Meltzer’s Musings: Rinaldo Contract Extension, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS SIGN RINALDO TO TWO-YEAR EXTENSION

Yesterday, the Flyers announced that they had signed left winger Zac Rinaldo to a two-year contract extension. The new deal kicks in for the 2015-16 season. Rinaldo makes $750,000 under his current deal, which runs through the end of 2014-15. He will get a $100,000 per season raise come the following two seasons.

Rinaldo can become an unrestricted f

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Meltzer’s Musings: On Mason, the Trapezoid, and Regression; Quick Hits

CHANGING THE TRAPEZOID

Earlier this summer, I had a lengthy discussion with former Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher about a variety of goaltending related topics. One of the more interesting things to come out of the conversation was the fact that Boucher is among the seeming minority who does not mind the trapezoid and the corresponding rules restricting goaltenders' puck-playing ability behind

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Labo(u)r Day Musings: Team Lunchpail, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS ALL-TIME 'LUNCHPAIL' TEAM

Fred Shero used to refer to Bobby Clarke as a "dream dressed in work clothes." The Flyers' captain was the epitome of elite playmaking skill combined with a tireless work ethic and a fierce will to win. In honor of the Labo(u)r Day holiday in the U.S. and Canada, I came up with an all-time Flyers "Lunchpail Team" to recognize some of the hardest-working players

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Meltzer’s Musings: NF Flyers, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS PILGRIMAGES: NIAGARA FALLS

Years before the Philadelphia Flyers played their first game in the National Hockey League, the Niagara Falls Flyers were one of the most prominent teams in the old Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). Created in 1960, the Boston Bruins-affiliated Niagara Falls club won three OHA championships and two Memorial Cups between 1962-63 and 1967-68.

The Philadelphia

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Meltzer’s Musings: Prospect Updates, Quick Hits

QUICK HITS: AUGUST 30

* Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim both enjoyed multi-point games but the Calgary Hitmen sustained a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League preseason action last night. Calgary outshot Regina by a 43-20 margin but yielded three goals apiece in the first and third periods. In the meantime, the Hitmen exploded for five goals in the second period but could not f

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