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Then and Now: Jamie Fritsch

Jamie Fritsch only played one game in the NHL. Unfortunately for Philadelphia Flyers’ fans, his big break could have waited a little bit longer. Similar to this season, the Flyers played the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 playoffs, as the Pens held the fourth seed in the East and Philly finished fifth. During the 2008-2009 season, however, Philly had a hold on the fourth seed in the East going down the stretch while the Pens had to hope for a shot at home-ice advantage. Going into their final game of the season, all the Flyers needed to do was register a point …

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Around the Net 10.09.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In Russia, knee hurts you. Jake Voracek will be out of action for 4 weeks:[] Phantoms are ready to go Adirondack cuts down the roster to 25 and the Trenton Titans are the real winners:[Broad Street Hockey] [Hockeybuzz] Eastbound and Down A look at all the Flyers playing overseas:[The Checking Line] That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL.       

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This Week in Flyers History 10/7-10/13

Welcome to the next installment of the second series of “This Week in Flyers History,” which aims to dredge up old memories, good and bad, of Flyers feats in the recent to distant past and to provide good fodder for trivia buffs. As it was during the second half of last season, we’ll be here every Sunday through what would have been the first part of this season, choc full of facts, figures, names and dates you need to know to gain that true depth as a Flyers fan. October 7, 1976: Islanders 3, Flyers 0 – Coming off their …


CBA Chatter

Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your updates from the past week on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. Well, here we are after another week of not meeting and not negotiating. The NHL wants the NHLPA to submit another proposal,while the NHLPA wants the owners to meet them closer to the middle. This could be a long work stoppage. [Toronto Sun] [ESPN] [CSN Philly] Adam Proteau has a one-on-one with Donald Fehr:[The Hockey News] Danny Briere and Claude Giroux are going to Germany:[CSN Philly] That’s all for this …

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Crashing the Crease: Window of Opportunity

Pardon my cliché-ness, but I’m going to start with a quote this week. When a door closes, a window opens. In my mind, this statement embodies the goaltending position. The entire point of the game culminates in beating the goalie, yet 90-plus percent of the time, the goalie prevails at the NHL level. As the art of goaltending has progressed into a science, we’ve seen goalies get better, average save percentages rise and strategies and rules put in place to effectively limit the goalie’s impact. I’d say that a majority of the new rules put in place for this purpose …