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Follow the leader: learning from Chicago

In the days that have passed since the Chicago Blackhawks epic Game six win in the Stanley Cup Final, the game of copycat has already begun. The questions around the league are as prevalent as the celebrations in the Windy City. How did they do it? What made the Blackhawks better than the rest this year? How where they so damn successful this season? One thing everyone seems to agree on is the importance of patience while the losses pile up during down years. The general sentiment is that losing is important because it gives you top-end talent to rebuild …

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Then and Now: Johan Backlund

After spending three seasons with Timra IK in the SEL, now the SHL, Johan Backlund signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2009. The deal gave the undrafted goaltender $100,000 in the AHL and $800,000 in the NHL. In his first campaign in North American leagues, Backlund took part in 41 AHL games with the Adirondack Phantoms, as well as a pair of games for the Orange and Black. Although seven goalies did work in the Phantoms’ crease during the 2009-2010 season, Backlund had the most starts on the team with 41. Backlund had …

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Five Questions 2013 NHL Entry Draft: Assessing prospect value

Flyers Faithful is pleased to have Adam Kimelman from NHL.com, Mark Edwards from HockeyProspect.com, Chris Shafer from Hockey’s Future, Todd Cordell from The Hockey Guys and HockeyBuzz and our very own Jared Abbott participate in the current iteration of Five Questions. This is the third of a five part series focusing on the upcoming draft. Which prospect(s) do you think is (are) rated higher than they should be? Adam Kimelman:  That’s hard to say. I think because the talent level is so high, it really comes down to very minuscule differences that one team might see that another doesn’t. The player at No. 15 on one team’s list could …

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Rumor Mill: Could the Flyers be targeting a Stanley Cup winner?

The rumor mill is alive and well on this Tuesday afternoon! After the news that the Philadelphia Flyers will buyout goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (That story can be found here), a whole new world of possibilities have been opened up.  After the buyout the Flyers will be under the salary cap by roughly four million dollars! A new rumor that has hit the Twitterverse is that of Chicago Blackhawks Winger Viktor Stalberg.  The 27-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason.  According to Sam Carchidi, the Flyers are looking at Stalberg as a potential target.   Free-agent winger Viktor …

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Around the Net June 25th, 2013: Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup; Draft news and rumors

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Hawks best Bruins In what turned out to be one of the epic Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory, the Chicago Blackhawks late rally sealed the deal: [The Hockey News] [Puck Daddy] [ESPN] Draft news and rumors The Flyers are looking defense, as they should be. Every round. [Philly.com- Sam Carchidi] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Have a Mock or two: [Flyers.nhl.com] [The Hockey News] You want to go out? Go get some Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me …