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March 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Of all the Philadelphia-New York rivalries, this one between the Flyers and Rangers is the most colorful, the most contentious, and the one that appears headed for another crusty playoff chapter. "I would take that if somebody said that today, because then you know you're in the playoffs," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said before the two rivals continued jockeying for playoff position Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. "If somebody said,'You're going to play the Rangers,' I'd say that's great.
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March 28, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - If this was a preview of what is to come, the Flyers had better root for something else to happen. Which isn't to say that the Flyers can't beat the Rangers in a playoff series. It is simply to say that they might want somebody else out of the chute, somebody else like the Penguins. General manager Paul Holmgren said, "If somebody said, 'You're going to play the Rangers,' I'd say that's great," because that would mean the Flyers had made the playoffs. The certainty there would be comforting.
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March 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers agreed to terms with defenseman Robert Hagg, their second-round pick last June, to an entry-level contract Friday, and there are indications they are in the hunt for free-agent defenseman Christian Folin of UMass-Lowell. Hagg, 19, who was the youngest regular defenseman in the Sweden Hockey League, will report to the Phantoms on Tuesday, and his three-year entry-level deal will start next season. If Kimmo Timonen retires, Hagg could be in the discussion for a spot with the Flyers next season - though he likely will need a full year of AHL seasoning.
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March 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MAKING a few trips to Sweden to watch him, work with him and track his development, the Flyers couldn't wait to get their hands on second-round pick Robert Hagg. Just a few days after Hagg's season ended with MODO in the Swedish Hockey League, the Flyers announced yesterday that they had come to agreement on a 3-year, entry-level deal to bring the 19-year-old defenseman to North America. Hagg was selected 41st overall in 2013, behind first-round pick Samuel Morin. Hagg will arrive in the United States on Monday and report to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms for the final 15 games of their season.
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March 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HIGH ON THE LIST of reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions and are in position to repeat that feat is their depth. They roll one quality line after another at you, building pressure until you buckle. Depth is also high on the list of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers have resurrected from their early grave to become one of those teams even the elite hate to play. Claude Giroux's heroic goal with 4.2 seconds left in overtime punctuated a game in which the Flyers, not the champs, rolled out the relentless pressure, outshooting Chicago, 37-25, and rallying from two early soft goals allowed by a clearly rusty Ray Emery.
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March 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goalie Steve Mason has been with the Flyers less than a year, but he has a pretty good feel for the bitterness between his club and the Sidney Crosby-led Penguins. The teams will meet in a home-and-home series this weekend, starting with the matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. "I got a chance to play them earlier in the season," Mason said of a 4-1 loss that included an empty-net Penguins goal. "You can just see the way the fans interact during the game. There's not a lot of love for the team over there, so you get a grasp for it. "But I don't think you should approach a game any differently just because it's a certain opponent.
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March 11, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MICHAEL RAFFL said it Saturday night - and it has become sports cliche. "The point is huge," Raffl said. "Every point is important. " Yet, in the NHL, it is the nightly reality. And the Stanley Cup playoff cut line - the line between making and missing out on millions of dollars in revenue - is razor thin. For the Flyers, who have garnered at least one point in nine of their last 11 games, the playoff picture is becoming more in-focus with each and every game. Their magic number is now in their sights.
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March 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Say what you will about Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, but the man truly believes in the team he has assembled. Need proof? Consider this: With his job possibly hanging in the balance - if the Flyers miss the playoffs for a second straight year, one wonders if the big boss, Ed Snider, will remain patient - Holmgren only tweaked his roster at the trade deadline. In separate deals, he acquired Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders and dealt Andrej Meszaros to Boston.
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March 7, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ANDREW MACDONALD knew it was coming. After rejecting a 4-year, $16 million contract offer earlier this season, it was only a matter of time before Islanders general manager Garth Snow would find MacDonald a new home. MacDonald just didn't know it would happen Tuesday, a day before the NHL's trade deadline. Or that the call would come while he was enjoying his pregame nap in Winnipeg. Snow woke him up. MacDonald rushed to pack a bag and sprinted to Winnipeg's airport to catch a connecting flight to Philadelphia - where he played his first game as a Flyer in last night's 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals.
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March 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Called a "good soldier" by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, defenseman Andrej Meszaros will now go to war for the Boston Bruins. The Flyers traded Meszaros to Boston on Wednesday for a conditional third-round draft pick in June. He will be reunited with his friend Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' defensive leader and his teammate on Slovakia's Olympic team. The draft pick the Flyers acquired becomes a second-rounder if Boston reaches the conference finals and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of the Bruins' playoff games - or if Boston re-signs Meszaros to a contract before the start of the draft.
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