We briefly mentioned Ed Snider’s frustration at the bottom of our post on the Jordan Eberle-Philadelphia trade rumor. Here is the Flyers’ outspoken owner in full as he sounds off on his team’s dismal performance last night versus New Jersey:
Some key quotes for those who can’t watch:
“I’ve been in the game for 47 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. We certainly know that we’re more talented than we’re showing on the ice. I think the question is, ‘How talented are we?'”
“I’m hoping they’ll snap out of it and show us the kind of talent that they’ve shown in the past and that we believe they still have.”
“When [the fans are] booing like they were last night, to me it’s very disconcerting, but I understand it. I don’t blame them. The effort was pathetic. We were losing all the battles along the boards and we can’t continue to be a team that can’t score. If we can’t score, we can at least win the battles along the boards.”
“I’ve never seen a team that can’t score…with the talent that we have.”
“It’s a constant thing to evaluate talent. Players are good, then they struggle, they go through certain things, but usually not all at once. We all know what these guys can do. It’s not like they’re all new guys and we never saw them before. Everybody knows what Claude Giroux can do and what kind of talent he has.”
The Flyers host Edmonton Saturday in a meeting between two teams that desperately need to turn things around, if it’s not too late already.
Speaking of Giroux…
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.
In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.
At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.
As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.
The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.
All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.