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European Update 5

Scott Hartnell’s Operation Hat Trick stole the local headlines, but our boys in Orange and Black continued to do their thing in Europe. Here we go… Matt Read (Södertälje SK – Sweden) – Read has not had the best week. He was held pointless in three games. Games Played: 3. Goals: 0. Assists: 0. Points: 0 Nicklas Grossmann (Södertälje SK – Sweden) – Grossman has completed his four-game contract with Södertälje SK. Where will he go from here? Games Played: 3. Goals: 0. Assists: 0. Points: 0. Blocked Shots: A lot. Danny Briere (Berlin Polar Bears – Germany) – Briere …

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Crashing the Crease: Main Courses and Side Dishes

I am writing this week’s article from the front of an unnamed Best Buy somewhere in the Delaware Valley. As I brave the cold weather for the incredible savings I’m about to indulge in, I hope you’re all warm and relatively full of turkey. Okay, so I’m not anywhere near a Best Buy. As insane as I may be, I’ve realized that I’m not quite ready to wait in a line for over 24 hours so I can save $139 on a TV that I don’t need. I am, however, ready to delve into a recap of things I’m thankful …

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European Update 4

It’s your trusty Flyers Faithful writer keeping you abreast with all the work your Euro-bound Flyers are doing. There have been some big changes for our beloved Orange and Black in the last week. Wayne Simmonds has come home while Nic Grossmann and Bruno Gervais have left. If the lockout continues, Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen have said they will sign with KalPa — the team owned by Timonen and Scott Hartnell. So, without further ado… Matt Read (Södertälje SK – Sweden) – Read’s team had three games this week, but Read only played in two. Read injured his foot …

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Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: Our favorite and least favorite deals under Paul Holmgren

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 …

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To amnesty, or not to amnesty: and who, is the question

Last week, Larry Brooks reported that the NHL and NHLPA were discussing the possibility of allowing an amnesty clause. For those that may be unaware, an amnesty clause would allow an NHL team from buying out a player without any salary cap repercussion; effectively eliminating a bad contract. It’s been discussed in many hockey circles for some time; in fact it was something we asked in an older iteration of our Five Questions series. However, I don’t intend to rehash the argument for or against the amnesty clause. For my purposes, let’s speculate what might make sense for the Flyers …