Nodl Claimed, No Longer a Flyer

Nodl Claimed, No Longer a Flyer

Placed on waivers by the Flyers
yesterday, winger Andreas Nodl has been claimed by the Carolina
Hurricanes. The 24-year-old struggled to find ice time with the Flyers
this year, and yesterday, Paul Holmgren said he was waived to gauge
interest in him. Interest affirmed, Nodl is now property of the new Kirk
Muller regime in Raleigh.

Nodl's sudden departure after an oddly worded explanation of why he
was placed on waivers bears a closer look, but not one that will yield
any substantive answers.

Nodl beat out Bill Guerin
for a roster spot out of camp last season and got off to a solid enough
start, scoring 6 goals in his first 14 games. His production tapered off
though, and despite surviving the off-season purge that saw massive
turnover in the Flyers' forward lines, Nodl has played in just 12 games
this season (0 G, 1 A). Among the off-season additions are a handful of
young players that command more ice time, and he simply hasn't impressed
in the games and shifts he's been given. There's still time for Nodl to
develop as a solid NHLer though, and Carolina's not the worst place for
him to find his groove as there should be more playing time available.

Per CapGeek, Nodl's departure clears a cap hit of $845,000 from the
current season's books, as well as 2012-2013. When Blair Betts was
waived and claimed by the Canadiens, we wondered how he wasn't worth
some sort of exchange, even a late-round pick. We later found out Betts
was pretty damaged, and he's since been returned to the Flyers. With the
waiving and immediate claiming of Nodl by the 'Canes, we're again a
little curious as to whether the player had any trade value. I'd like to
think that the level of interest was gauged before he was waived, since
if there is indeed interest, it's a bit too late to find out after
you've waived the player. Perhaps Homer had already called around and
been told no one would be giving up anything for him, but there'd be
interest in Nodl for free?

Who knows. The Betts situation was a good example that there's often
more going on behind the scenes than we ever hear about. There's at
least a chance that Homer knew full well he'd lose Nodl, perhaps having
already tried unsuccessfully to get anything back for him, and
yesterday's comments to the press were merely a poorly parsed but
player-friendly explanation that the team was saying goodbye.

The question now is what if anything the Flyers will do with the cap
space freed up by Nodl's departure and placing Chris Pronger and
Andreas Lilja on LTIR yesterday.

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

Associated Press

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Notable goals
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
Goalie report
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
Power play
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
Big hit
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
Third line
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”