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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …

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Matt Read Signs 4-Year Extension

In a move to try and keep the team’s young core together for the foreseeable future, the Flyers signed Matt Read Friday night to a 4-year contract extension, worth $14.5 million. Read was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. After being signed out of Bemidji State University, Read posted a rookie-high 24 goals and 23 assists in 79 games for the Flyers in 2012-2013. During last year’s lockout-shortened season, Read posted a respectable 11 goals and 13 assists, although playing much of the year hurt after tearing muscles in his rib area. However, Read was one …

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Podcast Episode 72: Third Line Ludicrousness

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Flyers training camp including #ClearyWatch, the situation with Simon Gagne, whether talks of a Matt Read extension is the kiss of death, who is going to win the third line LW spot, Michael Raffl, Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, and much more. Hockey is back! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 72 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show …

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Forward thinking: Questions at left wing?

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their free agent acquisitions to the world yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, Paul Holmgren wasted no time mentioning how deep Vincent Lecavalier makes the team down the middle of the ice as he sees it. “With [Claude] Giroux, Lecavalier and [Sean] Couturier as your three centers, you’re pretty good. That’s pretty good,” said Homer, after acknowledging the ability of guys like Matt Read and Max Talbot to step in for a few draws as well – something he believes makes the team “better off.” It’s tough to disagree with the man, and not just because …

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Flyers draft day predictions

We are at a point in time where we can start counting down hours until the draft but there’s still plenty of time for things to happen between now and when Mr. Irrelevant gets picked. So, let’s take a stab at what happens between now and then in what may be the most unpredictable draft day in years. (Keep in mind that this is just for fun and I have about as much of a chance of being right as I do of winning the lottery.) The Flyers have been linked to Pittsburgh defenseman, Kris Letang, who allegedly has Philadelphia …