Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki announced his retirement from professional hockey today.  Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Former Flyers G Niittymaki calls it quits

After a National Hockey League career that included 234 games played, former Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki officially retired from the sport on Friday. Niittymaki played seven seasons in the NHL including his first five (2003-04; 2005-09) in  Philadelphia. He retired with a record of 95-86-31, five shutouts, a save percentage of .902 and a goals-against average of 2.95. The 32-year-old goalie was plucked in the 1998 draft by Philadelphia in the sixth round (168th overall). After leaving the Flyers, Niittymaki played in Tampa Bay and San Jose and after playing the 2011-12 season in the American Hockey League for Worcester …

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Falcons soar over Phantoms with 3-2 victory

Scott Laughton and Mark Alt each earned their first American Hockey League points in their debuts with the Adirondack Phantoms, but it wasn’t enough as the Springfield Falcons skated away with a 3-2 victory Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Trent Vogelhuber gave Springfield (42-20-9) the early lead in the first with assists from David Savard and Jake Hansen. Nick Holden added a score, while Spencer Machacek would go on to score the game-winning goal in the third. Allen York recorded 27 saves on 29 shots and added another mark to his win column. Jason Akeson tied the …

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Around the Net April 12, 2013:Flyers fall to Sens; Briere wants to stay, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Flyers lose and the playoffs are history That about sums it up: [Broad Street Hockey] [Philly.com] [The 700 Level] Flyers sign Straka No, not that Straka: [The Checking Line] Briere wants to stay But he probably won’t: [CSNPhilly-Tim P.] Bryz Nasty Ilya is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore:[Philly.com] Go see the Flyers secure more ping pong balls  in the upcoming NHL Entry draft lottery.Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join …

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Hockey Hilarity: Narcolepzgalov

  Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! This week has been rather sad to watch again for Philadelphia Flyers fans, but being as that it’s April and there really are no other story lines around the fledgling team, it’s pretty hard for people to write about them, let alone read about them. Amidst “reports” (or whatever they’re calling it, because I really don’t have time or care enough at all to read up on it) that …

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Five Questions: Rebuilding the Phantoms and Titans

  Flyers Faithful revisited a former recurring feature, Five Questions, to address some current hot and important topics, including the draft, prospects, and the future of the Flyers. For this edition of Five Questions, we asked John Saquella, Jim Butler, James Centifonti, Joshua Janet, and our very own Jared Abbott to participate. Below, you will find their answers to today’s question. The organization has failed to produce winning clubs at the AHL and ECHL levels in recent years. With your GM cap still on, how do you go about fixing that? Is it even a big deal? John Saquella: Winning at …