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Then and Now: Pat Kavanagh

The Philadelphia Flyers used a second-round pick in the 1997 NHL Draft on forward Pat Kavanagh. Other notable players picked in the second round of the 1997 NHL Draft were Ben Clymer, Jeremy Reich, and Henrik Tallinder. A little less than two years later, the Orange and Black dealt Kavanagh to the Vancouver Canucks for a sixth-round pick in the 1999 NHL Draft. Philly used the pick to select forward Konstantin Rudenko, who never played a game in the NHL and is currently with Barys Astana in the KHL. Kavanagh would play with the Syracuse Crunch, Kansas City Blades, and …

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The (positive) outlook on defense

It is unlikely that this offseason will feature more than two big moves on defense for the Flyers. There will be no Keith Yandle, Alex Pietrangelo or Shea Weber patrolling Philadelphia’s blue line. The Flyers have been interested in Yandle for a few years now and they finally managed to get him. Well, not him. They go Mark Streit and he’s kind of like Yandle. They both have the same cap hit and both put up nearly the same amount of points in the last two seasons (Streit had 74 points and Yandle had 73). Streit may be older but he …

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Flyers win Le Sweepstakes, sign Lecavalier

Less than an hour after the Pittsburgh Penguins locked up defenseman Kris Letang with an eight-year contract extension, the Philadelphia Flyers stole back that spotlight by snagging high-profile unrestricted free agent Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract. No terms were disclosed, but multiple reports out of Canada state it’s a five-year deal worth $4.5 million per season. Additional reports cite a full no-movement clause was included. Lecavalier finished his 14th NHL campaign with 10 goals and 32 points over 39 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He passed over several clubs, including the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, to hook …

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Fedotenko leaves Flyers, returns to Ukraine

Farewell to the second-longest tenured Russian/Soviet born player in Flyers history. On Tuesday, pending unresrticted free agent Ruslan Fedotenko returned to his native Ukraine courtesy of a three-year contract with Donbass Donetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. Run it through Google Translate, will ya? The 34-year-old winger returned to Philadelphia following the lockout and posted four goals and nine assists in 47 games. That was after his initial stint with Donbass, during which he contributed eight goals and 18 points for the club in 33 appearances. A two-time Stanley Cup winner with Tampa Bay (2004) and Pittsburgh (2009), Fedotenko racked …

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Around the Net July 2nd 2013: Flyers draft recap,free agency looms

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Flyers Draft recaps We look at some takes on how the Orange and Black did on Sunday: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] [Broad Street Hockey] [Philly.com] [The Checking Line] Free agency and trade news Tim Thomas is looking for work and guess who needs a goalie: [Puck Daddy] [The Hockey News] Vinny a Flyer? Why not? [The 700 Level] Syvret traded again Don’t worry, he’ll be back i’m sure: [Bill Meltzer]  You want to go out? Go get some Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s …