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Will Scott Hartnell Make The All-Star Team?

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Early this season, Scott Hartnell was struggling. In his first 7 games, he only managed 0 goals and 2 assists, often looking out of place. Some games he was even dropped to the 4th line, averaging less than 10 minutes of ice time per game. Rumors began to swirl that the Flyer’s were looking to […]

Christmas Gifts For Each Of The Flyers (Part 2) The Forwards

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Danny Briere: Lots of fist pumps. The more Briere is scoring the better off the Flyers will be. Having multiple lines, in addition to the Giroux line, which always is scoring ( or so it seems) will give the Flyers great balance in the playoffs.
Claude Giroux: A Kevlar helmet. The Flyers need to keep him […]

Christmas Gifts For Each Of The Flyers – Part 1

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As 2011 comes close to turning into 2012, I thought it would be an interesting idea to give each Flyer a gift that will help them through the stretch run of the season and into, hopefully, the playoffs:
Ilya Bryzgalov: Consistency. “The astronomer” has shown flashes of brilliance so far this year, but has also left […]

The Concussion Pandemic & Possible Solutions

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While the hockey community deals with the shocking news that Captain Chris Pronger will be out for the rest of the season, many are left wondering how can the game become safer.  While it is tough to protect players from situations where a stick accidentally clips their face ( Pronger ) or a teammate’s knee […]

Pronger’s Injury May Require Outside Help

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While rookies Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall have filled in admirably for the last week, without defenseman Chris Pronger and Andreas Lilja for at least the next 4 weeks, will probably mean the Flyer’s will look to add a defenseman via trade or free agency. The Flyer’s need to acquire a defenseman who can replace […]

Marc-Andre Bourdon: Another Impressive Rookie

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While it has only been 2 games for him in the NHL, and once Chris Pronger returns from illness he will probably be sent back to the AHL, 22 year-old Marc-Andre Bourdon has shown the Flyer’s he is capable of playing in the NHL. The Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec native has shown a knack for playing […]

Erik Gustafsson Shows He’s Ready To Stay

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As an undrafted free-agent out of Northern Michigan University, there wasn’t too much hype when the Flyer’s signed the defenseman who was the Captain of his team before bolting to the Flyer’s organization at the end of the 2009-2010 season.
He showed enough with the Adirondack Phantoms that he was called up to the to play […]

Flyers Do The Right Thing And Remove Muzzle From Bryzgalov

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Tuesday morning, the Flyer’s announced that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov requested that he only speak to the media after games in which he played in. This immediately sent media members and Flyer’s fans into an uproar. The feeling was that Flyer’s management and coaching staff may have suggested it.
Why would the goalie or […]

Cole Returns And D-Line Take Their Game To Another Level

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While the Eagles and their defensive line still allowed 8.5 yards/carry on defense, their enormous offensive output allowed that defensive line to focus on its best skill—rushing the passer. The defensive line, sparked by the return of pass-rush extraordinaire Trent Cole, had 4 sacks and countless quarterback pressures that disrupted the rhythm of Cowboy’s […]

Spotlight On A Flyer: Matt Read

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Over the summer, Chris Pryor, director of hockey operations for the Flyers, raved about Matt Read, the unheard of prospect out of Bemidji State University. General Manager Paul Holmgren also raved about the 5’10 winger out of Ilderton, Ontario. Little was known about him by almost every Flyers fan coming into this training […]

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