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2013 Year In Review: Andrej Meszaros

The book on Andrej Meszaros is nearly complete. First year with the Flyers: outstanding. Second year: letdown. Third year? Well, that’s where Mesz’s story gets interesting. The Ottawa Senators plucked Meszaros in the first round of the 2004 draft. After three seasons, of which Mesz played in every game, the Senators traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would go on to play in Tampa for two seasons, appearing in 133 of a possible 164 contests. Meszaros was then sent to the Flyers where, in his first year, he won the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best team defenseman. Since …

2013 Year In Review: Simon Gagne

Thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, Simon Gagne returned to the Flyers on February 26 in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick. With him come raised expectations for a Flyers season. The team had fallen into an early season funk, and the return of Gagne – who had been a repeated healthy scratch for the Kings – was to provide a veteran boost both on the ice and in the locker room. Gagne’s return engagement with the Flyers was like that of a movie script. He arrived just in time to suit up, received a standing ovation …

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Flyers get new D-man Streit off the Island

The Philadelphia Flyers made headlines on Wednesday afternoon with the acquisition of the rights to unrestricted free agent-to-be defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 and forward Shane Harper. Streit, a 5-foot-11, 193-pound native of Switzerland was the former captain of the Isles. He is a left-handed shot and routinely quarterbacked the Islanders power play. Last season, Streit tallied six goals and 21 assists in 48 games, adding two goals and five points in a first-round playoff exit against Pittsburgh. For his career, Streit has totaled 65 goals and 223 assists for …

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2013 Year In Review: Matt Read

Matt Read came to Philadelphia as a 25-year old undrafted rookie from tiny Bemidji State University. At training camp, the small forward (all five-foot-ten, 185 pounds) began turning heads immediately, and rumors swirled that he would make the team for the 2011-2012 season. He did in fact make the Flyers, and registered 24 goals and 23 assists for 57 points. Those 24 goals were league leading amongst rookies, but he wasn’t even nominated for a Calder Trophy. Read entered his second professional season with the Flyers with the risk of a “sophomore slump” and worry that his late development would …

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2013 Year In Review: Danny Briere

It pains me to write Danny Briere’s year in review. Briere came to Philadelphia in the offseason of 2007, the year after the Flyers had just missed the playoffs, bringing with him a new attitude for the Flyers franchise. Along with Briere was a much-scrutinized contract that would pay the five-foot-ten, 179-pound player 52 million dollars over eight years with an annual cap hit of 6.5 million. Briere’s worth was proven immediately as he recorded the second-highest point total of his career, registering 31 goals and 41 assists in 79 games. It was not Briere’s regular season performance that would …

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