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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …

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NHL 13: My Quick Review

WHOA! That is my initial reaction. EA Sports’ latest installment of the NHL video game series was released on Tuesday, September 11. And, like I said, whoa. This game is ridiculous. Not only are the graphics improved and  the game play different, but this may be the only time I can see Claude Giroux in a Flyers jersey playing on ice — albeit in video game pixels. For the average gamer like myself, the subtle differences are not a big deal. EA Sports made a big deal discussing their new skating options. To me, whatever. I just want to play. …

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Then and Now: Eric Meloche

One of the most unfortunate trades for the Philadelphia Flyers in recent years was there decision to ship Patrick Sharp off to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Matt Ellison. As part of the deal the Orange and Black received the Hawks’ third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, which Philly gave to the Montreal Canadiens and saw the Habs select center Ryan White, while the Flyers also gave Chicago forward Eric Meloche. Everybody knows what happened to Sharp and Ellison, but the career of Meloche isn’t as noteworthy. In the 2012-2013 season, Meloche is set to join his fourth different team in his second different …

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Ed Snider wanted defense, he got defense

The problem is, this was last season and not the current offseason where the Flyers seem to be having incredibly poor luck with defensemen. I thought I’d share an old post I made from another time and place. While it, unfortunately, has no bearing moving forward, it’s certainly interesting to see how much pull Ed Snider has over personnel. Last February 11, a good friend of mine attended the Flyers vs Rangers game. It was a particularly bad game in which the Flyers lost 5-2 (would it surprise you that it was an afternoon game?). After the game, I received the following …

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Flyers once again operating near 50 contract limit

With the signings of Bruno Gervais and Ruslan Fedotenko, the Flyers now sit at 50 contracts, with two that slide, resulting in 48 of their allowed 50 contracts. It seems like every year the Flyers operate at or near the 50-contract limit. It is the reason why people, myself included, sometimes question what may appear to be frivolous, long-shot signings, such as with a total unknown like Andrew Johnston out of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It isn’t that I distrust the Flyers scouts; afterall they’ve recently hit on players like Matt Read, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Erik Gustafsson. Even someone like …

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