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Game 41 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche

After sweeping their three-game Western Canada road-trip, the Flyers head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche in their first meeting since December 19, 2011. They’ve now got some guy named Maxime Talbot; you might have heard of him.   Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4) @ Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4), 9:00 PM EST TV: CSN-PH, ALT RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 20-16-4 Away: 9-9-4 vs. Western Conference: 7-6-1 vs. Central Division: 3-3-1 Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4) Home: 13-5-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-3-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 5-1-0 GAME 41 PREVIEW: After a day-off for New Years, the Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4) head to Denver for the first time …

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki announced his retirement from professional hockey today.  Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Former Flyers G Niittymaki calls it quits

After a National Hockey League career that included 234 games played, former Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki officially retired from the sport on Friday. Niittymaki played seven seasons in the NHL including his first five (2003-04; 2005-09) in  Philadelphia. He retired with a record of 95-86-31, five shutouts, a save percentage of .902 and a goals-against average of 2.95. The 32-year-old goalie was plucked in the 1998 draft by Philadelphia in the sixth round (168th overall). After leaving the Flyers, Niittymaki played in Tampa Bay and San Jose and after playing the 2011-12 season in the American Hockey League for Worcester …

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Around the Net April 2, 2013: Talbot out for the year; Trade rumors abound,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Talbot out with broken leg Max Talbot won’t be playing for awhile: [The Checking Line] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Trade winds are blowing Harry Zolnierczyk has been moved to Anaheim for Jay Rosehill. WHY? [Broad Street Hockey] Ryane Clowe is in play:[Philly.com] [CSN Philly] [Hockeybuzz-Eklund] More moves coming? [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Go see the Flyers keep hope alive. Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for today, join me Friday for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the …

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Around the Net March 22, 2013; Tampa Bay hates Zac Rinaldo, trade rumors, more

In case you missed it… Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t like Zac Rinaldo for some reason: [Broad Street Hockey] Max Talbot should be traded? [The Hockey Writers] Should the Flyers bring back Jaromir Jagr? [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] The Flyers are trying some new line combos with the week off: [Philly.com-Matt Breen] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] The Flyers sign college UFA Kyle Flanagan: [The Checking Line] Need Philadelphia Flyers tickets? Get them here and save some dough. That’s all for this week, join …

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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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