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    Gagne Earns PowerAide Endorsement Deal

    Simon Gagne the leagues 2nd leading scorer behind Ilya Kovalchuk has earned his team $2.5 million. The PowerAide deal is earned by a player 25 yrs and younger who scores at least 25 goals. Gagne’s 25 comes exactly at the halfway mark of the season, which projects 50 for the year.

    Gagne currently leads the league in shorthanded goals and is 9th overall in league scoring and is tied for 1st in powerplay goals despite playing most of the season on the 2nd powerplay unit. Asked by reporters if his goal production would rise if he was used on the 1st line PP unit, Gagne responded by saying that he leaves those types of decision to the coaching staff.

    Todd Bertuzzi

    Todd Bertuzzi has taken a liking to his new surroundings as his 17 points in 11 games proves since being traded by LA. He currently sits 4th in league points and is gunning for Peter Forsberg. Bertuzzi is also the top RW point producer in the league.

    Coach’s Line Juggling Proves Productive

    The first night coach Lemaire put the line of Gomez, Gagne and Bertuzzi together he new something special was happening. “You could see the chemistry on their first shift together.â€

    Although all players have benefited from the new line, Scott Gomez may have benefited the most. He recently had back-to-back 3 point games and another couple of multiple point games and currently sits 24th in league scoring.

    Road Warriors

    “Warriors…come out and play e eh.†The Philadelphia Flyers’ below .500 home record reads a non-playoff team, however their 16-4-1 road record has kept them in the hunt for home-ice “dis-advantageâ€.

    “We just can’t get a handle on it. It’s been on of the most difficult things for us to get a handle on. We’ve tried every line combination possible to see what would work but so far nothing. We even hoped a couple of our trades might change the chemistry on the ice so we could be more successful at home.â€

    If this scenario continues, the Flyers may want to consider losing a few games if they find themselves in a battle for home-ice advantage leading into the playoffs….Did I say that?

    Flyers Close in on Defenseman

    The Flyers’ have been searching for another defenseman to help their goaltenders. They currently have two offers to 2 different teams. One offer is up to the Flyers to accept, the other one is the hands of another club who the Flyers have been in negotiations with for about a month. “We feel both players can help our club. With the cap in play more next year, the second deal makes more sense for our team as the player carries a cap friendly salary, however, the assets we’ve offered for that player are more significant.â€

    In addition to their efforts in finding another defenseman the Flyers are still trying to add another young winger to their young stable of prospects. With a plethora of young blue chip defenseman the team is trying to leverage them for a winger of similar ability. “We’re trying to find the right match. Our strength is on defense and our weakness is on the wings. We’re trying to find a partner that has the opposite description,†explained Flyers GM.

    All-Star/Olympic Break

    The Flyers are looking forward to the Olympic break. They’ve had several nagging injuries and one serious one to Anton Volchenkov. “The break will limit the number of games Anton will miss as it gives him 2 weeks rest when games aren’t being played.â€

    All-Star Hopefuls

    Todd Bertuzzi – 4th in league scoring, tops for RW, one of league leaders in hits. Closest Eastern Conference RW is 10 points off Bertuzzi pace.

    Simon Gagne – 2nd in scoring, 9th in points, tops in SH and PP goals, all w/o playing on the #1 PP unit.

    Mike Fisher – 14 goals and + 18 as checking line centre specialist, currently a candidate for Selke Award for top defensive forward. Impressive +18 on team who’s goal differential is only 18 goals.

    Scott Gomez – outside shot at 2nd line centre, on a roll since Bertuzzi trade. Currently sits 9th in points for centres. Only 6 points from top 5 after only having limited PP time most of the year.

    Andrei Markov – unsung and underrated defenseman and leader of defensive corps. Markov plays a strong two-way game and is one pace to help the club win the Nextel award for a defenseman who scores 18 or more goals. Impressive +15 on team who’s goal differential is only 18 goals.
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