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The Flyers Have Extended Sean Couturier

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Flyers press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

I’m sure we’ll get contract details just as soon as Tim Panaccio and Sam Carchidi get off whatever beach they’re sipping Mai Tais on.

Oh and yes, that shirt is 15% off with code SUMMER now through July 31.

UPDATE: Here’s the money as it’s spread out over six years:

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Kimmo Timonen Enjoys His Stanley Cup

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Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, posted these pictures from Kimmo Timonen’s day with the Cup in his native Finland today. It’s almost like the Flyers won!

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The Local Teams are Bad and No One is Watching Them on TV (Except the Eagles)

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Three of the four teams in Philadelphia right now are going through phases. Well, all four are, but the Eagles’ phase involves winning. The Sixers are undergoing a radical rebuild that will leave them at the bottom of the standings for a few more years. The Flyers are stagnant. The Phillies are terrible. And it shows, not only in-game attendance, but in TV viewership.

According to The Inquirer, TV ratings for all three franchises are on a steep decline. And when it comes to the Sixers, it’s really bad.

Phillies viewership has plummeted 65 percent from 2011, the last time the team reached the playoffs. Sixers viewership has nosedived 72 percent over the same period, according to Nielsen.

Even rabid Flyers fans have cooled, with per-game TV viewership down 36 percent.

The numbers – especially for the Sixers, with an average of only 23,000 adults watching their games on TV last season – are startlingly low for storied franchises in the nation’s fourth-largest TV market, observers say.

Basically, you can take the Phillies crowd at CBP, add everyone watching the Sixers on TV, and still not fill the place. It’s rough. The Phillies, for their part, are below where you want to be in viewership, but in 2011 were probably well above it:

The Phillies won 102 games in 2011, the most in franchise history, and were a heavy favorite to win the World Series.

An average of 350,000 adults watched Phillies games that year. The team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs and never recovered its competitive footing.

Last year, an average of 112,000 adults tuned in to the Phils on SportsNet. Through early June the viewership had improved slightly from last year to an average of 123,000 a game. The Phillies’ record on Monday, going into the break for the All-Star Game, was 29 wins and 62 losses.

And the Sixers? 23,000 per game is abysmal, but Scott O’Neil says they just have to rebound and all will be well. “You can go look at the [Allen] Iverson years or the [Charles] Barkley years,” he said. “The market comes back. We just have to do our job.” Considering the hype, their best bet to jump up those viewer numbers would’ve been a healthy Embiid, but Okafor will just have to do.

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Flyers Avoid Arbitration with Michael Del Zotto

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The Flyers and Michael Del Zotto avoided entering salary arbitration today when they reached a two-year, $7.75 million agreement. That’s some decent money, and ladies, he’s around. He just might stay around.

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Flyers Hire Scott Gordon to Coach the Phantoms, Watch Him Rap

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have a new head coach in former assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and head coach of the New York Islanders Scott Gordon. You can read all about his credentials here, but the most notable part about this – as pointed about by Broad Street Hockey – is that Gordon did a little rap in his Boston College goalie days on the team song “Beanpot Trot.” It’s like the “Super Bowl Shuffle” but worse and they lost. Gordon’s part starts at around 1:50.

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CSN Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio yet Again Falls Victim to Fake Twitter Account

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It just wouldn’t be silly season without Timmay being a dope. That Tweet – from Andy Strickland – is fake. It was retweeted by over 100 people, including Panaccio (who impressively figured out how to delete his RT).

Of course, Tim has done this sort of thing before:

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Happy anniversary, Tim.

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An AHL Reporter Is Fueling a Fire He Created about a “HUGE” Deal Between the Flyers and the Blues

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Here, join me in pairing this post with a grain of salt. Nightingale has 1,200 Twitter followers and is currently podcasting on a live show with… carry the 2… six listeners (one of them is me) and has somehow managed to light Flyers Twitter ablaze.

But this is all part of my new pledge to post completely unsubstantiated rumors because the last time I didn’t do so I had the Dave Hakstol scoop sitting in my inbox. Seriously, I’ll read anything on the prompter right now. Let’s get nutty today.

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Flyers Sign Backup Goalie Michal Neuvirth

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Boomshakalaka. And we’re off with free agency.

Neubirthththththth (not even gonna make an attempt) comes as a cheap backup who has spent time with the Capitals, Sabres and Islanders. He has a .912 career save percentage. He was reportedly seeking a starting deal, but obviously the market wasn’t there for him, so the Flyers now have an upgrade behind Steve Mason. Good signing.

Other news: Phil Kessel to the Penguins. Gulp.

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