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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason and the Case for Temperance

Steve Mason, traded to the Flyers a little over six months ago, has quickly become the talk of the town when it comes to goaltending. His 0.944 save percentage in the seven games he played last season caught the attention of fans and Flyers management alike. Given Mason’s struggles in Columbus and the Flyers well-documented sojourn with Ilya Bryzgalov, it was a pleasant relief for both parties to find such a seemingly good fit. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who had just watched former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky set the league alight with game after game of spectacular goaltending in Columbus, saw …

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Podcast Ep 75: Looking at the Laviolette Firing with Bill Meltzer

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal talk to Bill Meltzer about Peter Laviolette’s firing and new Flyers coach Craig Berube. Topics include the team’s trouble with Laviolette’s system, his relationship with General Manager Paul Holmgren, Holmgren’s job security, what Berube will be bringing to the table as coach, and much more. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 75: Looking at the Laviolette Firing with Bill Meltzer Be sure to check back later today for our interview with Bill Meltzer from the night of Laviolette’s firing. You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on …

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Kimmo Timonen takes Breaking Bad too seriously

(Warning: There are some spoilerish things about Breaking Bad below) KIMMO TIMONEN shows up to Flyers practice at the SKATE ZONE. He is sporting a new look with a goatee and pork pie hat. While skating around, he sees ERIK GUSTAFSSON block a shot. Kimmo skates over to Gus and uses his stick to tip him over.   KIMMO I am the one who blocks!   PAUL HOLMGREN calls Kimmo in to meet with him regarding the incident. Flyers broadcaster STEVE COATES joins him.   HOMER Kimmo, what is going on with you?   COATESY Uh, hey Paul, I’ll be …

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Then and Now: Luca Sbisa

Whether you love his moves or hate his moves, you can’t deny Paul Holmgren is willing to make a bold trade when he feels his team needs it. One of those trades came in the summer of 2009, when Holmgren was able to grab Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for several pieces. One of those pieces was a young blue liner by the name of Luca Sbisa. Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, as he was taken right before Michael Del Zotto and three picks before Jordan Eberle. …

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2013 Year In Review: Luke Schenn

Throw away all expectations, because Luke Schenn’s first year as a Philadelphia Flyer failed to reach them, let alone exceed them. Schenn came to Philadelphia in the oft-criticized trade of forward James van Reimsdyk. The offseason trade occurred after Flyers general manager had turned down the deal at the 2012 trade deadline. So what made Schenn more attractable in the offseason? The 23-year old defenseman had fallen out of favor in Toronto, routinely becoming a healthy scratch. Schenn, the f5th overall pick in the 2008 draft, needed a new start, one he found in Philadelphia. The elder brother of Flyers …