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Then and Now: Daniel Lacroix

After spending time with the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins in his first three years in the NHL, Daniel Lacroix became a Philadelphia Flyer in the summer of 1996. The pugilist experienced all of 188 regular season games in the NHL, 130 of which came with the Orange and Black in 1996-1997 and 1997-1998. Lacroix totaled all of five points in his time with the Rangers and Bruins before he recorded eight in 74 games for Philly in 1996-1997. The enforcer registered seven goals and one helper, as he also posted a rare two-point game on October 27th, …

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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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Could the Flyers be targeting Bernier?

As the Flyers are now nearly eight million dollars over the salary cap, it is likely that buyouts are looming. Should the rumors of the Ilya Bryzgalov buyout be truthful, the question is: who will take over the vacant Goaltender position? In the past few days, a name that keeps resurfacing is that of current Los Angeles Kings backup Goaltender Jonathan Bernier.  Stuck behind the all-star brick wall known as Jonathan Quick, Bernier has had limited time to showcase his skills between the pipes. As he is set to become a restricted free agent, Bernier would no doubt like to …

2013 Year In Review: Simon Gagne

Thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, Simon Gagne returned to the Flyers on February 26 in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick. With him come raised expectations for a Flyers season. The team had fallen into an early season funk, and the return of Gagne – who had been a repeated healthy scratch for the Kings – was to provide a veteran boost both on the ice and in the locker room. Gagne’s return engagement with the Flyers was like that of a movie script. He arrived just in time to suit up, received a standing ovation …

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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …