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Flight Plan: Now Boarding

Welcome back everyone. The 2013-2014 NHL Regular Season is finally upon us. Tuesday is the first day of the season for a handful of teams, and the Philadelphia Flyers, who finished their preseason off at a dismal 0-5-1, are ready to kick off their year on Wednesday with a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, before travelling up to Canada to play the Montreal Canadiens this Saturday. You can purchase tickets for either of these games through Tiqiq here: http://www.tiqiq.com/nhl/philadelphia-flyers-tickets/?publisherid=1260333 Most of the roster from last year’s team is returning, but there are a few notable departures and additions …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Camp Movement, Hedberg trying out with Rangers, Pitkanen out for 2013-2014

Several of the moves involving former Philadelphia Flyers and Flyers’ draft picks this week relate to NHL training camps taking shape. In addition to a Professional Try-Out for Hal Gill, the drama surrounding Daniel Cleary, and an entry-level contract handed out to Taylor Leier, a pair of goaltenders once linked to the Orange and Black are involved with other NHL clubs. One netminder is Johan Hedberg, who was invited to the New York Rangers training camp on a Professional Try-Out. With Martin Biron, yet another former Flyers’ goalie, out of camp due to personal reasons, Hedberg will join the Blueshirts and try …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Bryzgalov receiving interest, Alberts stays in Vancouver, Eminger to the KHL

Although it seems as though no team in the World is really reaching out for Ilya Bryzgalov, it sounds as though one club wouldn’t mind having him on their roster. Former NHLer Sergei Fedorov, who now serves as the GM for the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, said he has, “left the door open,” for Bryz. CSKA Moscow will already have Ilya Proskuryakov, former Washington Capital Rastislav Stana, and Vladislav Tretiak’s grandson, Maxim, in their crease. Aside from Bryzgalov, another pair of former Flyers made news this week, as Andrew Alberts signed a contract extension and Steve Eminger is rumored to be …

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Then and Now: Luca Sbisa

Whether you love his moves or hate his moves, you can’t deny Paul Holmgren is willing to make a bold trade when he feels his team needs it. One of those trades came in the summer of 2009, when Holmgren was able to grab Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for several pieces. One of those pieces was a young blue liner by the name of Luca Sbisa. Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, as he was taken right before Michael Del Zotto and three picks before Jordan Eberle. …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Bryzgalov to train in Sweden, Foster leaves for KHL, O’Donnell joins Kings’ management

As usual, several former members of the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization and draft picks moved this week, as four of the players suited up for the Orange and Black in recent seasons. The group of Ilya Bryzgalov, Kurtis Foster, Sean O’Donnell, and Nikolay Zherdev earned new titles within the last seven days. The most intriguing news since last Wednesday may be Bryzgalov’s move, as he will train with Erik Granqvist, who is a coach for Farjestad in the SHL. The move is said to be for training, despite the fact many think Brzygalov will eventually find a spot on Farjestad’s roster …