BET ON BETTS... OTHER NOTES FROM THURSDAY'S GAME
Those were the words that escaped his lips when we continued to pester him about the probability of signing a contract with the Flyers.
He said he just wants to have Paul Holmgren call him into the office and give him the good news.
“To be honest with you, I really don’t know," Betts said. "We haven’t heard much from the management or coaching staff. There are only a couple games left, so we’re going to find out sooner rather than later what’s going on. I just have to concentrate on hopefully being in the lineup the next couple of games and getting the opportunity to try and make the team.”
Holmgren said he reached out to Betts' agent and told him they would talk numbers this weekend.
Expect Betts to sign Saturday.
Betts made $615,000 last season with the New York Rangers and will likely command a similar salary this season from the Flyers - likely a small raise to $650,000.
In case you forgot... and it's likely you did... Betts scored the game-winning shorthanded goal against the Flyers last season in the final game that cost the Flyers home-ice advantage in the first round.
Not that that has anything to do with him signing a contract, just thought I'd open an old wound.
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen is a goooooooood guy (bonus points for getting the reference) but he didn't have a great game. He needs some more time. He will be evaluated more in the final two preseason games. Still think he has the edge over Danny Syvret, but he needs to show it.
Kudos to Dan Carcillo for a powerful roundhouse right to the chops of Mark Fraser that ended their brief fracas. Carcillo, if he can avoid the dumb penalties, could leave Riley Cote looking for a job because he has a superior skill set.
As well as Emery played tonight, he did have a couple shots blow past him and hit the post. Actually, both shots came seconds apart. Sometimes though, goalies who play well positionally, get those breaks. Give Emery the benefit of the doubt.
Anybody else notice Danny Briere has been the most productive offensive player this preseason?
Here's another prediction - Briere has his best season as a Flyer?