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419, or how the Flyers engaged in a record-breaking brawl which wasn’t their fault

When is a Friday night hockey game more than just a Friday night hockey game? When the two teams you’re watching erupt into three separate acts of a massive line brawl near the end of the contest that result in a still-standing NHL record for combined penalty minutes with 419, and cause the re-shaping of the rules regarding fisticuffs as the league attempts to reformulate its image after a lockout. Martin Havlat should be able to tell you the answer to that question in full. After all, it was his ability to run around one week earlier, shoving his stick …

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Shanabanned: Harry Z gets four games

This is the kind of season it’s been so far: the National Hockey League ignores the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers are taking time off from their busy schedule to hold their annual carnival on Sunday afternoon, issuing a four-game suspension to Harry Zolnierczyk. Zolnierczyk was given a major for charging and a game misconduct near the midway point of the first period in a 2-1 Flyers win, after issuing a hard hit to Ottawa defenseman Mike Lundin. Lundin left the game and did not return with a suspected head injury. Hit up the link to see Brendan Shanahan’s explanation. …

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Stolarz, Alderson locked in; Sestito goodbye, Leighton sent down

The Philadelphia Flyers were a busy organization on Friday. First, they announced the signings of free agent winger Brandon Alderson and goaltender Anthony Stolarz to entry-level contracts. In 59 games played with the Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, Alderson has totaled 25 goals 32 assists for 57 points. The Oakville, Ontario native is listed as 6-foot-5, and 212 pounds and brings much needed size to the winger position in typical North American Flyer fashion.  Last year with the Greyhounds, Alderson registered 30 points in 69 games played. Prior to playing for Sault. Ste. Marie, the 21-year …

Homer, Gagne talk about busy Tuesday

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers Flyers GM Paul Holmgren Will Gagne make the team better? PH:  “He improves our depth up front automatically. Obviously with the injury bug and Matt Read being out and now we lost Tye McGinn last night for a few weeks. We have some holes.  Simon is a guy who has a lot of experience and played in a lot of positions, penalty kill, power play and regular shifts.  He is a good two way player that can skate.   We think he will add to us a lot.” What’s wrong with Tye? PH:  “He has a …

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Return with some bling: Cup winner Gagne comes back to Philly

Proving once more that if you’re once a Flyer, chances are you could be a Flyer at least one more time before your career is complete, the Orange and Black made the surprise announcement Tuesday afternoon that they have brought back one-time star forward Simon Gagne. The 33-year-old was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fourth-round pick which once belonged to perennial trading partner Phoenix. According to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, it is a third-round selection if the Flyers make the playoffs and a fourth-rounder if not. “Simon is an experienced veteran who will help …