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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …

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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – The Voice From Above, Dan Miner

I have been associated with the Glens Falls Civic Center in several different aspects, from inputting online stats during the Frostbite era, to operating the message board, and now writer for Flyers Faithful covering the Phantoms. During all my stints, there was one constant: The voice from above, Dan Miner, PA Announcer. Not only is Dan a terrific on-air talent, but he is a passionate, hockey smart and kind individual who welcomed me into the press box very quickly. Since then, Dan and I have become friends and with the addition of Gary “The Music Man” Gifford, we have been …

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Around the Net:September 24,2013:Read gets extension,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Read it and smile Matt Read signed an extension last week for four years,$14.5 million dollars [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] Lake Placid bonding The Flyers finished up their training camp in Lake Placid [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Goalie battle The Flyers starting goaltender has not been decided yet [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Wisdom of Bill Bill Meltzer has notes about some Flyers prospects [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Hockey season is coming, Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next …

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Three More Assigned to Phantoms Camp

(Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers) The Flyers announced that three players have cleared waivers and were assisted to the American Hockey League Phantoms, where training camp is scheduled to begin Monday. The three players were forwards Ben Holmstrom and Kris Newbury, and goaltender Yann Danis. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon also cleared waivers, but instead of heading to Adirondack, is expected to be placed on long-term injury reserve as he tries to battle back from nagging concussion issues. An impressive group of young players will take the ice tomorrow in Glens Falls, NY, including recent signee Petr Straka, Nick Cousins, Kyle …

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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …