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Around the Net 08.28.2012

  Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Prospect in trouble Flyers prospect Nick Cousin runs afoul of the law: [The Checking Line] [Philly.com] Frozen Four News Philadelphia is going to hosting a lot of college hockey in 2014: [Broad Street Hockey] Goodbye Oskars Former Flyer Oskars Bartulis goes to the KHL: [CSN Philly] Get lost Geno While Sean Couturier’s butler might play in Russia as well next year if there is a lockout:[CSN Philly] That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around …

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Is Holmstrom ready for the big time?

Despite the fact that the revamped Flyers team of last season didn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs, they found success elsewhere — namely, the development of defensive prowess of a few of their forwards, such as Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, and Max Talbot. It’s no secret that the Flyers’ biggest concern right now is their depleted blue line, which is not expected to be nearly as skilled and effective as it was at the start of last season. But with some defensive-minded forwards up front, perhaps the need to improve the back end isn’t that necessary, …

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The Flyers as Assets: Part I

If you care about the Flyers enough to be scouring the web for Philly-centric hockey news in the dog days of Summer, then you’re already well aware of the lack of available free agents that can significantly impact this team going forward. With few guys left to choose from in the open market, it would seem that any big changes to the roster will have to come via trade. When James van Riemsdyk was traded earlier in the off-season, the public response varied immensely based on each person’s individual assessment of him as an asset to the team. Some regarded …

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The Young and the Restless

Call me crazy, but I love what the Flyers are doing. With the exception of not signing Shea Weber, I’m very happy the Flyers did not sign Ryan Suter or Zach Parise. I’m content – no, I’m ecstatic that the Flyers have decided to use their excess money to lock up the core of their team. The latest beneficiary of the Flyers’ decision to keep their money within their team was signing power forward Wayne Simmonds to a six-year, $23 million extension. The Flyers have once again paid a handsome fee for talent and potential. As we’ve seen in the past …

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Point/Counterpoint: To match or not to match?

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint, where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes square off, debating an issue with their own unique style and flair. This week, Nick D and Bob H “discuss” whether or not the Flyers should sign their big name future restricted free agents. At the end of the 2013-14 season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a couple big restricted free agents due for new deals. Those RFAs are Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Brayden Schenn. Assuming that the rules of the current CBA change, but still allow for offer sheets, and that the salary cap floors and ceilings will …