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On Brayden Schenn and concussions

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn took a tremendous hit from the Capitals’ Tom Wilson in a recent game that knocked Schenn out of the game and resulted in Wilson being booted. Wilson launched himself into Schenn like a missile. If there wasn’t intent to injure on that hit, you could have fooled me.   It came out yesterday that Schenn is feeling pretty well, other than a stiff neck. Sure, no big deal. He’s going to play in tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets! Flyers doctors said he was good to go without a baseline concussion test. No harm, no foul, …

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Podcast Episode 69: Back Back Back

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement from the NHL to return to the KHL, Fred Shero’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the lack of Lindros in the Hall, and Ron Hextall’s return to the Philadelphia Flyers. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 69 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would appreciate it if you could rate it …

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Around the Net May 3, 2013: My day with Stan,Flyers aftermath, NHL Playoff roundup, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. I got to meet Lord Stanley yesterday. It had been awhile, but he promised me I would see him again next year. I wonder what he meant by that… Flyers post mortem Is Jeff Reese to blame? [Broad Street Hockey] Bill Meltzer gives his thoughts: [Hockeybuzz- Bill Meltzer] Eric Lindros and his legacy: [Philly.com]  Stanley Cup Playoff roundup The Hockey News has it all: [The Hockey News] Lars Eller got blasted by Eric Gryba and it wasn’t pretty: [Puck …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Is Aleksander Barkov the Finnish Eric Lindros?

If the 2013 draft did not headline a trio of top-tier prospects, Aleksander Barkov would be getting a lot more attention. Unfortunately, with the consensus number one overall pick in Portland Winterhawk Seth Jones, and the next two picks coming from the Halifax Mooseheads (Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon) little attention is being focused on European talent. My good friend Tom Zulewski earlier profiled Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who is the top-rated defenseman among European skaters. Ristolainen’s countryman Aleksander Barkov is the number one draft-eligible European skater on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking that was released Wednesday. Despite conflicting rankings …

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Remembrance of Things Past

With every passing day and every passing game as the end of the 2013 season unravels before our eyes during this five-game homestand, it’s important to gain and keep perspective. We get it. You put your heart and soul and money towards this team. You have Facebook and Twitter, you are upset and have every right to complain about the way the Flyers seem to be circling the drain when a playoff spot is tantalizingly out of reach. You have the means to voice that displeasure, and you do. But why do those 140-character missives of bitterness and frustration seem …

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