Are the Rangers posturing?

Picture it: Anaheim, December of 2011. The Philadelphia Flyers are in town, preparing to face the Ducks on Friday night. The talented Ducks team quickly sunk like a stone to the bottom of the NHL standings, managing only 7 wins in 24 games so far this season. The situation is dire. Head coach Randy Carlyle was let go and replaced by former Washington Capitals head coach, Bruce Boudreau, last night. Over a quarter of the way into the season, the prospects of making the playoffs already seem grim for Anaheim and more moves seem imminent. Atop the list of potential …

The ‘How’ of Homer

When Paul Holmgren took over as the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006, I received numerous messages from my friends who grew up as fans of the Hartford Whalers. Those messages ranged from, “Good luck with that,” to “What a terrible choice” to the simple but poignant, “Bwahahahahaha.” These were people jaded by the abysmal record that the Whalers posted during his tenure as Hartford’s coach and his brief stint as GM in the years that eventually led up to Hartford’s relocation to Carolina. (His DUI and stint at Betty Ford likely did not help matters …

Remembering Pelle: Your memories

This day, 26 years ago, Pelle Lindbergh passed away. Last year, Bob H wrote an emotional and unabashedly honest five-part series in honor of Pelle Lindbergh. This year, we decided that we wanted to crowdsource our tribute, asking fans, bloggers, and writers for their memories of Pelle and his death. First off, we will start with some thoughts from Bill Meltzer, author of Pelle Lindbergh: Behind the White Mask: I remember Pelle as a goalie who had established himself as the best in the NHL and had only just begun to tap into his full potential. In addition, he was one of …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Matthew Brigidi

Matthew Brigidi is a dedicated fan of the Flyers and a season ticket holder in section 223. He writes for The Checking Line and you can follow him on Twitter. Below, he gives us the top reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. The Legion of Doom I was born in 1988, so by the time I was old enough to comprehend the names of players, John LeClair, Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg had come together as the Legion of Doom. As an eight-year-old in 1996 I didn’t understand that this was a new thing; I had thought that the three …

Five Reasons I Love The Flyers: Kevin Keating

Kevin Keating is a knowledgable hockey fan who I had the pleasure of meeting at development camp. He runs the site What the puck? and you can also follow him on Twitter. He’s a huge fan of the Flyers. Below, he gives up the top five reasons why he loves the organization. 1.  The History I’ve found this to be the most intriguing recently.  While other teams have a rich and historic back catalogue (see:  Canadiens, Maple Leafs etc etc), no one else in this league is still defined by a nickname they earned 40 years ago.  Just a few …