Thursday, August 14, 2008

Flyers news: Stevens extended, Therien on the radio, TV schedule announced

I haven't done a post about the Flyers in a while, so I thought it was time to get caught up with what's going on with a team whose players don't think we're front runners.

Flyers extend Stevens John Stevens, the Hockey News Coach of the Year, received a much-deserved contract extension from the Flyers. Stevens is now under contract through the 2010-2011 season. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Stevens was instrumental in the quick turnaround of the Flyer franchise, and he deserves to stay with this team for several years as they develop into a perennial Cup contender.

Therien as color analyst The Flyers have announced that Brian Propp will no longer be the color analyst on the Flyers radio broadcast and he will be replaced by former Flyer player Chris Therien. Therien, who last played with the Flyers in 2005-2006, was an analyst for Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet, and he will now transition into announcing games with Tim Saunders on WIP. Propp resigned but will likely still have some role with the team.

The Flyers on national TV The NHL announced it's national television schedule, and the Flyers are well represented. In the U.S., NBC and Versus will continue to carry the NHL with the NHL Network also televising 75 games. NBC will broadcast 10 games, but they will rely on "flex scheduling" to feature the best games, like rivalry games between the Flyers and Rangers or Penguins. Starting with October 14th against the Penguins, Versus will carry seven Flyers games while the NHL Network has yet to announce what games they will braodcast. Other games of note on Versus include the Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Blackhawks in Wrigley Field on January 1st as well as the All-Star Game on January 25th in Montreal. Click here for the complete listing of all nationally televised games.

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