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Michael Pina: Welcome Claude Giroux into your home

Now let me start by admitting I’m an NBA guy. Basketball is the sun, and I’m a rocky mass orbiting it at all times. I absorb everything meaningful about the league that’s written and said aloud. I come home from work and watch at least two games every night, and if NBATV chooses to re-run the 2002 dunk contest at 2 PM on a random Wednesday, my regularly scheduled afternoon falls to pieces. So why all of a sudden write a piece about hockey? While basketball is my calling, I’ve been an unabashed bandwagon fan of the Boston Bruins since …

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Podcast: Episode 50, Bret Hedican

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss the Flyers’ up and down week against the Devils, Rangers, Panthers, and Lightning and talk to former NHL player and CSN California analyst Bret Hedican about his playing career, the San Jose Sharks, and his predictions for the NHL season ahead. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 50 You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would very much appreciate it if you could rate it and leave a review on there! We’re also on Stitcher if that’s how you listen to your podcasts! If …

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Then and Now: Luke Richardson

Defenseman Luke Richardson joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 1997, as he signed a five-year contract where he earned $2.5 million in the first four years and $2.6 million in his final season. After reaching the postseason just twice with the Edmonton Oilers in his six-year span with the club from 1991-97, Richardson helped the Flyers reach the playoffs each of the five seasons he was in Philly. In his initial campaign, the Flyers finished third in the Eastern Conference with 95 points, as only the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins finished with more. Richardson played in …

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Third Period Surge Not Enough, Niemi Blanks Flyers 1-0

For the second time in their road trip, the Flyers failed to score, as Antti Niemi led the Sharks to a 1-0 win tonight in San Jose. A goal from Ryane Clowe in the game’s first few minutes was all Niemi needed, as the former Chicago Blackhawk made 26 saves to blank the visiting Flyers. For a second straight game, Ilya Bryzgalov allowed the game’s first goal on his first shot against. This time, however, the goalie bounced back to make several incredible saves to give the Flyers a chance to conclude their road trip with a victory. Their inability to convert on chances, as …

RICE & MICE: To play or not to play?

Throughout the NHL season, there is always pressure for players to play with injury. Sure players can be called “tough” for battling through injury, but is it worth it?  I’m not going to harp on players that play through injury and say how bad it is, but there are certain innate risks with pushing through injury. Injuries come with the territory of being an athlete.  No matter how fit, no matter how skilled or mentally tough an athlete is, injuries will happen. The ultimate dilemma is never whether or not an injury will occur; the dilemma usually occurs on the …

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