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Flyers Sign Steve Mason to 3-Year Extension

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers have reached an agreement on an extension for goaltender Steve Mason, announced by the team today. The deal is reported to be for 3-years, $12.3 million. Mason will receive a nice raise from his current one-year, $1.5-million dollar deal he signed last year after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. His AAV equals out to just over $4 million a year ($4.1M). However, unlike previous contracts handed out to players, the Flyers aren’t in bad shape from a years-standpoint, as according to …

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Chris VandeVelde Signed by Flyers; Tye McGinn Sent to Adirondack

Image via Philly.com Tye McGinn has to be the unluckiest hockey player alive right now. After a third call-up to the team just this season alone, and without seeing any game action due to an illness, McGinn was sent down to the Adirondack Phantoms today, and the Flyers signed Chris VandeVelde to an NHL contract with the intention of recalling him. ROSTER UPDATE: #Flyers loan Tye McGinn to Adirondack & sign (F) Chris VandeVelde. FULL INFO HERE… http://t.co/FkhLZgYtbR — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 12, 2013 He will be available to play tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, but it remains to …

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Is It Time to Change the NHL’s Suspension Policy?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of the Flyers, Canucks, or the Penguins. If you watch hockey on a regular basis, you’ve seen the inconsistency that comes from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Run by former player and Hall-of-Famer Brendan Shanahan, veteran of over 1,500 games played and well aware of the violence hockey contains, and formerly Colin Campbell, the department has allowed players like the Flyers’ own Zac Rinaldo, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, Steve Ott and John Scott to run amuck with little fear of consequence. Kaleta has had enough phone calls and meetings with Player Safety …

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Flyers Acquire Steve Downie From Avs

It’s not quite Scottie-Upshall-and-a-second-round-pick-for-Daniel-Carcillo strange, but the Flyers just traded center Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for former Flyer winger Steve Downie. Originally drafted in 2005 by the Flyers (1st round – 29th overall), Downie had 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in parts of two seasons with the Flyers, also racking up 84 penalty minutes. This season, Downie has one goal and six assists in 11 games, which believe it or not, has him tied with Vinny Lecavalier for the team scoring lead. With the reputation as a hard-nosed, tough enforcer with the tendency to cross …

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End of the Road: Kimmo Timonen

Photo via CBSSports.com After the Flyers finished with a league-worst 56 points following the 2006-07 season, the Flyers made a number of drastic, organization-changing moves to help push the team forward into the new era. Among them were acquiring winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Nashville Predators for the first-round pick they acquired in the Peter Forsberg trade. Timonen instantly became the face of the Flyers defense until future Hall-of-Famer Chris Pronger was acquired in the summer of 2009. Timonen enjoyed many solid seasons with the team, including four Barry Ashbee trophies as the Flyers’ best defenseman …

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