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Steve Mason, our next goaltender or the next Michael Leighton?

By now everybody knows the story; after winning the Calder Trophy in his rookie year as a 20 year old with a .916 save percentage, Steve Mason fell out of favor in Columbus with three and a half poor seasons (.901, .901, .894, .899 save percentages respectively). As the Flyers approached the trade deadline last season they opted to take a chance on the still young, talented but long-struggling goaltender when they traded a third round pick in 2015 and Michael Leighton for Mason. He was then signed to a one-year $1.5 million extension. Since being acquired Mason has been …

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Podcast Episode 71: Do svidaniya, Leights

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal set a world record for talking about people setting a world record for watching paint dry, bid adieu to Michael Leighton on the behalf of North America, discuss Mikhail Grabovski’s deal with the Capitals, and more! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 71 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would appreciate it if you could rate it …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Leighton to the KHL, Fritsch will play in Italy, Amorosa commits to Providence College

The biggest news of the week, in terms of where former Philadelphia Flyers went, is Michael Leighton signing in the KHL. The former Flyer did not play a single game as a Columbus Blue Jacket in 2013, as he has joined Donbass Donetsk for the 2013-2014 campaign. Leighton didn’t play a single game for the Flyers in 2011-2012 and only appeared in one game during the 2013 shortened season. He took part in 14 of Philly’s 23 games during the 2010 postseason run, as he posted a 2.46 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick will …

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Then and Now: Johan Backlund

After spending three seasons with Timra IK in the SEL, now the SHL, Johan Backlund signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2009. The deal gave the undrafted goaltender $100,000 in the AHL and $800,000 in the NHL. In his first campaign in North American leagues, Backlund took part in 41 AHL games with the Adirondack Phantoms, as well as a pair of games for the Orange and Black. Although seven goalies did work in the Phantoms’ crease during the 2009-2010 season, Backlund had the most starts on the team with 41. Backlund had …

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Atlantic Watch: Flyers aren’t out yet, Pens clinch the division, Islanders sit in seventh, Devils endure long losing streak

The Philadelphia Flyers entered this week on a winning streak, but they left it on a losing skid and can now only hope they receive some help to make the postseason. With four of their final nine games coming up in the next week, the Orange and Black will likely find out if they will be heading to the playoffs by April 17th. The Flyers won their third straight game on Wednesday night with a 5-3 comeback decision over the Montreal Canadiens in Philly. Wayne Simmonds tied the game with a little over five minutes left before Erik Gustafsson’s first …

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