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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Meltzer’s Musings: Saturday Quick Hits

SATURDAY QUICK HITS

* The Flyers own the following picks in next weekend's NHL Draft:

Round 1: 17th overall pick
Round 2: 48th overall pick
Round 3: 86th overall pick (acquired from Boston in the Andrej Meszaros trade)
Round 4: None
Round 5: 138th overall
Round 6: 168th overall
Round 7: 198th overall

Note: The Flyers would acquire Boston's second-round pick (56th overall) instead t

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Meltzer’s Musings: Exhibition Schedule, Freibergs, Forsberg, and More

FRIDAY QUICK HITS

* Yesterday, the Flyers announced their preseason schedule for 2014. As usual, the slate of game starts with a match against Toronto in London, Ontario. There is no information yet on the training camp schedule or on the annual Prospect's Game against the Washington Capitals.

Last year's training camp arrangement -- starting camp at the Wells Fargo Center, shifting to Lake

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Meltzer’s Musings: Murphy, Stralman and Defense Roster Building

MURPHY IN, PADDOCK OUT

The Philadelphia Flyers made a change in their coaching staff yesterday, bringing in former Flyers player Gord Murphy to coach the defense and announcing that John Paddock would not return to the organization next season.

Murphy, 47, has been a defense coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets (2002-03 to 2009-10) and then was hired by the Florida Panthers (2010-11 to the e

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Meltzer’s Musings: Undersized Skill in 2014 Draft, Flyers Quick Hits

LOTS OF UNDERSIZED SKILL IN 2014 DRAFT POOL

There is an old adage in boxing that says a good big man will always beat a good little man. A skilled and crafty little guy can make a so-so big guy look foolish and slow but, in a battle between relative equals, size prevails.

The same belief applies to modern-day hockey, especially where the NHL Draft is concerned. Undersized players can still

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Meltzer’s Musings: Silly Season Quick Hits

With the Stanley Cup Finals concluded and a couple weeks to go until the start of free agency, 'tis the time of year for fantasy trade rumors, outlandish speculation and outright misinformation known as Silly Season. As usual, the Philadelphia Flyers are among the teams most prominently mentioned in the rumors.

HockeyBuzz readers and folks on social media often ask me for my take on rumors and

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2014 NHL Draft: A Look at the Top Russian Prospects

Most years, it seems like there are a couple of Russian prospects who are considered wildcards in the NHL Draft: players with the talent to be top-five to top-10 picks in the Draft but who inevitably have question marks attached that could cause them to drop on Draft day. Fairly or unfairly, the questions almost always center around the "KHL threat" and often get extended to the player's work ethi

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Meltzer’s Musings: Perlini, Virtanen, Drafting Wingers, Quick Hits

VIRTANEN, PERLINI AND DRAFTING WINGERS

When it comes to scouting and drafting players, there are rules of thumb but no absolutes. For instance, as a rule of thumb, the Flyers tend to give preference to natural centers over wingers at the top end of the draft. That is not set in stone, of course. If the organization feels that a natural winger's upside makes him the best available player at the

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