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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — The Diehard Fans

So here we are. The AHL season has started and the Phantoms are off on a positive note, carrying an overtime win against the Hershey Bears this past weekend into a home-and-home with the Hartford Wolf Pack, which includes their home opener on October 12. Wait, what? The Phantoms won a game? It may sound harsh, but that’s the Philadelphia culture, right? Lose one game and the season is over? Well, things are not quite the same here in Glens Falls. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Glens Falls has some of the most diehard hockey fans I have ever …

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Phantoms Announce Opening Night Roster

The Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms announced their opening night roster today, ahead of their first game this upcoming Saturday night versus the Hartford Wolf Pack. On the list of Phantoms include many players who saw time with the Flyers last year, including Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn, Bruno Gervais, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and Matt Konan. Newcomers to the team this year include recent acquisitions Yann Denis, Petr Straka, Michael Raffl, Chris VandeVelde and Steven Delisle. The Phantoms, who have struggled mightily since their move to Glens Falls, NY, look to be more competitive this year with the more-experienced …

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VandeVelde Assigned to Phantoms; Laughton Appears to Win Roster Spot

Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com The Flyers announced Saturday afternoon that they assigned left winger Chris VandeVelde to the Adirondack Phantoms. This brings the current roster to 24 players ahead of Monday’s roster deadline, with one more cut to come. It seems 2012 first-round draft pick Scott Laughton has made the team now, at least on a nine-game trial basis. Laughton could likely see time on the team’s fourth line, with Max Talbot playing on the third line. VandeVelde was a dark horse at Flyers camp, having beat out Austrian Michael Raffl in the camp battle for the vacant offensive spot …

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Flyers Send Down Raffl, Lauridsen to Phantoms

Photo courtesy of Philly.com The battle for the third line wing spot is a little clearer today, as the Flyers announced they sent LW Michael Raffl and D Oliver Lauridsen down to the Adirondack Phantoms ahead of tonight’s preseason finale versus the Washington Capitals. Raffl, who had been battling with Scott Laughton and Chris VandeVelde for the team’s vacant spot on the third line, was held without a goal in four preseason games for the club. Lauridsen, the big defenseman from Denmark, played in three preseason games with the the Flyers after a short stint with the team last season. …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Boucher cut, Prospal possibly going to Europe, AHL training camps

In what’s been the busiest week in terms of movement since the beginning of the Frequent Flyer Miles column, a laundry list of former Philadelphia Flyers and draft picks, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans changed clubs, signed extensions, or were involved in rumors. A handful of former Flyers were involved in transactions, as Brian Boucher, Vinny Prospal, David Laliberte, and Nikolay Zherdev found themselves on the move. According to the website Blick.ch, Boucher has been cut by EV Zug in the NLA. The former Flyer didn’t exactly impress EV Zug to keep his job, as he allowed 16 goals in …