"I don't know if I can fit goalie pads down the chimney..." (image via dreamstime.com)

The Fifth Day of Claudemas: Five guys we’d love to see in Orange and Black

Here we are in December with little to do in this tough lockout time. What’s a blog to do? Well, it looks like a 12 Days of Christmas-themed series of posts is the way to go. But, we realize that all of you hockey fans aren’t into Christmas, so we’ve named it after the man nicknamed Orange Jesus and called it Claudemas. On the fifth day of Claudemas, Flyers Faithful gave to me…five players that we’d love to see in Orange and Black. Every year, due to the influence of Ed Snider and the hustling of Paul Holmgren, the Flyers …

Team Hartnell's Justin Williams and Simon Gagne battle Team Richards' Steve Eminger and Cory Perry at Operation Hat Trick.

Players Giving The Fans What They Want

The blame game has been a big part of the current NHL lockout. Is the league at fault? The players? Both? Believe what you will, but one thing has been made certain: the players want to play. They miss the game and they know their fans miss it, too. Need proof? Consider the slew of pick-up and charity games that have been popping up recently. Spurred by a request from TSN’s Cabbie Richards, Mike Richards and Andrew Ladd organized an impromptu street hockey game in Winnipeg back on November 13 (similar to what Brandon Prust did in Montreal back in …

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Around the Net 11.27.2012

  Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.  Operation Hat Trick The charity event was a hit with fans and players alike: [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] 3rd man in A federal mediator is being brought in to try and end the lockout. This would have been a great idea 6 months ago:[Philly.com] [The Hockey News]  Decertify? The NHLPA might break up so they can sue the NHL: [Toronto Sun] That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the …

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Around the Net 11.20.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. More of the same Both sides met last night and nothing was accomplished, not surprisingly. [Philly.com] [CSN Philly] [The Hockey News] Sandy Relief It’s Team N.Y. versus Team Philly in Atlantic City Saturday night. [Broad Street Hockey] Prospect watch An interview with Flyers prospect Scott Laughton: [The Hockey News] That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL.   

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Then and Now: Denis Tolpeko

Denis Tolpeko spent two seasons in the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization, as he endured the majority of his time during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons with the Philadelphia Phantoms. However, the undrafted Russian left winger enjoyed 26 games with the Orange and Black during the 2007-2008 campaign in which his lone goal in the NHL came at a crucial point in a game against one of the best goaltenders in the league. After he posted 11 goals and 19 helpers in 58 games for the Phantoms during the season of 2006-2007, Tolpeko tasted his first NHL action on October 4, 2007, …