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Follow the leader: learning from Chicago

In the days that have passed since the Chicago Blackhawks epic Game six win in the Stanley Cup Final, the game of copycat has already begun. The questions around the league are as prevalent as the celebrations in the Windy City. How did they do it? What made the Blackhawks better than the rest this year? How where they so damn successful this season? One thing everyone seems to agree on is the importance of patience while the losses pile up during down years. The general sentiment is that losing is important because it gives you top-end talent to rebuild …

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Then and Now: Johan Backlund

After spending three seasons with Timra IK in the SEL, now the SHL, Johan Backlund signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2009. The deal gave the undrafted goaltender $100,000 in the AHL and $800,000 in the NHL. In his first campaign in North American leagues, Backlund took part in 41 AHL games with the Adirondack Phantoms, as well as a pair of games for the Orange and Black. Although seven goalies did work in the Phantoms’ crease during the 2009-2010 season, Backlund had the most starts on the team with 41. Backlund had …

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Around the Net June 25th, 2013: Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup; Draft news and rumors

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Hawks best Bruins In what turned out to be one of the epic Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory, the Chicago Blackhawks late rally sealed the deal: [The Hockey News] [Puck Daddy] [ESPN] Draft news and rumors The Flyers are looking defense, as they should be. Every round. [Philly.com- Sam Carchidi] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Have a Mock or two: [Flyers.nhl.com] [The Hockey News] You want to go out? Go get some Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me …

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A look at the goaltending market this offseason

With the trade of Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs the Flyers lost out on a goaltender that I am personally a very big fan of. I think that Bernier is the real deal, and I would have loved to have been able to acquire him. Naturally, if that acquisition were to have happened, an Ilya Bryzgalov compliance buyout would have been inevitable. I am in favor of buying out Bryzgalov simply because of his contract. I’m a numbers and salary cap guy and I think it is absolutely crucial that he leave. While the Flyers could wait another …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 8: Sharp & ‘Zus Have An Exciting Game 4, Still No Goals For Jagr

Chicago’s Michal Handzus scores a shorthanded goal in the first period of Game 4 against Boston. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared in the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins – Series tied 2-2 Patrick Sharp: Week 2: Sharp’s point-less streak ended in Game 2, and he’s scored two goals in his last three games, including a power play goal in Game 4. He currently has 16 points in 20 playoff games. Week 1: It seems like Patrick Sharp’s postseason prowess has lost some of its edge, as he has now gone four …