Two worlds colliding.

Flyers as “Anchorman” characters

As a tribute to one of the funniest movies ever, and in light of Will Ferrell’s recent visit to Philadelphia and his interaction with a few of the young Flyers, we’re getting a little silly this week. Close your eyes, sip your scotchy scotch scotch, and join us for “Flyers as ‘Anchorman’ characters.” Claude Giroux as Ron Burgundy This one is a given. Burgundy’s the leader of the group, smooth with the ladies, and has one of the best mustaches in the game, just like G does in Movember. I bet that Giroux’s apartment smells of rich mahogany, though I’m …

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Crashing the Crease: Crashing the Crease

No, that title is not a symptom of double vision or some colossal editorial mistake. There is an important element to any hockey team’s game plan, and that is the very act of crashing the crease. Some broadcasters may refer to it as having good “net presence,” “going to the dirty areas to score,” or being in position to score a “garbage goal.” But net presence — and crashing the crease — is not a simple thing. Any team looking to crash the crease has a few major goals to accomplish, and each tactic demands a different response from the …

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Point/Counterpoint: Team defense and its effect on goaltending

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint, where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes square off, debating an issue with their own unique style and flair. This week our resident goaltenders, and co-authors of Crashing the Crease, Kevin A and Justin B take on the issue of team defense and how it might affect goaltending. Point: The Flyers trying and failing to upgrade their defense, which has arguably gotten worse this summer, is going to be a bad thing for Ilya Bryzgalov.  by Kevin A The new defense will have a tough learning curve early in the year especially with the loss of their best puck mover …

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Why You Heff Ta Be Mad?

It’s been a tough last few days for Flyers fans. A tough offseason, even. The team wound up losing out on Shea Weber, and hasn’t really made any splash-worthy moves so far this summer. Of course, it’s still early and the team still has plenty of time to do something… though, at this point, their somethings are limited. Regardless, many Flyers fans are feeling pretty bummed right about now. So here are some hilarious Flyers moments to help cheer ‘em up! Kevin Marshall’s rise to fame thanks to his dancing “skills” in 24/7: Marshall showing off his acting/lip-synching “skills” with fellow …

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Crashing the Crease: Statistical Deviants

When I started writing this week’s article, I had initially planned to try and give some insight into the pressures of goaltending and how a massive contract can impact a guy. I kind of veered left, though, as I looked for a way to quantify not just a goalie’s performance, but his overall value to the team. It may seem pretty straightforward, but to fully understand it, I felt that some simple metrics could be combined to give a better total insight. Using www.capgeek.com, I pulled the cap hits for the goalies with the top 25 cap hits for the 2012-2013 …