Meltzer’s Musings: Shot Volumes, Powe, Quick Hits


Two weeks ago, I spoke at length with Brian Boucher about an array of goaltending-related topics. The former Flyers netminder discussed his views on topics ranging from why today's NHL goalies are usually bigger than the ones of even 15 to 20 years ago, the effects of the trapezoid and why save percentage standards around hockey have be

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Meltzer’s Musings: Clarke Turns 65, Quick Hits


Who was your first sports hero as a child? When I was growing up as a young Flyers fan in the 1970s, the entire Broad Street Bullies team was a collection of superheroes in my mind. There were two players among them who were a step even beyond that: Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent.

From ages 3 to 14, I deified Clarke. So did all of my friends. Only the Lord saved more than Be

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Give Jason Akeson A Shot

For two years in a row, Jason Akeson has been the scoring leader for the Adirondack Phantoms. His highly skilled brand of hockey has made the severely undersized player into a legitimate NHL prospect. Even though he has been given a look at the NHL in the final game of the last two regular seasons, […] Give Jason Akeson A Shot - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Meltzer’s Musings: Flyers Pilgrimages, Quick Hits


Tomorrow is Bob Clarke's 65th birthday. In honor of the single most important on-ice figure in Flyers franchise history, tomorrow's blog will be focused on Clarke's legacy and the influence he has had on two-plus generations of hockey in Philadelphia.

For today, I thought it would be fun to revisit and expand upon an offseason topic I have explored

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Robert Esche: The Best Flyer To Wear No. 42

Another day, another goaltender. Robert Esche backstopped one of the best Flyers teams in recent memory. The 2003-04 Flyers appeared to be the team to end the Stanley Cup-drought, but lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Esche was never “the guy” in Philadelphia. He probably never wanted to be.

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