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Definitive Defensive Deficiencies

There is nothing wrong with good news regarding the lockout; but if the season were to get underway soon, would you be comfortable starting the cup run with the defense as it stands today? It would seem that the thin blue line is unable to withstand any more big blows after losing Andrej Meszaros before the season began, and even after trading a young, talented winger in James van Riemsdyk for  defenseman Luke Schenn, the Flyers defense still remains anything but complete. There are some notable familiar faces who remain. Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn lead the pack, and Nik …

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It’s a trap!

Have you fans already forgotten the wisdom and warning of one Admiral Ackbar? Man, the NHL really has you by the short and curlies, don’t they? Go ahead. Admit it. It’s the first step. Stand up in the circle, announce your first name and last initial, and say you’re an addict. Wait for the affirmation, because it’s there. Darth Vader himself, Gary Bettman, goes on record in making a conciliatory overture to the players which involves a seductive come-on to get the deal done and play a full season. You’re so desperate to see top quality hockey action that in …

Hockey Hilarity: Stanley Swag

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players and media personnel. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! You know, there used to be this professional hockey league called the NHL. That stands for National Hockey League. Back in the days where seasons didn’t get entirely cancelled, even if they were put on hold for nine days or postponed for a few months, there was this guy who played for this team called the Detroit Red Wings. His name was Steve Yzerman. He was one of the greatest players in …

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The Phantoms player I’m most interested to follow during the lockout may surprise you

In three seasons covering the Adirondack Phantoms, only two players made me stop and say, “Wow.” Brayden Schenn and Matt Read belonged in a different league from their first shifts. Instead of rookies, they looked like 16-year-olds with forged birth certificates who faked their way into some 13-and-under house league. They were the only sure things. And you didn’t need to be a hockey genius to see it. If you asked me, however, who was the third most impressive forward I covered, I bet you’d be surprised by the answer. This time last year, Matt Ford was a third-liner for the …

Sean Couturier has room to grow in many areas

The Lockout – Who wins, who loses?

Now that games have officially been cancelled, it’s no longer possible to think of the Flyers roster as a whole. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of room to speculate how the time away from the Wells Fargo Center will affect each individual piece of it. So who stands to benefit the most and the least from the lockout on the Flyers roster? Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn A package deal based on their status amongst the Flyers forwards as baby-faced rookies, these two budding forwards actually might be able to gain a lot from their time in the …