Playoff Beard

As the world turns

Each of the 30 teams in the NHL shares one common goal: winning the Stanley Cup. Yet no two teams take the same route to the Cup. There are just too many variables involved. If it was as simple as following the plan that brought the reigning champ to victory, every team would inevitably go the same route but the fact of the matter is that it is not the case. Teams are restricted by any number of factors, including the salary cap, funds available, and/or the ability the draft and develop talent. In the case of a big market …

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On a lockout, the offseason, and more

After the Minnesota Wild signed both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, a trend became apparent: small-market teams were spending big money while traditional big spenders remained relatively quiet. At first, this seemed to be because teams like the Flyers and Rangers were not only making big bids for the aforementioned All-Stars but were also tied up in trade talks for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. Now that the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks are underway, one has to wonder if the owners of big-market teams kept GMs on a short leash to see how the negotiations played out. Last offseason, many …

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Kicking back at Trial on the Isle

What do the Philadelphia Flyers and the Jersey Shore have in common? Nothing really, at least for 364 days out of any given year. On Wednesday afternoon, the Flyers organization took time out from breaking in the new prospect crop to hit the sun, sand, surf and base paths during the 12th annual Trial on the Isle in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Though our Fearless Leader posted this baby with pics I took, it’s your old pal Bob H reporting, taking a badly-needed day away from the office. Begun at the suggestion of then-players Rick Tocchet and Mark Recchi back …

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Help us break the $7k mark in donations for ESYHF

Through four fundraisers this season, we were able to raise $6,695 for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, thanks to your hard work and donations. We are going to bring that donation to ESYHF later this week. First, we would love to see if we could break the $7,000 mark. If you have a few bucks to spare, please donate to help us reach this goal and help a great cause! Also, if you could help spread the word about this, we would greatly appreciate it. Just click the button below to submit a donation through PayPal. You can view …