The Phantoms played their last regular-season game in the Spectrum on April 10, 2009. (Photo courtesy of HockeyScoop.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – History of the Phantoms

Since 1936, the Philadelphia Flyers have been affiliated with several AHL teams. Their longest-lasting (and most successful) affiliation was with the Hershey Bears from 1984-1996, prior to dealing with the Phantoms. When the Flyers moved out of the Spectrum and into the CoreStates Center in September of ‘96, they elected to keep the Spectrum open. Doing so required them to find another tenant to replace all the games lost with the Flyers’ move, and so they made a move and purchased the Phantoms, an expansion team scheduled to begin operation in the 1996-1997 season. And thus began the longtime relationship …

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Podcast Episode 72: Third Line Ludicrousness

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Flyers training camp including #ClearyWatch, the situation with Simon Gagne, whether talks of a Matt Read extension is the kiss of death, who is going to win the third line LW spot, Michael Raffl, Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, and much more. Hockey is back! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 72 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 also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show …

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Around the Net September 17,2013:Flyers split doubleheader,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Double dip The Fleyrs lost to the Caps in a shootout at home,but won a shootout in Toronto:[Philly.com -Frank Seravalli] [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Rinaldo hurt Zac Rinaldo was injured Sunday night:[The Checking Line] Hockey season is coming, Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL. 

This guy is pretty good at playing a puck possession game. Image c/o of clydeorama

Is the NHL, and its fans, ready to embrace puck possession?

So I’m a proponent of puck possession. See exhibit A, and exhibit B. Perhaps it’s just the way I played the game of hockey growing up, or perhaps it’s the increasing amount of metrics that exist that lend credence to its significance. Over the past week or so I’ve noticed on Twitter that at least three NHL teams are making it a point to emphasize puck possession and gaining the zone with possession. @BSH_EricT @mc79hockey i don't know if someone clued trotz in on this one, but he's been pushing carry-ins in camp. … — J.R. Lind (@jrlind) September 15, …

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Gameday FAQ – Flyers vs Maple Leafs vs Capitals

  Here is your Philadelphia Flyers Gameday FAQ for Monday, September 16, 2013. The Flyers have split into two squads for the preseason and both will be playing tonight.   When and where are the Flyers playing? Group A is playing in Toronto at 7:00pm. Group B is also playing at 7:00pm, but in Philadelphia.   Why would they have them both play at the same time? Do they hate us? I don’t know, buddy. Maybe Paul Holmgren can split himself in two, watch both games with his full attention, and combine back together with the full knowledge he requires. …