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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Claude Giroux’s “Franchise Player” Comments Not Completely Crazy

Being in the spotlight isn’t something that is new for Philadelphia Flyers captain, Claude Giroux.  As one of the NHL’s most elite talents, it’s expected to see his name in the headlines every now and then.  However, in most cases, it’s for his play, not his mouth. The NHL’s annual media day took place in […] Claude Giroux’s “Franchise Player” Comments Not Completely Crazy - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Flyers Rookie Camp: Three Underrated Prospects To Watch

Flyers Rookie Camp has begun. While all eyes will descend on the big-name prospects, fans and media should keep an eye on several lesser-known players. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms – the Flyers minor-league affiliate – is stocked with young and promising talent. Scott Laughton, Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere will all begin their first full […] Flyers Rookie Camp: Three Underrated Prospects To Watch - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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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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