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Salute

We’re less than a week into NHL free agency, and we’ve already had to say goodbye to a number of Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky is off the force. James van Riemsdyk went from playing hockey in his backyard to playing for the “Yankees of hockey” (minus all the winning). Matt Carle has returned to fight crime with Hulk Hogan in Thunder Bay. And yet the one that I’ll miss the most is Jaromir Jagr. When the Flyers signed Jagr last year, I was skeptical. A 40-year-old player who had spent his last few seasons in the KHL? Putting this on top …

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Crashing the Crease: Everything Old Is New Again

Paul Holmgren has wasted little time in filling the backup goaltender position left vacant from the Sergei Bobrovsky trade, extending journeyman backup Michael Leighton on a one-year, $900k contract. Ever a polarizing figure, some fans would rather Leighton never don a Flyers uniform again; others still believe him to be the savior of that season and are glad to see his return. However, there is one thing that cannot be ignored by both fans and detractors: in an incredibly weak backup market that saw almost every other option sign longer and more expensive contracts (with yesterday’s Al Montoya signing being …

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Some 4th of July fireworks

For those of us missing the contact that has nothing to do with a wooden bat hitting a baseball, here’s some Old School style holiday hits and fights for the truly hockey starved. It’s a brainless but effective way to kill some of the time spent waiting for the Five Horsemen of Free Agency to make up their damn minds. Happy Independence Day, everyone, from the Flyers Faithful family. First up, a 1990 hits compilation, the kind they used to play on SportsChannel on some lazy Sunday afternoon: Next up, some heated action between the Bruins and Nordiques from 1987 …

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Then and Now: Mika Pyorala

Mika Pyorala was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2009. Even though the Finn never played a game in the NHL, the Flyers believed Pyorala proved himself enough in the SM-liiga and Elitserien to earn a shot in North America. With a cap hit of $500,000 for the 2009-2010 season, Pekka Rinne’s brother-in-law posted pretty decent numbers for the Flyers and the Phantoms. In his 36 games with the Orange and Black, Pyorala had two goals and two assists. His first goal as a Flyer was important, as he potted one in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November …

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Point/Counterpoint: Michael Leighton’s Return

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week Steve J and Hal G debate the Flyers’ decision to bring Michael Leighton back as the backup goaltender. Steve J starts it off. Steve J: Heeeeere we go again. Michael Leighton is back. Everyone’s favorite Flyers scapegoat has returned from an extended stay in Adirondack. They seriously couldn’t find a better option? Hal G: I love Leighton. I’m in the minority here, I know that. I also know that I …