Meltzer’s Musings: Manning Signs, Bundy Gets TV Gig, Quick Hits


For the second straight year, restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning has signed a new one-year contract in late August. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers inked the 24-year-old blueliner to a two-way contract for the 2014-15 season.

The deal pays $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 if Manning is assigned to the American Hockey League's Lehigh Val

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Meltzer’s Musings: Timonen, Quick Hits


Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was slated yesterday to meet with team doctors to obtain further information about the medical condition that led to his hospitalization in Finland with blood clots in both of his lungs and his right calf. Although the prognosis for his long-term health is good, the resumption of his hockey playing career remains in do

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Making Progress Without Money

Something about June 23 unleashes the beast in Flyers management.

Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, JVR and now Scott Hartnell all traded on this fateful day over the last, several years.

It’s been a busy couple weeks for newly-installed Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

On June 4, he announced the agreement with Reading of the ECHL, completing his double link minor league system into Pe

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On the Newest Hextall and Other Things

The reaction to the Flyers adding Brett Hextall to the organization via an AHL contract to the Phantoms was as expected.

Many people saw it as just an AHL contract and it wasn't as if his father, Ron, the Flyers GM, handed him an a job at the NHL level.

Others saw it as another example of the Flyers always keeping things in-house, reclaiming former players of theirs, and nepotism.

You can

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Meltzer’s Musings: Reverse VH, Penner and Malone Invite Rumors, Quick Hits


Within goaltending circles, there has been a growing buzz over the last couple years about the use of technique called the post lean or reverse VH. It has only started to gain wider popularity in North America -- and within the NHL -- in recent years but it has been used in Europe for awhile longer, particularly in Sweden.

VH refers to the traditional vertic

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Meltzer’s Musings: Aug. 25 Quick Hits


* Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the Flyers second-round pick in the 2014 Draft, is off to a roaring start in the QMJHL preseason. One night after notching a hat trick in the Val-d'Or exhibition opener, Aube-Kubel scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist in his club's 5-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. He has five goals and one assist in two games.

* Fifth-round 2014 dra

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