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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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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 …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Nodl to play in Switzerland, Potulny’s injury results in departure from KHL

We are now at the point of the offseason where the biggest news related to former Philadelphia Flyers has reached Andreas Nodl signing in Switzerland and Ryan Potulny being released from a KHL squad. The list of players who were once linked to the Orange and Black and endured transactions this week is still rather long, but Nodl and Potulny are the only two who actually played a game for the Flyers. Nodl, who spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization and HC Innsbruck in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga during the lockout, has signed with Lausanne HC in …

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Reviewing “Flight Plan”

Amidst the chaos of the offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers somehow managed to find time to release the debut episode of their new behind the scenes mini series, aptly dubbed “Flight Plan” (video below). If you were starving for some new Flyers fodder, you were likely just served a delicious first course that left you begging for more. There are a lot of pros and cons to the team’s approach to an inside look at the brain trust as they prepped for the 2013 NHL Draft. Considering how old school the team is, you have to applaud their willingness to expose …

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Then and Now: Sean O’Donnell

After he finished his second stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010, defenseman Sean O’Donnell joined the Philadelphia Flyers after two seasons with the Western Conference squad that introduced him to the NHL in 1994-1995. With a one-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.3 million, O’Donnell served as a third-pairing blue liner for the Orange and Black. After he totaled three goals in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with the Kings, O’Donnell had one goal in a Philadelphia Flyers’ sweater. It came in the third period of Philly’s 7-5 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 13th, 2011. O’Donnell …