Is It Time to Change the NHL’s Suspension Policy?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of the Flyers, Canucks, or the Penguins. If you watch hockey on a regular basis, you’ve seen the inconsistency that comes from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Run by former player and Hall-of-Famer Brendan Shanahan, veteran of over 1,500 games played and well aware of the violence hockey contains, and formerly Colin Campbell, the department has allowed players like the Flyers’ own Zac Rinaldo, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, Steve Ott and John Scott to run amuck with little fear of consequence. Kaleta has had enough phone calls and meetings with Player Safety …

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Fake Hockey Help: Howard’s struggles, Ryan Johansen’s production, Sean Couturier’s offensive burst

As Philadelphia Flyers’ fans saw on Wednesday night, Jimmy Howard hasn’t been at the top of his game lately. Before he allowed five goals on 33 shots against to the Orange and Black, Howard was able to provide a 29-save shutout against the lowly New York Islanders. However, the candidate for the American Olympic team endured a seven-game losing streak where he allowed four goals against or more three times and allowed three goals against or more an additional two times. His highest save percentage total in that span for a single game was .920. Obviously, you shouldn’t drop Howard, …

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Seguin and Nichushkin destroy Flyers, Stars win big in Dallas

After putting forward a strong first period, the Philadelphia Flyers were absolutely abused up and down the ice during the second period, as the Dallas Stars produced an impressive 5-1 effort at home. Tyler Seguin had a hat trick in a four-point performance and Valeri Nichushkin provided three assists in his four-point performance, as Dan Ellis was barely tested in a 27-save effort for the win. Steve Mason finally allowed four goals in a game as a Flyer, as he stopped 22 of 26 shots in his two periods of action today. Andrej Meszaros had the visitors’ lone goal. It …

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Flyperbole: Rumor Ruminations on Steve Mason’s Next Contract, Henrik Lundqvist

MASON MISSION I am absolutely terrified of the contract that the Flyers are going to offer Steve Mason. Mase has been absolutely stellar this year. He has surpassed my wildest expectations thus far. But I’m waiting for the bottom to fall out of the bottom of the cardboard box that is Flyers goaltending.   Maybe I feel like Charlie Brown and Flyers goaltending is Lucy with the football, but I get the feeling that Mason will get a nice, long contract, and immediately start playing like hot garbage. I could be way off-base here. I HOPE I’m way off-base here. …

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Around the Net December 6 2013: Off a rare win in Detroit, Flyers look towards the Stars

Welcome to Around the Net, a bi-weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Motor City comeback The Flyers rallied from down two goals to win 6-3 in Detroit:[The Checking Line] [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Coots loves Downie Well, at least he is very fond of him…[Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] [Puck Daddy] It’s the holiday season and tickets to a game is a great gift for the hockey fan in your life. Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join us next week for more Around the Net.