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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason and the Case for Temperance

Steve Mason, traded to the Flyers a little over six months ago, has quickly become the talk of the town when it comes to goaltending. His 0.944 save percentage in the seven games he played last season caught the attention of fans and Flyers management alike. Given Mason’s struggles in Columbus and the Flyers well-documented sojourn with Ilya Bryzgalov, it was a pleasant relief for both parties to find such a seemingly good fit. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who had just watched former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky set the league alight with game after game of spectacular goaltending in Columbus, saw …

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Penn State to Play Army on Friday

After almost a week a speculation, Army will indeed travel to Happy Valley this Friday to take on Penn State in the Pegula Ice Arena opener. College Hockey News reported yesterday that Army received the okay to travel to Penn State, citing two sources. Army Hockey confirmed this report today by tweeting out a statement on their official Twitter page. Army will open the 2013-14 season this Friday at @PennStateMHKY. Puck will drop at 8 PM at the new Pegula Ice Arena! #GoArmy #PennStatebound — ArmyHockey (@army_hockey) October 9, 2013 Penn State’s games next weekend with Air Force are still …

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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — The Diehard Fans

So here we are. The AHL season has started and the Phantoms are off on a positive note, carrying an overtime win against the Hershey Bears this past weekend into a home-and-home with the Hartford Wolf Pack, which includes their home opener on October 12. Wait, what? The Phantoms won a game? It may sound harsh, but that’s the Philadelphia culture, right? Lose one game and the season is over? Well, things are not quite the same here in Glens Falls. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Glens Falls has some of the most diehard hockey fans I have ever …

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Around the Net October 8, 2013: Flyers fire Peter Laviolette; Craig Berube new coach

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Kick out the Jam Paul Holmgren fired Peter Laviolette after 3 games: [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] [Philly.com-Ed Barkowitz] [Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] Hail to the Chief Craig Berube is the new coach: [The Checking Line] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] [The Hockey News] [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Hockey season is here. Go see the new Flyers coach, Craig Berube. Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for today, join me Friday for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL.  …

Can I go back to Columbus now?

Thoughts after three

Impressive Flyers so far: Vincent Lecavalier Brayden Schenn Mark Streit Zac Rinaldo Steve Mason (minus one goal) I keep thinking to myself things like, “Why is Nicklas Grossmann carrying the puck in the offensive zone?”, “Why is Grossmann shooting the puck?”, “Why is Grossmann still on the ice?” That’s not a criticism of Grossmann so much as it is an acknowledgment that perhaps he’s being misused and overused. It says more about the players on the ice with him and the coach, really. During the first 40 minutes of the season, the Flyers looked like a team that could dominate …