Flyers 2014 Second-Day Live Draft Blog


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


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


* 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


* 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


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


* 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


* 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


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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