Loose pucks. Given that there may be as many as 10 new players, including one returnee in Chris Therien, in the dressing room who weren't there in May 2004, when the playoffs ended, the Flyers have strategically placed their key younger players next to new veteran acquisitions: Patrick Sharp will sit next to Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter next to Eric Desjardins, Mike Richards next to Keith Primeau, R.J. Umberger next to Mike Rathje, and Joni Pitkanen next to Derian Hatcher... . Physicals are Sept. 12. Camp opens the next day... . Former Flyers assistant coach E.J. McGuire was named director of NHL Central Scouting yesterday.
Guess RJ has a shot of making the club, maybe force a Brashear out.
Not to sound like an *** but this is something that happens in every locker room for every sport.
You're not. In our case, it will be beneficial:
Mike Richards next to Keith Primeau -- some consider Mike to be future Flyers captain material so who better to have him sit by than Preems?
Joni Pitkanen next to Derian Hatcher -- Derian can show Joni a few tricks of the trade so when people decide to take a run at him he can defend himself. This is exactly the guy Joni needs right now. Three concussions last year, if he is paired with Derian that will stop completely.