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Hockey Hilarity: Penner for Hire

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! This week on Hockey Hilarity we’ll examine the National Hockey League free agent market! Well not really, since most of it’s dried up, but what we will do is empathize with the situation of a current 30-year-old out of work winger, who is 6’4″, 243 lbs, and has scored 20 or more goals in four over parts of nine seasons in the NHL. This is the plight of Dustin Penner. …

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Superstition is the Way

A dedicated Chowderhead, born Midwesterner with raised Seattle flair and surly Philadelphian are speeding down I-95 between Boston and Providence in a borrowed, burgundy Dodge in the mists of early April, making that highway run with such speed that the leaves on the trees would be whipped right off their branches — provided there were any, since Spring doesn’t arrive until late in Eastern New England, and provided we could be so easily distracted by something like weather with a matter life and death on the line. Stevie Wonder is a musical genius, and though he once sang “if you …

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Razor Ray Returns for Second Act

When Ray Emery left the Flyers in March of 2010 after only nine months with the team, it was not on his terms. Nor was it on the team’s terms, exactly. Emery was not able to finish riding out his one-year deal with the team thanks to a debilitating disease known as avascular necrosis. It was an issue that not only threatened his career, but could hamper him for the rest of his life. “I understood that there was a possibility that I might not play again, but it was just kind of what’s the next step after I found …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Emery returns to Flyers, Briere joins Canadiens, Radivojevic switches KHL teams

Several former Philadelphia Flyers switched clubs this week, including a few that will return to the Flyers’ organization. The most notable former Flyer returning to Philly is goaltender Ray Emery. Emery, who returned to the NHL with the help of the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, recently went 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA with the Chicago Blackhawks. After being paid $1.15 million last year with Chicago, Emery will receive $1.65 million on a one-year deal with the Flyers and a chance to serve as the team’s starting netminder, as both he and Steve Mason will …

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Great Dane out of doghouse as Flyers re-sign Lauridsen

The Flyers blue line just got a little bit bigger, as Oliver Lauridsen has re-signed with the team for two years. Flyers insider Anthony SanFilippo first reported that the restricted free agent had signed a two-year, two-way contract for $1.2 million. The annual cap hit will be $600,000. One interesting wrinkle, reported multiple places including the Post-Star by Diana Nearhos, is that the deal is two-way for the upcoming season, but one way in 2014-15. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman spent parts of last season with the Flyers and the Adirondack Phantoms. Although Lauridsen is not known for his offensive prowess, …