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Point/Counterpoint: Should a change to the playoff seeding format be made?

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Kim P. and Craig F. square off over the NHL rule that grants each divisional leader a top-three seed in the conference – and an automatic trip to the playoffs. Point: Kim P. It is an NHL rule that fans have debated on time and time again: the one which states that the winners of each division are guaranteed one of the top three spots in their conference. It’s a …

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Howe gives thanks on Tuesday

Prior to the Flyers’ 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Mark Howe spoke to a sellout crowd as his No. 2 was raised to the rafters. Flanked by his children, grandchildren, former wife and father Gordie, the 56-year-old spoke with grace and brevity. Below is a transcript of his remarks. “I stand before you today a proud yet humbled man.  I am being honored tonight in the presence of the two teams that have been a part of my life for the past 30 years.  In Detroit, I had the opportunity to play with the great Nick …

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Van Riemsdyk out until end of regular season with broken foot

The season in the wilderness for 22-year-old James van Riemsdyk hit yet another snag last night, when he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left foot after blocking a shot from Milan Jurcina late in the first period of a 6-3 win over the Islanders last night. On Friday, the third-year forward was further evaluated, and while a timetable has been set, the news was not good. “James will have surgery on Mar. 6 to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Dr. Steven Raikin will put a plate in to help with the healing process. James …

Jagr speaks (in Czech), but answers not lost in translation

Here’s my latest article, which is a transcript of a CTK interview with Jaromír Jagr, supplemented with his other quotations. On his birthday: “It’s very difficult to celebrate in some way during the season. We have a lot of games and the only advantage is that we’re going to play a lot of games home and I think that reaching a certain age may not really be worth celebrating either. I’m not thinking about marriage. These things happen or they don’t. It’s about the heart, not about the mind. If you’re doing it just because you have it in your …

RICE & MICE: Black and blue….kidneys?

Braydon Coburn missed last Monday night’s game with a bruised kidney and was back in action just a couple days later on Wednesday. Even so, bruised kidneys aren’t to be taken lightly. The kidneys are vital to the body because they are responsible for filtering toxins out of the blood and by ridding the body of these toxins and excess fluid and salts by producing urine. Blood flows into them via a renal artery, is filtered by vessels in the kidney and leaves “clean” via a renal vein. The urine that is produced by the filtering leaves the kidney through …