Buffalo Sabres sign UMass Lowell D Chad Ruhwedel, who makes NHL debut against Flyers

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— The Buffalo Sabres have signed undrafted rookie free-agent defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (ROO-wee-dell) to a two-year contract after he completed his college career at UMass Lowell.. Hours after being signed Saturday, Ruhwedel made his NHL debut, playing in Buffalo’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers.. He had 23 points (seven goals) in 41 games this past season in helping Lowell reach the Frozen Four, before losing to Yale in a semifinal game on Thursday.. Overall, he had 63 points (15 goals) in 110 career games for the River Hawks.. The Sabres had an immediate need at defense.. Tyler Myers will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in a 5-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday.. Flyers forward Danny Briere returned after missing 10 games with a concussion.. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.. All rights reserved.. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/buffalo-sabres-sign-umass-lowell-d-chad-ruhwedel-who-makes-nhl-debut-against-flyers/2013/04/13/ea175058-a46d-11e2-bd52-614156372695_story.html

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Facing a Montreal Canadiens team that was pretty generous in its own end the last time out could help get them back on track.. Philadelphia looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss by defeating Montreal for the eighth time in 11 meetings Monday night.. The Flyers (17-21-3) haven’t missed the playoffs since 2006-07, but they’re sitting nine points behind the New York Rangers for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot.. They’ve managed three goals during their skid after falling 1-0 to Buffalo on Saturday.. Philadelphia has gone four games without scoring at least two goals in regulation for the first time since Jan.. 24-30, 2003.. ”Nobody likes the position we’re in.. It’s tough to take,” general manager Paul Holmgren said.. ”Scoring three goals in the last four games is, I’m sure, real tough to take for the players, too.. We just have to dig in now and play hard.” Danny Briere returned after missing 10 games with a concussion and wasn’t immune to the bad luck, ringing a shot off the crossbar as the final horn sounded.. The Flyers, who last dropped five straight in regulation Nov. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/FlyersCanadiens-Preview-20344628

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Ugly season for Flyers slowly drawing to a close

Jakub Voracek and the Flyers have had a disappointing season right from the start. Credit: Getty Images

8-seed Rangers get six points — or five in the case of the Islanders and four with the Senators — the Flyers will officially be eliminated from playoff contention.. In other words, the Flyers’ next big moment will be the April 29 NHL draft lottery, where they’re hoping to land one of the top picks in what’s considered a strong draft.. Of course, no one’s going to admit that until it really is over for head coach Peter Laviolette’s underachieving 17-21-3 team which heads to Montreal tonight, before hosting the Rangers tomorrow — a potential four-point swing off the tragic number.. They’ll point to injuries (of which they’ve had more than their share, especially on the defense), the NHL’s truncated 48-game season (even though it was the same for everybody) and bad bounces for their decline.. Related Articles Flyers hope alarm clock sounds against Senators Typical of that mindset was Saturday’s 1-0 loss in Buffalo, where the Sabres scored when a shot caromed off the boards and deflected off goalie Steve Mason’s skate into the net.. In reality, the Flyers’ downfall has been more about their own inadequacies.. A number of players — particularly second-year men Sean Couturier (three goals), Brayden Schenn (seven goals) and Matt Read (nine goals) — failed to perform to their rookie standards.. Others, like Scott Hartnell (four goals in 25 games), Danny Briere (five goals in 27 games) and even new captain Claude Giroux (12 goals) didn’t measure up nearly as expected even factoring in their injuries.. Couple that with a slow defense which had trouble clearing the puck from their zone even before injuries to Niklas Grossmann, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Meszaros set in, along with an inconsistent goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov and the recipe for disaster was set.. Weekend crime rundown: Three killed,10 injured in shootings,… Weekend crime rundown: Three killed,10 injured in shootings,… Police are investigating three fatal shootings, as well as a home invasion at a rooming house that netted thieves Gucci belts and Prada sneakers. source: http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/sports/nhl/2013/04/14/ugly-season-for-flyers-slowly-drawing-to-a-close/

Life as a Scout… with Neil Little

-Neil PART 9-12: East-West and all points in between Hello, Flyers Fans!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season, and all of you are enjoying the return of NHL Hockey as much as I..   First things first:  When mom wonders why she can’t find my newest travel blog, a twinge of guilt arises and I must jot some notes down to keep her informed of my journeys.  So, to you Mom, and whomever else is interested in my scouting life, here is a list of the cities I have travelled to over the course of January: Minneapolis and St Cloud (MN), Moncton (NB), Halifax (NS), Charlottetown (PEI), Fernie and Victoria (BC), Lethbridge and Calgary (AB), Toronto, Barrie, London, Belleville and Guelph (ON), Montreal and Quebec City (QC), Glens Falls (NY), Hartford (CT), Detroit and East Lansing (MI), and finally Pittsburgh (PA).  Below are a bunch of the photos I took before continuing my blog…. Enjoy.. A Maritime Lighthouse with a touch of Canadian pride.. Halifax Harbourfront Victoria BC Shoreline with Rocky Mountain backdrop Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City High atop the mountain in Fernie, BC January air travel is often sketchy, with winter weather airport delays that happen so frequently I pencil them into my itinerary.  Here’s my secret to putting the odds of smooth travel in your favor; Schedule the earliest flight you can find, as the planes are usually parked overnight at your gate and are awaiting the first flight of the day.  Its much easier to get out in suspect weather, than it is to land in suspect weather.  If this hypothesis fails, a good cup of coffee, a USA Today crossword, and a decent book are the next best options!  I had the chance to take my son Nick for a day of snowboarding in beautiful Fernie, BC, on a chance off-day of scouting.  This particular activity has become somewhat humbling for me in my advancing age.  He, at 22, shows no sign of fear, heading straight to the very peak of the ski hill (this was no ‘hill’!), with me reluctantly in tow.. At one point in my life I would have pointed stable skis straight downhill with no fear of impending moguls, the looming thoughts of death by impalement from a menacing tree line, or a self induced avalanche of body parts and ski apparel caused by a long and painful tumble.  But alas, with advancing age comes wisdom, so I let the little daredevil advance without me as I navigate the daunting, near vertical drops that await my shaky disposition.  I’m not sure I can even call my technique ‘skiing’.  My typical descent is a series of criss-crossing tracks that encompass the entire width of the run, only turning when I run out of real estate, or when my one weight bearing leg barks out in a cry for help from lactic acid overload.  I think for our next ski trip I will simply ride the chair lift up and down all day, enjoying the scenery while watching other fathers try and keep up with their kids.  It sounds much safer, and who doesn’t love a good chair lift?. On the bus headed to a Hartford game with our Phantoms team January also means a mid-season meeting for all of our amateur scouting staff.  We assembled in Toronto this year, meeting in the mornings to align names for the upcoming draft, then scouting junior games around the area in the evenings.  This get together gives us all a chance to cross-reference different leagues, formulate a plan to key on priority players, and get a detailed report of European prospects for the upcoming draft.  All in all, it was very beneficial, and we are all ready to tackle the latter half of the season.. Amongst my trips this month, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Glens Falls with our AHL prospects.  With such a hectic Flyer schedule, goalie coach Jeff Reese has limited time to get up to NY to put our young goalies through the paces.  I had a few days in between trips, so I packed up my skates and track suit and headed north.. At that time, we had three goalies on the Phantoms roster (Boucher, Heeter, and Munroe), so extra work was needed by all because of limited net time.  It was a pleasure to get on the ice and run some drills, critique and instruct, and made even more enjoyable because of the excellent work ethic and attitude portrayed by all three.. Until next time…  Take care, everyone, and Lets Go Flyers!. PART 8: Winter West Hey Flyers fans…. Winter driving is not for the faint of heart! source: http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=644593&cmpid=rss-little%20i%20philadelphia%20flyers%20scout

 

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