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Sean Couturier is kind of a big deal

It’s easy to look at Sean Couturier’s final line for the 2013 season and claim that he had a down year for the Philadelphia Flyers. Four goals, eleven assists, for fifteen points, and a minus-eight in 46 games. That’s good for being tied for eleventh in goals, seventh in assists, eighth in points, and fifth worst on the team in plus-minus. Frankly, most people expected more from the highly promising young center. By now it’s not a novel concept to write that there is a whole lot more to reviewing Couturier’s season than just these surface-level statistics. This is particularly …

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Flyers should be much improved in the faceoff circle

While many Flyers fans are quite pleased with the Flyers’ offseason so far, one area where I am most excited to see some probable improvement is in the faceoff department. With the re-signing of fourth line center candidate Adam Hall, and the signing of Vincent Lecavalier, the Flyers add some capable centerman to a young group. The Flyers finished 23rd in the league in faceoffs as a team in 2012-2013. Claude Giroux was their only reliable drawman which resulted in him taking a league leading 1182 faceoffs. The next closest Flyer was Sean Couturier at 553 attempts. While Giroux was …

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Around The Net: Couturier signs extension; The Jagr World tour continues; Olympic news

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Coots sign extension Sean Couturier signs a 2 year extension: [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] Jagr signs with NJ Devils The World tour continues in Newark: [Puck Daddy] [Philly.com] Bill Meltzer chimes in:[Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Olympic news The US and Canadian Olympic rosters are announced: [The Hockey News] [Kukla's Korner] You want to get out? Go get some Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers …

Couturier nets 2-year extension

One of the hottest names on the trade rumor circuit appears to be wiped off the board. On Saturday afternoon, the Flyers announced a two-year contract extension for Sean Couturier. Couturier is due $925,000 for the upcoming season, after which he’d have become a restricted free agent. But with this new pact, he’ll earn $3.5 million, with an average annual value of $1.75M per season. The 20-year-old, like most of the roster, stumbled this past season, collecting just four goals and 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. A defensive-minded center, Couturier won only 43.9 percent of his …

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Forward thinking: Questions at left wing?

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their free agent acquisitions to the world yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, Paul Holmgren wasted no time mentioning how deep Vincent Lecavalier makes the team down the middle of the ice as he sees it. “With [Claude] Giroux, Lecavalier and [Sean] Couturier as your three centers, you’re pretty good. That’s pretty good,” said Homer, after acknowledging the ability of guys like Matt Read and Max Talbot to step in for a few draws as well – something he believes makes the team “better off.” It’s tough to disagree with the man, and not just because …