Defense on Bench

Coaching adjustments: Pay attention to the point

Early on in the season, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in some trouble. Their slow start has been well documented at this point, but it is all too easy to forget how close they seemed to come to turning it around before the wheels came off for good. By the 11th of February, they had already completed over 25 percent of their regular season schedule, finding themselves below .500; but they had finally started to find their way into the win column. With seven of a possible eight points over a four-game stretch, the team traveled to Toronto with every …

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”Les aventures loufoques de Herpen au Canada”

When I last appeared here, I croaked out almost 3,000 words for my young, budding writers on the often contradictory, shadowy nature of sports media. This time around, there will be nothing of the sort. Have you ever embarked on a road trip, only to be held up at Canadian customs because someone in your party decided to joke that the entire group’s purpose for crossing over was to storm the country to reclaim the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America? Did you wonder why they did it, given there were actually two firearms just kinda …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Owen Sound’s Three-man Attack

Two years ago the Owen Sound Attack were the class of the Ontario Hockey League. It was the first time in franchise history that Owen Sound represented the OHL at the Memorial Cup. The Attack took down the two-time defending league champion Windsor Spitfires in the Western Conference Final, then defeated the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL Final. Mississauga would eventually outlast Owen Sound, making it to the Memorial Cup Final, but that doesn’t diminish the season culminated by the Attack. Cameron Brace remembers that season. The 2010-11 campaign was Brace’s draft-eligible year and his first full one …

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2013 Year in Review: Mike Knuble

If there is any question as to whether or not Mike Knuble had a productive season with the Philadelphia Flyers, one just has to take into consideration where the forward was after the Orange and Black were blanked by the New Jersey Devils on January 22. With just three goals in their first three games, the Flyers reached out to Knuble, who was playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and signed him before the weekend. After the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers two days later, Knuble joined the Orange and Black in Florida for …

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Around the Net June 11, 2013: Stanley Cup Finals are set; NHL Draft and trade rumors, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Trade rumors and draft news Keith Yandle’s name is popping up again with the Flyers: [Broad Street Hockey] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Should the Flyers go get Jonathan Bernier? (Hint:YES!): [Philly.com] Stanley Cup Finals preview The Blackhawks and Bruins meet in an Original Six matchup [The Hockey News] [Puck Daddy] Go see Dom Brown drop more bombs on the rest of baseball. Get Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web …