All season long, the Philadelphia Flyers appeared to be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ kryptonite. It makes you wonder if their first round domination of Pittsburgh had more to do with the Penguins’ inability to beat them or the Flyers raw talent.
Truthfully, it probably a little of both, but their second-round opponent, the New Jersey Devils, appear to be a different beast. They can’t simply overwhelm them like they did with the Penguins.
In the first round, Philadelphia claimed the first two contests to put history of their side. However, they have won just seven of 26 playoff series after falling down 2-1.
“There’s no guy on this team that’s going to quit,” Giroux said. “It’s going to be a wake-up call to have a good series now. They’re a good team. They can score goals. They can play good defensively. I think we need to wake it up a little bit.”
Doing a little better defensively might be a nice start for a team looking to turn things around. Bryzgalov has given up at least three goals in all but one playoff start in 2012. While that’s not entirely his fault, it is beyond troubling at this point. They could get away with that kind of thing against the Penguins, but they aren’t going to consistently get four or more goals past Martin Brodeur and the Devils’ defense.
The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards may be nearing a settlement in their dispute over Richards’ terminated contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting.
You can read the report for all the details, but we’re sure curious about this part:
If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.
The issue here is precedent, and what this case could set. The NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door, and many are adamant that that’s what the Kings were attempting to do in Richards’ case.
The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.
“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.
“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”
While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.
“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”
Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?