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Shelley retires, one more ex-Flyer in Columbus

It seems everything about Jody Shelley has been done quietly ever since he arrived in Philadelphia thanks to a mystifying three-year, four-plus-million free-agent deal signed in July of 2010. On Friday, several outlets reported that the square-jawed Manitoba native has decided to call it a career. And in an ironic twist, he’ll become the latest ex-Philadelphia Flyer to wind up with the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, unlike Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton — the two Jacket goaltenders who will get a prime view of the action at ice level — the 37-year-old will join the Columbus broadcasting crew and call …

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“Don’t act like an idiot”

Covering any game in any league, for someone who didn’t go through the process of becoming a journalist in the strict sense, is an inexact science. Just because you didn’t choose it as your major, didn’t get an advanced degree in the discipline, didn’t start out at a small paper in a podunk town and work your way up to the big time, it doesn’t mean you can’t belong. In others’ minds, maybe. But just about anyone can hold their own. And just about anyone does. If you keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth closed, you find …

Couturier nets 2-year extension

One of the hottest names on the trade rumor circuit appears to be wiped off the board. On Saturday afternoon, the Flyers announced a two-year contract extension for Sean Couturier. Couturier is due $925,000 for the upcoming season, after which he’d have become a restricted free agent. But with this new pact, he’ll earn $3.5 million, with an average annual value of $1.75M per season. The 20-year-old, like most of the roster, stumbled this past season, collecting just four goals and 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. A defensive-minded center, Couturier won only 43.9 percent of his …

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NHL Master Sked Released; Flyers to open at home October 2

After much negotiation and legal wrangling over the fate of its players heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics this coming February, the National Hockey League released its master schedule for the 2013-14 season on Friday. As it has been since 1995, each club will play 82 regular-season games, with the season-opener occurring on October 1 and the finales taking place on April 13. The league will pause for 17 days from February 9-26 to send their best onto the world stage. For the Philadelphia Flyers, their opener will take place on home ice, Wednesday, October 2 against the Toronto …

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Hextall welcomed back to Flyers with dual front office posts

The quintessential Philadelphia Flyer of the last quarter century has returned to the fold. On Monday, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that Ron Hextall has joined the organization as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, filling the slot vacated when John Paddock became an assistant coach. “We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.” Hextall spent the last seven seasons holding the Assistant GM post with the Los Angeles …