Meltzer’s Musings: Straka, Flett


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


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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