Questions Entering The 2011-2012 NHL Season

What can one expect from the Philadephia Flyers this season? Trading away the captain and an elite goal-scorer for one of the league’s best goalies and young talent is a bold move, and we will find out soon enough whether or not Paul Holmgren’s tumultuous offseason will pay off for the Flyers and their fans. You, me, and every other Flyers’ fan on the planet has no idea what’s going to happen with the newest batch of warriors just yet, but is the mystery surrounding the Flyers the biggest question in relation to the upcoming NHL season? Here are some more topics …

Then and Now: Andy Delmore

The Flyers’ Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000 will forever be remembered for Keith Primeau’s game-winning goal in Game 4 that came in the fifth overtime. Primeau’s goal may have not been as dramatic if the goal didn’t tie the series at two games apiece creating a surge of momentum for Philly. After losing both games at home to open the series, the Flyers and Penguins took Game 3 into overtime after Jaromir Jagr’s second goal of the game (he had five in the series including both of Pitt’s game-winning goals). Just over 11 minutes into overtime, Andy Delmore …

Then and Now: Kyle Calder

Michal Handzus has had six seasons of at least 30 points in his last eight NHL seasons. In his three years with the Flyers he totaled 146 points during the regular season along with 20 points in the playoffs. Although these are impressive stats, in 2006 Flyers’ GM Bob Clarke decided to make a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming off a 26-goal season and serving as an alternate captain with the Hawks, Kyle Calder made his way to Philly. The 27-year-old played less than 60 games for his second NHL team and had the misfortune of taking part in the Flyers’ worst …

Then and Now: Glen Metropolit

Glen Metropolit defines the word journeyman. Playing for 12 different teams since his days with the Grand Rapids Griffins of what used to be the International Hockey League back in the 1997-1998 season, Metropolit has spent time in four different leagues since becoming a professional hockey player. Although he’s played in over 400 NHL games, Metropolit has experienced the most success in National League A (NLA), Switzerland’s top tier league. Earning several awards for his 2005-2006 season with the Champion HC Lugano, Metropolit has made a noticeable mark on the NLA. For the Flyers, however, his impact wasn’t outstanding as he only spent …

Then and Now: Ruslan Fedotenko

For a player who wasn’t drafted, Ruslan Fedotenko has made a noticeable impact on North American hockey. Averaging less than a point every 2 games over his career (333 points in 743 games), Fedotenko has found a way to grab four game-winning scores for his team in the postseason. One of those actually clinched the Stanley Cup for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, a year where — instead of die-hard Flyers fans celebrating the end of a Stanley Cup drought — Fedotenko and Dmitry Afanasenkov hoisted the Cup in Florida. Let’s look at what Fedotenko has done in addition …