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2013 Year In Review: Andrej Meszaros

The book on Andrej Meszaros is nearly complete. First year with the Flyers: outstanding. Second year: letdown. Third year? Well, that’s where Mesz’s story gets interesting. The Ottawa Senators plucked Meszaros in the first round of the 2004 draft. After three seasons, of which Mesz played in every game, the Senators traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would go on to play in Tampa for two seasons, appearing in 133 of a possible 164 contests. Meszaros was then sent to the Flyers where, in his first year, he won the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best team defenseman. Since …

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Armchair GM: Five minutes on CapGeek will quell your fears

So, you’re freaking out because the Flyers acquired Mark Streit for a prospect who would never play in the NHL and a 2014 mid-level draft pick. He’s like a million years old and wants like a billion dollars a year. The Flyers have no cap space and OH MY GOD THIS TEAM IS SCREWED! Step back from the ledge. Everything is going to be OK. To prove it, I spent a total of five minuts putting together a roster on CapGeek that included buyouts, improving the defense, and re-signing free agents while still leaving over $3 million in cap space …

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2013 IIHF World Championship Semis and Finals – Bronze Age for the USA, Gold for Gus

5/18/2013 Semifinals Finland-Sweden 0-3 Vaananen 0+0, 17:47 TOI Kukkonen 0+0, 6:37 TOI Gustafsson 0+0, 24:17, +1 Sweden became the first finalist to play in their home World Championship. They won against Finland scoring three goals while Jhonas Enroth earned a shutout. Loui Eriksson scored twice and Henrik Sedin buried the empty netter. Switzerland-USA Carle 0+0, 22:59 TOI, -1 Switzerland remains unbeaten, gaining 3-0 victory against USA and they advanced into the finals. They will earn the first medal in 60 years. USA will fight with Finland for the bronze medal.   5/19/2013 Bronze-medal game Finland-USA 2-3 in SO Vaananen 0+1, …

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2013 IIHF World Championship – Quarterfinals – USA manhandles Russia, Canada is heading home

5/16/2013 Finland-Slovakia 4-3 Vaananen 1+0, 14:40 TOI Kukkonen 0+0, 9:06 TOI Radivojevic 0+1, 15:59 TOI Slovakia’s struggles against Finland continue. Despite being down by three, the Slovaks found a way to tie the game. Juhamatti Aaltonen had the go-ahead goal, which ultimately was the game-winning one. Team Slovakia had some chances throughout the game but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Finland survived the final power play and they will face Sweden on Saturday. Russia-USA 3-8 Bryzgalov 20 SA, 16 SV, 38:12 Carle 0+0, 19:19 TOI, +2 The most entertaining game of the day took place in Helsinki …

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2013 IIHF World Championship – Group battle ends

5/12/2013 USA-Germany 3-0 Carle 0+0, 18:33 TOI Noebels 0+0, 13:18 TOI The Americans won easily against Germany. They got off to an early lead with two goals scored by Butler and Stastny. Gionta added the last one in the third stanza. Gibson made 30 saves and earned his first shutout after letting only one goal against Finland. Canada-Czech Republic 2-1 Giroux 0+0, 17:46 TOI, 72.73% FO Read 0+0, 13:33 TOI, -1 Schenn 0+0, 7:55 TOI, 25 PIM Simmonds 1+0, 14:08 TOI, -1 Voracek 0+0, 17:25 TOI, 2 PIM, -1 The Czech team lost the last game before playing the crucial …