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Around The Net 01.18.13

  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 NBC is trying to rewrite history: [Philly.com] [Puck Daddy] “Practice? We talking about practice!” The Flyers had a practice and 15,000 people showed up: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] [CSNPhilly] Of course, Scott Hartnell and the boys had some fun with Claude Giroux: [The 700 Level] 5 Game audition? Scott Laughton has earned a spot on the roster, but for how long? [CSNPhilly] [The 700 Level] Previews Who doesn’t love a preview? [The Hockey News] [ESPN] …

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Trenton Update: 1/11-1/17

The Trenton Titans’ losing streak reached seven games before they pulled off an overtime winner on Wednesday morning against the Reading Royals. The Philadelphia Flyers’ affiliate only grabbed one point over the 0-6-1 stretch, as their last two wins have come in overtime against the Royals at Sun National Bank Center. The Titans will be in New York tonight before they travel home to host a pair of games against the leaders of the North Division. Trenton started the week with a 3-1 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays in New Jersey on Friday. Both the Saturday and Sunday games …

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Hockey Hilarity: Congratulations from the Chief

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players and media personnel. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Well if you hadn’t read it everywhere, or hadn’t seen it on television, or heard about it on the radio, or random people on the street didn’t inform you, or your entire social media stream somehow missed it, Claude Giroux was named the captain of your Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week. There were about a million different tweets about it, most were positive, some were negative, a few were funny and this is …

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Crashing the Crease: Shortened Season, Increased Expectations

While the sport of hockey never went anywhere, NHL hockey has returned from the great beyond for a shortened 48-game season. With the impetus to get the season started quickly and wrap up before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement can expire again (pardon my hyperbole), “camps” have opened around the league and all of those changes that happened and got lost in the 119 days of revenue sharing, make-whole and @NHLPodium are now bubbling to the surface. Of course, being the Flyers, even a camp this short would have one requisite question to be answered: who will be the pretty ponies …

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Taking Stock: Defense & Goaltending

Over the past few seasons, the hallmark of the Philadelphia Flyers has been their offense. Notorious for their ability to accumulate and develop high-end offensive talent via the draft, the team has been able to consistently find success based on its robust offensive presence. Yet for all the attention the offense (rightfully) receives, the defense was never truly all that far behind, anchored most recently by the big body of Chris Pronger and the puck-moving prowess of Matt Carle. Now those two stalwarts are gone, paving the way for a new class of defenders to take the reigns on the …