Meltzer’s Musings: Straka, Flett

CRUCIAL SEASON UPCOMING FOR PHANTOMS' STRAKA

The second pro season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms right winger Petr Straka will be a crucial one for his career fortunes; one that will go a long way toward determining whether he has an NHL future with the Flyers. As an AHL rookie last season in Glens Falls, the Czech forward produced nine goals and 27 points in 60 games. He ranked seventh in scoring

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Meltzer’s Musings: Flyers Hall of Fame, Terry Murray, Murray Craven

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT FLYERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE?

It has been five years since the last time the Flyers inducted someone into their team hall of fame. In fact, there have only been two inductees in the last decade: Ron Hextall (Feb. 2008) and Dave Schultz (Nov. 2009). Rumor has it that the Flyers Hall of Fame will finally welcome at least one new member during the 2014-15 season.

Who will

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Meltzer’s Musings: Saturday Quick Hits

* For the first time in quite a few years, the Flyers' teamwide faceoff winning percentage in 2013-14 crept up to the 50 percent mark. On a leaguewide basis, the team ranked 16th. The previous year, Philly finished 23rd with a 48.5 percent winning percentage.

Overall faceoff percentage is a somewhat overrated statistic. Not all faceoffs are of equal important depending on zone and game situat

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Meltzer’s Musings: Mason, Roenick, Quick Hits

Roenick, Mason and the Lazy Narrative

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A hockey analyst says that the Philadelphia Flyers lack an upper-echelon goaltender who is capable of taking the team deep in the playoffs.

That's what former Flyers' forward Jeremy Roenick said yesterday on CSN Philadelphia's Philly Sports Talk Live .

"I like Steve Mason," Roenick said on Philly Sports Talk,

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Meltzer’s Musings: Manning, Quick Hits

* For the second straight summer, the Flyers' final remaining restricted free agent is defenseman Brandon Manning. Last year, Manning inked a one-year, two way contract on Aug. 29; one week ahead of the start of rookie camp. He agreed to a one-year deal, paying $80,000 at the AHL level and $675,000 in the NHL. With the Flyers carrying eight defensemen last year and having a virtually injury-free

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Meltzer’s Musings: Another Lecavalier Trade Route Closes

NASHVILLE MOVES CLOSE ANOTHER TRADE DOOR FOR LECAVALIER

The Nashville Predators have gone bargain-hunting this offseason in order to address the center position. Yesterday, the club signed 34-year-old Mike Ribeiro ($1.05 million) and 31-year-old Derek Roy ($1 million) to respective one-year contracts. Back on July 1, Nashville signed 35-year-old veteran Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million

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Meltzer’s Musings: Pettersson Staying in North America

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers signed 2014 seventh-round Draft pick Jesper Pettersson to an entry-level contract. The deal carries an NHL-level cap hit of $575,000. Reportedly, Pettersson's contract also includes incentive bonuses based on NHL games played.

According to Linköping's official team web site, Pettersson informed club president Mike Helber yesterday that he is leaving the team

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Meltzer’s Musings: Trial on the Isle, Value of Development Camp, Quick Hits

TRIAL ON THE ISLE

Today is the annual Trial on the Isle in Stone Harbor, NJ as Flyers prospects take a break from on-ice activities during Development Camp. The events are already underway as I write this, but the full schedule is as follows:

8:15 AM – Team Warm-Up, Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Co., 96th St. and 2nd Avenue
8:45 AM – Team Run & Activities, 96th St. Beach
10:30 AM – Wat

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Meltzer’s Musings: Zepp’s Transition, Murray on Alderson

ZEPP COMES BACK ACROSS THE POND AFTER NINE YEARS IN EUROPE

It has been a long time coming for goaltender Rob Zepp to get his opportunity to play significant minutes at the American Hockey League level. Nine years ago, the Newmarket, Ont., native packed his bags to play in Europe. At age 32, he will finally return to North America to play for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the

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Flyers Farm System Review: 2014 Off-Season

TOP FIVE FLYERS FORWARD PROSPECTS

In recent years, the Philadelphia Flyers have chosen a slew of promising defensemen in the NHL Draft. The organization now has four drafted defensemen -- Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hägg -- whom they believe has futures as NHL regulars.

Beyond this core of four, the organization has drafted at least three other defensemen, most

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