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Then and Now: Matt Ellison

In the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games for their first title in 49 years. The team from The Second City had nine players record at least 10 points in their 22-game playoff run. One of those players was forward Patrick Sharp, who tied Dustin Byfuglien for a team-high 11 goals and finished third in points behind Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Sharp used to be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers until December of 2005, when he and Eric Meloche were traded to the Blackhawks for Matt Ellison and …

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European Updates #6

After a short break I’m back  with the European Updates. Today it’s gonna be about the Czech Extraliga and its playoffs and also about one famous Czechoslovak player who spent three season with Philadelphia. Do you remember who eliminated Kladno in the Ceska Pojistovna Playoff? HC Kometa Brno. They also beat the regular season winner Sparta Prague and lastly they ran over HC Plzen 1929 led by Martin Straka along with Jaroslav Modry and Frantisek Kaberle or Jakub Kovar’s brother Jan (who plays defense, too). Modry was only a rental who played 12 games in the regular season and he …

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European Updates #5

Where do we start? The most important thing about European prospects is the playoff matchup between Bili Tygri Liberec and HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice where Petr Nedved and Jakub Kovar trying to beat each other. To be honest, Nedved has the edge now with Liberec leading 3-1 in the series. Kovar allowed 11 goals in 4 games (4, 4, 1, 2) but Ceske Budejovice were unable to score more than one goal in two games. It reminds me of the Flyers offensive woes with Roman Cechmanek in net against Ottawa in the 2002 playoffs. Kovar saved Budejovice many times in …

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European Updates #4

Nedved vs. Kovar As predicted, two former Flyers, Petr Nedved and Jakub Kovar will face each other when their respective teams start their series next week. It will be an interesting and highly-anticipated matchup. For those who wants to watch, follow me on Twitter for broadcasting links. Mike York Former Flyer Mike York, who suited up in the 2006-07 season, broke his leg during practice. He underwent surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. York plays for Iserlohn in Germany. He recorded 33 points in 47 games, which places him fourth on the team in scoring. Jaromir …

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European Updates #3

Last week’s update was all about Jaromir and his birthday. This week is a little different. We have some really good topics about a former Flyers goalie who had his issues here, so take a look. First of all, it’s very likely that Petr Nedved’s Liberec (4th) will be facing Jakub Kovar’s Ceske Budejovice (5th) in the playoffs. So Flyers fans should be interested in that matchup. Yes, there are still two games remaining in the regular season but both teams are tied with points (80) and Vitkovice have 6 less points than Budejovice. I was hesitating about this news …

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