F-Day News

The Flyers got in on the madness quite early after the noon start of free-agent frenzy, locking up Braydon Coburn on a two-year extension and reportedly bringing Michal Handzus back. More to come as the day progresses…

Free Agency Preview

With D-Day already a week behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to F-Day…the start of the free-agent signing period which begins in earnest tomorrow morning. For the Philadelphia Flyers (playing the role of Napoleon Blownaparte), there are a couple key spots open that need attention, and can be filled by some bona-fide available unrestricted free-agent talent. Of course, the brass ring is Brad Richards. Last seen publicly spurning the Dallas Stars in favor of testing the market after GM Joe Nieuwendyk was constantly non-committal on a contract offer, the 31-year-old former Cup winner made $7.8 million this past …

MasterGame Theater

It became known as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, a Saturday afternoon on South Broad Street between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers on February 14, 2004. Two days earlier, in the opener of the home-and-road set at Madison Square Garden, a Flyers 2-1 win came at a heavy price. Jeremy Roenick’s jaw was destroyed when he got in the way of a slap shot, and Keith Primeau was felled with a concussion. Both would be out for significant time. But a deep veteran club under Ken Hitchcock was just a little bit deeper thanks to a pre-raided Philadelphia Phantoms, …

Howe finally heads to Hall of Fame

Well, sometimes the hockey gods answer your prayers — even if it’s not the answer you’re expecting. On the heels of my lengthy post about which former Flyers greats should be the next in line to have their number retired, comes even better news: Mark Howe has been selected among the class to be honored in the Hockey Hall of Fame this coming November. One of the three sons of “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, Mark lived up to his father’s name in a professional career that spanned two leagues and 22 total seasons. “I was elated to have this dream …