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Podcast: Episode 35, A Big Old Mesz

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Andrej Meszaros’ Achilles injury, the current state of the defense, the possibility of Erik Gustafsson and Marc-Andre Bourdon stepping up, Bourdon and Scott Laughton’s new contracts, and hamburgers with bacon and peanut butter on them. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 35 You can also download it from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would very much appreciate it if you could rate it and leave a review on there! We’re also on Stitcher if that’s how you listen to your podcasts! If there’s any other way you listen to podcasts …

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Meszaros out following surgery on Achilles tendon

The plot thickens regarding the health of the defense. “Andrej had successful surgery this morning to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Raikin at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday morning. Andrej was injured last week during summer training in Slovakia. Andrej will be out indefinitely.” The 26-year-old totaled seven goals and 25 points in 62 regular-season games last year, and was voted the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the club’s best defenseman the year before. Injuries of this type typically take months to heal and recover, as we’ve seen …

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Shea It Ain’t So!

The Philadelphia Flyers tried to add one of the best defensemen in the NHL to the roster by signing restricted free agent Shea Weber to a 14 year, $110 million offer sheet. Their hopes were dashed on Tuesday when the Nashville Predators announced their decision to match the Flyers’ offer. The Predators had until 11:30 pm Wednesday to match the Flyers’ offer. If they had decided against it, they would have received four first-round draft picks as compensation. It was speculated that, had they not elected to match, they could have arranged a trade with the Flyers using those draft …

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Flyers face decisions with crowded blue line

As I’m sure you are now aware, yesterday the Flyers signed Bruno Gervais to a two-year contract with a cap hit of $825k. That fact in itself isn’t too terrible. The guy is 27 years old, right handed (which must be Homer’s #1 requirement this offseason), and played over 14 minutes a night last season with Tampa Bay. In fact, he had two seasons with the Islanders where he averaged over 20 minutes a night. So the guy is probably a relatively adequate third pairing guy, that comes at a good price. However, that isn’t the problem. As Bill Meltzer …

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With Free Agency approaching, let’s discuss Holmgren Economics

It’s rare in today’s sports world, and especially in the world of the Philadelphia Flyers, for the general population to agree on something. Let’s face it, more often than not the topic at hand tends to be polarizing. People rarely sit in the middle with indifference. You have your lovers, and you have your haters. Whether you’re discussing Matt Carle, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, a goaltending carousel, or if a particular trade rumor would be beneficial, there’s usually a clear divide among the masses. Paul Holmgren is no exception in this regard. I’ll preface this article by saying if you …