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Grossmann rewarded with contract extension

It took exactly 49 days from the time Paul Holmgren pried Nick Grossman(n) away from the Dallas Stars until he proved himself worthy enough to be considered part of the Philadelphia Flyers for the long term. That’s why it certainly is a Good Friday for the 27-year-old Swedish defenseman, who was able to agree to terms on a multi-year contract extension this afternoon. Multiple reports state it’s a four-year pact valued at $14 million. Acquired on February 16, the man listed at 6-foot-3, 227-pounds but who plays much bigger has been a stabilizing influence on a corps rocked by Chris …

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Flyers honor season’s best

Prior to Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, the Flyers paused as they do for the final home game of every season to honor the best players in several categories. The “Gene Hart Memorial Award” is a relatively new honor, first given out in 2007 and granted to the player judged to have the best rapport with fans. It is the lone honor chosen by the fans, as the team’s fan Board of Directors gets to choose. Wayne Simmonds is certainly deserving, for his efforts in the community and overall genial personality. Yanick Dupre Class Guy Award, given to …

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Point/Counterpoint: The other side of Shanabanning

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Nick D. and Bob H. square off over whether or not players who are constant victims of questionable hits should also feel the wrath of Brendan Shanahan. First up, Nick: This season has seen a marked change in how the National Hockey League deals with infractions that are deemed suspension worthy. Shanahan has been doling out suspensions in an effort to change behavior, not just discipline players for their actions. …

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Good News/Bad News

First, the good news… Ilya Bryzgalov was rightfully honored for the tear he’d been on for the last month,   named this morning as the National Hockey League’s First Star for the month of March. Bryzgalov enjoyed the finest span in his brief Philly tenure, going 10-2-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and a league-best four shutouts. The 31-year-old Russian won seven consecutive starts to begin March, and posted his four whitewashes in a five-start span in the middle portion of the month. In the process, Bryzgalov set a new franchise record for scoreless play at 249 minutes, …

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This Week in Flyers History 4/1-4/7

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Flyers History, which seeks to fill in the gaps in fans’ collective memories and to give them a hand up when their friends question their hockey knowledge. April 1, 1973 Penguins 5, Flyers 4 — Despite losing at the Igloo, Rick MacLeish becomes the first man in club annals to score 50 goals and reach 100 points. April 1, 1976 Flyers 11, Capitals 2 — An avalanche of stats highlighted the usual rout of Washington in the franchise’s infancy. Bill Barber netted a hat trick to get to 49 goals, Reggie Leach …