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OH, it’s just the Beginning! Halak, Coburn and more!

  With the draft a little over 24 hours away, the rumor mill has begun to churn at full pace.  General Managers are getting a feeling of who is available and for what price.  Over the next 24 hours leading up to the draft you can fully expect the rumors to come in at an unbelievable rate.  Teams will be desperately trying to get cap compliant since it will be dropping from 70.2 million to 64.3 million this year as well.  This is only the beginning, but we have some interesting rumors already hitting the twittersphere. Of course the Philadelphia …

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It’s buyout day (and errybody celebratin’)

Today is the day that we bid farewell to two of the highest paid Flyers, Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere, as the team will exercise their two compliance buyouts on them. This leaves a gaping hole in net (one could argue there’s been a gaping hole there for 15 or so years, though) and one fewer center on a team that arguably has too many centers. But do they? Claude Giroux can play wing and The team has toyed with the idea of moving Brayden Schenn there too. Beyond Scott Laughton and maybe Nick Cousins, there is little in the …

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Podcast Episode 65: Two Weeks

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss the 2013 playoffs to this point, look at the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals matchup between the Bruins and Blackhawks, the Rangers firing of John Tortorella, the Penguins difficulties in the Eastern Conference Finals, and muse about the inevitably absurd Flyers offseason. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 65 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would appreciate …

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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …

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Does the Raffl signing have any implications for Read, Schenn, or Couturier?

It seems a bit silly to think that the signing of a 24 year old who was “only” playing in the second-best league in Sweden might affect what the Flyers choose to do with some of their other young players; namely Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier. However, I can’t help but wonder if this means the Flyers would consider trading one of their young forwards. I know I’m not alone, as Charlie O’Connor of The Hockey Guys recently expressed a similar thought. First and foremost, I’d like to state that this is purely my opinion and there is …