Saturday, September 22, 2012

Flyers across the world!

As of midnight Saturday, September 15th, the NHL decided to screw their fans over for the second time in seven years by entering a work stoppage, leaving the start of the 2012-'13 season up in the air. Hockey fans have begun to occupy themselves through other outlets. I, for one, am convinced if I stop playing NHL 13 I'll die from depression, while others have turned to watching the Kontinental Hockey League of Russia or the AHL, where some of the younger Flyers were shipped. The players themselves, however, despite being part of the problem have began to play in other leagues. Not every Flyer has gone to a different country however, but as of now, here's a running list of who's going where:


Ruslan Fedotenko - HC Donbass (KHL)
Jakub Voracek - HC Lev Praha (KHL)
Ilya Bryzgalov - CSKA Moscow (KHL)

Adirondack Phantoms:

Brayden Schenn
Sean Couturier
Zac Rinaldo
Matt Ford
Ben Holmstrom
Harry Zolnierczyk
Eric Wellwood
Marc-Andre Bourdon
Erik Gustafsson
Danny Syvret

Staying Home (For now):
Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot, Bruno Gervais, Kimmo Timonen

Obviously, with this news being so sudden, some players like Wayne Simmonds (LOLJK Simmer went to Germany to play for 'Eispiraten Crimmitschau' [the ice pirates], a second division team) and Scott Hartnell are still undecided on their immediate future, probably hoping not to go too far in hopes that a season can still be salvaged. Plus considering how much a single team loses in revenue per cancelled game (a million bucks!), you'd think they'd be trying harder to get this back on track. Until live hockey returns to my television, I'll continue to play video games and keep tabs on the Phantoms. But heed this warning, Mr. Bettman: A dog is only as loyal as its master. String us along for much longer, and come game time the seats may be emptier than you anticipate.

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