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On Drafting Defenseman

The 2012 draft is days away and Flyers fans have been discussing draft strategy for the first round. What should the Flyers do? The general consensus seems to be that they need to draft a defenseman in the first round and anything else is disappointing. There has also been lots of talk on whether or not the Flyers should move up to draft one of the higher ranked defenders. Most specifically, Ryan Murray, who will likely be selected second. I’ve seen someone go as far as suggesting a trade of James van Riemsdyk, Andrej Meszaros, Sergei Bobrovsky, and a first-round …

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Point/Counterpoint: Offense vs. Defense

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week Kim P and Craig F debate which mode is the most important part of a team: offense or defense. Point: Offense is Most Important By Kim P Whenever the importance of offense vs. the importance of defense comes up, arguments can be made for either side. Some say that a team is only as good as their goaltending and defense, and while both of those things are incredibly important, having a …

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Van Riemsdyk will not have surgery

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has confirmed that forward James van Riemsdyk will not undergo hip surgery. Rather, the 23-year-old New Jersey native will rehab the injury. “After consultation with various doctors regarding James’ hip injury, we have come to the conclusion that surgery is not necessary,” Holmgren said in a statement issued Friday morning. “We will treat James’ hip with alternative therapies and non-surgical procedures. It is expected that James will be 100 percent well before training camp begins.” Van Riemsdyk was limited to 43 regular-season games last season due to injuries, most notably a concussion and broken …

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The JVR Conundrum

I don’t want Rick Nash. I don’t want his $7.8 million cap hit. I don’t want his $7.6 million dollar salary. I don’t want Rick Nash. I’m not sure I want James van Riemsdyk anymore, either. Whether Howard Eskin’s report of JVR delaying his torn hip labrum surgery in an effort to not get traded is true or not, JVR needs to speak up. If Eskin’s report is true, I am not upset with JVR. In all honesty, I actually like him a little bit better. The fact that he would delay surgery because he loves Philadelphia so much is …

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Point/Counterpoint: Trading for Rick Nash

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week Marcello D and Kim Q debate whether the Flyers should trade for Rick Nash. Point: The Flyers should trade for Nash By Marcello D Throughout the 2011-12 season, the Flyers fell short to the New York Rangers in each of their six match-ups, including a 2-0 shutout in November that started the season series. The team simply could not break through New York’s impermeable defense. The reason why is simple. …