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Face-Off! The NHL puck drops

 

On October 6, Winnipeg played host to a massive party not only to welcome back the National Hockey League for another season, but also to welcome back their Winnipeg Jets. NHL Face-Off kicked off with a bang at The Forks near downtown Winnipeg with thousands of people gathering hours prior to the start. Parents were taking their kids out of school early to steak out a spot close to the main stage. Many trivia games and contests filled the commercial breaks between the Habs and Leafs game, which was shown on several big screens. A few bands came on to entertain the massive crowd. Three Days Grace, Winnipeg's Inward Eye, and Bachman Turner played individual sets. In ...

Turning My Coat For Don Cherry

By now, I'm sure you've all heard about Don Cherry's rant on Hockey Night in Canada on opening night. On his staple "Coach's Corner" segment between the first and second periods of the Leafs and Habs season opener, Cherry ripped into the apparent "turncoats" that have recently come out, in some form or another, against fighting in the league, not coincidentally following the deaths of three active players known more for their fisticuffs than their hockey skills.

Any death in our sport, whether it's suicidal, accidental, homicidal, plane related, or what have you, is tragic. These three players may have had t...

Opening Night Liveblog: Habs-Leafs, Flyers-Bruins

Hockey's back! And TCL is right here with you to take it all in. It's opening night, and we'll be right here with you every step of the way. Join us as we cover the Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers at Boston. Just enter your comments and follow along in the discussion below, or click here to open the widget in a new window!

 

 

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Flyers Look for Banner Time In Boston

The Philadelphia Flyers will start their 2011-2012 season in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins on the night their Stanley Cup Banner is unveiled at 7:00 pm EST at TD Garden.

Ironically in the same place their 2010-2011 brief playoff run ended in a sweep, only managing two goals for, while surrendering ten in games three and four in Boston. This is not just any ordinary opening night.

The Flyers will have to watch the Bruins organization unveil their 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Banner right before their eyes. There may be a bright side to the Flyers team being witness to that, as it could add extra motivation and set the tone for the season.

Link Checks: 10/6/11

Happy Hockey New Year everybody!

The season kicks off later tonight with three games on tap. First, the Flyers will visit Boston, where their season ended last year. The Canadiens kick off their season with a visit to rival Toronto and Pittsburgh makes the cross country trek to Vancouver to open against the Stanley Cup losers. Should be a great night, and it feels so good to have hockey back in my life.

Click to read a collection of Flyers-related links for the day.

Islanders Finalize Opening Night Roster

September has passed, which means training camp is over. October has just begun, which means hockey season is back. Today, the Islanders announced their final roster, narrowing it down to a total of 23.

Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov was sent back to the QMJHL today after his very strong solid preseason, impressing many members of the Islanders organization.

Another rookie who battled for a final roster spot was Islanders first round pick Ryan Strome. Only thing was, he won the battle. Many people believe he will only see nine games in the NHL this season, the same as Nino Niederreiter last season. Niederreiter, raring to get started in his first full season in the NHL, has...

Strome and Pandolfo Earn Contracts With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo, who had been playing with the Islanders during the pre-season on a tryout, and Ryan Strome, the team's 5th overall pick in 2011, were both signed to contracts with the team before today's 5 PM deadline.

Pandolfo's contract is for one year, likely serving as a member of the team's fourth line unit and a veteran penalty killer. Whether or not he will be in the line up on opening night is unknown as Reasoner will be at center with Matt Martin, Brian Rolston and Trevor Gillies competing with Pandolfo for the names to be on the roster.

However, Gillies is currently on the IR w...

My 2011-12 NHL Regular Season Top 8 Picks

Let’s peek into my crystal ball and see if I’ll be right or wrong on my Top 8 picks.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1 – Pittsburgh
2 – Buffalo
3 – Washington
4 – Montreal
5 – Toronto
6 – Winnipeg
7 – Boston
8 – Philadelphia

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1 – Detroit
2 – Calgary
3 – Los Angeles
4 – Chicago
5 – Nashville
6 – San Jose
7 – Anaheim
8 – Vancouver

I will make a mid-season update based on how all teams involved are doing.

Thank You Notes

Two days left until the real games start, where has the time gone?  I know a lot of you thought I was gone forever, but I’m not the Atlanta Thrashers or playoff hockey in Toronto. To be honest though, I’m just more of a regular season guy, like Alex Ovechkin. 

Now with that said, there’s just a few thank you notes I’d like to hand out before we get started.

The first person I want to thank is Stephen Marche, who wrote an article last week suggesting that Toronto is the worst sports city in the WORLD. One of the main criteria was that fans in Toronto show up in masses to support mediocre teams. The fact is that Toronto fans are ignoring strateg...

Link Checks : 10/4/11

Just about every day during the upcoming 2011-2012 hockey season I'm going to be posting a collection of links to Flyers related news from The Checking Line as well as other sources. It'd be great if this feature had a better name than "Flyers Links" so if you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments!ted links from TCL and beyond!