Is Peter Laviolette on the chopping block?

Starting the season with some offensive urgency

A lot has been made about the yesterday’s revelation of Peter Laviolette being the odds-on favorite to be the first man out of a head coaching gig this season based on several online gambling sites and a plethora of season previews scattered about the web. The truth is, based on the Flyers recent history of inexplicable stretches of poor and lazy hockey coupled with their putrid preseason, if they wish to keep their boss behind the bench they will have to buck the trend and start playing some passionate hockey again. And if opening night was any indication, they better …

King Henrik

Metropolitan Division Preview: New York Rangers

  Ah, the Philadelphia Flyers’ old rivals from New York. I know the New York Rangers best from the Messier/Richter years. You might know them from their losing to the Flyers on the last day of the 2009-2010 season in a shootout and missing out on the playoffs. The Rangers are in an odd spot. Two years ago, they were in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Now, they’re breaking in a new coach and trying to figure out if the Rick Nash trade was worth it. Here’s your look at the 2013-2014 New York Rangers:   …

Claude Giroux

Training Camp Sprints: Depth up front a concern?

When Jake Voracek left last night’s game versus the New Jersey Devils in the second period with an upper-body injury, the Flyers were faced with the disastrous notion of losing a star before the season even started. With Wayne Simmonds also sidelined due to the flu, the team is suddenly forced to dress Mike Raffl, Adam Hall, Jay Rosehill, and Chris VandeVelde to round out the offense. They acknowledged after the game that Voracek’s injury is only minor, but if a few forwards were to go down does that type of lineup give you confidence? The offense hasn’t exactly gotten …

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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. …

Poor John Tavares, stuck doing it all by himself on Long Island

Metropolitan Division Preview: New York Islanders

The New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers have a fairly long history together. The animosity isn’t there like it was back in the early 80s, when the Islanders were a dominate team and the Flyers were transitioning from the Bullies to something new. Before this past season, the Flyers had dominated the Isles. However, times have changed and a lot of the Islanders’ young offensive talent is finally making a difference. As they move into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Islanders are a team with a good amount of buzz. They gave the Penguins some fits in their …