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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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Former Flyers Watch, Week 4 (Round 2): Sharp’s Streak Ends, Point-Per-Game Series for Richards & Carter

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are having quite the series against San Jose, both recording five points in five games. Read on to see how the rest of their fellow former Flyers are faring in Round 2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins lead series 3-1 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers* – Bruins lead series 3-1 (This series did not begin until Week 2) Jaromir Jagr: Despite his team’s success thus far against the Rangers, Jagr has yet to do much for the Bruins. He has no points in four …

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Then and Now: Martin Biron

Four goaltenders were picked in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft. Two of those goalies, J.S. Giguere and Marc Denis, never played for the Philadelphia Flyers. The other two went on to serve as the starting goaltender for Philly at one point in their careers. One of those goaltenders was Brian Boucher. The other goalie was Martin Biron. Picked 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, Biron went on to see part-time duty for the organization between the seasons of 1995-1996 and 1998-1999. In 1999-2000, Biron suited up in 41 games for the Sabres during the regular season, but …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 3: Round 1 Wrap-Up, Round 2 Begins, Sharp Continues to Shine

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp continues to have postseason success as the Blackhawks began their semifinals series against Detroit. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared heading into Round 2 of the playoffs. Round 2: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins lead series 1-0 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers The semifinals matchup between Boston and New York begins on Thursday night. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Blackhawks lead series 1-0 Patrick Sharp: With a 3-point night in Game 1, Sharp was the breakout player for the …

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Then and Now: R.J. Umberger

R.J. Umberger may have been born in Pittsburgh, but some of his best memories so far in the NHL have come with the franchise located on the other side of the state. Although his first NHL game came with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2005-06 season, Umberger was a member of two other NHL organizations before he made his way to Philly. The skater was picked 16th overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, as he was the first American forward to be selected. Mike Komisarek was the first American picked by the Montreal Canadiens with the …