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PHT Morning Skate: Shelley owes NHL career to fighting

Nov 7, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins fights Jody Shelley #45 of the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on January 22, 2012 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(January 21, 2012 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly is a big believer in the benefits of yoga and several of his teammates have also taken it up. (Denver Post)

Jody Shelley feels he owes his NHL career to his willingness to fight. (Canadian Press)

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Detroit Red Wings forward Jonathan Ericsson thinks he’ll be ready to return on Nov. 15. That’s the first game he’s eligible to play in after being placed on the long-term injured reserve list. (Detroit Free Press)

Although New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur recently said that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause, he wants to make it clear that he’s not asking to be dealt. (The Bergen Record)

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t like the idea of hazing rookies. (CSN Washington)

David Clarkson‘s upcoming game against the Devils on Friday has been on his mind. It will be his first contest against his former club since he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer. (The Star-Ledger)

  1. whammy71 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Imagine that….someone who played for the Flyers admitting he owes his career to his ability to fight. And whose in last place?

    • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      he played more games for the Jackets AND Sharks. you gonna call out those two teams too? nah. BECAUSE IT’S HATE ON THE FLYERS MONTH HERE ON PHT!

      fact is, Shelley played barely a season’s worth of games for the Flyers, and I can assure you, he wasn’t very liked in Philly either.

      • whammy71 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        I suggest you get a tissue to wipe away your tears.

        Enjoy your crappy season!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        I suggest you get a tissue to j off into, because you clearly don’t get any pu**y.

        WHAMMY!

      • blackhawkboy1 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        What teams is he on right now? What team picked up his useless a$$? Cry me a river. These talentless thugs only exist for unskilled teams that think the third line is supposed to rough up the teams that are kicking their a$$es. Get a third line that scores and has better numbers than a -11 in their first four games.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        first off, I love when people make it clear they don’t know what they’re talking about with the first sentence. He’s retired bud. He’s not on a team.
        second, Shelley was a 4th liner… the line on most teams that normally houses the fighter(s).
        and citing the Flyers this year has NO relation to Jody Shelley. again, he’s not on the team.

        you’re proven yourself a moron pretty quickly, sir.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        it’s hilarious when fans of teams that only within the last 5 years have reemerged to have any sort of on-ice success try to tell other teams’ fans how their team should be playing the game. you’re right, a long playoff drought may help the Flyers out…. worked for CHI and PIT.

      • hockey412 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Shelley is not the only player that was clearly only there to fight. And actually Shelley wasn’t the worst of them. Hell the Pens ALWAYS have one on the roster that they can call up if a game might get bad. Laraque, then Godard, and now Steve McIntyre. He’s right though – he does owe his career to fighting. Many do.

      • hockey412 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        (responded to wrong person – meant to respond to whammy)

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        ya, Sestito comes to mind.

    • whammy71 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Never said he still plays for them – hence the word “played”.

      Regardless how you twist my post like a Tea Party thug…your team still stinks and can only win fights.

      Enjoy your crappy season!

      WHAMMY!!!!!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        i was responding to blackhawkboy you n00b. way to bring politics into a hockey discussion. way to peg me as a tea partier…. based on nothing at all.

      • whammy71 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        never said you were a Tea Bagger….said “like a Tea Party thug” – geeze….they make ‘em dumb over on the east side of the state.

        Enjoy your crappy season!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        if we’re playing semantics, then I never said you said I was a tea bagger either. “as a tea partier.” man, they make em dumb over on the west side of the state I don’t live in.

    • philafly - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      A buddy of mine went to Pittsburgh to visit a college friend. Told me that he saw a hooker offer a dude a blow job at a bar and then she took out her fake teeth and said something about giving him a gummy. She’s prob the hottest chick in that city too. Classy broads out there in the ‘burgh.

  2. joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    He’s one if many. Hopefully he won’t suffer from dementia pugillistica. Perhaps he ll donate his brain to science to confirm whether or not fighting in hockey causes brain damage.

  3. whiskytango333 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I remember watching Jody Shelley play for the Johnstown Chiefs in the ECHL. Dude could barely skate, but man, I saw him absolutely wreck a few dudes with his fists. One of the nicest guys off the ice too.

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