Meltzer’s Musings: On Mason, the Trapezoid, and Regression; Quick Hits

CHANGING THE TRAPEZOID

Earlier this summer, I had a lengthy discussion with former Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher about a variety of goaltending related topics. One of the more interesting things to come out of the conversation was the fact that Boucher is among the seeming minority who does not mind the trapezoid and the corresponding rules restricting goaltenders' puck-playing ability behind

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Labo(u)r Day Musings: Team Lunchpail, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS ALL-TIME 'LUNCHPAIL' TEAM

Fred Shero used to refer to Bobby Clarke as a "dream dressed in work clothes." The Flyers' captain was the epitome of elite playmaking skill combined with a tireless work ethic and a fierce will to win. In honor of the Labo(u)r Day holiday in the U.S. and Canada, I came up with an all-time Flyers "Lunchpail Team" to recognize some of the hardest-working players

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Meltzer’s Musings: NF Flyers, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS PILGRIMAGES: NIAGARA FALLS

Years before the Philadelphia Flyers played their first game in the National Hockey League, the Niagara Falls Flyers were one of the most prominent teams in the old Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). Created in 1960, the Boston Bruins-affiliated Niagara Falls club won three OHA championships and two Memorial Cups between 1962-63 and 1967-68.

The Philadelphia

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Meltzer’s Musings: Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

QUICK HITS: AUGUST 30

* Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim both enjoyed multi-point games but the Calgary Hitmen sustained a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League preseason action last night. Calgary outshot Regina by a 43-20 margin but yielded three goals apiece in the first and third periods. In the meantime, the Hitmen exploded for five goals in the second period but could not f

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Meltzer’s Musings: White Injured, Prospects in Action, Quick Hits

WHITE SHELVED WITH TORN PECTORAL

Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a one-year, two-way contract earlier this month, center Ryan White while have to wait to get his 2014-15 season underway. Yesterday, the Flyers announced that White underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral suffered in a workout last week. There is no current timetable for his return.

The gritty 26-year-old White ha

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Meltzer’s Musings: Manning Signs, Bundy Gets TV Gig, Quick Hits

MANNING SIGNS ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

For the second straight year, restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning has signed a new one-year contract in late August. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers inked the 24-year-old blueliner to a two-way contract for the 2014-15 season.

The deal pays $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 if Manning is assigned to the American Hockey League's Lehigh Val

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Meltzer’s Musings: Timonen, Quick Hits

FLYERS AWAIT MEDICAL NEWS ON TIMONEN

Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was slated yesterday to meet with team doctors to obtain further information about the medical condition that led to his hospitalization in Finland with blood clots in both of his lungs and his right calf. Although the prognosis for his long-term health is good, the resumption of his hockey playing career remains in do

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Meltzer’s Musings: Reverse VH, Penner and Malone Invite Rumors, Quick Hits

REVERSE VH GROWING IN POPULARITY

Within goaltending circles, there has been a growing buzz over the last couple years about the use of technique called the post lean or reverse VH. It has only started to gain wider popularity in North America -- and within the NHL -- in recent years but it has been used in Europe for awhile longer, particularly in Sweden.

VH refers to the traditional vertic

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Meltzer’s Musings: Aug. 25 Quick Hits

MONDAY QUICK HITS

* Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the Flyers second-round pick in the 2014 Draft, is off to a roaring start in the QMJHL preseason. One night after notching a hat trick in the Val-d'Or exhibition opener, Aube-Kubel scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist in his club's 5-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. He has five goals and one assist in two games.

* Fifth-round 2014 dra

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Meltzer’s Musings: Voracek, Berube, Barnes, Quick Hits

QUICK START IMPORTANT FOR VORACEK

Flyers right winger Jakub Voracek is unquestionably one of the most skilled players on the team. He has averaged 0.83 points per game over the last two seasons and has compiled 52 goals, 71 assists and 123 points over his last 145 regular season games (0.85 points per game) dating back to the stretch drive of the 2011-12 season.

Off the ice, the 25-year-old

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