Meltzer’s Musings: Minor League Contracts, Bellemare, Camp Notes

FLYERS MAKING WIDER USE OF MINOR LEAGUE DEALS

* One of the most notable early changes that the Flyers have enacted this offseason under Ron Hextall has been the organization's wider use of minor league contracts rather that two-way NHL contracts. This summer, the Flyers signed nine players to AHL contracts, including Brett Hextall as well as longtime NHL forward (and former Flyer) Darroll Powe.

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Meltzer’s Musings: Rookie Camp Finalized, Projected Lines, Quick Hits

ROOKIE CAMP SCHEDULE FINALIZED

Yesterday, the Flyers announced the finalized schedule for their rookie training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Camp will open on Saturday rather than today. Ice times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday begin at 11 a.m. EDT. The length of training sessions each day will vary.

Camp concludes on Tuesday with the already announced Rookies Game at the Skate Z

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Meltzer’s Musings: Improving on Last Season’s Benchmarks, Quick Hits

HOW WILL 2014-15 FLYERS COMPARE TO LAST SEASON'S BENCHMARKS?

New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has said repeatedly over the offseason that the primary way he wants to use analytics -- both readily available statistics and proprietary benchmarks -- is to help the team on the ice rather than as the basis of roster moves. In a nutshell, Hextall sees it as a tool for identifying specific game

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Giroux’s no-look backhand voted by fans as the 2013-14 Flyers Highlight of the Year

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The votes have been cast and an overwhelming majority chose Claude Giroux's no-look, backhand, top-shelf winner vs. Columbus as the 2013-14 Flyers Highlight of the Year.

The highlight earned nearly 1,000 votes in the finale and over 3,500 votes...

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Meltzer’s Musings: Five-on-Five Play Will Tell the Tale, Quick Hits

FLYERS IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO START AT EVEN STRENGTH

If the Flyers are to remain a playoff team in 2014-15, it is imperative that they continue to improve their play at even strength. Power plays and penalty kills run hot and run cold over the course of the season, even for the best clubs in these categories. In the meantime, strong two-way play at five-on-five is the backbone of sustained succes

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Meltzer’s Musings: Simmonds, Wearing the A, Quick Hits

SIMMONDS AN EMERGING LEADER ON FLYERS

Whether his team wins or loses or whether he records a point, Flyers second line right winger Wayne Simmonds is inevitably one of the hardest working players on the ice. Generating speed and power that belie the skinny legs that power his 6-foot-2 frame, the rugged Simmonds has emerged as one of the better combinations of physicality and goal-scoring abilit

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Meltzer’s Musings: Roster Battles, Quick Hits

TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BATTLES: HANDFUL OF SPOTS, ROLES UP FOR GRABS

With the exceptions of the trade that sent Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the August revelation of Kimmo Timonen's medical issues that could force him to miss much or all of the 2014-15 season, this has been a quiet summer for the Flyers. The team made no other trades. There were no major free agent signings, u

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