Quick Hits: April 1, 2020
1) On Tuesday, Flyers left winger James van Riemsdyk spoke by conference call to members of the media. JVR, who serves as the team's player representative with the NHLPA, admitted that the uncertainty over the length of the current schedule paused during the coronavirus pandemic is the hardest part to deal with. He likened the feeling to "running in place," not just for the hockey world but for society as a whole right now.
van Riemsdyk remains on pace for the 4-to-6 week recovery timetable for the broken right index finger he suffered on March 4. He is not medically cleared to lift more than one pound but will have his next follow-up with the doctor next week.
In terms of a resumption of the 2019-20 season, JVR said that he's trying to remain optimistic. He is open-minded about the possibility of an "outside the box" format for conducting the playoffs.
A full article is forthcoming later today on the Flyers' official website.
2) In case you missed it, excerpts from my exclusive 25-minute one-on-one interview with Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher on Monday are available here
3) Today in Flyers History: April 1, 1973
Rick MacLeish hit two different coveted milestones as he became the charter member of the Flyers' 50-goal club and the second to reach 100 points in a season. Teammate Bobby Clarke scored his 100th point of the 1972-73 season three days earlier.
MacLeish's early second period goal in a 5-4 road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins brought him both honors. One season earlier, after coming over from the Boston Bruins in the three-way trade that sent Bernie Parent to the Toronto Maple Leafs, MacLeish had not impressed in a 17-game stint with the Flyers (one goal, two assists, three points) or truly hit his stride in 42 games played in the American Hockey League for Eddie Bush's Richmond Robins (24 goals, 35 points)
The MacLeish goal gave the Flyers a 4-1 lead that were ultimately unable to protect. Clarke scores his 37th goal of the season in a three-goal first-period outburst for the Flyers, along with Dave "the Hammer" Schultz's 8th and 9th goals. Bobby Taylor took the loss in goal.
4) Tonight, the Flyers Warriors will have a special online team meeting with two guest speakers arranged by head coach Brad Marsh. Phantoms assistant coach Kerry Huffman will discuss the importance of the choices we make when we control our own time. Dr. Andrew Newberg will discuss the subject of concussions and concussion protocol testing.