Is anyone NOT worried?
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04-06-2011, 08:57 AM
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Grow up time for some of the younger core on this team. The arrogance of thinking they could coast after the 1st half success and then "turning it on" when they FEEL like it...is a big sign of lack of maturity. We can only hope they figure things out quick and decide to play for Lavy and for themselves (pride) and save some face.
The fact that on the week of March 17th Laviolette gave them what they asked to get rested and this is how he gets repaid is a shame and it falls right on the shoulder of Carter and Richards and I could care less what the dynamic duo lovers think about that because now you are seeing a direct result of what the core have to give.
This goes back several years and the only carryover from this are: Hartnell, Briere, Timonen, Carter, and Richards...........the writing is on the wall folks, our "leaders" signed to long term contracts are failing to get the job done.
Laviolette letting his players rest a bit
March 17, 2011|By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers forward Dan Carcillo tangles with Florida's Mike Duco during Tuesday night's 3-2 win over…ATLANTA - Is Peter Laviolette, the Flyers' hard-driving coach, turning soft on his players?
"I hope not. They would probably tell you not," Laviolette said with a smile on Wednesday, when he gave his players another day away from the practice rink.
In the last 10 days, Laviolette has eased up on his players because of a flu outbreak that hit the team and because the grueling regular-season schedule is winding down. He wants to keep everyone fresh as they make a run for the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1975.
The fact that the Flyers were in the Stanley Cup Finals until June 9 last season also has contributed to the off days, he said.
The Flyers have had four days away from the rink in the last 10 days. Put another way: They have had just two practices in the last six nongame days.
"You have to remember how late we played last year; everything kind of factors into it," Laviolette said. "They played a long time, and there are times when you don't have to put on your equipment and still get a workout."
The players weren't completely off Wednesday. They worked out in the weight room and rode exercise bikes.
"They continue to work on their conditioning," Laviolette said.
Getting time off from the ice, winger James van Riemsdyk said, will help in the final 13 regular-season games.
"We did it a lot last year, too," said van Riemsdyk, aware that the team has been given even more days off this season. "It kept us fresh down the stretch. Obviously, it's a long year. At this time of year, you're playing almost every other day. . . . But to stay away from the rink a little bit keeps you fresher, gives you that extra jump when you get there" for games.
It also gives players - such as van Riemsdyk - time to heal some nagging injuries.
On Thursday, the Flyers will play in Atlanta and try to avenge Saturday's stunning 5-4 overtime loss. The altered top three lines that played in Tuesday's 3-2 win in Florida will remain together in Atlanta, Laviolette said. The lines: Claude Giroux centering Jeff Carter and Danny Briere; Mike Richards centering Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino; and Kris Versteeg centering van Riemsdyk and Dan Carcillo.
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