robin Lehner still not fully healthy, Sweden replaced him on its World Cup of Hockey roster with Jhonas Enroth.

The Buffalo Sabres' starting goalie was bothered by a right ankle injury for much of last season that limited him to 21 NHL games. Lehner underwent surgery in March and had been working to get ready for the World Cup, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

"We really wanted to give Robin the opportunity to recover from his injury from last year, but unfortunately it wasn't enough time for him to feel 100 percent recovered," coach Rikard Gronborg said in a statement released by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.

Concussion problems held Lehner to 23 games in 2014-15, and he looked to be over those after the Ottawa Senators traded him to Buffalo at the 2015 draft. The 25-year-old injured his ankle early in the season opener and aggravated it in March.

It was not immediately clear when the Sabres expect Lehner to be back to 100 percent.

"As Robin continues to progress during the offseason in his rehab from last season's ankle injury, he felt that it was best to withdraw from Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup," Buffalo general manager Tim Murray said in a statement. "Robin felt it was important to continue his rehab in Buffalo to prepare for training camp. He has been working out both on and off the ice and we look forward to seeing him on the ice with our team next month."

Enroth, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, recently signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joins Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Jacob Markstrom of the Vancouver Canucks as the goalies on Sweden's roster.

The 28-year-old has a 2.80 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 147 career NHL games. Enroth was on the Swedish team that earned a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, though he never appeared in a game. He started for Sweden at the 2013 and 2015 world hockey championships, winning gold in 2013 with a 1.15 GAA and .956 save percentage (see full story).