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Rumor mill: Dan Boyle and, yet again, Bobby Ryan

The most glaring hole on this Philadelphia Flyers roster is the lack of a true number one defenseman.  According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal and Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, Dan Boyle is on the trade block and the Philadelphia Flyers are interested. “If, however, the San Jose Sharks are willing to trade the 36-year-old Boyle, who has a year left on his six-year, $40 million contract with a whopping $6.6 million cap hit, the Flyers have interest” Panaccio wrote. And Matheson stated, “He’d be excellent in Philadelphia, where the Flyers are crying for offence, but again, his age …

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Nash and Stepan help Rangers crush Flyers in Philly

Rick Nash had two goals, one of which was his 300th in the NHL, and an assist, while Derek Stepan had three assists to bolster a career-high four-point performance as the New York Rangers dumped the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. Brad Richards and Chris Kreider also lit the lamp. Henrink Lundqvist cast his spell once more, making 32 saves as New York picked up a crucial road win in its own race for the postseason. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek picked up painful scores as the Orange and Black failed to advance their cause …

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Should the Flyers trade up for Jonathan Drouin?

If your answer to the question above was “no”, perhaps this may change your mind.. If your response was “yes”, then you may be aware of the Halifax Mooseheads’ superstar forward Jonathan Drouin. The “Halifax Houdini” has hands spun of silk that he puts on display each night as he scripts new tapestry. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound weapon dangles around top QMJHL defensemen as if they are parking cones. The Moosehead winger can stickhandle inside a phone booth and come out of traffic with the puck seemingly glued to his blade. However, the most brilliant aspect of Drouin’s offensive repertoire is …

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Around the Net March 26, 2013: Flyers-Rangers preview; trade talk, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Practice? Danny Briere got hurt in practice? Really? Really? [Philly.com] [The Checking Line] [CSN Philly] Defenseless A look at the Flyers lack of defensive depth: [Broad Street Hockey] Preview A look at the Flyers -Rangers tilt tonight: [Hockeybuzz- Jan Levine] [The Orange Update] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Trade news and rumors Eklund lives for this stuff: [Hockeybuzz-Eklund] Go see the Flyers push for the playoffs, get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here.  That’s all for this week, join me next week for more …

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CBA Explained: Retained salary transactions

One of the most interesting wrinkles written into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are retained salary transactions; or more simply, the ability for teams to retain salary on a player they trade away. This edition of CBA Explained will expand on the topic. Many fans had been clamoring for this rule to be implemented for some time now. Major League Baseball allows you to include cash in a trade, which dramatically helps teams consummate deals involving highly paid players. I would suspect this to be the case in the NHL as well. While a highly-paid, under-performing player is typically unattractive, if something could …