How I learned to stop worrying and love the Alumni Game

When Mario Lemieux, Dino Ciccarelli, and company hit the ice for the 2011 “Legends Game”, I could barely muster enough energy to shrug my shoulders in apathy. As a hockey fan, it was nice to see some of the game’s great players — including a couple of former Flyers — gather from different generations to play together but my interest did not extend much further than that. I had no connection to the game. These were players who battled against the Flyers and their most notable accomplishments generally held some correlation to Philadelphia’s shortcomings. The game felt contrived, a bunch …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Mark Trible

Mark Trible is the head Flyers writer and content manager for The Checking Line. He also co-hosts Flyers Corner radio. You can also follow him on Twitter. Below, he gives us the top five reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. The dedication of the fans I can say that I’ve come across all types of fans in my life, and Flyers fans are certainly among the top of the line when it comes to diehards. Even at rookie camp, massive amounts of people come out and support the team. It’s not just that they support the team, many of them know …

Our 2011 Christmas wish list

Amid the gift-buying hype of the holiday season, we would like to step back for a minute and continue our tradition of compiling a list of our top ten Flyers-related Christmas wishes. It goes without saying that we want the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. So, we will just leave that one off the list and assume we are all on the same page there. 10. Continuation of improved communication between players and fans Two events that occurred on Twitter this season reaffirmed my belief in humanity. Neither was particularly Earth shattering but both deserve recognition. The first was …

Point/Counterpoint: Barry Hanrahan, not Paul Holmgren, deserves blame for cap mismanagement, bad contracts

Point/Counterpoint is a new series which argues both sides of a topic relevant to the Philadelphia Flyers. Today, Nina G and I discuss who deserves the blame for cap mismanagement and the bad contracts that have been handed out to players. Point By Marcello De Feo In theory, when something goes wrong within an organization, the blame should ultimately fall to the person at the top, the one in charge of making all final decisions. In this case, that would be Paul Holmgren. He is the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers and the one who signs his name on …

The case for Ryan Suter

Allow me to preface this column by stating that I believe the Flyers have no urgent need to add a defensemen. Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Andrej Meszaros, and Braydon Coburn are more than capable of shouldering the load with the likes of Marc-Andre Bourdon, Kevin Marshall, and Erik Gustafsson eating up some minutes as well. However, if the Flyers do, indeed decide to pursue a defender at some — the trade deadline seems to be the most realistic option — then Ryan Suter could be the primary target for the Flyers. The 26-year-old defender for the Nashville Predators comes from …