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Can a Bandwagon Flyers Fan Be Welcomed Back Into The Fold?

Coggin Toboggan - February 25, 2020

I’m a bandwagon Flyers fan. I’ll admit it. I haven’t seriously paid attention to the team since the 2013-2014 season. Maybe the extraordinary energy it took to try and convince myself Steve Mason was a true number one goalie fried the last synapses of my fandom, but it was never the same after that year.

In my defense, there were some sorry, SORRY teams after that year. They made the playoffs twice, were never a threat to ever do anything in those playoffs, and seemed to be a rudderless ship, yo-yoing relevance to full-on rebuilding year by year.

They were purposeless. An afterthought in Philadelphia. We saw them lose the Stanley Cup in 2010 after a miraculous run, blinked, and they were still treading water nearly a decade later. Who has the energy for that shit? The franchise had no direction at all, no number one goalie, and the most exciting moment in the last five years was a new mascot that EVERYBODY hated when it was first unveiled.

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Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher Gives Update on Oskar Lindblom

Russ Joy - February 25, 2020

This oughta cheer up the Delaware Valley on a rainy Tuesday. Following Monday’s trade deadline, Flyers general manager met with the assembled media to touch on a variety of topics, but the most important update had nothing to do with the trade deadline. In the midst of his press conference, Fletcher was asked about forward Oskar Lindblom, who’s been undergoing treatment following a cancer diagnosis in December:

(H/T Adam Kimelman for the transcription)

The biggest takeaway in that as far as I’m concerned?

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Snow The Goalie: Deadline Day 2020

Russ Joy - February 24, 2020

Anthony and Russ react to the acquisition of Derek Grant and Nate Thompson. The guys also break down what moves were made by the other teams in the Metropolitan Division and what it means to the Flyers’ playoff chances moving forward. The guys touch on rumors of other teams targeting specific Flyers before the deadline. They finish with predictions for the week ahead.

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Flyers Make Two Trades; Acquire Nate Thompson from the Canadiens and Derek Grant from the Ducks

Anthony SanFilippo - February 24, 2020

The Flyers made two trades today.

First, they sent a 2021 5th round pick to Montreal for 35-year-old center Nate Thompson.

Secondly, they traded minor leaguer Kyle Criscuolo and a 2020 4th round pick (the Flyers had two of them) to Anaheim for soon-to-be 30-year-old center Derek Grant.

Neither trade really impacts the cap. Thompson counts as only $1 million against the cap (and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season) and Grant counts as only $700,000 (and is also an unrestricted free agent after the season), and gives the Flyers some flexibility with players they can shift back to the AHL without going through waivers in case of an injury.

Nevertheless, this, of course upsets the Flyers faithful.

Here’s an example of a tweet I got from a Flyers fan this morning:

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50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan, Part Five

Kevin Kinkead - February 24, 2020

It’s come to my attention that things are cooling off a bit here. The Eagles are done for the year, the Sixers are struggling, the Phillies are in their preseason, and the Flyers are on a nice little run but have yet to totally catch fire.

We need to fan the flames and make things a little more toasty. We need to drop the latest installment of the 50 Hot Takes column, where only the hottest takes are included. Anything lukewarm or tepid is discarded. We’re talking spicy Thai here, not Tostitos mild salsa.

This time I enlisted some help from fellow writers and some Crossing Broad readers, because hot takes are a fundamental right and should not be restricted to the 1% of wealthiest Americans:

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Nolan Patrick Gives an Update on Nolan Patrick

Russ Joy - February 24, 2020

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, it’s beginning to look like General Manager Chuck Fletcher might stand pat, which might end up being the right move. The Flyers have gone 13-5-1 since a disastrous six-game post-Christmas road trip. Is it really worth parting with a prospect and a pick for a rental player to solidify the team’s bottom six forward corps? Probably not. That leads us to a guy that many want to see back sooner than later, former #2 overall pick Nolan Patrick.

Patrick’s been tough to get a quote from as he’s worked his way back from a preseason migraine disorder diagnosis, but he made an appearance on NBC Sports Philadelphia in what could be best described as an awkward encounter with Bill Clement:

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Playoffs? How about a Division Title? Flyers’ Goals Have Changed During Successful February.

Anthony SanFilippo - February 23, 2020

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Scott Laughton couldn’t breathe.

Not when I was talking to him in the locker room. He was OK by that point – sitting there, waiting his turn for the onslaught of cameras and questions coming from his scheduled media scrum following his two-goal performance in the Flyers 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Saturday.

No, it wasn’t then. But that was when he was sharing his story.

You see, Laughton was having a whale of a game. Two goals. He almost scored a third on a mini breakaway that was stopped by Conor Hellebuyck, and eventually missed a chance at his first career hat trick when his shot on an empty net was deflected ever-so-slightly, and went wide.

But that’s not what the questions were going to be about – at least not at first.

No. Everyone was going to ask about this:

I knew the response on camera would be different than privately, so I asked him if he was OK.

“Luckily,” he said.

That’s when I pointed out that someone had tweeted me this:

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A Laught of Positives: 5 Takeaways from the Flyers’ 4-2 Win

Russ Joy - February 23, 2020

Ho-hum. Another day, another win for the Philadelphia Flyers. I know, I shouldn’t say things like that. I don’t want to alter the karmic kismet of this team. But a few things have become increasingly evident. This is a good team. A really good team. After winning back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a Metropolitan division rival, the Flyers entered Saturday’s matchup with the Winnipeg Jets with an increasingly visible collective confidence.

Let’s get into some takeaways from this one.

Ivan Provorov Makes an Early Impact

The rollercoaster season that Ivan Provorov experienced in 2018-19 is a distant memory. While he lacks the offensive dynamism of a peak Shayne Gostisbehere or even the flashes Travis Sanheim displays, Provorov is a better two-way defenseman than he’s credited for.

This is an elite-level play in both skill and determination. It’s plays like these that were few and far between a season ago, when Provorov was in the midst of an up-and-down season. He’s already eclipsed his point total from a season ago and is just four assists away from tying his career high. He’s been invaluable to this squad.

Scott Laughton’s Scoring Has Been Critical

I’d be remiss if I didn’t focus on the guy who finished off that earlier play. Scott Laughton’s two-goal performance on Saturday increased his goal total on the season to twelve, which matched a career-high he set a season ago. Here’s the thing: he’s done it in 40 fewer games this season. They’re not all gorgeous, top-10 play candidates:

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