This guy is pretty good at playing a puck possession game. Image c/o of clydeorama

Is the NHL, and its fans, ready to embrace puck possession?

So I’m a proponent of puck possession. See exhibit A, and exhibit B. Perhaps it’s just the way I played the game of hockey growing up, or perhaps it’s the increasing amount of metrics that exist that lend credence to its significance. Over the past week or so I’ve noticed on Twitter that at least three NHL teams are making it a point to emphasize puck possession and gaining the zone with possession. @BSH_EricT @mc79hockey i don't know if someone clued trotz in on this one, but he's been pushing carry-ins in camp. … — J.R. Lind (@jrlind) September 15, …

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Poll: Who do you want to win the camp battles for third line wing and on the blueline?

Now that training camp has officially started, we can start to see some of the position battles with our own eyes. Perhaps the two biggest spots up for grabs are the third line wing position and then rounding out the sixth and seventh spots on the blueline. Who do you want to win the spot on the 3rd line? Newly signed Michael Raffl is an intriguing name but making the jump straight to the NHL is probably a lot to ask. Tye McGinn is a realistic in-house option based on his play last year. Former first round pick Scott Laughton …

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The Flyers can fit Cleary, not trade anyone, and be cap compliant before the season even starts

The Philadelphia Flyers can be cap compliant before the season even with Dan Cleary and not trading a soul. When the Flyers invited Dan Cleary to camp and reportedly already agreed upon terms of a contract, many speculated how they could make it all fit under the cap. Afterall, the Flyers are already over $2 million over the upper-limit according to capgeek. Hell, I’ve even been speaking as if trading a defenseman was a foregone conclusion; but honestly…it’s not. They don’t have to. Tim Panaccio of CSN had an article today indicating how the Flyers can fit in Cleary, and …

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Does Hal Gill have a chance to stick with the Flyers?

After being invited to training camp, does Hal Gill have a legitimate chance to stick with the Philadelphia Flyers? It adds another body to a defense corps that already had some intriguing decisions to make. From my article last week: The Flyers are currently just over $2 million over the league’s upper limit, so they will have to shed some cap space. The likely candidates are defenseman Braydon Coburn or Andrej Meszaros (or Grossmann to a lesser extent). The Flyers have nine blue-liners signed to one-way contract; and young players such as Oliver Lauridsen are knocking on the door of …

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Flyers sit at 49 contracts with decisions to make; intriguing training camp battles

With the recent signing of restricted free agent Brandon Manning, the Philadelphia Flyers now sit at 49 contracts on the 50 contract reserve limit. Two of those contracts could slide, meaning they would not count towards the 50 contract limit, if Laughton or Stolarz are sent back to Juniors (a likelihood for the latter). The Flyers are currently just over $2 million over the league’s upper limit, so they will have to shed some cap space. The likely candidates are defenseman Braydon Coburn or Andrej Meszaros (or Grossmann to a lesser extent). The Flyers have nine blue-liners signed to one-way contract; …