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Whitney’s pair help Devils banish Phantoms

The Adirondack Phantoms started their stretch of three games in three days on Friday night on home ice, but it was no comfort in a 4-3 loss to the Albany Devils in front of 4,606 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. In the first of four meetings within six games against their northern neighbors, Joe Whitney tallied the go-ahead and insurance goals for the Devils (15-13-7). Matt Anderson and Harri Pesonen also scored, while Keith Kinkaid stopped 27 shots. Tye McGinn lit the lamp and Jason Akeson added a marker with two assists for the Phantoms (15-19-2), but Cal Heeter …

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Taking Stock: Defense & Goaltending

Over the past few seasons, the hallmark of the Philadelphia Flyers has been their offense. Notorious for their ability to accumulate and develop high-end offensive talent via the draft, the team has been able to consistently find success based on its robust offensive presence. Yet for all the attention the offense (rightfully) receives, the defense was never truly all that far behind, anchored most recently by the big body of Chris Pronger and the puck-moving prowess of Matt Carle. Now those two stalwarts are gone, paving the way for a new class of defenders to take the reigns on the …

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Boucher and Lilja on waivers and will hit Flyers’ cap, Sean O’Donnell retires

The Flyers placed Brian Boucher and Andreas Lilja on waivers today, presumably for the purposes of sending them to the AHL. It was already expected that Boucher would be waived so he could be re-assigned to the Phantoms. While in the AHL, Boucher will hit the Flyers cap for $50k as his cap hit exceeds the $900k threshold. Lilja is slightly more surprising, but with Bruno Gervais and Kurtis Foster in camp, Lilja slid to 8th on the depth chart. If he goes unclaimed, he will likely be assigned to the Phantoms but his cap hit will still hit the …

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Atlantic Watch: Season Preview

After a painful 3 1/2 months, the NHL will finally return to action this weekend. That being said, the schedule is much shorter, which makes every game that much more important. If you want to make the playoffs, you most likely won’t be able to afford any losing streak of severe length. Since no games have taken place yet, let’s take a look at the Flyers’ schedule for the next week and recent news related to the team, as well as what the rest of the division has done lately. For the Flyers, several stories have occurred this week that …

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Around the Net 01.15.2013

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it.. The NHL lockout is over and here is the Flyers schedule: [Philly.com] Brian Boucher has returned, but not in a role you might expect: [Broadstreethockey.com] The Flyers sign Kurtis Foster: [The Checking Line] Danny Briere might be back sooner than originally thought: [CSNPhilly] Bill Meltzer weighs in on Boosh and prospect Scott Laughton: [Hockeybuzz] Looks like Mez might be ready for Saturday after all: [Philly.com] As if you needed any more reason to be …