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NHL Master Sked Released; Flyers to open at home October 2

After much negotiation and legal wrangling over the fate of its players heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics this coming February, the National Hockey League released its master schedule for the 2013-14 season on Friday. As it has been since 1995, each club will play 82 regular-season games, with the season-opener occurring on October 1 and the finales taking place on April 13. The league will pause for 17 days from February 9-26 to send their best onto the world stage. For the Philadelphia Flyers, their opener will take place on home ice, Wednesday, October 2 against the Toronto …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Boucher leaves for Switzerland, Carcillo to Los Angeles, Gawryletz joins Hungarian club

Another week in the offseason just means more former Philadelphia Flyers on the move, as 10 former players or draft picks changed franchises or leagues. The most notable former Flyer to switch clubs may have been the return of one of the Orange and Black’s most popular goaltenders returning to the team’s front office, but I’ll digress. Along with Ron Hextall’s return to Philly, the biggest names to move were Brian Boucher, Daniel Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev. Boosh will join his second club that isn’t based in North America, and his first during a season that doesn’t involve an NHL …

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It’s all about the offense

When the Philadelphia Flyers shocked the hockey world with the signing of Vinny Lecavalier, many questioned why the team would invest more money in a forward when the roster is already stocked with elite offensive talent. However, the addition of the skilled center might be exactly what the Flyers need to return to playoff prominence. In last year’s shortened season, the Flyers offense took a step back. After averaging over three goals per game in 2010 and 2011 and finishing second only to Pittsburgh two years ago, the offense just barely cracked the top-ten in goals per game with 2.75 …

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Then and Now: Andreas Nodl

The Philadelphia Flyers had three draft picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft: Andreas Nodl, Michael Ratchuk, and Denis Bodrov. Both Ratchuk and Bodrov never played a game in the NHL, but Nodl turned out to be a serviceable player for Philly for a few seasons. Picked before a lengthy list of productive players later in the second round, such as Milan Lucic and Keith Seabrook, Nodl is struggling to make it in the NHL as a 26-year-old winger. After finishing his second season at St. Cloud State University in 2007-2008, Nodl joined the Philadelphia Phantoms for a trio of …

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Around the Net July 16,2013: Ron Hextall in as Assistant GM; Kovalchuk bolts for Russia, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.  Ron Hextall returns The Flyers have brought back another colorful name from the past to be their new assistant GM and presumably, Paul Holmgren’s replacement:[Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] [Puck Daddy] Ilya Kovalchuk retires, then unretires I’m sure the Devils are really happy they don’t have a first round pick this coming season because Kovalchuk won all those Stanley…oh wait…nevermind:[The Hockey News] [Philly.com] Fred Shero elected to Hall of Fame Finally, “The Fog” is enshrined among the greats: …