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Podcast Episode 69: Back Back Back

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement from the NHL to return to the KHL, Fred Shero’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the lack of Lindros in the Hall, and Ron Hextall’s return to the Philadelphia Flyers. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 69 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 via iTunes we would appreciate it if you could rate it …

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Around the Net July 16,2013: Ron Hextall in as Assistant GM; Kovalchuk bolts for Russia, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.  Ron Hextall returns The Flyers have brought back another colorful name from the past to be their new assistant GM and presumably, Paul Holmgren’s replacement:[Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] [Puck Daddy] Ilya Kovalchuk retires, then unretires I’m sure the Devils are really happy they don’t have a first round pick this coming season because Kovalchuk won all those Stanley…oh wait…nevermind:[The Hockey News] [Philly.com] Fred Shero elected to Hall of Fame Finally, “The Fog” is enshrined among the greats: …

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Hextall welcomed back to Flyers with dual front office posts

The quintessential Philadelphia Flyer of the last quarter century has returned to the fold. On Monday, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that Ron Hextall has joined the organization as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, filling the slot vacated when John Paddock became an assistant coach. “We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.” Hextall spent the last seven seasons holding the Assistant GM post with the Los Angeles …

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CBA Explained: Draft eligibility and signing undrafted players AKA why Raffl has a one-year deal

Last week a twitter interaction between Dustin Leed, Kurt from Broad Street Hockey, and Tyler Altemose brought to light that newly signed Flyer Michael Raffl is signed to a one-year contract, despite some sources indicating the deal was for three years. This prompted me to write my first CBA Explained article in over two months. So let’s quickly touch on what makes a player eligible for the draft, and then what are the restrictions around signing players that are not drafted. From section 8.4 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): “8.4 Eligibility for Claim. (a) All Players age 18 or older …

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2013 Year In Review: Luke Schenn

Throw away all expectations, because Luke Schenn’s first year as a Philadelphia Flyer failed to reach them, let alone exceed them. Schenn came to Philadelphia in the oft-criticized trade of forward James van Reimsdyk. The offseason trade occurred after Flyers general manager had turned down the deal at the 2012 trade deadline. So what made Schenn more attractable in the offseason? The 23-year old defenseman had fallen out of favor in Toronto, routinely becoming a healthy scratch. Schenn, the f5th overall pick in the 2008 draft, needed a new start, one he found in Philadelphia. The elder brother of Flyers …