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Through six games faceoffs have been much improved for Sean Couturier

In his first two seasons in the NHL the faceoff dot has not been kind to Sean Couturier, but perhaps he is beginning to turn the corner in 2013-2014. In his rookie season Couturier took the third most faceoffs on the team at 804, trailing Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, but he won only 47% of them. That placed him at a cool 71st in the league among all forwards that qualified. The sophomore campaign actually proved to be worse as he took 553 draws (remember, it was a shortened season), only trailing Giroux in attempts, but he only won …

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Five-on-five suggests the Flyers still aren’t very good

We’re only three games into the 2013-2014 season but it appears as if the Flyers’ faults remain. The five-on-five numbers indicate that the Flyers just might not be very good. If you know me you know that I am not an emotional fan. I tend to approach the Flyers much like I do everything else in my life, logically and with rationale. If the title of this article looks a bit familiar it may be because I wrote a similar piece last February. I don’t want to be one to jump to a conclusion after three games. Three games is …

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Ever wonder why using LTIR isn’t ideal? Here’s why…

By now, thanks to Chris Pronger, most Flyers fans are familiar with Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR); at least at a high level. If you aren’t, I wrote this LTIR explanation many moons ago. The one thing I want to reiterate this morning, the day the NHL opens its doors, is that LTIR is not a good thing. It is not the same as cap space, and it is far from ideal. From that earlier article: In short, using LTIR is not a good thing. If you’re using it, you are not in ideal cap shape. The only way to …

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Waiving of Hall leaves questions unanswered among the forward group

The Philadelphia Flyers waived Adam Hall on Saturday and he cleared waivers on Sunday. While he has yet to be sent to down to the Phantoms, you can’t help but wonder what is in store for the forward group. It’s entirely possible (probably even likely) that we see additional moves before the season begins, but I seriously scratch my head with this one. Any plan that potentially has Jay Rosehill in your regular twelve forwards is not a plan that I like. The Flyers forward group currently consists of Giroux, Voracek, Hartnell, Lecavalier, Schenn, Simmonds, Couturier, Read, Talbot, Laughton, Rinaldo, …

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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …