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The Downside of the “Big” Guys Playing for the “Small” Club

As the chances of the lockout coming to an end anytime soon get smaller and smaller, NHL players are flocking to other teams left and right. Some are going overseas to play in European leagues, while others have the opportunity to play for their team’s AHL affiliate, such as a few of the Flyers. I touched briefly on the downside of having NHL players joining other teams abroad in last week’s Point/Counterpoint, but now I’m going to focus on the effect it may have on players in the minors. The AHL is a stepping stone, the last stop before a …

Barry Goers, playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

Going, Going, Goers

It’s the kind of story sports fans love: local boy does good — even if he isn’t “doing good” locally anymore. Barry Goers grew up in the Philadelphia area and played hockey for both Council Rock High School North and the Junior Flyers. He’d often take the train into the city after school and meet his father to attend Flyers games. On nights when they didn’t see a live game, they were more often than not, watching them on TV. “Most nights, I would watch the games on TV and my dad would always tell me to watch certain players, …

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Bruise or Bust – Filling out the Forwards

When cross-referencing the Flyers official roster on their website with Capgeek’s breakdown it looks like there are six forwards that will be vying for the final 2 spots within the 12-man forward committee. So who would you like to see filling out the bottom of the bench to provide the occasional spark for your team (assuming there is a season)? Let’s take a look at some of the candidates. The list (by alphabetical short name order – how weird is that?): Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Jody Shelley, Harry Zolnierczyk Ben Holmstrom: 7 NHL GP (over 2 …

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Is Holmstrom ready for the big time?

Despite the fact that the revamped Flyers team of last season didn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs, they found success elsewhere — namely, the development of defensive prowess of a few of their forwards, such as Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, and Max Talbot. It’s no secret that the Flyers’ biggest concern right now is their depleted blue line, which is not expected to be nearly as skilled and effective as it was at the start of last season. But with some defensive-minded forwards up front, perhaps the need to improve the back end isn’t that necessary, …

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Podcast: Episode 37, Riley Cote

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal talk to former Flyer and current Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote about his playing career, Scott Hartnell’s new contract, the transition to coaching, young Flyers and Phantoms, and his healthy lifestyle awareness efforts. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 37 You can also download it from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would very much appreciate it if you could rate it and leave a review on there! We’re also on Stitcher if that’s how you listen to your podcasts! If there’s any other way you listen to podcasts that the Flyers Faithful Podcast isn’t …