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


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


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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