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Frequent Flyer Miles: Leighton to the KHL, Fritsch will play in Italy, Amorosa commits to Providence College

The biggest news of the week, in terms of where former Philadelphia Flyers went, is Michael Leighton signing in the KHL. The former Flyer did not play a single game as a Columbus Blue Jacket in 2013, as he has joined Donbass Donetsk for the 2013-2014 campaign. Leighton didn’t play a single game for the Flyers in 2011-2012 and only appeared in one game during the 2013 shortened season. He took part in 14 of Philly’s 23 games during the 2010 postseason run, as he posted a 2.46 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick will …

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Then and Now: Luca Sbisa

Whether you love his moves or hate his moves, you can’t deny Paul Holmgren is willing to make a bold trade when he feels his team needs it. One of those trades came in the summer of 2009, when Holmgren was able to grab Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for several pieces. One of those pieces was a young blue liner by the name of Luca Sbisa. Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, as he was taken right before Michael Del Zotto and three picks before Jordan Eberle. …

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Around the Net August 20 2013: Giroux injured in freak accident; NHL14 demo released,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Golfing is dangerous Flyers captain Claude Giroux hurt his finger playing golf and is out 5-6 weeks: [Toronto Sun] [Philly.com] People are bored A bunch of fans sat around literally watching paint dry. I’ll have to ask Sarah Baicker how it was:[Broad Street Hockey] [Puck Daddy] Wisdom of Bill I might make this a weekly segment:[Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Hockey is back..sort of Download the NHL14 demo for your system of choice and get your hockey fix,virtually at least. [EA Sports] …

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Laperriere “un homme de fer” after Sunday event in Quebec

You might have called Ian Laperriere a warrior, or tough as nails during an 18-year NHL career which concluded three years ago in Philadelphia. After Sunday, add “iron man” to those honorifics. The 39-year-old Laperriere completed the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in his native Quebec, ranking 124th among his division, men aged 35-to-39. He finished the swim portion of the race, a 3.8-kilometer course in a neat 1 hour, 13 minutes, then took on the 180-km bike section in 5 hours, 42 minutes and 56 seconds, before finishing the final 42.2-km on foot in 5:05:21. It might not have happened at all, …

Thanks to Danny Briere, apparently passing on the Golf Swing of Death to our Captain

Giroux hurts finger playing golf, recovery time pegged at 5-to-6 weeks

Say what you will from a personnel standpoint, but the 2013 offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers is such that you have to wonder what larger force at work is telling us that the unexpected always cuts both ways. Late Thursday night, word filtered down from Canada’s capital region that center, captain and star Claude Giroux suffered a freak injury while playing golf and had to undergo surgery to correct the problem. Multiple sources from major outlets in the region indicated that Giroux suffered cuts and lacerations to the tendon in his right index finger when a golf club he was …