Meltzer’s Musings: Mason, Roenick, Quick Hits

Roenick, Mason and the Lazy Narrative

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A hockey analyst says that the Philadelphia Flyers lack an upper-echelon goaltender who is capable of taking the team deep in the playoffs.

That's what former Flyers' forward Jeremy Roenick said yesterday on CSN Philadelphia's Philly Sports Talk Live .

"I like Steve Mason," Roenick said on Philly Sports Talk,

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Meltzer’s Musings: Manning, Quick Hits

* For the second straight summer, the Flyers' final remaining restricted free agent is defenseman Brandon Manning. Last year, Manning inked a one-year, two way contract on Aug. 29; one week ahead of the start of rookie camp. He agreed to a one-year deal, paying $80,000 at the AHL level and $675,000 in the NHL. With the Flyers carrying eight defensemen last year and having a virtually injury-free

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Meltzer’s Musings: Another Lecavalier Trade Route Closes


The Nashville Predators have gone bargain-hunting this offseason in order to address the center position. Yesterday, the club signed 34-year-old Mike Ribeiro ($1.05 million) and 31-year-old Derek Roy ($1 million) to respective one-year contracts. Back on July 1, Nashville signed 35-year-old veteran Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million

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Meltzer’s Musings: Pettersson Staying in North America

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers signed 2014 seventh-round Draft pick Jesper Pettersson to an entry-level contract. The deal carries an NHL-level cap hit of $575,000. Reportedly, Pettersson's contract also includes incentive bonuses based on NHL games played.

According to Linköping's official team web site, Pettersson informed club president Mike Helber yesterday that he is leaving the team

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Meltzer’s Musings: Trial on the Isle, Value of Development Camp, Quick Hits


Today is the annual Trial on the Isle in Stone Harbor, NJ as Flyers prospects take a break from on-ice activities during Development Camp. The events are already underway as I write this, but the full schedule is as follows:

8:15 AM – Team Warm-Up, Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Co., 96th St. and 2nd Avenue
8:45 AM – Team Run & Activities, 96th St. Beach
10:30 AM – Wat

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Meltzer’s Musings: Zepp’s Transition, Murray on Alderson


It has been a long time coming for goaltender Rob Zepp to get his opportunity to play significant minutes at the American Hockey League level. Nine years ago, the Newmarket, Ont., native packed his bags to play in Europe. At age 32, he will finally return to North America to play for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the

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Flyers Farm System Review: 2014 Off-Season


In recent years, the Philadelphia Flyers have chosen a slew of promising defensemen in the NHL Draft. The organization now has four drafted defensemen -- Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hägg -- whom they believe has futures as NHL regulars.

Beyond this core of four, the organization has drafted at least three other defensemen, most

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Meltzer’s Musings: Penalties, Development Camp, and More


* One area that the Flyers have said they'd like to change heading into next season is reducing the frequency with which they take penalties. The trade that sent heavily penalized Scott Hartnell to Columbus and the free agent departure of Steve Downie will likely reduce the number of times Philly has to go on the penalty kill next season.

Last season, Philadelphia played

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Meltzer’s Musings: Conditioning, Hartnell, Umberger, Larsson and More


* When the Flyers promoted Craig Berube from assistant coach to head coach early last season, one of the first changes he made was to stage frequent skating-intensive practices. Berube made no pretenses about the fact that he felt there too many Flyers players who were not properly conditioned; namely in the skating department. For the rest of the season, the coach frequentl

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Meltzer’s Musings: Defenseman Development

A funny thing has happened in the Philadelphia Flyers' farm system over the last three years: A franchise that has often struggled to draft and develop their own NHL-level defensemen has made a concerted effort to stock up on defense prospects in the last three Drafts. While it may still take a few years to pay dividends at the NHL level, the Flyers have steadily increased the odds that at least a

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