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2013 Year in Review: Bruno Gervais

At the start of a season all players, from pee-wee all the way up to the pros, are looking to improve themselves.  Becoming better than the year before is essential for success, especially in the National Hockey League, where each and every offseason every team is adding new talent, working out harder and training to make themselves better. In the case of Bruno Gervais, he did the exact opposite. I’m not quite sure what Paul Holmgren thought he was going to get when he signed the 28-year old defenseman who wasn’t good enough to be kept around by either the …

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Flyers, Giroux talk contract extension

According to TSN.com, the Philadelphia Flyers have begun preliminary discussions with Claude Giroux in order to extend his contract. Details are slim, but we know that currently the Flyers are over the salary cap as of right now.  As well as the fact that the team has just acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders.  Streit will also need a new contract, further pushing the issue of the salary cap. Giroux has one year remaining on his current contract and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.  He is set to make $3,750,000 …

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Then and Now: Nikolay Zherdev

Many of the biggest names in today’s NHL were selected in the first round of the 2003 draft. After Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, and Nathan Horton were picked with the first three overall picks, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Nikolay Zherdev. Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, and Ryan Suter were the next three players to be picked after Zherdev, as the group of Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Brian Boyle, and Corey Perry were also taken in the opening round of the draft 10 years ago. …

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2013 Year in Review: Mike Knuble

If there is any question as to whether or not Mike Knuble had a productive season with the Philadelphia Flyers, one just has to take into consideration where the forward was after the Orange and Black were blanked by the New Jersey Devils on January 22. With just three goals in their first three games, the Flyers reached out to Knuble, who was playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and signed him before the weekend. After the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers two days later, Knuble joined the Orange and Black in Florida for …

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Around the Net June 11, 2013: Stanley Cup Finals are set; NHL Draft and trade rumors, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Trade rumors and draft news Keith Yandle’s name is popping up again with the Flyers: [Broad Street Hockey] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Should the Flyers go get Jonathan Bernier? (Hint:YES!): [Philly.com] Stanley Cup Finals preview The Blackhawks and Bruins meet in an Original Six matchup [The Hockey News] [Puck Daddy] Go see Dom Brown drop more bombs on the rest of baseball. Get Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web …