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Boyd Gordon should make a big difference to the Flyers penalty killing.

Gordon is a PK specialist and is also quite good on the draw, so this should help the Flyers who were 20th overall last season while shorthanded. "I've done it my whole career," Gordon said. "Some years have been better than others, but it's something I've always taken pride in. Special teams are huge now." The move to sign Gordon should also help Claude Giroux as he won't be required to do as much penalty killing work as in the past. Gordon has limited fantasy value but will chip in with the occasional goal.
Sep 26 - 9:02 AM

Michael Del Zotto appears to have fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery.

The defenseman will line up on the second defense pairing with the Flyers and see some power play time on the second unit. Look for a 25-30 point season and draft him accordingly.
Sep 26 - 8:56 AM

Jordan Weal has opened a few eyes at Flyers training camp.

Weal has been centering Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds but that will come to an end when Claude Giroux returns from the World Cup. He will likely start the season in the AHL but if he continues to impress he could make it on the fourth line or as an extra forward. He has no fantasy value.
Sep 26 - 8:50 AM

Look for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds to play on a line with Claude Giroux this season.

The trio played well together last year after Jakub Voracek was taken off the Giroux line. Giroux is currently with Team Canada at the World Cup and should be back at Flyers camp in over a week when the tournament concludes. Giroux had 22 goals and 67 points in 78 games last season but should do better in 2016-17 as he was hampered by hip and sports hernia injuries throughout the season.
Sep 26 - 8:40 AM

Brayden Schenn is happy coming into training camp this season.

And why not. Schenn started training camp last season on the fifth line and ended up as a top six forward with 26 goals and 59 points with the Flyers. He will start the season with a three game suspension due to a hit to the head on T.J. Oshie of the Capitals in the playoffs last season. Schenn could be on top line with Giroux when he returns or centering the second unit with Wayne Simmonds on his side. Look for a big year once again from Schenn who should get 60-65 points if he remains healthy.
Sep 25 - 9:56 AM

Look for Andy Miele to start the season in the minors.

The Flyers inked Miele to a one-year/one-way deal but he is perceived as a depth forward who will see NHL action when there are injury problems. The diminutive 28-year-old forward had 18 goals and 62 points with Grand Rapids last season in 75 games but has only played in 15 NHL games in his career.
Sep 25 - 9:49 AM

After two porous seasons, Matt Read needs to establish himself once again.

Read averaged 23 goals in his first three seasons in the NHL but has scored only 19 goals combined in the last two years. He had a high ankle sprain two seasons ago and needed thumb surgery during the recent off-season so health has been a factor. Read worked out with a trainer in the off-season and that should help. Look for a return to near the 20 goal mark if he sees top-six minutes with the Flyers.
Sep 25 - 9:46 AM

Claude Giroux will be scratched against Russia in Saturday's semi-final.

Tough to argue with coach Mike Babcock's decision given that Canada has more or less had their way with opponents during the tournament. Though Flyers fans probably have no appreciation for their captain's benching.
Sep 24 - 6:24 PM

The NHL board has reportedly approved Comcast's purchase of the 24% of Comcast Spectacor owned by the late Ed Snider's estate.

Comcast Spectacor are the owners of the Philadelphia Flyers. The deal is expected to be finalized in October and once that happens, Comcast will own 100% of the franchise.
Sep 24 - 6:42 AM

Comcast will buy the 24% of Comcast Spectacor owned by the late Ed Snider's estate.

Comcast Spectacor's subsidiaries include the Philadelphia Flyers. Snider's family has held a stake in the Flyers since they were originally founded in 1967. Once the deal is finalized, which is expected to happen next month, Comcast will own 100% of the team. Snider passed away at the age of 83 on April 11.
Sep 22 - 6:36 PM

Radko Gudas (wrist) is hoping to participate in a few preseason games.

Right now Gudas isn't cleared to shoot, but that might change by next week. In the meantime he can still work on his puckhandling and passing.
Sep 22 - 6:06 PM

Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason are expected to enter the 2016-17 campaign as competitors for the No. 1 job.

"I look at it more so as two guys who are going to continue to contribute to our wins," coach Dave Hakstol said. "I think we have two guys capable of being No. 1. . . .Yeah, there's going to be competition for who's going to be in the net. Both of these guys are proud, both guys are capable, and both are also really good teammates. It's going to be very competitive." Mason started 53 contests last season, but Neuvirth had the better season and was especially strong in the playoffs. Look for them to split the duties fairly evenly in October and from there we might start to see Hakstol lean more towards one or the other if there's been a clear distinction in their performances.
Sep 22 - 10:49 AM

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had an assist and a team-leading 4:07 shorthanded minutes during Europe's 3-2 overtime win against the Czech Republic on Monday.

Team Europe has been the biggest pleasant surprise in the early part of the World Cup and Bellemare has played a meaningful role in that. He also found the back of the net in Europe's 3-0 victory over Team USA on Saturday. Bellemare, who was born in France, had seven goals and 14 points in 74 contests with Philadelphia last season.
Sep 20 - 8:42 AM

Jakub Voracek potted a goal for the Czech Republic in a 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe on Monday afternoon in Toronto.

The Czechs picked up an important point in the standings, but lost for a second game in a row at the World Cup of Hockey. Martin Hanzal had the other goal in the defeat.
Sep 19 - 5:52 PM

Ivan Provorov has a great chance of breaking training camp with the Flyers.

Provorov was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 Draft and many consider him a better blueliner than the Hurricanes Noah Hanifin who was selected two picks earlier. He had 21 goals and 73 points last season with a plus-64 rating and was named the CHL's defenseman of the year. "I'm definitely more comfortable this year," Provorov said. "I know all the guys here. I know the prospects pretty well because I've been here for two development camps and I know (the veterans) a little bit. I'm definitely a better player than I was last year. Bigger, stronger and a year older." Provorov has to make the Flyers or he will be returned to Brandon of the WHL. Look for the Flyers to give him at least a trial this season but he should definitely be drafted in all keeper leagues.
Sep 19 - 8:44 AM


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