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Hockey Hilarity: Of Course Claude Giroux, Of Course

Hey everyone! Welcome to another Hockey Hilarity. This time, with both a heavy heart and hysterical laughing fit, I must talk about the elephant in the room: Claude Giroux actually, seriously, honestly did injure himself golfing… In a really weird, and yet oddly overly masculine way. The Philadelphia Flyers‘ newly signed for the next eight years captain, shattered his golf club, cut some of the tendons in his right index finger, and had surgery to repair said tendons according to everybody on the Internet. So he’s missing the next five or six weeks of, what basically amounts to the rest …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Shelley retires and becomes announcer, Printz to Allsvenskan, Rowe hangs up skates

A small number of former Philadelphia Flyers, draft picks, and players who were once linked to the organization moved this week, as three former Flyers altered their careers and a former Trenton Titan retired. The biggest news of the week relating to former Flyers is the retirement of Jody Shelley. The enforcer announced his decision to walk away from his playing career early this week, as it was also announced that he would be a broadcast associate and “team ambassador” for the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to ESPN. Shelley will be an analyst for the Flyers’ new divisional opponent, as well as an occasional TV commentator …

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Then and Now: Steve Downie

Steve Downie was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 29th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, as he was picked right after the Dallas Stars selected Matt Niskanen and four picks before they took James Neal. The feisty forward hasn’t exactly panned out in the NHL, but he has been serviceable for every team he has suited up for since joining the league. Downie made his debut for the Flyers’ organization by playing in a Philadelphia Phantoms’ game in 2006-2007 before he saw significant time with both the squads during the 2007-2008 campaign. The forward played …

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Sean Couturier is kind of a big deal

It’s easy to look at Sean Couturier’s final line for the 2013 season and claim that he had a down year for the Philadelphia Flyers. Four goals, eleven assists, for fifteen points, and a minus-eight in 46 games. That’s good for being tied for eleventh in goals, seventh in assists, eighth in points, and fifth worst on the team in plus-minus. Frankly, most people expected more from the highly promising young center. By now it’s not a novel concept to write that there is a whole lot more to reviewing Couturier’s season than just these surface-level statistics. This is particularly …

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Hockey Hilarity: BizNasty Training Hard

This week, for hockey hilarity, I decided it was time to revisit the twitter account of an old friend: Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette. He’s not really my friend, (I like to pretend he is) but he’s a funny dude, and that’s what this is all about when you think really long and hard about it like I do every week. Anywho, Bissonnette sent this out about a week ago: Training is going really well this summer, you guys. Not trying to throw the world out of orbit, but I might score a few this season. — Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) …