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2011 NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers’ 7 Areas of Uncertainty

April 11th, 2011
The NHL playoffs will begin on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 and they couldn't have come soon enough for most Flyers fans. As I pondered the Flyers' postseason chances, I found that most of the team’s perceived problems could just as easily be viewed as potential solutions. I compiled a list of critical factors to their ...

Philadelphia Flyers: James Van Riemsdyk Scores Hat Trick, Has Effort Questioned

March 27th, 2011
James van Riemsdyk had a career night. He scored his first career NHL hat trick less than 100 miles from his hometown of Middletown, NJ, and the Flyers won the game 4-1. He was sitting on top of the world.                And then he heard the following post-game comments from ...

Philadelphia Flyers: Does Late-Season Performance Really Predict the Future?

March 18th, 2011
Sam Carchidi‘s column on philly.com today started with the following: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, a 12-year NHL veteran, said he has never seen a team excel when it limps into the playoffs. But right now, with 12 regular-season games left, the Flyers are limping. Badly. Now, there is no one in Philadelphia ...

NHL: Scottie Upshall’s Suspension Shows Flaw in the System

February 24th, 2011
Anyone who reads my articles (or my profile) knows I'm a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan.At the same time, when I write about them, I try to be objective so I can provide viewpoints most diehard Flyers fans wouldn't see. Today, I will tackle the National Hockey League's decision to suspend ...

Vincent Lecavalier: No Offense, but Can He Get His Career Back Going With Tampa?

February 10th, 2011
I occasionally listen to local sports radio in Tampa, and I recently woke up to hear that the Lightning allowed six consecutive goals in a 7-4 loss to Buffalo. However, instead of focusing on their defensive collapse and poor goaltending, the radio host decided to discuss Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier scored two goals ...

Winging It: Can the Philadelphia Flyers find Mike Richards a linemate?

February 8th, 2011
Once upon a time, Mike Richards was the Philadelphia Flyers' undisputed No. 1 center. He was the captain, a point per game player and had two proven veterans in Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne on his line. Life was good. Fast forward three years. Knuble and Gagne were not re-signed and traded, respectively, ...

NHL Trade Rumors: Top 10 Forward Options for the Philadelphia Flyers

January 20th, 2011
The way the Flyers are rolling, it does not appear that they need to add a forward. However, rumors persist that GM Paul Holmgren is looking to do just that.Perhaps he is ready to give up on Nikolay Zherdev, move Andreas Nodl to the fourth line for the playoffs, or ...

Philadelphia Flyers: 10 Second Half Questions

December 26th, 2010
The NHL has not reached the halfway point, but the Philadelphia Flyers’ extended Christmas break seems like an appropriate time to examine the rest of their season. Things could not have gone much better for the Flyers through the first 35 games. However, there are several questions that need to be ...

Carter, Zherdev, Van Riemsdyk Make Up the Philadelphia Flyers Detention Line

December 18th, 2010
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette has tried all season to get the right forward combinations so he can create some stability on the top three scoring lines. Daniel Briere, Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell, aptly named “The Redemption Line,” were kept together after last season’s fantastic playoff run, but the other two ...

Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky Needs Chance To Adjust

December 14th, 2010
I have been waiting for this to happen. It seems that today’s sports media only props up athletes so they can have a chance to knock them back down again. For Sergei Bobrovsky, it took until the 22nd start of his career for the naysayers to pounce. The Flyers’ netminder (actually the ...