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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …

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Then and Now: Oskars Bartulis

In 2004, the Philadelphia Flyers handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a fifth-round pick and two sixth-round picks in the 2004 NHL Draft in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. The Bolts selected Brandon Elliott, Jan Zapletal, and Karri Ramo with the picks Philly made in the deal. The Orange and Black took defenseman Oskars Bartulis with the final pick in the third round. The only Latvian player to date to play for the Flyers, Bartulis spent a season with the Moncton Wildcats and a season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL before he played for …

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Around the Net June 4 2013: Bruins maul Pens, Flyers sign prospects

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it… Flyers sign two prospects: [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] NHL Playoffs Bruins destroy Pens, make me happy: [Philly.com] [Puck Daddy] Go see Dom Brown destroy 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 on the Flyers and the NHL. 

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Does the Raffl signing have any implications for Read, Schenn, or Couturier?

It seems a bit silly to think that the signing of a 24 year old who was “only” playing in the second-best league in Sweden might affect what the Flyers choose to do with some of their other young players; namely Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier. However, I can’t help but wonder if this means the Flyers would consider trading one of their young forwards. I know I’m not alone, as Charlie O’Connor of The Hockey Guys recently expressed a similar thought. First and foremost, I’d like to state that this is purely my opinion and there is …

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Hockey Hilarity: JvR Is A Grammar Nazi

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! One of our favorite fellow writers and hockey tourney fundraiser fixtures, Dustin Leed, was tweeting (follow him at @D_Leed if you don’t already) this week about his distaste for the Los Angeles Kings and the overall, how can I put this delicately, ridiculously arrogant air that surrounds the organization:   Which is true. I mean you really can’t argue this when their twitter account (@LAKings) has been funny, but real …