Vinny

It’s all about the offense

When the Philadelphia Flyers shocked the hockey world with the signing of Vinny Lecavalier, many questioned why the team would invest more money in a forward when the roster is already stocked with elite offensive talent. However, the addition of the skilled center might be exactly what the Flyers need to return to playoff prominence. In last year’s shortened season, the Flyers offense took a step back. After averaging over three goals per game in 2010 and 2011 and finishing second only to Pittsburgh two years ago, the offense just barely cracked the top-ten in goals per game with 2.75 …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Emery returns to Flyers, Briere joins Canadiens, Radivojevic switches KHL teams

Several former Philadelphia Flyers switched clubs this week, including a few that will return to the Flyers’ organization. The most notable former Flyer returning to Philly is goaltender Ray Emery. Emery, who returned to the NHL with the help of the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, recently went 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA with the Chicago Blackhawks. After being paid $1.15 million last year with Chicago, Emery will receive $1.65 million on a one-year deal with the Flyers and a chance to serve as the team’s starting netminder, as both he and Steve Mason will …

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Then and Now: Darroll Powe

Darroll Powe endured four years at Princeton University, where he was an alternate captain in 2005-2006 and the team’s captain in 2006-2007, before he signed an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Phantoms in March of 2007. He had two goals and two assists in 11 contests with the Phantoms, as he also compiled 20 PIMs and a minus-3 rating in his first taste of professional hockey. In 2007-2008, Powe spent the entire season with the Phantoms, as he was a member of a squad that finished fourth in the 14-team AHL Eastern Conference with 99 points. Powe finished ninth on …

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OH, it’s just the Beginning! Halak, Coburn and more!

  With the draft a little over 24 hours away, the rumor mill has begun to churn at full pace.  General Managers are getting a feeling of who is available and for what price.  Over the next 24 hours leading up to the draft you can fully expect the rumors to come in at an unbelievable rate.  Teams will be desperately trying to get cap compliant since it will be dropping from 70.2 million to 64.3 million this year as well.  This is only the beginning, but we have some interesting rumors already hitting the twittersphere. Of course the Philadelphia …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Jagr out of Boston, Harry Z to Pittsburgh, Ellison to NLA

A few former Philadelphia Flyers, as well as one Adirondack Phantom, were either released from their current team or found a new home for next season this week. Jaromir Jagr learned he won’t be a Boston Bruin next year, while the tandem of Harry Zolnierczyk and Matt Ellison changed clubs for the 2013-2014 season. On top of that, former Phantom Michael Ryan also switched clubs. After being traded to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline by the Dallas Stars, Jagr helped the Bruins reach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals before the squad bowed out to the Chicago …