Report: Flyers to break bank over Giroux extension

According to John Boruk, host over at Comcast SportsNet Philly, the Flyers are about to go all in on captain Claude Giroux. His tweet from Monday: “You can draw up the contract right now, but Giroux will get 71-72 million over 8 years. It’s just a matter of when it gets done.” Giroux has struggled during this truncated season, his first as team captain following a breakout 93-point performance in a full campaign last year. He’s got nine goals and 26 points in 30 games with four power-play markers and a pair of game-winners, but is a minus-9 — indicative …

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Flyers sign St. Lawrence’s Flanagan to ATO

Late last night, the report from Bob McKenzie from TSN of Canada was that the Flyers signed free agent forward Kyle Flanagan from St. Lawrence to an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of this season and a one-year deal for 2013-14. He is expected to report to Adirondack of the AHL by Friday at the latest. Flanagan, a native of the university town of Canton, New York, finished his senior season with 15 goals and 47 points in 32 games. His 47 points placed second on the club to junior phenom Greg Carey, who leads the country with 28 …

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Reading’s Gill named ECHL’s top goaltender

Stepping into the shoes of Philipp Grubauer, who aided the Royals in their ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference before leaving for Hershey and the Capitals, hasn’t been easy for whomever spent time in the Reading crease in the second half of this season. Nonetheless, with Larry Courville’s club vying for the Brabham Cup and best record in the ECHL, Riley Gill has filled the vacancy beyond all expectations. On Tuesday, he was named the league’s top goalie for the week of March 11-17. The 28-year-old Minnesota native finished 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .969 …

Board of Governors approve realignment plan

Realignment comin’ For the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season, the National Hockey League will feature only four divisions, and for the first time in 15 years, every team is guaranteed to play in the arena of every other team thanks to the new plan approved by the league’s Board of Governors on Thursday. “This goes into the good news category,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. “We can begin the process of preparing next year’s schedule.” Here’s a quick and easy infographic from NHL.com explaining the situation: Last week, the NHL reported that the divisions would …

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Pronger still hopeful, but odds are not in his favor

It’s all but a done deal. Chris Pronger will never play another game in the NHL. If only he’d realize it. If only he could say it, and if only the announcement could ease a burden he would place on the Philadelphia Flyers if it were finally revealed in full. While it’s a noble cause he’s undertaking, the slow, painful process of recovering from a severe eye injury and concussion suffered back in October of 2011, Pronger is fooling himself and doing a bad job of fooling all of us with the notion that his goal is to get back …