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Holmgren: Briere’s gone

The inevitable has been confirmed. Danny Briere’s tenure with the Flyers will come to an end once the Stanley Cup Finals are over. A statement released by GM Paul Holmgren this afternoon is as follows: “I met with Danny last week and informed him of our decision to use a compliance buy out on his contract. This was a very difficult decision for us to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years. Danny came to our organization as a free agent in July of 2007 and has been a tremendous player, …

Flyers, Streit agree to contract terms

It will be a slow process, with many information leaks along the way to keep you hooked, and here’s today’s tidbit: The Flyers and pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Mark Streit have agreed to terms on a four-year contract, according to Darren Dreger from TSN of Canada. No financial terms were discussed in the initial report, but Dreger was later quoted on $5.25 million per season. The contract cannot be made official until the buyout period commences, 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals, which are tied 1-1 heading to Boston for Game 3 tonight at TD …

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Bobrovsky heads list of NHL award winners on Day 2

For the first time in National Hockey League history, a Russian born-and-trained goaltender has taken home the top prize in his craft. Sergei Bobrovsky led the Columbus Blue Jackets on the verge of a playoff berth during this shotgun start and finish known as the 2013 season, and he was rewarded by the league’s General Managers with the Vezina Trophy. The 24-year-old, who was dealt from the Flyers last offseason, rolled to a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage along with his first four career shutouts. That was good enough to best last year’s winner, Henrik Lundqvist …

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”Les aventures loufoques de Herpen au Canada”

When I last appeared here, I croaked out almost 3,000 words for my young, budding writers on the often contradictory, shadowy nature of sports media. This time around, there will be nothing of the sort. Have you ever embarked on a road trip, only to be held up at Canadian customs because someone in your party decided to joke that the entire group’s purpose for crossing over was to storm the country to reclaim the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America? Did you wonder why they did it, given there were actually two firearms just kinda …

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The Wedge, or how to continually fail in the business and still succeed

It’s a simple question that we all wrestle with from time to time. How do you know when you’ve “made it?” I’ve been credentialed with the Flyers on a steady basis with several outlets since 2005. I’ve worked in all levels of the game, from calling high school hockey in the Lower Bucks league for a radio station owned by Merrill Reese on up to throwing elbows with the best and the worst in the biz in a crowded, sweaty host locker room during a playoff series involving the Pittsburgh Penguins. My work has been published online in the United …