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

FRIDAY QUICK HITS

* 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

THURSDAY QUICK HITS

* 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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Meltzer’s Musings: New Philosophy for Development Camp, Quick Hits

2014 DEVELOPMENT CAMP REFLECTS NEW PHILOSOPHY

The Flyers' 2014 Development Camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees reflects a new philosophy within the organization. Rather than opening the camp to unaffiliated invitees as well as prospects under the organizational umbrella, this year's camp exclusively features position players who have been drafted or signed by the team.

It had previously bee

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Meltzer’s Musings: Development Camp, Setoguchi, Kovalenko

MONDAY QUICK HITS

* The Flyers annual summer Development Camp will be held from July 10 to 15. The Trial on the Isle will be on July 14. The full list of participants is expected to be released today. When available, I will add the roster to today's blog.

* One of the more interesting reclamation projects still sitting out on the unrestricted free agent market as of this writing is right wi

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Meltzer’s Musings: Hayes, Phantoms, Watson

SUNDAY QUICK HITS

* Silly Season Musing: The clock is ticking for the Chicago Blackhawks to get Kevin Hayes under entry level contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on August 15. The 24th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft is coming off a spectacular senior season for Boston College, for whom he racked up 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games. The Boston native also played for Team

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Meltzer’s Musings: Mueller, VandeVelde, LeClair Turns 45, Quick Hits

SATURDAY QUICK HITS

* The Philadelphia Flyers reportedly have interest in unrestricted free agent forward Peter Mueller if the team can find a way to free up some cap space to add a forward. Now 26, the former eighth overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft spent last season in the Swiss National League A with the Kloten Flyers. Mueller led the league in goal-scoring with 24 goals and finished third

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Meltzer’s Musings: July 4th Quick Hits

QUICK HITS

* Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe Independence Day weekend to all of my American readers. I am returning to Texas today after spending a very enjoyable last week in my hometown to cover the 2014 NHL Draft and the start of the free agency period (which ended up being much more eventful for the Dallas Stars than for the Flyers). I would have liked to stay in Philly for an upcomin

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Meltzer’s Musings: Minor Moves, Giroux

FLYERS MAKE SERIES OF MINOR MOVES

On the second day of the 2014 free agency season, the Philadelphia Flyers made five moves. Most were geared toward helping their American Hockey League farm team with some veteran talent that could also be called up to the NHL in a pinch.

At the NHL level, the Flyers signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Nick Schultz to a one year, $1.25 million contrac

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Meltzer’s Musings: Status Quo, Quick Hits

STATUS QUO (FOR NOW) FOR FLYERS

While much of the NHL got caught up in the first day of Free Agent Frenzy 2014, in which more than a half-billion dollars got spent leaguewide, the Philadelphia Flyers were forced to be spectators due to their lack of cap space. Apart from re-signing goaltender Ray Emery and making a pair of two-way contract signings (forward Blair Jones and goalie Rob Zepp) gear

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