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As playoffs chances dwindle, Timonen extension makes less sense

In early February the Philadelphia Flyers extended the heart of their defense corps, Kimmo Timonen, for one season. At the time, there was a fair share of debate as to whether it was the right move. As the Flyers inch closer to missing the playoffs, my distaste for the decision increases. From a hockey perspective, it made perfect sense to re-sign the 38 year old defenseman. On a mightly struggling blueline, Timonen was a steadying presence. While you can argue he has lost a step, he is still an incredibly valuable member of the group. When you look at the …

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You’re doing it wrong: the “Let’s Go Flyers” chant

Many of you will read this and think I’m pretentious or merely care too much about unimportant things. While another portion of you will feel my pain. Consider this a Public Service Announcement and a pet peeve rolled into one. You’re doing the “Let’s Go Flyers” chant wrong. In the proper chant the “Fly” is the only part that is emphasized. It is “Let’s-go-FLY-ers”. For you musically inclined people, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th notes are the same. So if “1″ were one particular note, “2″ were a different (lower) note. It would be Let’s(1) – Go(1) – FLY(2) – ers(1). I …

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“All-Star Break” Just What Flyers Need

The Flyers are just plain bad. I said it weeks ago and still believe it today. There was always the possibility of this happening. No training camp, combined with the loss of veteran leaders like Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle with no one to replace them, led the Flyers to this situation. There was always a feeling that the Flyers could struggle, but never this drastically. The Flyers, in the midst of a six-day layoff from their frenetic 48-game schedule, sit three games under the .500 mark with a 13-16-1 record. They are 4-6-0 in their last ten games and …

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The Dirty Half Dozen: Six choices for the next Flyers head coach

No matter which way you figure, the sands in the hourglass of Peter Laviolette’s tenure as Philadelphia Flyers head coach are rapidly descending towards the bottom. The power vacuum, whether it is created during this six-day block, at the trade deadline or following the completion of this truncated season, will leave a huge question mark as far as discerning which direction the franchise will head going forward. When it occurs, Laviolette will be the latest in a string of those given the reins, who didn’t manage to make it through four seasons at the helm. That’s where our feats of …

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The Rivalry Continues…

There are some great rivalries in sports, past and present. In football, you have the NFC East consisting of the Eagles, Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys. In baseball, there is the timeless rivalry of Yankees and Red Sox and new age rivalries like the Phillies and Nationals. Basketball had the great Knicks/Heat battles of the late 90’s or the Sixers/Celtics and Lakers/Celtics games throughout history. One of the greatest rivalries is, no doubt, Duke vs. North Carolina in college basketball. But there is one rivalry that presently stands above them all: The Philadelphia Flyers vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thursday night featured …