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Scott Laughton is not Sean Couturier, and maybe he shouldn’t stay with the Flyers

Any minute now word should trickle down about whether Scott Laughton will be staying with the Flyers for the foreseeable future, or if he will be returned to his Canadian junior club in Oshawa to continue his development and prolong the start of his entry-level contract (ELC).  As part of the shortened season, junior players can only play in five games before the decision must be made. The opinion on whether or not he should be sent back seems relatively split down the middle. Laughton’s supporters will argue that he’s been fantastic in his role, and been one of the …

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One Win

…but it’s so relieving. I didn’t even think I was going to watch Thursday night. I had a faculty party to attend at a coworker’s house and they had NHLN and were nice enough to let me watch anyway. Now my jumping up and down or maintaining the fetal position while watching hockey is known to all who were there. At least I didn’t curse like a sailor like I usually do. Although I was still taunted because the Blackhawks are 4-0. And I have to repeat, I don’t hate the Blackhawks, I just like the Flyers better. It’s like …

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RICE & MICE: Multiple Sclerosis

I assume everyone that follows the National Hockey League has heard that Minnesota goalie Josh Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in September while the lockout shenanigans were going on, so here’s an overview of MS and how it may impact Harding. MS is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system doesn’t recognize something as it’s own and attacks it. Basically, the body attacks it’s own cells. Autoimmune diseases may impact certain organs, such as the thyroid, or certain types of cells. MS affects the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) by attacking the cells  that …

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Around the Net 01.25.13

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it… Hartnell Down Scott Hartnell is out for 4-8 weeks with a broken foot: [Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] Knuble Returns Mike Knuble is back with the Flyers: [Philly.com] [The Checking Line] The streak is over The Flyers long losing streak against the Rangers is over: [Philly.com] [NBC Sports] Benn Signs Jamie Benn reaches an agreement with the Dallas Stars: [Puck Daddy] [ESPN] You need tickets? Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this …

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Crashing the Crease: Bryzgalov Solid, Despite Record

With the NHL’s 2013 Season finally underway, Crashing the Crease will evaluate the Flyers’ goaltending performances every Thursday in order to answer the inevitable dilemma in Flyerdom: what is going on in net? Week one has seen Ilya Bryzgalov play all three games of the Flyers’ 0-3 start, and the questions are already flying about just what is wrong with this team. For many, as is so often the story in Philadelphia, the finger pointing begins and ends with the goaltender. But is that fair? The easy answer would be to look at Bryzgalov’s stat line from the 3-1, 5-2, …