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Then and Now: Ossi Vaananen

After playing the 2007-2008 season in the Elitserien, defenseman Ossi Vaananen returned to the NHL to play for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Finn signed a one-year contract worth $1 million for the 2008-2009 campaign. Vaananen participated in a total of 46 games for Philly. He registered nine assists and ten points overall. The blue liner also deposited his final goal in the NHL (go to :55), which came in the first period of the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 2nd, 2009. The contest also featured Josh Gratton’s lone goal for the Orange and Black, as …

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Then and Now: David Printz

In the 2001 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers picked Swedish defenseman David Printz 225th overall in the seventh round. The blue liner was selected two picks before the Colorado Avalanche chose Marek Svatos and four picks before the New Jersey Devils chose Aaron Voros. Printz joined the Flyers’ organization in the 2004-2005 regular season, as he spent time with the Trenton Titans and the Philadelphia Phantoms. The d-man only played in two games for the Titans recording an assist in the process. He participated in 50 regular season games with the Calder Cup winners posting a goal and five assists along with 66 PIMs. For …

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Hockey Hilarity: The Life and Times of Young Gabriel Landeskog

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players and media personnel. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! As all of you know, Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog had a real big year. After being taken second overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Avs, he would go on to post 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points in 82 games, and would go on to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year for the 2011-2012 season. On top of that, he was …

Barry Goers, playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

Going, Going, Goers

It’s the kind of story sports fans love: local boy does good — even if he isn’t “doing good” locally anymore. Barry Goers grew up in the Philadelphia area and played hockey for both Council Rock High School North and the Junior Flyers. He’d often take the train into the city after school and meet his father to attend Flyers games. On nights when they didn’t see a live game, they were more often than not, watching them on TV. “Most nights, I would watch the games on TV and my dad would always tell me to watch certain players, …

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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 …