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Laughton Sent to Oshawa

Photo courtesy of Philly.com In somewhat of a surprising move, the Flyers announced Thursday that they were sending 2012 first-round draft pick Scott Laughton back to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Laughton was a healthy scratch in last night’s season opener for the Flyers, with the team opting to go the tougher route with enforcer Jay Rosehill against a larger, more physical Toronto Maple Leafs team. The number 20 overall pick of the 2012 draft had made the team out of training camp, but the Flyers must think that although he’ll be the best player in the …

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Bernier steals game for Leafs, Flyers can’t capitalize early in 3-1 loss

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their season opener tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs came in and stole a 3-1 victory. Jonathan Bernier bailed out the Maple Leafs several times during Toronto’s win, as he kept his team in it for the first two periods before Dave Bolland potted the game-winning goal early in the third period and put home the insurance tally with 22.5 seconds left for a two-goal game. Phil Kessel also scored for the Maple Leafs in the win. With a pass from Joffrey Lupul behind Steve Mason’s cage, the former Chicago …

Is Peter Laviolette on the chopping block?

Starting the season with some offensive urgency

A lot has been made about the yesterday’s revelation of Peter Laviolette being the odds-on favorite to be the first man out of a head coaching gig this season based on several online gambling sites and a plethora of season previews scattered about the web. The truth is, based on the Flyers recent history of inexplicable stretches of poor and lazy hockey coupled with their putrid preseason, if they wish to keep their boss behind the bench they will have to buck the trend and start playing some passionate hockey again. And if opening night was any indication, they better …

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Ever wonder why using LTIR isn’t ideal? Here’s why…

By now, thanks to Chris Pronger, most Flyers fans are familiar with Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR); at least at a high level. If you aren’t, I wrote this LTIR explanation many moons ago. The one thing I want to reiterate this morning, the day the NHL opens its doors, is that LTIR is not a good thing. It is not the same as cap space, and it is far from ideal. From that earlier article: In short, using LTIR is not a good thing. If you’re using it, you are not in ideal cap shape. The only way to …

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Flyers Sign Hal Gill To One-Year Deal

Photo courtesy of Philly.com As expected, the Flyers have signed tryout defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year contract, rumored to be worth $700,000. NEWS ALERT: #Flyers have signed (D) Hal Gill. MORE HERE: http://t.co/GT5rVKuiNi — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 1, 2013 This move comes after defenseman Chris Pronger was placed on long-term injury reserve, freeing up almost $3 million worth of cap space. Gill was invited to the Flyers camp on a tryout basis, but looked good enough to take a gamble on, even with the logjam on the Flyers blue line. However, having him on the roster gives the …