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Mason Beating Expectations

Last year there were a lot of unhappy Flyers fans after a trade sent Michael Leighton and a 2015 3rd round pick to Columbus for Steve Mason. People got even unhappier when it was announced that there was a contract extension in the works. No one thought he deserved it and didn’t want him on […]

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Flyers-Islanders Game Preview

Tonight the Flyers and former Islanders captain Mark Streit take on captain John Tavares and the division rival Islanders looking to get their first win streak of the season going after some early offensive struggles. Here are some stats for the matchup… Flyers Islanders Record 2-7-0 4-3-3 Points 4 11 Goals For Average 1.44 3.20 […]

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Flyers Goalie Race: Steve Mason Shining Over Ray Emery

Before the season started Ray Emery was expected to outplay Steve Mason and take over as the starting goaltender. Through six games there are no signs of that happening anytime soon.  Mason has outplayed Emery and has shown the potential he has as a starter in this league. Mason Emery Record 1-3-0 0-2-0 GAA 2.03 […]

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Flyers Make Cuts, Trim Roster to 28 Players

Today the Flyers cut a bunch of players, cutting their roster to 32 (really, 28). They need to be cut down to the 23 by the start of October 1st, the start of the NHL Season. These players all made the trip up to Lake Placid for the continuation of training camp starting today. The […]

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Flyers, Giroux Agree On Contract Extension

Flyers captain Claude Giroux has agreed to an 8 year contract with the Flyers worth $66.2 million. This deal locks Giroux down through the 2022-23 NHL season. Giroux posted 48 points in 48 games with the Flyers last season. Giroux was drafted 22nd overall by the Flyers in the 2006 draft and ended up being […]

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Vincent Lecavalier

Pros and Cons of Flyers Signing Vincent Lecavalier

Pros: Lecavalier brings veteran leadership to a young team. He has served as a captain and assistant captain for some time in Tampa and can help young players by being a leader on the ice and in the locker room. Lecavalier was the captain of the Lightning before being bought out. Early in his career […]

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Ilya Bryzgalov Buyout, Matt Read Trade Surface for Flyers

Over the weekendm reports of a possible buyout of Ilya Bryzgalov surfaced from Bob McKenzie and The Fourth Period. There is no surprise coming after struggles for Bryz in Philly and the drop of the salary cap. The report from The Fourth Period suggested that talks between LA regarding a Matt Read for goalie Jonathan […]

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Philadelphia Flyers Extend Steve Mason: What It Means

For all hockey fans, the trade deadline is one of the most anticipated days of the year. For most Philadelphia Flyers fans, it was in anticipation of a trade to solve the team’s defensive woes. We got what we least expected, Steve Mason, a new goalie. The move was a puzzling one for Flyers fans, […]

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Analyzing This Mess We Call The 2012-13 Flyers

As you all know, this Philadelphia Flyers team has not been what anyone would have expected. Their season started slow with offensive and defensive troubles. Briere didn’t show up as he was expected, Giroux got off to a slow start, not all players are repeating last year’s stellar season, and Bryz has slowed down after […]

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Riley Cote

Exclusive Interview With Phantoms Coach, Flyers Legend Riley Cote

Check out my exclusive interview with former Flyer and current Adirontack Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote. Daniel Blanchard: At what age did you start playing hockey? Riley Cote: I started playing when I was 5. DB: Who was your favorite player growing up? What about now? RC: Growing up I liked Mark Messier and Scott […]

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Flyers Trade Matt Ford to Columbus Blue Jackets

The Flyers have traded Matt Ford to the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations. Ford spent his tenure in the organization in the AHL, where he has spent the rest of his career so far. He was acquired February 2, 2012 for defenseman and prospect Kevin Marshall. This trade frees up a roster spot and […]

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Flyers 3 Stars: Rinaldo, Gagne, and Talbot Shine in Win Against Sabres

The Flyers won their first game after losing the last 3. The defense played well, the offense put three pucks past Ryan Miller, and Bryzgalov gave a solid performance. The win isn’t anything to get all too excited about, but it is a start for this team to turn it around. 3rd Star: Zac Rinaldo […]

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