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Then and Now: Steve Downie

Steve Downie was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 29th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, as he was picked right after the Dallas Stars selected Matt Niskanen and four picks before they took James Neal. The feisty forward hasn’t exactly panned out in the NHL, but he has been serviceable for every team he has suited up for since joining the league. Downie made his debut for the Flyers’ organization by playing in a Philadelphia Phantoms’ game in 2006-2007 before he saw significant time with both the squads during the 2007-2008 campaign. The forward played …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Emery returns to Flyers, Briere joins Canadiens, Radivojevic switches KHL teams

Several former Philadelphia Flyers switched clubs this week, including a few that will return to the Flyers’ organization. The most notable former Flyer returning to Philly is goaltender Ray Emery. Emery, who returned to the NHL with the help of the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, recently went 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA with the Chicago Blackhawks. After being paid $1.15 million last year with Chicago, Emery will receive $1.65 million on a one-year deal with the Flyers and a chance to serve as the team’s starting netminder, as both he and Steve Mason will …

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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 …

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Around the Net April 30, 2013: Birthday edition

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Just a quick note, today is my birthday. Don’t ask me how old I am, just know this, I was 27 days old, the last time the Flyers won the Stanley Cup, so it’s been awhile. The young man on top of today’s blog is Shea Theodore, ranked number eleven by North American Central Scouting. He is a left handed defenseman, read more about him here: [NHL.com] Clean out day thoughts I hate clean out day, now we have …

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NHL Fandom Survey: Flyers/Penguins best rivalry in the league; Penguins the most loved and hated franchise

A friend recently pointed out an extremely interesting survey he discovered on Reddit. The survey asked for feedback from NHL fans on how they felt about all of the other franchises throughout the league. For every franchise you could choose love, like, indifferent, dislike, or hate. This information was then aggregated in a number of interesting ways. The original survey can be found here; credit to reddit poster WoundedLeprechaun. The analysis was then provided by another poster TeroTheTerror. For anyone that wants the cliff notes version; with respect to the Flyers: 9th most “Loved” team 12th most “Loved” or “Liked” team …

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