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Daily Times beat writer Anthony J. SanFilippo takes you inside the locker rooms of the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Members of my family went to a fundraising event at Anthony's Restaurant in Drexel Hill tonight. It was a "Night at the Races" concept where betting was made on old video horse races and the proceeds went to a church carnival.

While there, they also were talking about tomorrow's Preakness Stakes down at Pimlico. Everyone likes Big Brown. He's the favorite by a mile, so the conversation on the degenerate gambler's mind circled around who will come second, third, and fourth to put in the exotic bets.

(I'm going 7-8-11-1 for those that care).

But that's what people are doing, searching for the best "long shot" to sneak into a money spot so they can take home some cash on the weekend.

Meanwhile the Flyers are counting on a couple of one-time long shots to make it back in the lineup to keep their season alive - Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.

Right now, Timonen, who was expected to miss the balance of the playoffs with a blood clot in his left foot, appears more likely to return than Coburn, but Coburn will practice Saturday and can't be ruled out just yet.

Getting both players back is exciting enough for Flyers fans, who are suddenly dreaming about the longest of all shots - erasing a 3-0 deficit and winning this Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

If that happens, it will go down as one of the greatest Flyers accomplishments in their storied history, but it would also set up the possibility of another dark horse emerging to shock the hockey world.

Call it a hunch, call it intuition. Call it crazy if you must, but I want to be the first person to say publicly - If the Flyers do come back and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, Simon Gagne will make an attempt to play.

That's right, Gagne - he of the three concussions in three months this season.

It's curious to see him around the locker room more and more than at any other point in the season while he was sidelined with his head and neck issues.

He has been working out lightly on the down low, and just might intensify those efforts if the Flyers could reach the Final.

Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren has continually shot down any notion that Gagne could play again this season, but no one, I repeat no one, has said he's absolutely, 100 percent done.

Which leaves you to wonder....


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