Meltzer’s Musings: Prospect Pipeline, Bunny, Vinny and More

TUESDAY QUICK HITS

* Want to get a sense of just how much the Flyers' farm system has improved in the last four years? Yesterday I glanced at the Future Watch Zone section of The Hockey News' 2010-11 Yearbook to see who they rated as the Flyers' top 10 prospects.

Here was THN's top 10:

1) Jon Kalinski LW
2) David Laliberte RW
3) Kevin Marshall D
4) Joonas Lehtivuori D
5) Andreas Nödl

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Meltzer’s Musings: Laughton’s Development, Ashbee’s Birthday, Quick Hits

ROOKIE LAUGHTON ON THE BUBBLE FOR AN NHL ROSTER SPOT

* From the day he was announced as the Flyers' new general manager, Ron Hextall has emphasized a mantra that the organization will not rush its prospects to the NHL nor will NHL jobs simply be handed to players based on their draft position or pedigree from lower levels of hockey. While most of the outside focus has been on the young defensem

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Meltzer’s Musings: Saturday Quick Hits

SATURDAY QUICK HITS

* In an article published yesterday in the Toronto Star, the agent for former two-stint Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko said that the Ukrainian forward hopes to return to the NHL next season.

Last season, Fedotenko served as the captain for KHL team HC Donbass Donetsk. Amidst the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the team's arena was vandalized and set on fire

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Meltzer’s Musings: Riley, Propp, McCrimmon, and More

RILEY BRINGS TWO DECADES OF DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

While the Flyers have not been able to do much this off-season to bolster their NHL roster or achieve salary cap relief, they have made a few good additions on the coaching end. Gord Murphy was a nice addition as an NHL assistant coach to work with the Flyers defenseman. Back in June, the organization hired longtime USA Hockey director of Atlan

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Meltzer’s Musings: Remembering Gene Hart

REMEMBERING THE VOICE OF THE FLYERS

Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the passing of the "Voice of the Flyers," Gene Hart at the age of 68. To a generation of Flyers' fans, Hart's voice will always be synonymous with the team.

As a child who grew up loving the Flyers, Hart's calls were in many ways my first ticket to the game. Looking back, I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up

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Meltzer’s Musings: Parks, National TV, Remembering Tertyshny and Mickey

PARKS BACK ON FLYERS PROSPECT RADAR SCREEN

After a difficult sophomore season at the University of North Dakota that was marred by a serious leg injury, forward Michael Parks enjoyed a bounceback junior campaign in 2013-14. The St. Louis native ranked second on UND in overall scoring, with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists). Only Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi (17 goals, 22 assists) out

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Meltzer’s Musings: Poulin, Quick Hits

TUESDAY QUICK HITS

* Earlier today, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced several front office changes, including the firing of Dave Poulin as vice president of hockey operations (a post he held since 2009) and as general manager of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies; a Calder Cup semifinalist in 2013-14. Hockey is a tough business and it is never pleasant to hear about someone you like a

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Meltzer’s Musings: Straka, Flett

CRUCIAL SEASON UPCOMING FOR PHANTOMS' STRAKA

The second pro season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms right winger Petr Straka will be a crucial one for his career fortunes; one that will go a long way toward determining whether he has an NHL future with the Flyers. As an AHL rookie last season in Glens Falls, the Czech forward produced nine goals and 27 points in 60 games. He ranked seventh in scoring

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Meltzer’s Musings: Flyers Hall of Fame, Terry Murray, Murray Craven

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT FLYERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE?

It has been five years since the last time the Flyers inducted someone into their team hall of fame. In fact, there have only been two inductees in the last decade: Ron Hextall (Feb. 2008) and Dave Schultz (Nov. 2009). Rumor has it that the Flyers Hall of Fame will finally welcome at least one new member during the 2014-15 season.

Who will

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