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Then and Now: Pat Kavanagh

The Philadelphia Flyers used a second-round pick in the 1997 NHL Draft on forward Pat Kavanagh. Other notable players picked in the second round of the 1997 NHL Draft were Ben Clymer, Jeremy Reich, and Henrik Tallinder. A little less than two years later, the Orange and Black dealt Kavanagh to the Vancouver Canucks for a sixth-round pick in the 1999 NHL Draft. Philly used the pick to select forward Konstantin Rudenko, who never played a game in the NHL and is currently with Barys Astana in the KHL. Kavanagh would play with the Syracuse Crunch, Kansas City Blades, and …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Jagr out of Boston, Harry Z to Pittsburgh, Ellison to NLA

A few former Philadelphia Flyers, as well as one Adirondack Phantom, were either released from their current team or found a new home for next season this week. Jaromir Jagr learned he won’t be a Boston Bruin next year, while the tandem of Harry Zolnierczyk and Matt Ellison changed clubs for the 2013-2014 season. On top of that, former Phantom Michael Ryan also switched clubs. After being traded to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline by the Dallas Stars, Jagr helped the Bruins reach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals before the squad bowed out to the Chicago …

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2013 Year in Review: Nicklas Grossmann

After being acquired last season from the Dallas Stars for the playoff push, Nicklas Grossmann was poised to become a key member of the Philadelphia Flyers blue line as the 2013 season began. Without Chris Pronger and Matt Carle to rely on, it was Grossmann who was asked to step up the most as the veteran presence starting the year in the middle of the depth chart. When he played, the massive Swede seemed to deliver; but awards aren’t won when you can’t finish the race. If you had to describe the season of #8 in one word, ‘tumultuous’ might …

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Then and Now: Denis Gauthier

The 2013 Eastern Conference Finals will put the Boston Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wade Redden will try and help Boston’s blue line slow down Pittsburgh’s offensive crew, which includes former Calgary Flame Jarome Iginla. Both Redden and Iginla were picked in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft, as Redden went second overall behind Bryan Berard and Iginla went 11th overall to the Dallas Stars. Nine picks after Iginla the Calgary Flames picked Denis Gauthier. After being named to the QMJHL All-Star team and winning the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy for QMJHL’s best defenseman in 1995-1996, Gauthier went …

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NHL Fandom Survey: Flyers/Penguins best rivalry in the league; Penguins the most loved and hated franchise

A friend recently pointed out an extremely interesting survey he discovered on Reddit. The survey asked for feedback from NHL fans on how they felt about all of the other franchises throughout the league. For every franchise you could choose love, like, indifferent, dislike, or hate. This information was then aggregated in a number of interesting ways. The original survey can be found here; credit to reddit poster WoundedLeprechaun. The analysis was then provided by another poster TeroTheTerror. For anyone that wants the cliff notes version; with respect to the Flyers: 9th most “Loved” team 12th most “Loved” or “Liked” team …