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Mic'd up Claude Giroux shows love for Wayne Simmonds

Mic'd up Claude Giroux shows love for Wayne Simmonds

Over the past few days, there has been an outpouring of support for Wayne Simmonds from fans and teammates alike.

We saw the emotional exchange Saturday night after the Flyers topped the Penguins in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field, but NBC released some audio of Claude Giroux mic’d up that provided an even greater look into the respect Simmonds earned with his teammates over the past eight seasons.

First of all, you’ve got to love hearing the captain bark out some instructions to his teammates and drop an F-bomb after scoring the game-winning goal, but his message to Simmonds right after the game hits you right in the feels.

“Come here big guy,” Giroux said, hugging his teammate. “Whatever happens, I love you.”

Simmonds replied, “I love you, too.”

Maybe it’s the fact that we have been chasing an athlete for the past two months that may or may not want to play in Philadelphia, but it feels like fans can appreciate a guy who gave his all to the city for so long even more than usual with Simmonds' departure. When a player gives you what Simmonds has over his time here, given the climate of switching teams and free agency, it should definitely be celebrated.

But is the Wayne Simmonds era in Philadelphia over for good? Maybe not.

It could be tough to fit Simmonds in financially on a free-agent deal, but you just love to see the support he has received from everyone and the fact that he’s showing love back.

While Nashville doesn’t play the Flyers the remainder of the season, it’ll be fun to see Simmonds back in Philly someday, in the orange and black or not. 

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Flyers release statement amid physical assault allegation against mascot Gritty

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Flyers release statement amid physical assault allegation against mascot Gritty

Stemming from a story Wednesday in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a physical assault allegation against the Flyers' mascot Gritty, the team released a statement regarding the matter.

In the Inquirer report, Gritty is accused of punching a 13-year-old boy in the back at the Wells Fargo Center during November. According to the report, about a month after the alleged incident, the accusation was taken to the Philadelphia police by Chris Greenwell, the father of the boy, and is currently being investigated.

“The investigation is active and on-going,” police said, per the report.

Here is the team's statement released to NBC Sports Philadelphia:

We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim.

According to the report, the alleged incident occurred during a photo shoot session including Gritty, Greenwell and his son Brandon.

Here is a part of the Inquirer's story by Christian Hetrick describing the alleged incident and aftermath:

In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, 'took a running start,' and 'punched my son as hard as he could,' Greenwell said Wednesday.

Greenwell said he took his son to see a chiropractor about a week after the incident. The chiropractor noted that Brandon suffered from mild pain, and diagnosed him with a back bruise, or a 'contusion to lower thoracic spine with subluxation,' according to documents from the chiropractor, provided by Greenwell.

Gritty was introduced by the Flyers in September 2018 and has become a popular attraction for fans at games.

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How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

Let’s see how well you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances.

Some of the most iconic names that have represented the orange and black during the January break are mentioned in this quiz.

What you’re tasked to do is select the correct amount of times the athlete pictured was named to an All-Star Game while in Philadelphia.

You can take the quiz here ... good luck!

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