The Broad Street Bullies are Back!

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BOBBY CLARKE IN THE GLORY DAYS

Philadelphia Flyers forward Riley Cote has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a match penalty for attempt to injure after trying to remove the head of Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen with his elbow during a game December 1. He’s the fifth Flyer to be suspended this year, and was only getting a chance to ply as the result of a 25-game suspension to Jesse Boulerice who gave Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kessler a root-canal with his stick on October 10. Is it the ghost of battling Bobby Clarke (oh wait, he’s still alive) stirring things up in the dressing room? Or maybe just general manager Paul Holmgren’s ‘whatever’ attitude. Holmgren spent eight seasons in Philadelphia, annually among the team’s leaders in penalty minutes (1,684 in 527 games), and was suspended nine times—once for punching referee Any van Hellemond. The league is making noises about getting into the middle of this unprecedented wave of violence. And maybe that’s a good thing—Gary Bettman or Colin Campbell might finally get the beatings they deserve. Media quote of the week? “Three games is like a parking ticket these days for the Flyers…”—Ian McIntyre, Vancouver Sun

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