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Metropolitan Division Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the Philadelphia Flyers’ biggest rival and a perennial NHL powerhouse. We both hate and (kind of) respect them. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are both top-five forwards in the league. The team also boasts the likes of James Neal, Kris Letang, and the list goes on. And yet, this powerhouse hasn’t made the Stanley Cup Finals since they won it all back in 2009. Year after year, experts and pundits pick them to win the whole thing and the Pens find a way to eff it all up. Last year, they were derailed by the Boston …

The Phantoms' lack of success in Adirondack is because of several factors, as Tim McManus, former Phantoms beat reporter for the Post-Star, discusses. (Photo courtesy of masslive.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — A Closer Look at the Phantoms’ Struggles in Adirondack

Tim McManus covered the Phantoms for The Post-Star during their first three seasons in Adirondack (2009-2010 to 2011-2012). In that time, he witnessed a team struggling to adjust to its new surroundings and a different way of life, going from the bustling Philadelphia to the quiet Glens Falls, NY. The Phantoms have failed to find much success while in their temporary home in Adirondack, and Tim was able to give some great insight as to why that is, including the Flyers organization’s role in the Phantoms’ struggles. The Phantoms have struggled to find success during their time in Glens Falls. …

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Ever wonder why using LTIR isn’t ideal? Here’s why…

By now, thanks to Chris Pronger, most Flyers fans are familiar with Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR); at least at a high level. If you aren’t, I wrote this LTIR explanation many moons ago. The one thing I want to reiterate this morning, the day the NHL opens its doors, is that LTIR is not a good thing. It is not the same as cap space, and it is far from ideal. From that earlier article: In short, using LTIR is not a good thing. If you’re using it, you are not in ideal cap shape. The only way to …

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Flyers Sign Hal Gill To One-Year Deal

Photo courtesy of Philly.com As expected, the Flyers have signed tryout defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year contract, rumored to be worth $700,000. NEWS ALERT: #Flyers have signed (D) Hal Gill. MORE HERE: http://t.co/GT5rVKuiNi — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 1, 2013 This move comes after defenseman Chris Pronger was placed on long-term injury reserve, freeing up almost $3 million worth of cap space. Gill was invited to the Flyers camp on a tryout basis, but looked good enough to take a gamble on, even with the logjam on the Flyers blue line. However, having him on the roster gives the …

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Podcast Ep 73: Are We There Yet?

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers heading into the regular season and bid adieu to the accursed preseason. Topics include Matt Read’s new contract, what to do with the personnel the team has on defense, Brayden Schenn and Scott Laughton’s roles with the team, the goaltending situation, Hal Gill, and more. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 73: Are We There Yet? You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can find the podcast on …