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Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: Matt Read Signing v. Jagr Signing and Lilja Signing v. Bryzgalov Trade and Sign

Paul Holmgren became the interim General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006. That interim title was removed only weeks later on November 11. Holmgren was able to take a team that finished last in the National Hockey League, and rebuild it to make a deep run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals the very next season. Yes, some of Holmgren’s moves have been amazing, but he’s also a guy who has gotten this organization into some hot water with the salary cap and was forced to make deals that were head scratchers to say the least. If you enjoyed …

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Weekend report finds Snider in no-win situation

Ed Snider has spent most of the last 45 years concentrating on turning the Philadelphia Flyers into a franchise which coaxes love and loyalty from its fan base and a demands a yearly windfall of cash from faithful season-ticket holders. He’s also crafted a sizeable reputation across the continent as defender of the Philly Faith against the outside forces of the rest of hockey and as the Paterfamilias of the local hockey scene through his Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, whose successful projects have included the rehabilitation and restoration of rinks around the Delaware Valley. But now, the 79-year-old Grand …

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The one where I get angry, irrational, and devious

  This time tomorrow, the NHL lockout will be underway and there’s nothing we can do about it as fans. We can swear up and down that we’ll turn away and protest games but it does not matter what we say. Most of us will keep coming back and, now that the NHL has a longterm deal with NBC, the sport will reach a larger audience once it does return. Just think about all that pent up anxiousness and desire all coming to a head with the tease of two of the NHL’s most storied franchises, the Detroit Red Wings …

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Reviewing the Good

At the moment, I’m making my way through The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Philadelphia Flyers: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping, and Gut-wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History by NHL.com correspondent and former Philly-area beat writer Adam Kimelman. Right now, it’s all good. Stanley Cups, Broad Street Bullies, the Spectrum. The book reads more like a story than others I’ve read which makes it (to me) easier to digest. I do wish there were pictures of each of the players they mention because well, there’s a lot of names. But the beginnings of the Philadelphia Flyers has a lot of charm and obstacles …

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A Flyers Fan and Penguins Fan Walk Into a Bar…

It all started innocently enough. On August 20, ESPN Hockey aficionado John Buccigross tweeted the following: “No owner loves being an NHL owner or is more generous/loyal to his players than Ed Snider. CBA has not expired yet. Playing by rules.” Buccigross is referring to the Flyers re-signing of Scott Hartnell to a six-year extension. Things in Philadelphia are good. The Flyers are playing by the rules, but they are taking advantage of the rules while they still exist. The Flyers taking advantage of those moves and Buccigross’ comment did not sit well with a good friend of mine. We’ll …

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