The news of Mark Streit's impending four-year, $21 million deal with the Flyers did not come as a surprise after the team acquired his rights last week from the Islanders in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round Draft choice and minor league forward Shane Harper.
Streit got his unrestricted free agent market value in terms of the $5.25 million cap hit. Like it or not, that's just whe
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With the increasing likelihood that the Flyers will buy out Ilya Bryzgalov this summer rather than giving the relationship a third season, there has been much recent speculation on candidates to either compete with Steve Mason for the starting job or serve a backup goalie capable of handling a significant chunk of playing time if Mason falters or gets hurt. There are no current international candi
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The late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg used to tell a joke about how long it takes to cook a baked potato in a conventional oven. "Sometimes, I'll just throw one in there, even if I don't want it," he said. "By the time it's done, who knows?"
Drafting and developing goaltenders is much the same. It takes so long for most draft-eligible goaltenders to be ready for the NHL that, by the time they
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Former Flyers prospect Joacim Eriksson has signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks,
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Friday Quick Hits
* The comparisons of the Flyers' ill-fated acquisition of the rights to Dan Hamhuis in the summer of 2010 to their recent acquisition of the rights to Mark Streit lack context.
The Hamhuis acquisition was a case of the Flyers trying to convince a player who had already stated he intended to pursue unrestricted free agency -- and was reportedly exclusively focused on signin
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The Flyers will have some decisions to make on defense if and when they get Mark Streit signed to a contract. Specifically, it seems likely that one of either Andrej Meszaros or Braydon Coburn may not be back next season even if the club uses both of its buyouts (likely on Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov) to free up over $10 million of cap space. The club also needs to determine the status of Nic
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Ever since the Flyers acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings as the centerpiece of the Mike Richards trade, the expectations on Brayden Schenn have been very high. While he has displayed the inconsistency and streakiness that is common of most first-year and second-year pros, he has also provided his fair share of glimpses at the type of player he could become as he reached his prime.
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During his end-of-season press conference, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was asked for his assessment of the second pro seasons of Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. His acknowledged that the offensive expectations may have been a little too high this season.
"We rely a lot on Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, they both played significant minutes this year," he said. "They probably had
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Monday Quick Hits
* Rumors persist that the Flyers are targeting either Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle or Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien this offseason if they try to upgrade the blueline via the trade route rather than trying to offer sheet a restricted free agent. I gave my opinion on these two possibilities in a previous blog. Between the two players, I would prefer Yand
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The Ilya Bryzgalov buyout talk isn't about to die down any time soon. Despite vehement denials from Flyers management that the team plans to use one of its two allotted salary cap compliance (AKA amnesty) buyouts on Bryzgalov, there is still rampant speculation that the team will do so when all is said and done.
Yesterday, TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted the following: "It's not carved in stone, but
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