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Former Flyers Watch, Week 8: Sharp & ‘Zus Have An Exciting Game 4, Still No Goals For Jagr

Chicago’s Michal Handzus scores a shorthanded goal in the first period of Game 4 against Boston. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared in the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins – Series tied 2-2 Patrick Sharp: Week 2: Sharp’s point-less streak ended in Game 2, and he’s scored two goals in his last three games, including a power play goal in Game 4. He currently has 16 points in 20 playoff games. Week 1: It seems like Patrick Sharp’s postseason prowess has lost some of its edge, as he has now gone four …

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Coaching Adjustments: Generating more offense

When the 2013 season came to a close, many focused on the defense and goaltending as the primary cause of the Flyers poor performance. With a forward-heavy depth chart, this is somewhat expected – right? The thing is, when the going got tough, the team struggled in pretty much all aspects of play; and if the defense was bad, the offense was atrocious. They fell out of contention when they posted a 5-6-2 record in the month of March with stretch of lackluster play that was brought on for a number of reasons, but it’s the offensive statistics were particularly …

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Flyers Faithful is restructuring, expanding

As you may already know, big changes are afoot for Flyers Faithful, LLC. We are restructuring the LLC as a generic parent company under which will fall all of our sports blogs, including FlyersFaithful.com and PhilliesFaithful.com. As part of our future plans, we will likely start blogs for other local sports teams, a site for fan contributions, and a site that aggregates all of those posts into on overarching blog. The biggest and most immediate change is that we are abstracting our online store and creating a separate site to sell merchandise for all of the teams. This venture will …

The Flyers are in talks with Anaheim to get 26-year old forward and local kid, Bobby Ryan.  Photo from (AP Photo/Lori Shepler).

Flyers are trying for Ryan

One rumor that has always been in the head of Philadelphia Flyers fans is that of local boy Bobby Ryan. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey native has spent his entire National Hockey League career in Anaheim.  Drafted second overall in 2005, Ryan has lived up to expectations. Scoring 30-or-more goals in four of his six seasons with the Ducks proves that he is indeed an elite forward.  Spanning his career, Ryan has played in 378 contests.  Scoring 147 goals and 142 assists for a total of 289 points; he also carries a rating of plus-40 and has also pumped home …

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Then and Now: John Slaney

John Slaney was picked ninth overall in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. The blue liner was taken after Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Mike Ricci, Jaromir Jagr, Scott Scissons, Darryl Sydor, and Derian Hatcher. After spending time with the Caps, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, and Pittsburgh Penguins, Slaney joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization. The Flyers gave Pittsburgh Kevin Stevens in exchange for Slaney, who took part in 25 games for the Phantoms in 2000-2001. The defenseman had six goals and 11 helpers to help the Phantoms reach the 2001 AHL postseason, where Philadelphia beat …