The Flyers’ Christmas wish list

The holiday season is upon us and, while stockpiling items on our Amazon wish lists, we decided to come up with our own list of things we would want for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011. Here are our top 10 wishes, minus the most obvious one (a Stanley Cup championship): 10. Cap relief The Flyers have zero need for Matt Walker. They never did. When he becomes healthy, if the Flyers can find a taker who is desperate for a physical defender, jackpot. If not, just waive him. Meanwhile, it probably won’t be too long before the goaltending logjam gets …

RICE & MICE: Mind Games

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup.  “The NHL player is a marvelous subject for everyone but his physician; they will happily and freely lie to you with a smile on their face about their health,” said Toronto Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke, in a recent Sporting News article. When a player gets “dinged,” has his “bell rung,” or just plain gets “knocked out,” a concussion by any …

For the love of Ian Laperriere

Karen Ellis is the ultimate Ian Laperriere fan. She has been following him since his days in Los Angeles and has traveled to locations such as Colorado, Philadelphia, and Boston (Winter Classic) to see him play. Karen runs the site It’s All About Lappy which, as you might guess, is all about Laperriere. You can also follow her on Twitter. She took some time to answer some questions about Lappy, the site, and her charitable work with Ronald McDonald House. How did It’s All About Lappy get started? Give us a little history on the site. It actually started with …

The morning after: Flyers vs. Lightning 10.14.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. Hey, did you hear that Simon Gagne returned to Philadelphia last night? I bet you didn’t. It sort of flew by under the radar. Like every other diehard Flyers fan, you were probably too focused on the return of the legendary Randy Jones to notice. In case you did miss the game, here is the tribute to Gagne, which originally appeared on The 700 Level: Gagne deserved the standing ovation he received but he was a non-factor on …

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