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Flyers West Update: Kopitar Worthy of Conn Smythe Consideration

Instituted in 1965, the Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has been presented to such legends as Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden, Mark Messier, Bernie Parent, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario and Claude Lemieux. If a winner could be chosen today, after two games of the Stanley Cup Final have been played, it would most likely be going to Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick — and with good reason. Quick has clearly been a factor in the Kings’ franchise-best playoff run, and has performed tremendously since the start of the season, …

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CBA 101 Part 3: Slide Contracts

Per the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, every NHL team is permitted to have 50 players under contract in their entire organization; including players that are not with the parent club. This was the reason that the Flyers were required to include Jon Kalinski in the trade for Pavel Kubina. The Flyers already had 50 contracts, so they could not acquire Kubina without shedding a contract first. However, it is possible to have more than 50 players under contract if you have what are called “slide contracts,” as they do not count towards the 50-contract limit. In the event that an 18 …


Lidstrom Retires

The Lulz feature was originally inspired by the lolcats site but features hockey pictures with funny, quirky, ironic or just plain mean captions. This feature should run weekly on Fridays; TGIFWL (Thank Goodness It’s Friday With Lulz).

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Game 7: Rhapsody and Requiem

Flyers Faithful presents the final installment of a seven-part series examining and celebrating the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals between the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers, arguably the best NHL championship pairing of the last 30 years. The idea of the noble loser is a fairly recent concept. For ages lost in history as the winners got to write the story of their own glory and perpetuate it throughout successive generations, praising the vanquished was an unknown art. Certainly in the whole history of Philadelphia sports, there were few instances of our losers giving it all and coming up that little …

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Hockey Fan Bias: We’re all guilty

I consider myself a highly rational person; probably too rational in fact. I’m sure there are plenty of people that dislike me because of it. I’m sure sometimes my girlfriend doesn’t want me to rationalize everything, but rather just sympathize with her. It’s a flaw of mine. Subsequently, I do everything in my power to remove any bias I may have when drawing conclusions about the sport I love. It’s a difficult thing to do however. Human beings will almost always have some inherent level of bias. Never is that more apparent than in the sports world. Due to the …