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My Flyers wish list

It was a sad day in the Greenblatt household when the Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk. For one, JvR was my guy. Also, my brother had just purchased a JvR Winter Classic jersey (for the record, he has a penchant of purchasing jerseys and finding said player traded or released within two years of the purchase). But it was more than just the loss of that once-promising Jersey native that made my household sad; it was knowing the uber-talented van Riemsdyk will become a top-six forward for another team. It was knowing that another young player signed to a long-term …

From left to right: Alex, Matt, and David Carle (and Gus!)

Behind the Crest: Matt and Alex Carle & James and Brendan van Riemsdyk

Young hockey players learn and are guided by a number of different people throughout the course of their careers. They are aided by coaches, teammates, and fellow players as they develop and pursue their dream of making it to the NHL. For a majority of players, though, the help and the coaching starts at home, long before they join so much as even a peewee league. For some, they’re learning from someone who truly does know best — either a current player or a veteran of the sport. This is the case for Alex Carle and Brendan van Riemsdyk, brothers …

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Five Questions: backup goaltender options

Flyers Faithful is pleased to have Adam Kimelman of NHL.com, Marc Siciliano of Kukla’s Corner, Dan MacNeal of Crimespree Hockey, James Minger of Flyers-Philia, and Flyers Faithful’s own Kevin Christmann participate in the current iteration of Five Questions. This is the fourth of a five-part series focusing on Free Agency that will run all week. With rumors that Sergei Bobrovsky could be traded, what veteran goaltenders do you see as being adequate backup options to Ilya Bryzgalov? (Note: our participants had provided their answers prior to the Bobrovsky trade and Josh Harding re-signing.) Adam Kimelman: Martin Biron would be the perfect option, but I think he’s pretty happy with the Rangers and I think …

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Crashing the Crease: The Book on Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov was brought to Philadelphia to do the seemingly impossible: stop the “goaltending carousel” that has been the counterpoint to nearly every success the organization has had in the past two decades. Marked by dismal lows and remarkable highs, the first few games of the 2011-2012 season kicked off seemingly well, but rapidly started losing steam. These early-season struggles persisted and eventually culminated in Bryz’s announcement of his benching at the Winter Classic, much to the delight of the Flyers coaching staff. Goalies are notorious for being quirky and somewhat unsettling.  They are typically the kind of guy that …

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Lamentation For Big E

Alas, Big E! Wilst thou ever get the respect you deserve?! Eric Lindros was one of the most talented, ass-kickingest Flyers of all time. Sadly, it looks like his path into the Hall of Fame might be permanently detoured. The mid-90s were the last truly rich time for NHL talent, and the field will just get richer next year with Scott Niedermayer, Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, and Paul Kariya added on. Let us also not forget than Brendan Shanahan and his 1,354 points inexplicably failed to move the enshrinement committee this time around. And so, the hulking man-child from Oshawa, …