Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been released from the hospital and is at home resting. Per the Flyers, all diagnostic tests came back normal. The netminder will be reevaluated on Monday afternoon.
During a stoppage in Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Neuvirth appeared to crouch down. He suddenly fell backward, splayed on the ice.
Neuvirth was alert and talking as he was stretchered off.
According to Tim Panaccio of CSN, Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that Neuvirth had a ‘bad chest cold this week.’
If that factored into the episode on the ice, we don’t know. We’re just happy that Neuvirth is OK.
If any additional details come available, we’ll update them here.
Taylor Hall made a move so brilliant it broke Steve Mason.
OK. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but what Hall did was spectacular.
Hall gets in on a breakaway behind Shayne Gostisbehere. He dekes and dipsy-doodles the puck to a point where Mason bites. With his right hand on his stick, Hall sweeps the puck past the out-stretched skate of the goaltender and into the net.
Mason was clearly in distress afterward. It looked like he stretched completely out to make the save. Could it be his groin? Knee? A hammy? After a couple minutes, he was helped to the locker room.
Almost immediately after Mason left the ice, the Philly broadcast opined that this could be the last time fans saw the netminder in a Flyers’ jersey. Mason is an unrestricted free agent after the season, but come on. There are 12 games left. Give the guy the benefit of the doubt even if he is (allegedly) made of glass.
The season ending injury talk was indeed a bit premature. Reports after the game were that Mason was suffering from cramping. He’ll be evaluated again on Friday.
The team was losing 4-2 when Michal Neuvirth replaced Mason. Adam Henrique scored a goal on Neuvirth and Hall picked up his second of the game on an empty net. Devils snap a 10 game losing streak, 6-2.
On trade deadline day, the Philadelphia Flyers made news by signing two players instead of trading them. Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and goaltender Michal Neuvirth have signed separate two-year deals with the club.
Let’s start with Bellemare.
Bellemare has played in all 62 games for the Flyers this season and recorded 3 goals and 3 assists. He’s currently on the final year of a two-year contract with an average annual value of $712,500.
The 31-year-old has put up 12 and 14 points in his two previous seasons in the NHL. Maybe that steady production gave GM Ron Hextall confidence to double Bellemare’s current contract? The new two-year deal is worth $1.45-million PER YEAR.
How are Flyers fans taking it? Let’s check in with Broad Street Hockey.
LOS ANGELES — It’s been six years since Wayne Simmonds received a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd.
Simmonds been back plenty of times since the trade that sent him from LA to Philly, but he’s had his Philadelphia Flyers teammates along with him. That tends to make the pro-Los Angeles Kings crowd a little less cheerful.
All that was forgotten for a couple hours as Simmonds took to the ice during player introductions and received one of the loudest, positive reactions from the crowd. He didn’t predict this would come in his first ever NHL All-Star Game of which he’d eventually become the MVP.
“You know, it meant a lot. I haven’t been here for six years,” said Simmonds. “When you leave a place, you don’t expect to come back and get all the cheers as I did today, but I must have did something right when I was here. I know I had a lot of die-hard fans here, and I really appreciate those people. I just appreciate everything. It made me feel good today.”
Chalk this up to things you don’t see every day.
In the first period between the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers, Kevin Bieksa and Wayne Simmonds decided to throw down.
It was a spirited tussle as Bieksa quickly ripped the jersey off Simmonds.
The two hug it out before Bieksa unleashes rights on Simmonds and somehow manages to rip his pads off too. The pads came off along with the shirt Simmonds was wearing underneath.
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By the end of the fight, Simmonds was naked from the pants up and the two guys were laughing as they went to their respective penalty boxes.
Given how easily Simmond’s jersey came off, we’re guessing he didn’t have it tied down properly as mandated by the league. However, the officials were laughing at what happened and didn’t fault Simmonds for Magic Mike-ing it up on the ice.
The Philadelphia Flyers are looking at the possibility of losing a fifth player to a knee injury this season.
In the second period of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, Sean Couturier and Vincent Trochek got their legs tangled up.
Couturier took the worst of it.
He dropped directly to the ice. When he tried to put any weight on his left leg, he collapsed back down. With the help of the trainer and teammates, Couturier was able to skate off the ice but continued to keep his left leg bent and elevated.