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Atlantic Watch: Flyers’ long break, Penguins extend lengthy winning streak, Rangers grab eighth place, Brodeur returns

The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t help their case to make the 2013 postseason this week, as they only earned two points over three games. To make matters worse, the Orange and Black will endure a five-day break to let the other teams in the Eastern Conference catch up with them in games played. After their lengthy break, the Flyers play a game in Pittsburgh before starting a five-game homestand against another Atlantic Division club fighting to make the playoffs. The Flyers’ week started with a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Wednesday. In the first game …

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Upsets headline early action in NCAA conference tournament play

As the nation begins to thaw out and Winter blossoms into Spring, the coolest game on Earth takes control and freezes the ice yet again. Teams began prepping last summer for the days that lie ahead. Months of training, determination, and resilience resonate in players’ as the true test for ice gladiators still remains. Yet, the journey to the Frozen Four has only just begun, and we already have some memorable moments from the early conference tournament action. AHA The most forgotten and underrated hockey in the country comes from the Atlantic Hockey Association. For a conference built on sound …

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Flyers sign St. Lawrence’s Flanagan to ATO

Late last night, the report from Bob McKenzie from TSN of Canada was that the Flyers signed free agent forward Kyle Flanagan from St. Lawrence to an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of this season and a one-year deal for 2013-14. He is expected to report to Adirondack of the AHL by Friday at the latest. Flanagan, a native of the university town of Canton, New York, finished his senior season with 15 goals and 47 points in 32 games. His 47 points placed second on the club to junior phenom Greg Carey, who leads the country with 28 …

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Reading’s Gill named ECHL’s top goaltender

Stepping into the shoes of Philipp Grubauer, who aided the Royals in their ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference before leaving for Hershey and the Capitals, hasn’t been easy for whomever spent time in the Reading crease in the second half of this season. Nonetheless, with Larry Courville’s club vying for the Brabham Cup and best record in the ECHL, Riley Gill has filled the vacancy beyond all expectations. On Tuesday, he was named the league’s top goalie for the week of March 11-17. The 28-year-old Minnesota native finished 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .969 …

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Six CHL free agents the Flyers should target

With the Ottawa Senators signing of Portland Winterhawks defensemen Troy Rutkowski the other day, and the Vancouver Canucks signing of Lake Superior State forward Kellan Lain, it got us here at Flyers Faithful thinking about who are some the top NCAA and junior hockey free agents available. Yesterday, Jared Abbott highlighted four NCAA free agents that could be a good fit for the Flyers. Today I’m taking a look at six Canadian Hockey League free agents that could be helpful for the Flyers and other NHL squads. I have profiled a forward and defenseman from both the Ontario Hockey League …