gets glimpse of Phantoms
VOORHEES, N.J. While some 1,000 early-exit workers and last-class school skippers jammed the Skate Zone Tuesday to get a long-awaited taste of at least some version of real hockey, Terry Murray
was getting a first-hand glimpse of his
Phantoms teams anticipated rebirth.
opportunity came in the annual rookie training camp prospects game, with the Young Flyers beating the Young Capitals 3-0.
From Anthony Stolarz in goal for a half-credit shutout to defensive scoring threat Shayne Gostisbehere flying around the ice, Murray, the long-time Flyers coach entering his third season as head coach of the AHL-affiliate Phantoms, had plenty to be excited about looking toward the Phantoms first season in the new PPL Center in the Allentown area.
It was just a good team game, Murray
I really liked the play and intensity that everybody showed through the 60 minutes.
But the game was barely a few minutes old when Murray
and the rest of the spectators saw a flash of the future that would be popular with everyone.
That got Murray
and every other spectator into the game.
For him to jump in like that, I like that, Murray
For all his
years behind a bench, Murray
seems a wee bit excited about the prospect of coaching that top Flyers
prospect this season.
gets the puck on his
wants to do something with it, Murray
said of Gostisbehere.
wants to attack, and thats an attitude thats very difficult to teach.
Thats an instinctive part of the game for him and I want to encourage it.
The Ghost is only 21, and while no one is denying he
might be NHL ready, they all agree that a year of professional seasoning in the AHL is the best route to take.
With 39-year-old veteran Kimmo Timonen who played in the Flyers
annual charity golf tournament Tuesday but waved off any interviews prior to tee time possibly calling it a career soon, itll be up to Murray
to oversee Gostisbeheres presumably expedited development.
added Gostisbehere has a ways to go to learn the other part of the game.