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Around the Net July 16,2013: Ron Hextall in as Assistant GM; Kovalchuk bolts for Russia, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.  Ron Hextall returns The Flyers have brought back another colorful name from the past to be their new assistant GM and presumably, Paul Holmgren’s replacement:[Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] [Puck Daddy] Ilya Kovalchuk retires, then unretires I’m sure the Devils are really happy they don’t have a first round pick this coming season because Kovalchuk won all those Stanley…oh wait…nevermind:[The Hockey News] [Philly.com] Fred Shero elected to Hall of Fame Finally, “The Fog” is enshrined among the greats: …

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CBA Explained: Draft eligibility and signing undrafted players AKA why Raffl has a one-year deal

Last week a twitter interaction between Dustin Leed, Kurt from Broad Street Hockey, and Tyler Altemose brought to light that newly signed Flyer Michael Raffl is signed to a one-year contract, despite some sources indicating the deal was for three years. This prompted me to write my first CBA Explained article in over two months. So let’s quickly touch on what makes a player eligible for the draft, and then what are the restrictions around signing players that are not drafted. From section 8.4 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): “8.4 Eligibility for Claim. (a) All Players age 18 or older …

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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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Ordinary Miracles: Shero gets call to Hockey Hall

 There will be one more Philadelphia Flyers representative in the Hockey Hall of Fame…and it isn’t Eric Lindros. More than two decades after his passing, former Flyers head coach and architect of the “Broad Street Bullies,” Fred Shero, has finally been recognized as one of the immortals in the sport. He’ll be formally enshrined with the rest of the Class of 2013 on November 11 in Toronto. Head coach of the Orange and Black from 1971-78, Shero won a pair of Stanley Cups in 1974 and ’75, while guiding the two-time defending champions to another berth in the ’76 Final …

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Around The Net July 9, 2013: Emery returns, Flyer prospects hit camp,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Free Agent Frenzy The Flyers brought back a goalie we all know who had a pretty good season last year: [Broad Street Hockey] [Philly.com] [The Hockey Writers] Army of “D” Are the Flyers developing young defensemen, finally? [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] The beach…ehh, it’s been done… Go check out the Flyers prospect camp: [The Checking Line] Around the NHL A quick look at the NHL as a whole in free agency: [Puck Daddy] You want to go out? Go get some Philadelphia …