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Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: Our favorite and least favorite deals under Paul Holmgren

Paul Holmgren became the interim General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006. That interim title was removed only weeks later on November 11. Holmgren was able to take a team that finished last in the National Hockey League, and rebuild it to make a deep run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals the very next season. Yes, some of Holmgren’s moves have been amazing, but he’s also a guy who has gotten this organization into some hot water with the salary cap and was forced to make deals that were head scratchers to say the …

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Definitive Defensive Deficiencies

There is nothing wrong with good news regarding the lockout; but if the season were to get underway soon, would you be comfortable starting the cup run with the defense as it stands today? It would seem that the thin blue line is unable to withstand any more big blows after losing Andrej Meszaros before the season began, and even after trading a young, talented winger in James van Riemsdyk for  defenseman Luke Schenn, the Flyers defense still remains anything but complete. There are some notable familiar faces who remain. Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn lead the pack, and Nik …

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Lockedupations

You know those polls at sporting events that they put up on the jumbotron where they ask the athletes what they’d do if they weren’t an athlete? We all laugh with glee at the thought of alternate universe Bernie Parent hosting a variety show or Dan Carcillo as a high school janitor. With a lockout looming on the horizon, Kim and Steve have speculated what the current Flyers will end up doing with no hockey to play. Scott Hartnell & Kimmo Timonen: Fighting crime as The Orange Hartnell and Kimmo When Scott Hartnell decides to take the law into his …

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Around the Net 09.04.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Clarke among the best  Bobby Clarke ranks number 6 all time among NHL captains, according to NHL.com. [CSN Philly] High hopes or long odds Someone seems to think the local squad might be a bit overrated:[The Hockey Writers] If they do play, it might look like this Bill Meltzer takes a look at possible defense pairings:[Hockeybuzz] The greatest series ever played A look back at the 1972 Summit Series, 40 years later: [NHL.com] [KelownaCapNews.com] [CBC.ca] That’s all for this …

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Around the Net 08.14.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.Sorry for the late post today,but i have a bit of the pink eye, so I flying mostly blind. On to the news… The summer of discontent continues… Another Flyer defenseman will miss the start of the season, this time it’s Andreas Lilja: [The Checking Line] [Philly.com] It’s not all bad news… Marc-Andre Bourdon and Scott Laughton sign new contracts:[Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] Let them play! The NHLPA has a counter proposal for the owners:[Broad Street Hockey] [The …

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