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Frequent Flyer Miles: Shelley retires and becomes announcer, Printz to Allsvenskan, Rowe hangs up skates

A small number of former Philadelphia Flyers, draft picks, and players who were once linked to the organization moved this week, as three former Flyers altered their careers and a former Trenton Titan retired. The biggest news of the week relating to former Flyers is the retirement of Jody Shelley. The enforcer announced his decision to walk away from his playing career early this week, as it was also announced that he would be a broadcast associate and “team ambassador” for the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to ESPN. Shelley will be an analyst for the Flyers’ new divisional opponent, as well as an occasional TV commentator …

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Royal Joy and Pain: Learning the ropes in Double-A hockey

You wanna know the easiest way to piss off someone who’s trying to help you? Track them down at the end of a game in the bowels of the arena and complain about statistics. Bitch and moan about assists and plus-minus to the people who take time out from their weekday and weekend schedules, and for no money, are still responsible to an entire league for compiling in-game and post-game numbers. Ride a guy mercilessly, one who’s driving 110 miles round-trip because it’s the only foot in the door he has towards a career in sports media, who takes pride …

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Then and Now: Steve Downie

Steve Downie was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 29th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, as he was picked right after the Dallas Stars selected Matt Niskanen and four picks before they took James Neal. The feisty forward hasn’t exactly panned out in the NHL, but he has been serviceable for every team he has suited up for since joining the league. Downie made his debut for the Flyers’ organization by playing in a Philadelphia Phantoms’ game in 2006-2007 before he saw significant time with both the squads during the 2007-2008 campaign. The forward played …

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A letter from the owner

I am happy to announce that, as part of our growth into the Philly Sports Faithful network, Flyers Faithful has decided to join the Yardbarker Network. In the past, I have been admittedly too stubborn to join any sort of network, as part of my li’l brudder, I-can-do-it-on-my-own complex. I’ve gotten over myself, though. Why? The answer is twofold: being a part of a respectable, established group like Yardbarker gives us increased exposure, which frees us up to focus more on site content over self-promotion. Secondly, it increases the chance of generating revenue. Maybe that sounds evil and whorish but, …

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Sean Couturier is kind of a big deal

It’s easy to look at Sean Couturier’s final line for the 2013 season and claim that he had a down year for the Philadelphia Flyers. Four goals, eleven assists, for fifteen points, and a minus-eight in 46 games. That’s good for being tied for eleventh in goals, seventh in assists, eighth in points, and fifth worst on the team in plus-minus. Frankly, most people expected more from the highly promising young center. By now it’s not a novel concept to write that there is a whole lot more to reviewing Couturier’s season than just these surface-level statistics. This is particularly …