Meltzer’s Musings: Free Agency Season Open, Lecavalier, Ott and More

JULY 1 QUICK HITS

* Free agency season opens today. Late June to early July is the time of year where NHL teams work hard to clear out existing albatross contracts so they can sign new players to albatross contracts they'll be trying to get rid of in another summer or two. There are some bargains to be had, but that usually requires being patient and letting the seller's market switch to a buye

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Meltzer’s Musings: Monday Quick Hits

MONDAY QUICK HITS

* With the start of the free agency period one day away and the Flyers looking both to carve out some cap space and to make some speed upgrades at forward and defense (preferably without sacrificing too much size), we are in for an interesting week. If and when moves are made, the blog will be updated.

* I spoke yesterday with an NHL scout from a Western Conference team to

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Meltzer’s Musings: Eye on July, Draft Wrapup

SUNDAY QUICK HITS

* The NHL's announcement that the salary cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season will be set at $69 million came as unpleasant surprise to many of the bigger budget teams. The Flyers were especially hard hit. When one includes Chris Pronger's cap hit before the team gets its long-term injured reserve allowance at the start of next season, the team is already approximately $236,000

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Flyers 2014 Second-Day Live Draft Blog

FIRST-DAY RECAP, SECOND DAY PREVIEW (7:30 AM EDT)

After reportedly making a heavy push to land the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers ended up standing pat for the time being. The club used the 17th overall pick of the Draft to select fast-rising Calgary Hitmen defenseman Travis Sanheim.

Defensemen have longer learning curves that forw

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Flyers 2014 First-Day Live Draft Blog

CALM BEFORE THE STORM (7:45 AM EDT)

For the first time in NHL history, Philadelphia is the host city for the NHL Draft. The first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will take place tonight, with rounds two to seven being held tomorrow.

The Flyers own the following picks in the Draft:

Round 1 - 17th overall pick
Round 2 - 48th overall pick
Round 3 - 86th overall pick (acquired from Boston in

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Meltzer’s Musings: Pre-Draft Quick Hits

THURSDAY QUICK HITS'

* Rumors persist that the Flyers are actively trying to trade up from the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. As of now, it is unclear how much of that speculation stems from legitimately sourced info about serious discussions involving the Flyers and how much is simply due to people running with Flyers GM Ron Hextall's comment on Tuesday that there is a "drop off afte

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Meltzer’s Musings: NHL Awards, Trading Up at Draft and More

WEDNESDAY QUICK HITS

* Even when it was announced that Flyers captain Claude Giroux was among the top three finishers (AKA, a "finalist") in the Hart Trophy balloting, there was never much hope that he had actually won the NHL's Most Valuable Player award over Sidney Crosby. The Penguins superstar, like it or not, was a shoo-in for the award this year, and the respective second-place and third-

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Meltzer’s Musings: Schenn, Hartnell/Umberger, Forsberg and Lindros

WILL SCHENN PLAY WING OR CENTER?

Following yesterday's trade that sent Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that they had signed Brayden Schenn to a two-year bridge contract. The deal will pay Schenn $2.25 million in 2014-15 and $2.75 million the following year for a cap hit of $2.5 million per season.

Now the big questi

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Meltzer’s Musings: Jump in the Fire

I have always had a theory about the rhythm and pacing of the regular season hockey schedule: It is sometimes better to catch top-grade opposition either very early in the season or during the stretch drive than in the middle of the year.

During the early part of the season, many teams (even the top ones in the league) are trying to get their systems in sync. Special teams may take a few weeks

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Meltzer’s Musings: 2014-15 Schedule, Brennan, Backup Goalie and More

* At 4:00 p.m. today, the National Hockey League will officially release its full regular-season schedule of 1,230 games. Yesterday, the NHL announced the home openers for all teams. The Flyers will begin their regular season on October 8 with a road game against the Boston Bruins. The next night, the Flyers have their home opener against the New Jersey Devils.

* A couple of people on the HB me

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