Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Simmonds’

Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux show off moves with Globetrotters

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(Abelimages/Getty Images)

Wayne Simmonds showed off his basketball skills along with teammate Claude Giroux. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

By Darian Somers

The Philadephia Flyers might have some concern about losing Wayne Simmonds — to the 76ers.

The Flyers’ hard-hitting winger showed off his basketball moves as he and fellow teammate Claude Giroux played with the Harlem Globetrotters during their stop at Wells Fargo Center in Philly on Sunday after it was announced earlier this week that the two would be joining the world famous hoops troupe.

Using a hockey stick, Giroux set up Simmonds for an alley-oop that Simmonds was able to slam home.

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Top Line: Mixed reviews for Yankee Stadium game; more links

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    Yankee Stadium view during the Rangers-Devils NHL outdoor game.

    Fans at Yankee Stadium got a little of everything: sun, cold, snow, music and bad hockey. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Too many outdoor games? Hardly, says Larry Brooks. The NHL has seized the moment and turned what can be the grind of January into a spectacle with the expanded Stadium Series schedule.

    • Filip Bondy disagrees, saying that while Yankee Stadium (the scene) provides a nice backdrop, this wasn’t really hockey.

    • The players had a blast in New York, even if the conditions were less than perfect at Yankee Stadium. In fact, Martin Brodeur called the ice “the worst he’s ever played on.”

    • While the league is wrapping this one up as a gift from the hockey gods, one fan gave it a lousy review on Yelp. (Look for the review of Marty B./ stick tap to Reddit.)

    • The day-after reviews were much kinder for Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium.

    • Jeff Gordon looks at the trade talk bubbling around the league, and wonders if the Sabres can get what they want out of a Ryan Miller deal with so few bidders on the market.

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  • Published On Jan 27, 2014
  • Zombie Wayne Simmonds on Flyers goalie Steve Mason’s new mask

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    Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason's new zombie mask

    With his game back from the dead, Steve Mason is sporting a scary new lid. (Flyers Nation via Twitter)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Mason's new goalie mask has Zombie Wayne Simmonds on it.

    (Adam Kimelman via Twitter)

    Steve Mason’s apparent zombie obsession makes perfect sense.

    More than simply a reflection of the current zeitgeist, the undead serve as the perfect metaphor for the career of the Flyers puckstopper — lifeless in Columbus, only to be revived unexpectedly this season in Philadelphia (although his game is starting to show signs of decay lately).

    But also: Zombies are awesome, which makes them an ideal theme for Mason’s new mask. His freshly painted bucket not only offers a parade of shambling walkers, it features a Zombie Wayne Simmonds.

    Let that sink in for a minute: Zombie Wayne Simmonds …

    And here’s a look at one of his new sticks, also painted with images of flesh-eating ghouls.

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014
  • SHANNABANNED! Capitals’ John Erskine suspended three games for vicious elbow

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    By Allan Muir

    John Erskine has always played the game close to the edge, but on Friday night the big, physical defender stepped over the line.

    As a result, Erskine will miss the Washington Capitals next three games for his blatant elbow to the head of Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds.

    In making his ruling Saturday night, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted that there was “no malicious intent” and Erskine was just reacting to being beaten at the offensive blueline, but “this was a reckless elbow to the head that caused a serious injury.”

    Simmonds didn’t return after the hit in Washington’s 3-2 victory, and was initially said to be suffering from a mild case of whiplash. He’s not skating tonight in Philly’s game against Carolina and there’s no timetable for his return. (UPDATE: Flyers confirm Simmonds suffered a concussion on the play.)

    Shanahan noted that Erskine had no previous suspension history — a factor that always plays into his decisions — but you have to wonder if that weighed a little too heavily into this ruling, especially with Simmonds’ status still up in the air. Three games (and the loss of more than $24,000 in pay) will probably get the point across. But considering how dangerous the play was, there was room for this suspension to keep Erskine off the ice for as many as five games and make a stronger statement to the rest of the league. Quick reaction play or not, this was a pretty vicious hit. The next guy who tries this shouldn’t get off so lightly.

  • Published On Feb 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Suspension looming for Caps’ Erskine, more links

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    Henrik Zetterb erg

    Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals and his second assist of the game set up Pavel Datsyuk’s tiebreaking goal.

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said forward Wayne Simmonds was “suffering from a touch of whiplash” after a vicious elbow to the head from Capitals’ defender John Erskine. They’re expecting a suspension in Washington.

    • In St,. Louis, they blamed it on a phantom penalty on David Backes. In Detroit, it was all about Henrik Zetterberg’s five-point night. Either, the Blues still can’t buy a win at the JLA.

    • With a pair of five-point efforts just six games into the season, it’s fair to say Buffalo Sabres’ forward Thomas Vanek is pretty good at hockey.

    • Just because Roberto Luongo is playing his best hockey in years doesn’t mean there’s a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.

    • Winger Brandon Saad had “a special game” but he couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks from dropping another game in the shootout. Read More…

  • Published On Feb 02, 2013