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Division Matchups Season Preview

The Atlantic Division has a lot different look this year as players from all 5 teams have come and gone since the end of last season. Besides hosting the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions, the Atlantic Division has some teams that could make a serious run and be very competitive amongst some of the best teams in the league. Today we join forces with Pat “Muncky” from A Clockwork Orange to talk about the teams where we will see lots of competitive and good hockey from this year.
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Looking Good


After a convincing win against the Red Wings the other night, the Flyers came out on home ice again to take on division rival the New Jersey Devils. They held a 1-0 lead for most of the game until Halischuk finally beat Emery. Then with great movement of the puck, Pyorala netted one to beat Brodeur high on his glove side. Nothing like beating the Brodeur and Co.
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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Get their First Pre-Season Win

The Flyers pre-season campaign had been hardly stellar up until last night. Plenty of penalties taken, losses, and overall stale play at times pointed to a rough start for our Flyers. However, after a glimmer of hope in a close overtime loss to Toronto on Saturday, the Flyers came back to the Wachovia Center to have their first home pre-season game against the Red Wings. Ray Emery was going to play the whole game, the defensive unit was pretty much our starting one, and most of our starting forwards were playing. How did it turn out? The Flyers routed the Red Wings 5-2 in a fast-paced matchup.
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Posted by on September 23, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Meet the New Flyers: “Welcome Back Boosh”

Any Flyers fan worth his salt remembers the playoff run of 2000. Finally getting to the Eastern Conference Finals after not reaching that point since 1997 when they won and got swept by the Red Wings in the Finals. After winning a deciding series against the Sabres and coming back to win four straight after dropping the first two games to the Penguins, the Flyers had all the momentum going into the Conference Finals versus their division rival the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers would go up 3-1 in that series, and then lose the next 3 consecutive games to lose in a series they had in the bag. However, one of the big moments of that playoff run was the goaltending of rookie goalie Brian Boucher. He had many memorable saves that season, including the one in the video above. He became a Philly fan favorite during his rookie year before losing the job to Roman Cechmanek the following year. In this final installment of “Meet the New Flyers”, we welcome back a former Flyer and favorite, Brian “Boosh” Boucher.
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Posted by on September 21, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other, Season Previews

 

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2 Pre-Season Losses and Gagne Returning Tuesday?

Okay so it’s pre-season. Losing deciding games to Detroit 3-1 and to Toronto 4-0 last night. The good things to take from it is that it’s only pre-season, and the lone Flyers point was recorded by James Van Riemsdyk’s goal versus the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Emery was solid in the two periods he played on Wednesday; stopping 23 of 25 shots. JVR and Finnish tryout Mike Pyorala have been turning heads during camp as well as the younger guys hoping to land a spot on the Phantoms on Flyers. That being said, there isn’t much to take from these two games as hockey is a sport where line chemistry is a big deal and we haven’t played most of our veterans together so it is hard to see how they will pan out. They have tonight off before playing at Toronto tomorrow night, however the rest of the games will not be televised like last night’s was on NHL Network.

In other Flyers related news, Gagne is projecting his earliest comeback to the ice will be on Tuesday when they finally play a home pre-season game versus the Red Wings. I’m not holding my breath for this one. His injury is more of a nagging one so I’d rather him get rested and healthy so he can score 40 goals this season. Basically, hockey pre-season sucks and it’s boring.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2009 in Flyers News

 

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Pre-Season Kicks Off at Joe Louis Arena

The last time a game was played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan there was a new Stanley Cup Champion crowned. The last time the Flyers played there, we got out outshot real bad but still managed to hold a 3-2 lead until the last 2 minutes of the 3rd period when Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg both scored to win in dramatic fashion last March. However, none of that matters now as the Flyers are set to lace up the skates in their first bout of pre-season action tonight to start a 2009-2010 campaign with high expectations.

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Flyers News

 

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Vacation and What to Look For

I’ve been on vacation the past week and the semester is starting soon, but that does not mean the Broad Street Bully won’t be updated as usual as soon as I’m back from sunny South Carolina. We have other features planned for these slow news weeks as training camp in September and the season in October inches closer. Look in the next week or so for conclusions on our “Meet the New Flyers” segment and new ones to be popping up. The free-agent market is still open, and the Flyers are still interested in Sykora so look for that as well. Summer’s ending and that only means one thing… Hockey is around the corner.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Site News

 

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Meet the New Flyers: What Can Ray Emery Do For You?

In one of our new off-season segments, we will be going through the bigger signings the Flyers had this off-season with some history and analysis on what to expect. As the title suggests, first we are going over Ray Emery.

Ray Emery’s recent signing with the Flyers does not mean much to the casual fan but if you follow hockey even a little you know this signing is questionable.  What does Holmgren see in Ray Emery?  He is nothing short of a risk, at best, with an upside that just is not worth the potential cost.  Whether it is the NHL or the KHL, wherever Emery goes trouble follows.

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Gagne On the Move?

Probably the scariest Flyers headline I’ve seen in a long time. My longtime favorite player, Simon Gagne, has been reported by Eklund at HockeyBuzz to have caught interest of the Edmonton Oilers. I do not particularly believe this would actually happen because Eklund said himself the Flyers have not said anything about moving him. It would definitely clear some cap space in order to sign other forwards, but is it really worth trading our longest tenured Flyer who just had a stellar comeback season after a bad series of concussions? He has two seasons on his contract left, I’d like to see them played out. He’s a big part of this team in even strength, PK, and PP situations. We’ll have more if this rumor develops/fades.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Tollefsen Signs

Well we’ve been talking about this for the past week or so and it was pretty much inevitable it was going to happen pending a physical, and apparently he passed it. The Flyers official site has the full story. This 6’2, 211 pound defenseman marks the 7th D-man on the Flyers roster. The rumors of Jones going to the Kings are abundant and it really makes you think, who else would be going? Timmonen, Coburn, Pronger, and Parent are obvious choices to stay behind. I believe Carle is too big of a value at this point ESPECIALLY with the addition of a probable pairing with Pronger. Jones looks like the odd-man out in this situation, especially since the Kings have expressed interest in him (for reasons I’ll never know). Keep checking back soon because a deal is probably in the works. I’m looking for the Flyers to sign a veteran forward soon so someone will have to go. Sykora, please.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2009 in Flyers News

 

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