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Flyers should be much improved in the faceoff circle

While many Flyers fans are quite pleased with the Flyers’ offseason so far, one area where I am most excited to see some probable improvement is in the faceoff department. With the re-signing of fourth line center candidate Adam Hall, and the signing of Vincent Lecavalier, the Flyers add some capable centerman to a young group. The Flyers finished 23rd in the league in faceoffs as a team in 2012-2013. Claude Giroux was their only reliable drawman which resulted in him taking a league leading 1182 faceoffs. The next closest Flyer was Sean Couturier at 553 attempts. While Giroux was …

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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 …

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Forward thinking: Questions at left wing?

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their free agent acquisitions to the world yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, Paul Holmgren wasted no time mentioning how deep Vincent Lecavalier makes the team down the middle of the ice as he sees it. “With [Claude] Giroux, Lecavalier and [Sean] Couturier as your three centers, you’re pretty good. That’s pretty good,” said Homer, after acknowledging the ability of guys like Matt Read and Max Talbot to step in for a few draws as well – something he believes makes the team “better off.” It’s tough to disagree with the man, and not just because …

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Vincent Lecavalier: A love poem

By now, we have all heard the news about Vincent Lecavalier’s decision to take his talents to Broad Street. Like many of you, I found the initial announcement completely shocking; but after letting it sink in, I can’t help but fall in love with the decision to bring in Vinny Lecavalier through free agency. I know what you’re thinking: this is the Flyers throwing in the towel on the youth movement to amuse their regular free agent infatuation. This time, something is different: this match actually makes sense. A lot of sense. So much sense, that this love story might …

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The (positive) outlook on defense

It is unlikely that this offseason will feature more than two big moves on defense for the Flyers. There will be no Keith Yandle, Alex Pietrangelo or Shea Weber patrolling Philadelphia’s blue line. The Flyers have been interested in Yandle for a few years now and they finally managed to get him. Well, not him. They go Mark Streit and he’s kind of like Yandle. They both have the same cap hit and both put up nearly the same amount of points in the last two seasons (Streit had 74 points and Yandle had 73). Streit may be older but he …