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Hockey Hilarity: No Brain, No Damage

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Last week, Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl was concussed due to a high, hard hit from behind from Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche. Raffl left the game and did not return. He missed one whole game and then was good to go against the New Jersey Devils. That’s a good thing for the Flyers and for Raffl as he scored a goal in the following game against the Montreal …

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Varlamov leads Avalanche past short-handed Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers put forth a valiant effort, but Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche did enough to edge out the 2-1 win at home to snap the Flyers’ four-game winning streak. Varlamov bailed out his team several times in a 29-save effort, as both Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly scored tonight for the host team. Steve Mason made just as many saves, but unfortunately saw one more shot on the night, as Wayne Simmonds had the lone marker for the Orange and Black. With Matt Read already out of the lineup, Philadelphia suffered another setback when Michael Raffl was …

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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …

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Then and Now: Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco played for four different teams in the NHL over 12 seasons before he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in January of 2003. Sacco split time with the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2002-2003 campaign. After producing four goals and three assists in six games in the AHL, Sacco was called up to the Flyers and spent the rest of the season in the NHL. He had a total of six points in 34 games for the Flyers with five assists along with 20 PIMs and an even plus/minus rating. The right winger’s only …

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Then and Now: David Printz

In the 2001 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers picked Swedish defenseman David Printz 225th overall in the seventh round. The blue liner was selected two picks before the Colorado Avalanche chose Marek Svatos and four picks before the New Jersey Devils chose Aaron Voros. Printz joined the Flyers’ organization in the 2004-2005 regular season, as he spent time with the Trenton Titans and the Philadelphia Phantoms. The d-man only played in two games for the Titans recording an assist in the process. He participated in 50 regular season games with the Calder Cup winners posting a goal and five assists along with 66 PIMs. For …

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