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Inevitable

So, pretty much, we’re going to have a lockout. I don’t keep up with all the chatter about it, but I was half-praying for a miracle when the first inklings of that horrible word started getting tossed around. Lockout. It’ll be my first. Lucky me. It’s hard not to be pissed off about it and to whom exactly do you aim your ire? The players? The owners? Gary Bettman? (I always have ire for him). Not that it does any good. The fact that there have been two previous lockouts does nothing to ease the rage. I’m so glad there …

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Labour Bored

Earlier in the week, it was revealed by multiple sources throughout North America, TSN and RDS chief among them, that the National Hockey League Players Association intended to file briefs on behalf of their clients to the Quebec Labor Board. Added to that, was the report of a similar case to be presented in Alberta on behalf of the two clubs residing in its two largest cities. The argument, at its core, states that since the union is not certified in the province, it is illegal for the Canadiens organization to lock out players. This is a stunning turnaround from …

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Around the Net 09.11.2012

  Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Who doesn’t love a list? A look at the top 25 Flyers prospects and players under 25 years old. We start with the also-rans:[Broad Street Hockey] Billy, Billy..drinks are on the house Bill Meltzer checks in with his always informative thoughts:[Hockeybuzz] Glens Falls wins, Allentown waits The Phantoms aren’t leaving upstate NY anytime soon:[The Checking Line] [Philly.com] Labor mess,part whatever No one is happy that the lockout looms as no one tries to avoid said lockout:[CSN Philly] Today is the …

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Then and Now: Eric Meloche

One of the most unfortunate trades for the Philadelphia Flyers in recent years was there decision to ship Patrick Sharp off to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Matt Ellison. As part of the deal the Orange and Black received the Hawks’ third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, which Philly gave to the Montreal Canadiens and saw the Habs select center Ryan White, while the Flyers also gave Chicago forward Eric Meloche. Everybody knows what happened to Sharp and Ellison, but the career of Meloche isn’t as noteworthy. In the 2012-2013 season, Meloche is set to join his fourth different team in his second different …

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The Hit List

The National Hockey League is on the verge of a third work stoppage in the last 18 years, all under the watch of Commissioner Gary Bettman. With two weeks left before the whole thing blows up and we go from wishing things would work out to grabbing our calendars and figuring out how much of the season will be lost, Bob H and Nick D got together to discuss ways the NHL could skirt impending disaster — and it has nothing to do with working it all out within the current system. First up, Bob…When things looked awfully bleak around …