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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Introducing FanSided Deals: Win an iPhone 6 and get 10 percent off this week!

Admit it: you like the latest tech products, gear, gadgets and games, you just don’t like to pay full price for them. As of today, Broad Street Buzz and FanSided can help you with that. We’re introducing the FanSided Deals store ;to help you find the stuff you want while saving you some dough at the […] Introducing FanSided Deals: Win an iPhone 6 and get 10 percent off this week! - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Meltzer’s Musings: Five-on-Five Play Will Tell the Tale, Quick Hits

FLYERS IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO START AT EVEN STRENGTH

If the Flyers are to remain a playoff team in 2014-15, it is imperative that they continue to improve their play at even strength. Power plays and penalty kills run hot and run cold over the course of the season, even for the best clubs in these categories. In the meantime, strong two-way play at five-on-five is the backbone of sustained succes

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Three Reasons Brayden Schenn Can “Break Out” In 2014-2015

Entering his fourth NHL season, the expectations for Brayden Schenn may actually be lower than they have ever been before. Being selected 5th overall by the Kings in the 2009 NHL draft and then being universally believed to be one of the best prospects in the NHL, Schenn has always had high expectations. He is now 23 […] Three Reasons Brayden Schenn Can “Break Out” In 2014-2015 - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Meltzer’s Musings: Simmonds, Wearing the A, Quick Hits

SIMMONDS AN EMERGING LEADER ON FLYERS

Whether his team wins or loses or whether he records a point, Flyers second line right winger Wayne Simmonds is inevitably one of the hardest working players on the ice. Generating speed and power that belie the skinny legs that power his 6-foot-2 frame, the rugged Simmonds has emerged as one of the better combinations of physicality and goal-scoring abilit

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Meltzer’s Musings: Roster Battles, Quick Hits

TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BATTLES: HANDFUL OF SPOTS, ROLES UP FOR GRABS

With the exceptions of the trade that sent Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the August revelation of Kimmo Timonen's medical issues that could force him to miss much or all of the 2014-15 season, this has been a quiet summer for the Flyers. The team made no other trades. There were no major free agent signings, u

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