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Hockey Hilarity: #HartnellDownNoMore?

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! As many of you wonderful FlyersFaithful.com readers know, Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell is on the verge of coming back into the lineup. It’ll be a huge boost to a team, both on and off the ice, as Hartnell is not only a very likable dude, he’s also fresh off his best year in the NHL and will bring even more balance to the lineup. And with the unfortunate injury …

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Assembling a Stanley Cup winner; breaking down the last seven Cup teams

It’s no secret that after losing the 2004-2005 NHL season due to a lockout, the dynamic of assembling an NHL team changed dramatically. With the implementation of a salary cap, there were a myriad of new limitations and restrictions placed on teams and how they spend their money. Rich teams could no longer try to buy themselves a Stanley Cup, while poor teams felt like they could finally compete. But is there a formula for building a Stanley Cup winning team? When you have no restrictions on how much money you can spend, there’s really limited concern about spending wisely. …

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On Mike Richards, captaincy, and booing

With Claude Giroux being named the 19th Captain in Philadelphia Flyers history, it will naturally bring up some talk of Mike Richards. Some people fear naming Giroux Captain at age 25, after his fourth NHL season, after having named Mike Richards to the same post at age 23, after his fourth season. I’m not here to debate the merits of those concerns, but rather, the discussions brought to memory something I wrote at another time and place. I wanted to bring it here to Flyers Faithful. So, please forgive me for bringing up Mike Richards…again. We may never get away from …

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Flyers luck out with “cap-recapture” system, Richards and Carter deals won’t haunt Flyers

Yesterday I posed my top remaining questions about thew new CBA, and one of those questions was whether or not the “cap-recapture” system which was proposed at some point during negotiations, would ever come to fruition. Dubbed the “screw you Paul Holmgren rule” by Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey, it was designed to penalize teams for signing players to “back-diving” contracts that serve to reduce a player’s cap hit. As it turns out, that “cap-recapture” rule is officially a part of the CBA. While not all of the details are known, what is known is that it has the potential …

Claude Giroux is awesome, even with a creeper 'stache

Even with lockout, 2012 a headline-packed year for Flyers

Admit it, even with a mustache, Claude Giroux is awesome but coming into his own was just one of the many big stories coming out of the Flyers’ organization this year. (N.B. Leaving Mark Howe’s overdue number retirement out of this post was a complete oversight on my part.) 10. Flyers lend a hand with Operation Hat Trick and Team Pennsylvania 2003 “We want to be playing,” said Scott Hartnell in a Puck Daddy article. “It’s unfortunate that we’re not playing right now.” Fortunately, former Flyer, Joe Watson, had the idea to help out the victims of Superstorm Sandy and suggested …