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Around the Net March 15,2013: Lavy gets a vote of confidence; Flyers-Devils preview, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Beware the Ides of March Lavy is as good as fired as GM Paul Holmgren backs his coach: [Philly.com] [The 700 Level] An argument for keeping Peter Laviolette: [Broad Street Hockey] Flyers-Devils preview Bill Meltzer breaks it down: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Angry Johnny John Tortorella is a curmudgeon: [Puck Daddy] Around the league A look around the NHL: [The Hockey News] Watch the end of the Peter Laviolette era in person. Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join …

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Hockey Hilarity: Luongo vs. Schneider

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! As not too much has been funny in Philadelphia Flyers land lately, we’ve had to go to Canada, yes all the way to Canada, to find something for you fine people to laugh at for this week’s Hockey Hilarity. TSN put together this absolutely amazing video starring none other than the Vancouver Canucks‘ goaltending tandem of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, as well as TSN sportscaster James Duthie. As everyone …

Board of Governors approve realignment plan

Realignment comin’ For the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season, the National Hockey League will feature only four divisions, and for the first time in 15 years, every team is guaranteed to play in the arena of every other team thanks to the new plan approved by the league’s Board of Governors on Thursday. “This goes into the good news category,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. “We can begin the process of preparing next year’s schedule.” Here’s a quick and easy infographic from NHL.com explaining the situation: Last week, the NHL reported that the divisions would …

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Crashing the Crease: Ilya Bryzgalov Cannot Succeed in Philadelphia

This week’s Crashing the Crease comes to you with a somber tone, as the Flyers’ season appears primed to crash and burn. Some of the same wretched storylines we’re so used to being beaten over the head with are creeping into view: “Should [insert Flyers coach] be worried about his job? Who should the Flyers next goalie be? What major move will the Flyers make to fix this?” Part of the issue, in my mind, is this overly reactive approach from the top down. Don’t get me wrong — I love and respect what Ed Snider did for the city …

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Flyers dominated by the Devils in New Jersey

The Philadelphia Flyers were embarrassed at the Prudential Center tonight, as they lost to the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Adam Henrique had two goals in a three-point performance and Johan Hedberg earned the win for Jersey with 23 saves, as the Devils notched their first victory in regulation at home since the last time they faced the Flyers on February 15. Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov each had a goal and an assist in the win. Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell each had two-point nights for Philly, as Hartnell had the secondary assist on Voracek’s goal in the first period and …