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Then and Now: R.J. Umberger

R.J. Umberger may have been born in Pittsburgh, but some of his best memories so far in the NHL have come with the franchise located on the other side of the state. Although his first NHL game came with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2005-06 season, Umberger was a member of two other NHL organizations before he made his way to Philly. The skater was picked 16th overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, as he was the first American forward to be selected. Mike Komisarek was the first American picked by the Montreal Canadiens with the …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 2: After slow starts, Lupul, Sharp, Carter, and Richards flourish

After a quiet Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, Patrick Sharp flourished in his next three games. Read on to see how his fellow former Flyers fared in Week 2 of the playoffs. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders – Series tied 2-2 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators – Senators lead series 3-1 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Series tied 2-2 Arron Asham: Week 2: Aside from a goal scored in Game 2, Asham had a very quiet second week of the …

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Former Flyers Watch, Round 1: van Riemsdyk Scores First Postseason Goal With Toronto

In Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, James van Riemsdyk scored his first postseason goal with Toronto. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared so far in the first round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders – Penguins lead series 1-0 No former Flyers are participating in this series.   Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators – Senators lead series 1-0 No former Flyers are participating in this series.   Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Capitals lead series 1-0 Arron Asham: Ever the pain in the butt, Asham recorded 281 PIM in …

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NHL Fandom Survey: Flyers/Penguins best rivalry in the league; Penguins the most loved and hated franchise

A friend recently pointed out an extremely interesting survey he discovered on Reddit. The survey asked for feedback from NHL fans on how they felt about all of the other franchises throughout the league. For every franchise you could choose love, like, indifferent, dislike, or hate. This information was then aggregated in a number of interesting ways. The original survey can be found here; credit to reddit poster WoundedLeprechaun. The analysis was then provided by another poster TeroTheTerror. For anyone that wants the cliff notes version; with respect to the Flyers: 9th most “Loved” team 12th most “Loved” or “Liked” team …

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Flight Plan: Playoffs Still Within Reach

The Philadelphia Flyers took a four game win streak, their first of the season, into Winnipeg yesterday. They scored the first goal and, after a few shaky minutes at the beginning of the first period, completely took over registering 13 shots in the primary stanza, limiting the Jets to just four through 20 minutes of play. Winnipeg roared out of the gates in the second and notched four goals on just 12 shots, while Philadelphia could only muster five all period. Newly acquired backup goaltender Steve Mason saw his first action as a Flyer, stopping all seven shots he faced …