The Triumphant Return of Kimmo & Claude

The Triumphant Return of Kimmo & Claude

When the Flyers take the ice in Boston tonight, it should be a pretty jarring sight. All of the team's major players will be present and accounted for, on the ice at the same time (figuratively) for the first time in recent memory. Simon Gagne and Danny Briere, who have spent barely any time on the active roster together in nearly two seasons, are both healthy and ready to go. Kimmo Timonen will be back from the flu after missing four games, and Claude Giroux has been recalled and will presumably be in the lineup in Boston. Nate Guenin and Jared Ross were returned to the Phantoms to make room.

This is your Flyers team... Will it be the same this time tomorrow?

We're about 26 hours from the NHL's trade deadline, and the Flyers have been rumored to be shipping current roster players, highly touted prospects, and assorted equipment all over North America for a top-2 defender, any number of goalies, and at least one age-d and expensive forward. We've refrained from reporting on the rumors so far, primarily because if any of the current crop are actually true, we'll be shocked (which isn't entirely unusual considering the Flyers' past history on trade deadline day).

That's not to say the Flyers won't make a deal or two—just that most of the rumors are probably made up just to stir interest and web traffic. Among the four major sports leagues, the NHL is by far the leader in phony trade information. The vast majority of "sources" seem to be imaginary (or else so utterly wrongly informed that you'd think they'd never be trusted by the writer again), and most "tips" are vapor within a few days. Of course, there are stories about potential deals that are real, but then the deals fall through. Can't blame the source for that, but I'd say those "valid" rumors are in the minority. 

Half the deals we've heard about are just plain impossible within the Flyers' salary cap space, or our current favorite—involve trading players who signed no-movement clauses just last season. There are a few that might work if secondary and tertiary moves are also made, and we'll be sure to post anything we hear that sounds concrete. I'm not trying to say we're above posting rumors, just that we haven't heard any we think are actually true.  

Like most other teams, the Flyers are actively evaluating a number of
trade possibilities. J-Bo? Sure. Guerin? Yes, they've probably spoken to
Garth Snow. But talking about available players doesn't put Paul
Holmgren in any exclusive class at this time of year. Every team is
doing it. However, it's been eerily quiet so far all over the league, with only a handful of minor deals to speak of. Two that are of interest are the Wild's extension of Niklas Backstrom (we'd love if the purpose were to make him more tradeable, but we're not holding our breath) and the Rangers' claiming of Sean Avery.

Sound like a boring summary of the trade deadline landscape? I agree. Absolutely boring so far, and it may stay that way. My bad for making you read all that.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.