Meltzer’s Musings: Flyers Rookies Blank Caps, Holmgren, Quick Hits

ROOKIES GAME: FLYERS BLANK CAPS, 3-0

For the second straight year, the Philadelphia Flyers' prospects stonewalled the Washington Capitals' prospects in the annual Rookies' Game between the two organizations. Last year, the visiting Flyers nipped the Caps, 1-0, on a goal by Taylor Leier. This time around, the host Flyers captured a 3-0 victory in front of a large crowd at the Skate Zone in Voorh

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Flyers vs. Capitals Rookies Game, Camp Updates, Forsberg Night, and More

ROOKIES GAME: FLYERS VS. CAPITALS

The annual Rookies Game pitting the prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers against the Washington Capitals is the culmination of the September rookie camps that proceed the official start of the training camp for the NHL teams. Due to the lockout-forced cancellation of the 2012 event, today's game marks the first time in three years that the Flyers have been the

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Meltzer’s Musings: Power Play Units, Rookie Camp Updates

FLYERS POWER PLAY MUST ADJUST TO PERSONNEL SHIFTS

Over the last two-and-a-half seasons, the personnel on the Flyers' primary 5-on-4 power play unit was nearly constant. Ever since Peter Laviolette moved Wayne Simmonds to the top unit in the second half of the 2011-12 season (moving Jaromir Jagr to the second unit except in 5-on-3 situations), the top group of five rarely changed.

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Meltzer’s Musings: Minor League Contracts, Bellemare, Camp Notes

FLYERS MAKING WIDER USE OF MINOR LEAGUE DEALS

* One of the most notable early changes that the Flyers have enacted this offseason under Ron Hextall has been the organization's wider use of minor league contracts rather that two-way NHL contracts. This summer, the Flyers signed nine players to AHL contracts, including Brett Hextall as well as longtime NHL forward (and former Flyer) Darroll Powe.

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Meltzer’s Musings: Rookie Camp Finalized, Projected Lines, Quick Hits

ROOKIE CAMP SCHEDULE FINALIZED

Yesterday, the Flyers announced the finalized schedule for their rookie training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Camp will open on Saturday rather than today. Ice times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday begin at 11 a.m. EDT. The length of training sessions each day will vary.

Camp concludes on Tuesday with the already announced Rookies Game at the Skate Z

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Meltzer’s Musings: Improving on Last Season’s Benchmarks, Quick Hits

HOW WILL 2014-15 FLYERS COMPARE TO LAST SEASON'S BENCHMARKS?

New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has said repeatedly over the offseason that the primary way he wants to use analytics -- both readily available statistics and proprietary benchmarks -- is to help the team on the ice rather than as the basis of roster moves. In a nutshell, Hextall sees it as a tool for identifying specific game

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Meltzer’s Musings: Five-on-Five Play Will Tell the Tale, Quick Hits

FLYERS IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO START AT EVEN STRENGTH

If the Flyers are to remain a playoff team in 2014-15, it is imperative that they continue to improve their play at even strength. Power plays and penalty kills run hot and run cold over the course of the season, even for the best clubs in these categories. In the meantime, strong two-way play at five-on-five is the backbone of sustained succes

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Meltzer’s Musings: Simmonds, Wearing the A, Quick Hits

SIMMONDS AN EMERGING LEADER ON FLYERS

Whether his team wins or loses or whether he records a point, Flyers second line right winger Wayne Simmonds is inevitably one of the hardest working players on the ice. Generating speed and power that belie the skinny legs that power his 6-foot-2 frame, the rugged Simmonds has emerged as one of the better combinations of physicality and goal-scoring abilit

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Meltzer’s Musings: Roster Battles, Quick Hits

TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BATTLES: HANDFUL OF SPOTS, ROLES UP FOR GRABS

With the exceptions of the trade that sent Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the August revelation of Kimmo Timonen's medical issues that could force him to miss much or all of the 2014-15 season, this has been a quiet summer for the Flyers. The team made no other trades. There were no major free agent signings, u

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