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Guest Post: In Opposition to Defenders of Fighting in Hockey, a Defense of Fighting in Hockey

Michael Baumann writes about baseball for Crashburn Alley and Grantland. He also writes about basketball for Liberty Ballers. He will be joining us occasionally on Flyers Faithful to share his thoughts on hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @MJ_Baumann. My relationship with hockey is dominated by emotion. I don’t have the “analyst” hat I’ve developed with baseball, where I have to put my childhood biases aside so I can wax poetic about Jason Heyward or Andrelton Simmons one moment, then turn around and hurl vitriol against his team, the Atlanta Braves, an organization I hate on a level that usually …

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Then and Now: Arron Asham

Arron Asham has played for six NHL teams over his career and he may be with a seventh when the start of the 2013-2014 season starts. After being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1996 and playing for the squad until 2002, Asham joined the New York Islanders for four seasons. The enforcer then endured a season with the New Jersey Devils before he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2008. Asham had a 10-point campaign with the Devils in 2007-2008 and posted 84 PIMs before he had 20 points and 155 PIMs in 78 …

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Then and Now: Denis Gauthier

The 2013 Eastern Conference Finals will put the Boston Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wade Redden will try and help Boston’s blue line slow down Pittsburgh’s offensive crew, which includes former Calgary Flame Jarome Iginla. Both Redden and Iginla were picked in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft, as Redden went second overall behind Bryan Berard and Iginla went 11th overall to the Dallas Stars. Nine picks after Iginla the Calgary Flames picked Denis Gauthier. After being named to the QMJHL All-Star team and winning the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy for QMJHL’s best defenseman in 1995-1996, Gauthier went …

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2013 Year in Review: Oliver Lauridsen

It’s hard to give an overall review of a player that wasn’t expected to play for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2013 season, but Oliver Lauridsen played respectively considering the situation he was put in this year. With the experience he gained this season, Lauridsen’s review for next year could be even more positive if the Flyers bring him back. Due to the overwhelming number of injuries on Philadelphia’s blue line this season, Lauridsen saw time at the NHL level. Being the first defenseman picked in the seventh round or later by the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Entry Draft …

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Enroth shuts out Flyers in Buffalo

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their fourth straight contest today in Buffalo with a 1-0 loss to the Sabres. Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots for his first shutout this season, while Christian Ehrhoff had the game’s lone goal in the first minute of the third period. Despite a late-game flurry by the Orange and Black, the visitors couldn’t put a single shot past Enroth to extend the game. With several chances in the final minute of the game, Danny Briere rang one off the crossbar with one second left to make it that much more painful. “It’s just the way things are …

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