I find it interesting when they call a concussion "dizzyness" or something strange, but won't call it a concussion and then all of a sudden we never see them again. Kim Johnsson and Simon Gagne both went through that.
Briere and Parent are also fully recovered from the flu. In fact, the entire club seems back to normal health.
If van Riemsdyk and Briere both play, then David Laliberte would be sent back to the Phantoms.
On defense, the Flyers are being cautious, keeping Oskars Bartulis here to play for Tollefsen. If Bartulis were to play, he would be the second Flyer of Latvian descent since Mike Knuble, who was an American player by birth.
Incidentally, Bartulis said he is “under consideration” to represent his country in the Vancouver Olympic Games. Latvia has one of the smallest Olympic rosters in hockey.
Of course, it’s uncertain whether Bartulis will make his NHL debut on Thursday against the Sabres.
“When you are a young kid, you are always dreaming about this and now you are here, so here is your chance,” said the 22-year-old. “I thought my training camp was pretty good. Everyone was happy with how I played. I think it was pretty good.”
When Mara Knuble climbed onto a boat and fled war-torn Latvia with her mother and grandmother at the age of 4 -- never to see her father again -- she did it as an act of survival, not inspiration.
When she spent five years in a displaced persons camp in Lubeck, Germany, rationing food and waiting for the day she could call America her home, Mara Knuble was seeking opportunity, not appreciation.
When her husband died suddenly at the age of 45, leaving her to raise two teenage boys, Mara Knuble relied on her maternal instincts – and hockey – to provide what was needed.
All along her two sons, Flyers right wing Mike Knuble and his younger brother, Steve, were watching and listening and learning.
Eventually, both families migrated to Detroit before settling in a Latvian community in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Mara and Aivars re-acquainted and eventually married.
Although Mike and Steve Knuble were born in Toronto, where their father worked as a marketing director for Steelcase Office Furniture, both were raised in Grand Rapids, where they learned more about their Latvian heritage.
Stevens expects Briere (right quad pull) and James van Riemsdyk (fractured left pinky) to play. … Ryan Parent (right groin pull) is out; Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (concussion) remains doubtful which is why Phantoms call-up Oskars Bartulius remained here. … Parent says he expects to play Saturday night against Buffalo.
If the news on Tuesday – that almost all of the injured Flyers had returned to the ice for practice – was positive, then Wednesday must be considered mixed.
No, there weren’t any new injuries to report. It just seems that both Ryan Parent (groin) and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (concussion) are not 100-percent ready to return to the lineup in time for Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
The good news, though, is that it looks like Danny Briere (quad) and James van Riemsdyk (broken & stitched pinkie) will be able to play on Thursday.
“They’re all back on the ice, they’re all participants at practice,” Flyers coach John Stevens said. “We hope to get them all back this weekend at some point.”
Briere hasn’t played since he injured his quad (right above the knee) on Oct. 27 in Washington. The often complained about schedule gap has allowed Briere to miss just 4 games.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 11-11-2009 at 02:32 PM.
i was just relieved/surprised to hear it was a quad and not his groin. but i agree, its early and you'd rather him sit out an extra game or two rather than risk doing further damage and being out for an extended period.