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Hockey Hilarity: Penner for Hire

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! This week on Hockey Hilarity we’ll examine the National Hockey League free agent market! Well not really, since most of it’s dried up, but what we will do is empathize with the situation of a current 30-year-old out of work winger, who is 6’4″, 243 lbs, and has scored 20 or more goals in four over parts of nine seasons in the NHL. This is the plight of Dustin Penner. …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Emery returns to Flyers, Briere joins Canadiens, Radivojevic switches KHL teams

Several former Philadelphia Flyers switched clubs this week, including a few that will return to the Flyers’ organization. The most notable former Flyer returning to Philly is goaltender Ray Emery. Emery, who returned to the NHL with the help of the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, recently went 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA with the Chicago Blackhawks. After being paid $1.15 million last year with Chicago, Emery will receive $1.65 million on a one-year deal with the Flyers and a chance to serve as the team’s starting netminder, as both he and Steve Mason will …

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Forward thinking: Questions at left wing?

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their free agent acquisitions to the world yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, Paul Holmgren wasted no time mentioning how deep Vincent Lecavalier makes the team down the middle of the ice as he sees it. “With [Claude] Giroux, Lecavalier and [Sean] Couturier as your three centers, you’re pretty good. That’s pretty good,” said Homer, after acknowledging the ability of guys like Matt Read and Max Talbot to step in for a few draws as well – something he believes makes the team “better off.” It’s tough to disagree with the man, and not just because …

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Then and Now: Darroll Powe

Darroll Powe endured four years at Princeton University, where he was an alternate captain in 2005-2006 and the team’s captain in 2006-2007, before he signed an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Phantoms in March of 2007. He had two goals and two assists in 11 contests with the Phantoms, as he also compiled 20 PIMs and a minus-3 rating in his first taste of professional hockey. In 2007-2008, Powe spent the entire season with the Phantoms, as he was a member of a squad that finished fourth in the 14-team AHL Eastern Conference with 99 points. Powe finished ninth on …

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Partway through Day One of Free Agency, it’s time to give Homer some credit

So here we are a mere few hours after free agency kicked off at noon on July 5; but it appears as if the Flyers may call it a day.  I’ve often been a pretty harsh critic of Paul Holmgren in the past, but he gets top marks from me after Day one. Homer has a history of being the first to market and doing whatever it takes to get the guy he wants. Often that may involve having to make a secondary move to fit in the initial one. Or, as was often the case in the past, being …