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Podcast Episode 72: Third Line Ludicrousness

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal discuss Flyers training camp including #ClearyWatch, the situation with Simon Gagne, whether talks of a Matt Read extension is the kiss of death, who is going to win the third line LW spot, Michael Raffl, Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, and much more. Hockey is back! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 72 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show …

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Poll: Who do you want to win the camp battles for third line wing and on the blueline?

Now that training camp has officially started, we can start to see some of the position battles with our own eyes. Perhaps the two biggest spots up for grabs are the third line wing position and then rounding out the sixth and seventh spots on the blueline. Who do you want to win the spot on the 3rd line? Newly signed Michael Raffl is an intriguing name but making the jump straight to the NHL is probably a lot to ask. Tye McGinn is a realistic in-house option based on his play last year. Former first round pick Scott Laughton …

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Flyers sit at 49 contracts with decisions to make; intriguing training camp battles

With the recent signing of restricted free agent Brandon Manning, the Philadelphia Flyers now sit at 49 contracts on the 50 contract reserve limit. Two of those contracts could slide, meaning they would not count towards the 50 contract limit, if Laughton or Stolarz are sent back to Juniors (a likelihood for the latter). The Flyers are currently just over $2 million over the league’s upper limit, so they will have to shed some cap space. The likely candidates are defenseman Braydon Coburn or Andrej Meszaros (or Grossmann to a lesser extent). The Flyers have nine blue-liners signed to one-way contract; …

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Ranking the Flyers’ Prospects: Forwards

The Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool is considered one of the weakest in all of the NHL mainly because of their lack of an NHL top 50 prospect. Personally, I was not impressed with their draft back in June and I honestly think they missed out on some players who will be stars at the next level. Despite that, Philadelphia does possess an abundance of gritty and physical forwards. Players like Jason Akeson, Petr Straka, and Tye McGinn come to mind.  However, they lack elite/top tier talent at forward. Scott Laughton and Tye McGinn are the most NHL ready prospects in …

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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 …