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Despite enduring a wretched summer, the Philadelphia Flyers manage to inconvenience the Rangers. On top of all their bad news the Flyers have had this off season came the recent announcement that veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja would miss at least the start of the next season, assuming it starts on time.
How does this affect the Rangers? Now, more than ever the Flyers will be looking to add defensive help to their roster. Ideally the Flyers are looking for an impact player, something that the Rangers aren’t desperate for, but the Flyers – given the scarcity of talent available – might have to be content with adding depth and a veteran to plug a whole, short term. In short, the Flyers are likely to compete with the Rangers for any and every viable blueliner over the next few weeks and months.
The Rangers top four is set, and ideally Mike Sauer and Anton Stralman will round out the blueline giving the Rangers enviable depth. However, with Mike Del Zotto’s contract situation, Sauer’s ongoing health concerns, injuries to kids like Dylan McIlrath and the lack of trust John Tortorella appears to have with Stu Bickel, competition promises to be minimal right now on the blueline come camp time.
Everyone assumes the Rangers will add some competition, at least for camp, to the blueline and this is where teams such as the Flyers and the Red Wings will influence availability to the Rangers. While Lilja isn’t the same solid depth player he was several years ago, he was still playing 13 minutes a night for the Flyers last year and will need to be replaced. Are the Red Wings happy Ian White will be munching major minutes in Detroit? Probably not.
With clubs like the Red Wings desperate for depth (disregarding the impossibility of replacing Nik Lidstrom atop of their depth chart) the price will be driven up for clubs such as the Rangers. Thanks to demand all of a sudden outnumbering supply don’t expect any moves on the Rangers behalf any time soon.
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Last season for Daniel Briere was one that nobody saw coming. Having put up 68 points the previous season, the Flyers fans were looking forward to another successful year out of Briere.
Unfortunately, it was a rather slow season for the 34 year-old forward. He went from a 68 point season to a season in which he only scored 16 goals and had 33 assists.
At one point, Briere went 29...
The Philadelphia Flyers’ extended Wayne Simmonds’ contract for 6 more years. Simmonds set career highs in goals and points in his first season with the team.
As the threat of an NHL lockout becomes more and more likely by the day, the Flyers locked up one of their more recent additions for quite a long time.
Wayne Simmonds came to Philadelphia as part of the Mike Richards trade...
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By Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose)
Bob McKenzie of TSN announced Wednesday evening that right winger Wayne Simmonds has signed a six-year extension with the Flyers with an average cap hit of around $4 million per year. Specific financial terms of the agreement have yet to be confirmed.
Simmonds was traded by the Los Angeles Kings along with forward...
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Shot a lot of Pucks on @hlundqvist30 today with @rmcdonagh27.Feels great to be back on ice!— Brad Richards (@BRichards_1991) August 15, 2012
Felt good shooting on @hlundqvist30 today. Said he's lost some sleep since becoming a father but he hasn't lost his game on the ice. #Henrry— Ryan McDonagh (@RMcDonagh27) August 14, 2012
...reading this really got me pumped...
Well hell, as Ed Snider’s gonna ask for a quarter of a it back, per TSN:
The Philadelphia Flyers and forward Wayne Simmonds have agreed to a six-year contract extension.
The deal is believed to have an annual average value of around $4 million per season.
The 23-year-old scored a career-high 28 goals to go with 21 assists while playing in all 82 games in his first season with...
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According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has agreed to a contract extension.
The extension is for 6 years, details to follow. Here is Bob's tweet:
How bizarre is the NHL? And better yet, how bizarre is the Philadelphia Flyers franchise?
With the owners and players staring at each other across the table like Cobb and Saito, the Flyers decide to sign Wayne Simmonds to a 6-year, $24-million deal.
A couple of observations
Wayne Simmonds sucks balls. He's had maybe 7 good games his entire life.
Nobody wants another NHL Lockout to take place. It nearly crippled some teams from a financial aspect last time it happened, so it certainly would not be good for the league or the fans if it happens again, especially if it wipes out the entire season.
But while an entire season missed would be awful for everyone involved, one team may be at least somewhat rooting for...