Sunday, December 30, 2012

Updated: Bryz , Briere and a very nice painting

December 30, 2012

Update #3: Hopefully the last update and the one that clears everything up in concern to Bryzgalov and CSKA Moscow.

On CSKA Moscow's official website the team posted a statement saying that the goaltender left the team because he has an upper-body injury and wants to consult North American doctors, contradicting reports that said Bryzgalov left the team because he believes the lockout is ending or that he was not happy playing for the team.

The statement also says that Bryzgalov will return to the team when healthy.

Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough posted the story with a translation of the team's statement that you can read here, unless you can read Russian, then you can see the statement on CSKA Moscow's site here.

Update #2: Earlier today, Ilya Bryzgalov was quoted as saying "I quit CSKA Moscow because the lockout is ending."

The Daily News' Frank Seravalli cited Russian reporter Ruslan Salikhov, who reported that Bryzgalov said the quote, but then Bryzgalov himself tweeted this to Seravalli:

This article is complete BS, i did not make any comments like that:-)Bryz leaves Russia because "lockout is ending"

Bryzgalov's tweet caused confusion over Twitter, but after questioning by Seravalli and the Courier Post's Dave Isaac, Salikhov revealed through the social network that the quote came from a Russian sports website called R-Sport and not from him.

The article on R-Sport does not contain the exact quote from Bryzgalov, but instead refers to a source that said Bryzgalov believes the NHL Lockout is ending.

Salikhov retracted the quote in a series of tweets listed below.

 The sources in Russia say that Bryzgalov is leaving because he feels the lockout is ending. I believe that, but I also believe..
 that Bryz may not have said it exactly like that. Who knows what he said, have to go by what Bryz says himself

   Well, he just said on his twitter he did not, so then not!

 The sources came from  I know they are reliable. But I am retracting.

so I want to retract everything for the last day, my official statement!

Regardless of what exacty Bryzgalov said or not, he is still leaving CSKA Moscow.

As for the status of the ongoing lockout, the NHL and NHLPA continue negotiations for a new CBA. It is expected that both sides will meet face-to-face on Monday.

Update: Bryzgalov has now given a reason for leaving CSKA Moscow. Frank Seravalli of the Daily News reports that Bryzgalov said "I quit CSKA because the lockout is ending."

Does the quote create optimism? Yes. Is Bryz right? I hope so.

Ilyla Bryzgalov is no longer playing for CSKA Moscow, the KHL team he signed with during the lockout.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A welcome back recap

December 29, 2012

If only it were so simple.
215 Hockey has been down for a while, so gets all caught up on what has been going on with the Flyers, shall we?

Saturday, December 22, 2012


December 28, 2012

Updated 12/28/12: 215 Sports returns tomorrow!

It has been quite some time since anything has posted and I would like to say that I am deeply sorry for that. I began my first semester of college in September and it has been the reason for why nothing has been posted over the past few months. Unfortunately, school has taken up much of my time. However, I learned a lot over the past three months and will be applying the new things that I learned to the blogs to make them the best they can possibly be. I started by making a new twitter account, follow @itssnick215, where I will be tweeting regularly about not just the Flyers and the Phillies, but the Sixers, Eagles and Union as well. I will also tweet about other stories in sports too and this all starts today, so be sure to follow. As far as posts go, I plan to start writing again a couple days after Christmas and hopefully there will be more content on the blogs than ever before. There will be a lot of changes made to the 215 blogs in the near future and I hope they will all be for the best. I understand that my absence may have caused some frustration or impatience, but to those of you that remain (if there are any) please know that you have my utmost respect. The 215 blogs will return soon and I really hope that they can gain a strong following in the future.

Happy Holidays!
- Nick Tricome

Monday, September 10, 2012

The history of Philly Cover Athletes

September 10, 2012

Many a hockey fan will be picking up a copy of EA Sports' NHL 13 tomorrow, when the game finally hits store shelves.

The team at EA has made big changes to this year's edition of the annual hockey game, which gives fans plenty to be excited about.

Flyers fans, however, have one extra reason to buy the game, because two-time All-Star Claude Giroux is the cover athlete.

Giroux is only the most recent of Philadelphia athletes to grace the cover of a sports game though. In fact, he joins a pretty lengthy list of players who were chosen to be cover athletes during their time in Philadelphia. Nine to be exact.

So, in honor of the release of NHL 13, I've decided to take a look back at all the games that had a Flyer, a Phillie, a Sixer or an Eagle on the front of the box.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oh no

September 5, 2012

A lockout is becoming more probable by the day.

Tim Panaccio of reports that NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman will ask the league's Board of Governers to vote on the support of a player lockout, should a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL players and owners not be reached by September 15.

On top of that, Panaccio reveals that two player agents he spoke to told him that "both sides are preparing – and have been – for a lockout."

Now, more than ever, both the NHL Players' Association and the League owners have to make substantial progress if they want to avoid a delay or cancellation of the 2012-13 season. They have a little over a week to do so, and reach a new agreement.

You can read Panaccio's full article by clicking here.

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Pronger guarantees delay to season

 September 5, 2012

Chris Pronger has not spoken to the public in months since his season ended from a concussion.

However, Pronger offered his opinion on a now very possible lockout while he was attending a St. Louis Police Foundation luncheon.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Together we can No Lockout

It has been a while since I have posted anything. Again, I am deeply sorry for that. The good news though, is that I plan to write on the blogs again starting some time this week.
Anyway, I realize that I haven't written about the CBA negotiations very much. In short; things aren't looking good. A lockout is a very real possibility right now, because the players and the owners have made very little progress in reaching an agreement. Both sides have little common ground which is not good, since the expiration date for the current CBA (September 15) is rapidly approaching.
I heard about this YouTube video via NBC Sports and a tweet by Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche.
This video centers around the effects that a potential lockout can have on the players and the fans. The video also raises the point that so many memorable moments could be missed, and history never to have been made.
I thought it was incredible and very inspiring. I tip my hat to the creator
I strongly encourage anyone reading this right now to watch the video below.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Doan Update: Sabres make offer

August 22, 2012
There has not been any Shane Doan related news in a while.

The last thing reported on this blog was that the Flyers are still in the mix for the free agent, despite a supposed "top three list" that cosnsisted of the Rangers, Penguins and Canucks.

However, ESPN's John Buccigross broke new details on the free agent's drawn out proccess via Twitter.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hartnell signs contract extension

August 20, 2012
Scott Hartnell will remain in Philly for the for the foreseeable future.

The Flyers re-signed their forward to a multi-year contract extension on Monday afternoon.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Former Flyer captain gets day with the Cup

August 18, 2012

Saturday was Mike Richards' day with the Stanley Cup.

The former Flyer captain brought the Cup to his hometwon in Kenora, Ontario.

He arrived to his hometwon via boat, where fans were waiting for him to arrive. Hoping to have a chance to meet him and see the Cup in person.

Philip Pritchard (a.k.a. the Keeper of the Cup) tweeted pictures of Richards' day with Lord Stanley. However, I am only posting one, because it is painful for me (and probably many more Flyers fans) to see.

Out of the three pictures that Pritchard posted, this one makes me the least depressed. I don't know, maybe it's the boat or something.

Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, and Simon Gagne are also former Flyers that helped the Los Angeles Kings win this year.

They leave then they win..... Why?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Flyers have best uniforms according to NFL writer

August 17, 2012's Dave Dameshek decided to do a countdown of the best pro uniforms in sports for 2012.
Dameshek's countdown consists of a list of 122 teams in the four major professional sports, not just the NFL.
The Philly teams faired pretty well on his list, especially the orange and black.

Flyers create internship to honor Jessica Redfield

August 17, 2012
The Flyers announced today that they have created a scholarship in honor of Jessica Redfield, a 24-year old sports journalist who died in the tragic Aurora movie theater shooting.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simmonds agrees to contract extension.

August 16, 2012
UPDATE:  The Flyers have announced on their website that Simmonds has signed the contract extension.

Forward Wayne Simmonds has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Flyers.

The news broke late Wednesday night via a tweet from Bob McKenzie.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Players make proposal, both sides show they want to make progress

August 14, 2012
The negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association is a subject that has not been written about very much on 215 Hockey. However, it is a very important issue.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) expires on September 15.

If the two sides do not reach an agreement by the mid-September deadline, then the season could be in jeopardy of being delayed or even cancelled entirely. It has happened before.

In 2004, the NHL and NHLPA could not reach an agreement on a new CBA and the entire 2004-2005 season was cancelled.

The league suffered from missing the season and it is in danger of suffering through it again, because much of the CBA related news implies that another lockout is a very realistic possibility, especially after NHL commisioner Gary Bettman said that he is prepared for a lockout if no agreement is reached by September 15.

But, an important step was made on Tuesday.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lilja has hip surgery

August 14, 2012
The bad news just does not seem to stop for the Flyers' defense.

Now it has been revealed by GM Paul Holmgren that defenseman Andreas Lilja had surgery on his left hip in July.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Flyers sign Laughton to entry-level contract, re-sign Bourdon

August 8, 2012
 The Flyers signed their 2012 first round pick in Scott Laughton to an entry-level contract. He will get the entry-level standard of three years

The Flyers also re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a two-year deal that's Sarah Baicker reports is worth $1.225 million.

Shane Doan Update

August 8, 2012
More news arose on where Shane Doan will sign, and yet it is still not any clearer on what team he will choose.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Doan now has a top-three list

August 6, 2012
It seemed like any confusion surrounding where free agent Shane Doan will go was cleared up when he said that his goal was to remain in Phoenix.

Again, this is not the case.

Weekend Recap

August 6, 2012

This weekend brought news of a now former Flyer, and a free agnet who could possibly land in Philly.

Friday, August 3, 2012


August 3, 2012

I will be away on vacation this weekend. The Twitter account will still be updating, and I will do a recap of everything that was missed when I get back.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ferrell, Galifinakis, and Marathons

August 1, 2012
Comedic actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis were at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday to promote their new movie The Campaign.

Matt Read, Sean Couturier, and Zac Rinaldo were at the event, along with Eagles center Jason Kelce to present the actors with Flyers and Eagles jerseys respectively.

Laviolette agrees to extension with Flyers

August 1, 2012
The Phillies delivered bad news Tuesday with the trades of outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. Fast foward a day later, and the Flyers have good news.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Welcome to 215 Hockey!

Dear Reader,

215 Hockey officially launches today, and I welcome you to check out all the news this blog will have to offer on the Philadelphia Flyers. It is the offseason, but the Flyers have made plenty of noise in free agency, and all signs show that they are not quite done yet before the start of the season (if the CBA negotiations allow the season to start). I plan to update this blog daily and hope that this blog will ultimately become a reliable source for your Flyers related news. I promise to update this blog when a new story presents itself as soon as possible. However, there are some things you should take into consideration when I say that. First of all, I am an incoming college freshman, so I expect that school will be taking up quite a bit of my time. Also, I have a job that keeps me away from a computer. At times it will get tough, but I will do what I can to keep readers updated with all that goes on with the Flyers. This is not the first time that I have kept blogs on Philadelphia Sports Teams. Previously, I ran a series of blogs under the name On the Board Philly, but I had to stop due to some personal issues I had to work out. After I resolved these issues, I decided to start fresh rather than going back after a long absence. Then 215 Sports was born. You can still check out On the Board Philly at these web addresses:

In fact, I encourage you to check out those blogs. Although they are outdated, they provide a good example of how this blog, and the rest of 215 Sports, will be maintained. I am not doing this for money or fame, this is just a labor of love from a die-hard Flyers Fan.

Lets Go Flyers!
- Nick

P.S.- Also, check out 215 Baseball for your Phillies news, and the 215 Sports homepage