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

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.