New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

IIHF World Chamipionship Day 4 and 5: Giroux shines, Gus making progress, Bryz being Bryz

5/6/2013 Germany-Slovakia 2-3 Noebels 0+0, 2:48 TOI Radivojevic 0+0, 17:05 TOI Team Slovakia won their third game against Germany 3-2 despite losing twice in that game. Team Germany has only one point so far, while Slovakia has six points. Czech Republic-Switzerland 2-5 Voracek 0+1, 19:18 TOI, -2 Team Czech Republic lost the second straight game when they couldn’t beat the red-hot Switzerland. The Czechs made it more difficult for themselves to advance into the playoffs. But the schedule looks quite good for Jakub Voracek’s team – games against Denmark, Slovenia, Canada, and Norway are coming up. Czech Republic started very …

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

World Championship Day 2 – Giroux, Voracek, Gustafsson with assists, Bryzgalov gets the shutout

The second day of the IIHF World Championship is in the books. I’d like to summarize the most important moment of the past 24 hours. USA – Austria 5-3 Matt Carle 0+0 17:48 TOI Austria led the game by two goals just six minutes into the first period. Team USA overcame a bad start and eventually won the game 5-3. Sweden – Czech Republic 2-1 Jakub Voracek 0+1, 16:02 TOI, -1 Erik Gustafsson 0+1, 22:13 TOI, +1 After a good first game against Belarus, team Czech Republic lost to Sweden. The Czechs under performed in the first half of the game and …

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Then and Now: Lasse Kukkonen

One of the many trades Paul Holmgren made during the 2006-2007 season was one that resulted in Lasse Kukkonen coming to Philadelphia from the Chicago Blackhawks. In exchange for Kyle Calder, the Flyers acquired Kukkonen and Chicago’s third-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, with which Philly picked Garrett Klotz. After he posted five goals and nine assists in 54 games for the Hawks, Kukkonen went pointless in his first 20 regular season games for his second different NHL team. In May of 2007, Kukkonen signed a two-year contract to stay with the Flyers. The blue liner cost Philly a cap hit of $875,000 for both of the seasons …

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Then and Now: Mika Pyorala

Mika Pyorala was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2009. Even though the Finn never played a game in the NHL, the Flyers believed Pyorala proved himself enough in the SM-liiga and Elitserien to earn a shot in North America. With a cap hit of $500,000 for the 2009-2010 season, Pekka Rinne’s brother-in-law posted pretty decent numbers for the Flyers and the Phantoms. In his 36 games with the Orange and Black, Pyorala had two goals and two assists. His first goal as a Flyer was important, as he potted one in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November …

The ‘How’ of Homer

When Paul Holmgren took over as the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006, I received numerous messages from my friends who grew up as fans of the Hartford Whalers. Those messages ranged from, “Good luck with that,” to “What a terrible choice” to the simple but poignant, “Bwahahahahaha.” These were people jaded by the abysmal record that the Whalers posted during his tenure as Hartford’s coach and his brief stint as GM in the years that eventually led up to Hartford’s relocation to Carolina. (His DUI and stint at Betty Ford likely did not help matters …

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