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On Drafting Defenseman

The 2012 draft is days away and Flyers fans have been discussing draft strategy for the first round. What should the Flyers do? The general consensus seems to be that they need to draft a defenseman in the first round and anything else is disappointing. There has also been lots of talk on whether or not the Flyers should move up to draft one of the higher ranked defenders. Most specifically, Ryan Murray, who will likely be selected second. I’ve seen someone go as far as suggesting a trade of James van Riemsdyk, Andrej Meszaros, Sergei Bobrovsky, and a first-round …

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The Tampa Bay Flyers? A Look Back on Trades with the Lightning

Matt Carle. Matt Walker. Andrej Meszaros. Pavel Kubina. What do these men have in common? Yes, they all play for the Flyers. Yes, they are all defensemen. Yes, the Flyers paid a hefty price to acquire all four. Those acquisitions are what I would like to explore. The Flyers acquired Carle in 2009 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for infamous winger Steve Downie, defenseman Steve Eminger, and Tampa Bay’s own fourth-round pick, snagged Walker in a surprise July, 2010 deal for Simon Gagne, picked up Meszaros a short time afterwards for the Flyers’ 2012 second-round pick. On Saturday February 18, …

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Flyers’ season ends with 3-1 loss at home

Although they came out with more energy and effort, the Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Devils for a fourth straight game with a 3-1 defeat at the Wells Fargo Center tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ending one of the most interesting playoffs in recent memory. New Jersey now awaits the winner of the Rangers/Caps series and will begin the Eastern Conference Finals some time next week. Peter DeBoer’s club reached the third round for the first time since 2003, when the Devils won the last of their three Stanley Cups. The head coach echoed some key …

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RICE & MICE: A step in the right direction…

A step in the right direction on the road to recovery. This could be huge for the Flyers. James van Riemsdyk is nearing a return from the fractured bone in his foot. Likely, he will have missed a total of 19 regular season games, along with the first 4 games of the 1st round of the playoffs. Van Riemsdyk originally fractured the foot while blocking a shot on March 1and had surgery to fix the fractured area with a plate on March 6th. At that time, it was estimated that he would miss 4-to-6 weeks. After seeing the doctor early …

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RICE & MICE: Flyers current injury status

The first three injuries are those that are not expected to come back this season. Blair Betts has missed the entire season with a knee injury. From the sounds of things, he will likely not return to the Flyers or the NHL. Ian Laperriere has also missed the entire season and will not likely return to playing. Chris Pronger is out for the season with post concussion syndrome. After hearing that Pronger was struggling so much with the post concussion syndrome, his presence at the Flyers playoff clinching game is a good sign that he’s possibly feeling better. Then again, …