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Wearing the “C” and its fabricated importance

With Claude Giroux mired in his 21 game goalless drought prior to snapping it against Edmonton on Saturday, and the Flyers in the cellar of the Metropolitan division, many people began to question Claude Giroux as captain. I’m here to tell you…just stop. Please. Fans and media alike have glamorized the Captain in hockey. As if wearing a “C” on the jersey grants its wearer the supernatural ability to drag his team forward, or if he’s not worthy, send them plummeting far from contention. A locker room is comprised (or should be) of many leaders; not just a single person. …

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Steve Mason, our next goaltender or the next Michael Leighton?

By now everybody knows the story; after winning the Calder Trophy in his rookie year as a 20 year old with a .916 save percentage, Steve Mason fell out of favor in Columbus with three and a half poor seasons (.901, .901, .894, .899 save percentages respectively). As the Flyers approached the trade deadline last season they opted to take a chance on the still young, talented but long-struggling goaltender when they traded a third round pick in 2015 and Michael Leighton for Mason. He was then signed to a one-year $1.5 million extension. Since being acquired Mason has been …

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The pros and cons of the Talbot/Downie swap; a quick analysis of the trade

So the Philadelphia Flyers traded Max Talbot for former Flyer first-rounder Steve Downie, eh? I was stuck with an exceptionally busy workday so I haven’t even had the pleasure of reading other opinions yet. All I’ve seen are a few tweets on the matter. With that, I wanted to quickly comment on some of the common themes I’m seeing from people on why this was a good trade, and why it was a bad one. Please forgive my stream of consciousness and lack of editing. Let’s start with the bad… Why people are saying the Flyers made a bad trade: …

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Paul Holmgren’s top-10 worst moves as General Manager

Paul Holmgren became the interim General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006. That interim title was removed only weeks later on November 11. Holmgren was able to take a team that finished last in the National Hockey League, and rebuild it to make a deep run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals the very next season. Yes, some of Holmgren’s moves have been amazing, but he’s also a guy who has gotten this organization into some hot water with the salary cap and was forced to make deals that were head scratchers to say the least. – Our own …

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Flyers continue to operate near 50 contract limit

The Philadelphia Flyers currently sit at 52 contracts, four of which slide, which leaves them at 48 contracts towards the 50 contract limit. For the three or four people that may actually regularly read my articles, this topic may seem familiar. I wrote pretty much this exact same article back in July of 2012. Recently on Twitter, this topic came up in conversation among Josh Janet of gcobb.com and jsaquella of The Hockey Guys. We were all lamenting the Flyers seeming frivolity in handing out contracts. It prompted me to want to take another look this season. Team Contracts Slide Net Detroit …