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January 18, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
The National Hockey League today took out full-page ads in dozens of newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, apologizing for the lockout and thanking fans for their patience. The ad - a four paragraph letter - paints a positive picture of what remains of the season, avoids pointing fingers at the players' union and takes no blame for the 119 day lockout. "We placed this ad in approximately 40 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada - at least one in each of our teams' 30 markets and in a handful of national newspapers in both countries," said John Dellapina, the NHL's vice president in charge of communications.
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January 18, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Players, coaches, and fans weren't the only ones who suffered during the NHL's 113-day lockout. The broadcasters also felt the misery - and they didn't go to Europe to keep sharp. Being off for so long, "you get yourself out of a rhythm," said Steve Coates, the TV analyst who kept busy during the work stoppage by helping run his construction business. "This was my third lockout, and I never dreamt they'd blow it up again. " With the NHL iced, Tim Saunders, the Flyers' play-by-play radio voice, covered some of the Adirondack Phantoms' AHL games on the Flyers' website.
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January 16, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin picked up his Art Ross Trophy on Tuesday for being the NHL's MVP last season. Fresh off a working vacation back in his native Russia during the four-month lockout, Malkin is eager to pick up a different piece of hardware this spring. Malkin said the Stanley Cup is the only thing that matters in 2013 after the Penguins were ousted during the first round of last years's playoffs by the Flyers.   Zetterberg gets 'C' The Detroit Red Wings have chosen Henrik Zetterberg as their captain, replacing retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
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January 16, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER GOING MORE than 8 months without hockey, Flyers chairman Ed Snider could not wait to get back. In fact, one of his first orders of business after returning from his 80th birthday celebration with family in the Caribbean was a stop at the Flyers' practice facility on Tuesday. It was Snider's first appearance at a practice since last April during the Flyers' epic first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh. "I was sick that this thing took so long," Snider said, referring to the NHL's 119-day lockout.
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January 14, 2013
On a sheet of ice a few miles from sandy Pacific beaches, the Los Angeles Kings finally began their quest to again hoist the Stanley Cup on Sunday, with several hundred fans packed on wooden bleachers in El Segundo, Calif. There's not much time to get ready for a 48-game season that will start without a preseason. Other teams also opened camp to enthusiastic audiences, four months after the NHL lockout started. The Columbus Blue Jackets were greeted by fans standing three deep around the glass, clapping and cheering; in Englewood, Colo., fans crammed into the stands for the Colorado Avalanche; and Pittsburgh Penguins players raised their sticks to salute the hundreds of fans sitting elbow to elbow on concrete bleachers in Canonsburg, Pa.     Quotable Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, as his team took the ice for the first time since the end of the lockout: "Now we've had enough rest . . . These guys are [saying]
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January 13, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Flyers forwards who had been playing in the AHL were at an informal practice Friday in Voorhees, and Wayne Simmonds also joined the team as it prepared for Sunday's opening of training camp. Brayden Schenn, who is expected to play on the Flyers' second line, was one of the players from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms who made his first appearance at the Voorhees rink this season. "It's been a long wait, but I'm excited to be here," said Schenn, who was reunited with his brother, Luke, a defenseman the Flyers acquired in the offseason.
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January 12, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers fans forgive quickly. Since the lockout ended Sunday, the Flyers have sold more season tickets than were canceled during the 113-day work stoppage, according to Shawn Tilger, the club's vice president of business operations. Tilger did not have the exact figures available. Do the ticket sales mean he's not concerned that fans have soured because of the lockout? "I wouldn't say not concerned, but I'm just saying it shows the loyal fans we have," Tilger said. "We have the greatest fans in hockey.
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January 12, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 25, Matt Read was considered an "old" rookie when he led all first-year NHL players with 24 goals last season. Now the unflappable Flyers winger is hoping his experience and relatively old age for a second-year player will help him avoid the proverbial sophomore jinx. "Hopefully being more mature and older than most [in this position], I can withstand the pressure and try to be a top player in this league," Read, now 26, said after taking part in the Flyers' informal practice Thursday at their Voorhees training facility.
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January 11, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A concussion and knee injury slowed rugged Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann late last season, but the 113-day lockout helped him recover. "My body feels good. I had a lot of time to heal, train, and rehab - all that," Grossmann said after skating with the Flyers during an informal practice Thursday in Voorhees. Grossmann, a 6-foot-4 230-pounder, could be on the Flyers' first defensive pairing, with Braydon Coburn. "It feels good to come back and know the system and know the coaches and what they want out of us," said Grossmann, who emerged as one of the Flyers' top defensemen after being acquired from Dallas last February for a second-round pick in 2012 and a third-rounder in 2013.
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January 11, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT HARTNELL is a gambling man. During the NHL's mind-sapping lockout, Hartnell had two choices: head to Europe to stay in shape with the hope of carrying over the momentum from his career year; or stay in North America and enjoy the spoils of life without hockey for a change. More than 200 players with NHL contracts skated in Europe. Hartnell chose the road less traveled. He spent much of his time in the Phoenix area, working out with other NHL players in Scottsdale. Braydon Coburn joined him in some of those workouts.
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