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NHL lockout from a European Perspective

Obviously, every NHL fan wants a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but what about hockey fans in Europe? It probably comes as no surprise, but many hockey fans on the continent are satisfied with the “all-quiet-on-NHL-front“ status. As a Flyers fan in the Czech Republic, I can attest to this very thing. On September 15 the old CBA expired and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ordered a lockout. At the time, a lot of European born players started seeking a “short-term“ solution back at their respective home countries. They went back to Finland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak …

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Then and Now: Nolan Baumgartner

After the New York Islanders picked Brett Lindros ninth overall in the 1994 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected defenseman Nolan Baumgartner. The four players picked after the Canadian d-man were former San Jose Shark and New Jersey Devil Jeff Friesen, Wade Belak, Mattias Ohlund, and Ethan Moreau. All four of those players turned out to play more seasons in the NHL than Baumgartner, who totaled 10 years at hockey’s highest level. Baumgartner suited up for the Caps, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and the Pittsburgh Penguins before he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006. The blue liner signed …

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Preserving the tradition in Glens Falls

Glens Falls, New York is a great little town, and a great little hockey town with a long tradition of welcoming those who play and those who support the sport. That’s why some of us inveterate hockey nerds who would ordinarily have nothing else to do on a stormy weekend, would drive five hours into the teeth of the snow belt, then stay an extra night because they didn’t want to chance a 10-hour drive back through what is considered by locals to be “light” snow. But the hamlet located just South and East of the Adirondack Mountains which is …

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Point/Counterpoint: Is the Lockout hurting or helping the league?

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Kim P. and Craig F. debate whether the NHL lockout will hurt or help the league in the long term. Point: Kim P. Let’s face it: despite the fact that the fans are absolutely furious (and some even apathetic at this point) over the lockout, the National Hockey League doesn’t seem to be suffering very much. If they were, these recent talks would have happened earlier than this past week. There will still …

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Around the Net 01.01.2013

  Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. First off…Happy New Year!!! Here is the best version of “Auld Lang Syne” ever: [Youtube] As the Bryz turns…. It seems Ilya Bryzgalov has better things to do than play hockey in Russia: [Philly.com] [Deadspin] Prospect Watch A profile on Flyers prospect Marcels Noebels: [Sportsology] Meanwhile, Shayne Gostisbehere is tearing it up at the World Juniors: [Philly.com] Are we there yet? The NHLPA has submitted a counter offer to the latest NHL offer, hope still remains alive: [Hockeybuzz] …