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Assembling a Stanley Cup winner; breaking down the last seven Cup teams

It’s no secret that after losing the 2004-2005 NHL season due to a lockout, the dynamic of assembling an NHL team changed dramatically. With the implementation of a salary cap, there were a myriad of new limitations and restrictions placed on teams and how they spend their money. Rich teams could no longer try to buy themselves a Stanley Cup, while poor teams felt like they could finally compete. But is there a formula for building a Stanley Cup winning team? When you have no restrictions on how much money you can spend, there’s really limited concern about spending wisely. …

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Poll: Which former Flyer is the most missed right now?

Heading into this past offseason, the Flyers two biggest free agents were Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle. While they had discussions with both, the pursuit of Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and Shea Weber at various times all contributed to the two ultimately accepting attractive deals with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively. Additionally, James Van Riemsdyk was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Luke Schenn in an attempt to strengthen the blue line. After 11 games, you can make the case that the Flyers could really use all three of these players; but which is …

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Panthers get revenge and beat Flyers in a shootout

The Philadelphia Flyers were looking to extend their win streak to a season- high three games, but fell short as the Florida Panthers defeated them by a  3-2 count in a shootout on Thursday, avenging their previous meeting in which they lost 7-1 at home on January 26. Jose Theodore got the win for the Panthers, and was the first star of the game, making 30 saves on 32 shots, as well as both chances he faced in the shootout. Jack Skille and Stephen Weiss scored for the Panthers, with Dmitri Kulikov adding two assists, before Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter …

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Sestito scores his first goals as a Flyer to top Lightning 2-1

Tom Sestito recorded his first career two-goal game with Philadelphia — overshadowing the return of defenseman Matt Carle to Philadelphia — as the Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 2-1 score in their second meeting in the last nine days. Sestito also managed to double his entire career goal output, while Zac Rinaldo created a sensation of another kind when he scored a knockout in a first-period bout with B.J. Crombeen. Ilya Bryzgalov continued his stellar play, stopping 21-of-22 shots as the Orange and Black pulled off back-to-back wins for the second time this season thanks to shutting …

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CBA Explained: Contract variability

This week we are taking a look at contract variability which is essentially the amount that salary can vary from one year to the next within a player’s contract. Previously, only the 100 Percent Rule existed, which essentially states that salary can’t vary by more than 50% of the lesser salary in the first two years of the contract. Now the summary of terms states: “For multi-year SPCs that are “Front-Loaded Contracts,” i.e., where the average of the Player Salary and Bonuses in the first one-half of the contract is greater than the AA over the full term of the …