Can I go back to Columbus now?

Thoughts after three

Impressive Flyers so far: Vincent Lecavalier Brayden Schenn Mark Streit Zac Rinaldo Steve Mason (minus one goal) I keep thinking to myself things like, “Why is Nicklas Grossmann carrying the puck in the offensive zone?”, “Why is Grossmann shooting the puck?”, “Why is Grossmann still on the ice?” That’s not a criticism of Grossmann so much as it is an acknowledgment that perhaps he’s being misused and overused. It says more about the players on the ice with him and the coach, really. During the first 40 minutes of the season, the Flyers looked like a team that could dominate …

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Flyers drop first road game, lose 4-1 in Montreal

There weren’t many positives for the Philadelphia Flyers to take away from their 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens tonight, as the offense and power play failed to show up for a second straight game. Carey Price denied 22 shots from Philly this evening for the Canadiens’ first win of the season, as Vincent Lecavalier was the only Flyer to find the back of the cage. Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, and Rene Bourque each had a goal and an assist, while Alex Galchenyuk recorded a pair of assists in Philadelphia’s second straight loss. “At the end of two periods, it …

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Flyers sit at 49 contracts with decisions to make; intriguing training camp battles

With the recent signing of restricted free agent Brandon Manning, the Philadelphia Flyers now sit at 49 contracts on the 50 contract reserve limit. Two of those contracts could slide, meaning they would not count towards the 50 contract limit, if Laughton or Stolarz are sent back to Juniors (a likelihood for the latter). The Flyers are currently just over $2 million over the league’s upper limit, so they will have to shed some cap space. The likely candidates are defenseman Braydon Coburn or Andrej Meszaros (or Grossmann to a lesser extent). The Flyers have nine blue-liners signed to one-way contract; …

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Then and Now: Darroll Powe

Darroll Powe endured four years at Princeton University, where he was an alternate captain in 2005-2006 and the team’s captain in 2006-2007, before he signed an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Phantoms in March of 2007. He had two goals and two assists in 11 contests with the Phantoms, as he also compiled 20 PIMs and a minus-3 rating in his first taste of professional hockey. In 2007-2008, Powe spent the entire season with the Phantoms, as he was a member of a squad that finished fourth in the 14-team AHL Eastern Conference with 99 points. Powe finished ninth on …

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The (positive) outlook on defense

It is unlikely that this offseason will feature more than two big moves on defense for the Flyers. There will be no Keith Yandle, Alex Pietrangelo or Shea Weber patrolling Philadelphia’s blue line. The Flyers have been interested in Yandle for a few years now and they finally managed to get him. Well, not him. They go Mark Streit and he’s kind of like Yandle. They both have the same cap hit and both put up nearly the same amount of points in the last two seasons (Streit had 74 points and Yandle had 73). Streit may be older but he …