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Hockey Hilarity: Congratulations from the Chief

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players and media personnel. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Well if you hadn’t read it everywhere, or hadn’t seen it on television, or heard about it on the radio, or random people on the street didn’t inform you, or your entire social media stream somehow missed it, Claude Giroux was named the captain of your Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week. There were about a million different tweets about it, most were positive, some were negative, a few were funny and this is …

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2013 AHL All-Star rosters revealed; Gustafsson lone Phantom

The American Hockey League released the Eastern and Western Conference rosters for its mid-season celebration on Thursday evening. Quite predictably, the Adirondack Phantoms were not prominently featured, save for defenseman Erik Gustafsson. The 24-year-old Swede has totaled three goals and 14 points in 24 games, but has been hampered by an ankle injury suffered while blocking a shot roughly one week before Christmas. If he plays, he’ll join Michael Leighton, 2012 (Atlantic City, NJ); Jon Matsumoto, 2010 (Portland, ME) and Danny Syvret, 2009 (Worcester, MA) as members of the Glens Falls AHL club to make an All-Star appearance. Gustafsson was …

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Five more storylines for 2013

5. Young guns vs. old heads In a shortened season, do rookies or aging veterans benefit more? In theory, veterans could benefit from playing fewer games but the compacted schedule could put more strain on their bodies. Younger players, on the other hand, should be rearing to go the second the puck drops. Young teams like the Islanders, Oilers, and Blues could outlast the competition and will be midseason form with a better ability to handle banged up bodies by the time the playoffs role around. Sheer adrenaline, youth, and raw skill could benefit these teams if they sneak into …

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Who We Hate: A Recap

Hello, Flyers fans! We are just two short days away from the start of this lockout-shortened season, and since it’s been an ungodly long time since we’ve cheered on the Flyers and cursed out their opponents, I figured I’d provide you with a short refresher course on who we enjoy cursing out the most. Pittsburgh Penguins — I’m not starting off with Pittsburgh because they’re the first team the Flyers face this season, I’m starting off with them because they are the worst. Not the worst team – because, let’s face it, they’re a great team – but just the …

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Crashing the Crease: Shortened Season, Increased Expectations

While the sport of hockey never went anywhere, NHL hockey has returned from the great beyond for a shortened 48-game season. With the impetus to get the season started quickly and wrap up before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement can expire again (pardon my hyperbole), “camps” have opened around the league and all of those changes that happened and got lost in the 119 days of revenue sharing, make-whole and @NHLPodium are now bubbling to the surface. Of course, being the Flyers, even a camp this short would have one requisite question to be answered: who will be the pretty ponies …