Paul Holmgren

Mid-season grade on Holmgren’s 2013-2014 offseason moves

Back on July 5, the first day of free agency, I wrote an article praising Paul Holmgren for his offseason acquisitions. A couple of months later, the Flyers signed Matt Read to an extension, which I felt desired even further praise. Now that we are 38 games into an 82 game season, I wanted to take a look back at each of this past offseason’s moves and see how they have fared until this point. 1) Mark Streit – 4 years $5.25 million cap hit The Flyers traded for the rights of the impending unrestricted free agent and signed him to …

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Why you heff to be mad? Raffl caps off Flyers’ shootout win against Bryzgalov, Oilers

Ilya Bryzgalov failed in the shootout yet again in his career, but this time it’s a good thing for the Philadelphia Flyers, as the Orange and Black grabbed two points in a 4-3 decision against the Edmonton Oilers on the road. Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl beat Bryzgalov in the shootout, while Wayne Simmonds recorded another multi-goal performance. The captain and Jakub Voracek each provided two-assist games, while Taylor Hall had the lone multi-point performance for the Oilers in the loss. Steve Mason stopped 13 of 16 for the win, while Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the loss. The shootout …

Its a wonderful Flyers

Flyers Faithful Christmas List 2013

I asked the Flyers Faithful staff what they wanted for Christmas. All they got was some cheap lottery tickets and a few mints that I had lying around in my coat pockets. But, here’s their list anyway:   Marcello De Feo (Flyers Faithful Founder, Fan of Alliteration) Back in 2010, when Flyers Faithful created its first Christmas wish list, I wanted nothing more than to see the healthy, triumphant return of Ian Laperriere. Three years later, I find myself wanting something similar. It has been over two years since the last time Chris Pronger played a game and it remains …

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Flying Pucks: The Search for Identity, Schenn’s Non-Concussion, Lecavalier’s Return

Welcome to Flying Pucks, a hodgepodge of thoughts regarding the Flyers storylines of the past week. Lack of identity The Flyers are sorely missing something to define themselves by this year. They lack consistency game in and game out. We’ve watched them get off to painfully slow starts, and yet we’ve seen them score early. First-period struggles in one game will be third-period struggles in the next. And they can give up 4-goal leads just as easily as they can get them, if not even moreso. The offense struggles sometimes, and the defense struggles sometimes. The one constant has been …

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Simmonds’ three-point night helps Flyers win ninth straight at home

The Philadelphia Flyers extended their home winning streak to nine games tonight, as they beat a shorthanded Minnesota Wild club by the score of 4-1. Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist in the win, while Jakub Voracek produced two assists and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for the Orange and Black. Only Mikael Granlund beat Steve Mason in the win, as the Flyers’ netminder denied 26 shots. Scott Hartnell also notched his 500th career point in the NHL. The visitors were without the services of Josh Harding, Clayton Stoner, and Zach Parise, but they still managed …