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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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Then and Now: John Slaney

John Slaney was picked ninth overall in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. The blue liner was taken after Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Mike Ricci, Jaromir Jagr, Scott Scissons, Darryl Sydor, and Derian Hatcher. After spending time with the Caps, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, and Pittsburgh Penguins, Slaney joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization. The Flyers gave Pittsburgh Kevin Stevens in exchange for Slaney, who took part in 25 games for the Phantoms in 2000-2001. The defenseman had six goals and 11 helpers to help the Phantoms reach the 2001 AHL postseason, where Philadelphia beat …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 7: Conference Finals Wrap-Up, Stanley Cup Final Begins

Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg skates against Chicago’s Jonathan Toews in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Seidenberg has been one of the Bruins’ unsung heroes during this postseason. Read on to see how his fellow former Flyers fared in Week 7 of the playoffs. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins – Blackhawks lead series 1-0 Patrick Sharp: It seems like Patrick Sharp’s postseason prowess has lost some of its edge, as he has now gone four games without recording a point. He won 80% of his faceoffs in Game 1 against the Bruins, and took eight shots, though he failed to …

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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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Podcast Episode 65: Two Weeks

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss the 2013 playoffs to this point, look at the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals matchup between the Bruins and Blackhawks, the Rangers firing of John Tortorella, the Penguins difficulties in the Eastern Conference Finals, and muse about the inevitably absurd Flyers offseason. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 65 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would appreciate …