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Plucky number seven: Royals nip Jackals in OT

On a night where Sovereign Center could have doubled for the back section of Bed, Bath and Beyond (you know, where the beds are), the Reading Royals continued their recent roll with a 2-1 overtime decision against the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday. Ian O’Connor put home the winner off a Brett Flemming chance at the 2:36 mark, a score which provided a final jolt of jubilation to the reported 2,665 in attendance. The win was the club’s seventh in a row, most since early in the 2005-06 season. “All I did was wait for (Ian) to drive through the middle,” …

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Negative Nancy

This time last week, cautious optimism surrounding the NHL lockout was flowing like a geyser from a liberated fire hydrant, drowning the fans with sweet dreams of the sport that once was, but might still be. Suddenly, the feelings of optimism are gone, and once again those who remain powerless are left feeling power-played. The “secret meetings” (which were only a few blocks away from NHL HQ) have concluded with little ground gained. The perfunctory daily meetings between the second-in-commands appear to be happening with less frequency. Those on the outside looking in have been left to wonder how the …

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Then and Now: Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco played for four different teams in the NHL over 12 seasons before he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in January of 2003. Sacco split time with the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2002-2003 campaign. After producing four goals and three assists in six games in the AHL, Sacco was called up to the Flyers and spent the rest of the season in the NHL. He had a total of six points in 34 games for the Flyers with five assists along with 20 PIMs and an even plus/minus rating. The right winger’s only …

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To amnesty, or not to amnesty: and who, is the question

Last week, Larry Brooks reported that the NHL and NHLPA were discussing the possibility of allowing an amnesty clause. For those that may be unaware, an amnesty clause would allow an NHL team from buying out a player without any salary cap repercussion; effectively eliminating a bad contract. It’s been discussed in many hockey circles for some time; in fact it was something we asked in an older iteration of our Five Questions series. However, I don’t intend to rehash the argument for or against the amnesty clause. For my purposes, let’s speculate what might make sense for the Flyers …

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Point/Counterpoint: Secret Negotiations

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint, where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes square off about all things hockey related. This week, Kim P. and Craig F. will discuss the pros and cons of the NHL and NHLPA’s recent “secret” negotiations. Point: Kim P. The latest round of talks between the National Hockey League and its players’ union have been rather secretive, at least compared to previous meetings. The two sides have met recently in undisclosed locations, and any information from those meetings that have been made public have been very, very brief. Keeping things private is a smart move for both the …