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Never give up, never stop fighting

It was two years ago today that I experienced something in my life that will change me forever. Although I saw it coming for awhile, it was the events that occurred and led up to it that make it such a hard thing to move on from. One thing that has helped me through it has been hockey. Throughout my childhood, my dad purchased partial season tickets for the Philadelphia Flyers and NHL Center Ice so we could see our favorite team despite living in Maryland. We did as much as we could to see the Flyers, even though it …

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The Payoff Pitch

For those of you who have stuck it out over almost 10,000 words through the first seven installments of this Summer series, I thank you. For those who haven’t, take some time to retrain your brain into hockey mode, and browse back through the archives: Part I, where the best laid plans of a hockey journey are wrecked before they even start. Part II, where I tells ya how hard it is to forge your own path in sports media if you retain a sense of self, intelligence, creativity and originality and manage not to hit upon luck and good …

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Then and Now: Martin Grenier

In the 1999 NHL Entry Draft there was a string of four straight defenseman taken in the second round with picks 42 to 45. Two of those turned into blue liners who have played at least 450 NHL games in Mike Commodore, who was taken 42nd overall by the New Jersey Devils, and Jordan Leopold, who was taken 44th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. The other two were Andrei Shefer, who was taken 43rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings and never took part in an NHL game, and Martin Grenier, who was taken 45th overall by the Colorado Avalanche …

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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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Poll: What has you most excited about the 2013-2014 Flyers?

It’s been a nice, safe offseason in Philadelphia Flyer land; one that deserves some good marks for General Manager Paul Holmgren. He jettisoned the bloated contracts of Danny Briere and Ilya Brzgalov via their compliance buyouts. He traded for and then signed mobile defenseman Mark Streit (in probably the only questionable move of the offseason; at least from a contract perspective). He surprised everybody by signing Vincent Lecavalier. He brought back Adam Hall to compete for the fourth line center position. Lastly, he signed Ray Emery to a bargain one-year contract. So what has you most excited about this upcoming …