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CBA 102: The Wade Redden rule

Upon completion of the new CBA I had been planning to progress CBA 101 to CBA 102 (clever…I know) and tackle the differences between the two. However, with many of the specifics of the proposals between the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), I thought that I would go ahead and proceed with it now. Last week I wrote a piece about the NHL’s latest offer to the NHLPA and how it severely hurts a team like the Flyers. I wanted to expand upon one of the proposed stipulations, specifically what is being called the “Wade Redden rule”. …

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CBA 101: Offseason Salary Cap

During the offseason, the upper limit of the salary is temporarily raised by 10 percent so that teams have the ability to manage their rosters with a little more freedom. Many people turn a blind eye to this fact and solely look at the real upper limit of $70.2 million; often times already putting players out of their minds that are unlikely to play with the team that season. However, in the case of a team like the Flyers, this temporary upper limit can sometimes be a concern. From the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Section 50.5 (c)(ii)(B): Nevertheless, in order to …

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CBA 101 Part 1: Waivers and Re-Entry Waivers

I know some people care about the rules and regulations within the CBA more than others. One thing is for sure though, these rules and regulations directly impact the team that can be put on the ice. To me, that makes it fascinating! Some of the topics are quite simple, while others are very complex. Heck, Paul Holmgren doesn’t even seem to understand it all. So throughout the off-season, I plan to put together a series of CBA related posts to help paint a clearer picture. It will also allow us to reference these articles when writing about other topics, …

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The Tampa Bay Flyers? A Look Back on Trades with the Lightning

Matt Carle. Matt Walker. Andrej Meszaros. Pavel Kubina. What do these men have in common? Yes, they all play for the Flyers. Yes, they are all defensemen. Yes, the Flyers paid a hefty price to acquire all four. Those acquisitions are what I would like to explore. The Flyers acquired Carle in 2009 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for infamous winger Steve Downie, defenseman Steve Eminger, and Tampa Bay’s own fourth-round pick, snagged Walker in a surprise July, 2010 deal for Simon Gagne, picked up Meszaros a short time afterwards for the Flyers’ 2012 second-round pick. On Saturday February 18, …

On fighting, defense, and more

Hartnell (drop ‘em) down Over the previous four seasons, Scott Hartnell had a combined 26 fights. This season, he has one. That is it. One. While that is admirable, it is important that he maintain his edge. The way he drops the gloves to energize the team or to protect his teammate(s) is integral to the success of the Flyers. His newfound scoring touch and chemistry on the top line is great but there needs to be more to his game right now. The team is struggling to churn out consecutive wins and someone needs to breathe more life into …

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