Harder to break up the Flyers now

IN LATE MARCH, Paul Holmgren answered a question about the Flyers’ disappointing season by saying, “There are certain guys on this team that are going to be back here next year. And there are certain guys who aren’t.”

Asked if he had a “pretty good idea of w

Habs buried in nightmare on Broad Street

There was no magic in goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s game Sunday night as he gave up four goals on 13 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to beat the Canadiens 6-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

Halak was pulled after Philadelphia scored three times in the first 9:53 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Flyers Deal Canadiens a Swift Kick in Game One

The Philadelphia Flyers pounded the Canadiens into submission in Game One of the Conference Semi – Finals. It was an ugly 6-0 one sided win.

If you were a Habs fan tuning in and waiting for a hockey game and your team to show you probably feel as though you’ve been stood up like a groom still waiting at the altar.

How to explain such a debacle?

Dater: Avs have room to acquire talent

There should be some fine free-agent NHL players available July 1, and the Avalanche should have plenty of cash to spend if owner Stan Kroenke gives the OK.

The Avs have 12 players under contract for the 2010-11 season at combined, cap-averaged salaries of $28.2 million. The salary cap is expected to stay at or near the current $56.7 million. Of the few players the Avs definitely need to re-sign (Peter Mueller , Chris Stewar t, Kyle Quincey ), most are restricted free agents, meaning they won’t have full leverage in negotiations, giving the upper hand to management.

TAMBELLINI WANTS QUINN COACHING OILERS NEXT SEASON

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said he wants head coach Pat Quinn back for another season behind the Edmonton bench, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal.