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Flyers Looking For Big, Competitive Players

from Ed Moran at the Philly News,

Now that the Ducks and Senators are the two teams left standing and are playing with a fierce combination of size, skill and brutal, relentless hitting, the questions for the Flyers are: What kind of team do they want to be? And who will they bring in to accomplish that?
“I think we want to be a combination of all three teams [Anaheim, Ottawa and Buffalo],” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “They are all good, competitive teams. We want to be a good, competitive team. When we look at players, size is an issue, skill is an issue and skating is an issue….”

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Foppa Talks

A very rough translation of this article in the AftonBladet follows, but Forsberg states he feels good and if he doesn’t play in Europe he is leaning to play for one of the three teams he has played for in the past (Philly, Colorado or Nashville).
Read on for the translation…

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Flyers Dancing Guy

And now for a brief break from actual “news”... a tribute to the Flyers Dancing Guy.

Really, you’ve got to respect a fan that can dance after the season his team just had. smile

Note: Thanks to David for pointing this vid out to me this morning. Always good to get a smile into the hockey newsday.

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Nothing But Bad Luck

from Scott Morrision at CBC,

Perhaps he had a premonition. Or perhaps it has been that kind of year, so what else would Paul Holmgren expect?
But these are the words the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers uttered on the eve of Tuesday’s draft lottery:
“It stinks. We’re the worst team, we should get the first pick.”
End of conversation.
So what happens? Even though the Flyers had a 48.2 per cent chance of winning the number one pick, the Chicago Blackhawks moved from fifth (based on the standings) to first through a weighted lottery.

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Philadelphia Ready to Land a Free Agent

From PhillyBurbs.com

There will be 30 teams vying for the services of a handful of top free agents during the off-season.
Why are the Flyers optimistic they can win a couple of these valuable auctions?
After all, even though they figure to have plenty of salary cap space (between $15-$20 million), so will a lot of other teams.
What will make big-time talents want to leave winning teams such as Buffalo and New Jersey to come to the team with the worst record of 2006-07?

continued… and some Flyers’ speculation about the NHL draft lottery

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A Year To Forget

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Is that a tear dripping from the statue of Kate Smith outside the old Philadelphia Spectrum?
No one would doubt the spirit of the late, great singer of God Bless America has turned away from her beloved Flyers across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center in what could be their worst season in franchise history.
If the Flyers don’t pick up six points in their remaining four games—starting tonight against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre—they’ll come in lower than the 1969-70 club, an expansion-era team that compiled 58 points in 76 games.

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Niittymaki Not Happy With Playing In Europe Talk

from the Delco Times,

With assurances that he still believes Niittymaki “is a good young goalie,” Holmgren said he plans to qualify him this summer as the backup, which would pave the way for Robert Esche’s departure. But Holmgren has also qualified that statement by saying he’s still open to Esche returning, if only because Niittymaki might opt to play in Europe.
That’s where the real question burns for Niittymaki, who went from puzzled to peeved Tuesday when that “European Option” was offered up as a topic of interest.
“I don’t know where all this Europe bull came from,” Niittymaki said sharply. “Everybody keeps telling me that I’m going to Europe. That it’s my option. But I don’t know what to say about that right now. I don’t think Homer asked me about it ..he said it’s my option….”

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LeClair Not Ready To Retire

from the Courier Post,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed Monday the Flyers were interested in letting LeClair play his final NHL game as a Flyer on the final weekend of the regular season, but with LeClair still interested in resuming his NHL career next season, the idea was scrapped.

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Report- Biron Close To Signing In Philly

from TSN,

A published report out Philadelphia suggests the Flyers are set to announce that they have agreed on a two-year contract with goalie Martin Biron worth approximately $6.8 million.
“We’re getting there and we could have some news for you by [Tuesday],” Lupien said. “For us, we want a shorter term. One year was too little. Five years was too long. We feel two years gives us some flexibility for Marty in future free agency.”
Holmgren said he and Lupien are playing phone tag and he doesn’t expect the deal to be done until Tuesday.

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Style At Fault

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers forward Todd Fedoruk returned to the Philadelphia area following his overnight stay at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. Fedoruk left Wednesday night’s Flyers-Rangers game after a fight with Colton Orr.
Below is a brief Q and A with Fedoruk regarding his condition.
Q: Did the fight you have earlier this year when you were playing with Anaheim (which resulted in having plates put in your face) make you tentative in your fighting since then?
Fedoruk: “Very much so. I think anybody would be tentative with an injury like that. It is just a matter of time until I get back to my style. I am not really worried about it, but being tentative, you have to put yourself out there and when you change your style a little bit you leave yourself vulnerable and that’s what happened to me last night. I am not worried about it. I will get back on track. I have had worse things done to me than this.”

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added 4:26pm, What the Flyers thought of the fight…from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The skill players appreciate what guys like Fedoruk and Orr do night in and night out.
“It’s the toughest job in sports,” said Knuble. “You can’t compare it to boxing or what a boxer does, these guys are out there bare-knuckling. Guys are getting bigger and stronger. It’s dangerous.”

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