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POSTED ON Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 5:48 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

NEWARK, N.J. – Not many people can stand next to Chris Pronger and look him in the eye.

Samuel Morin can.

Ever since he was a little kid, Morin hoped he would one day have the opportunity to do just that with his idol.

That opportunity came Sunday when he met Pronger on the biggest day of his life.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 2:37 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

A day after the Flyers announced that they are buying out the remaining seven years of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's contract, Chairman Ed Snider gave a brief statement about the Flyers uses of the amnesty exception.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 12:46 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

First it was Danny Briere, now it’s Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers used the second of their two compliance buyout options today, parting ways with Bryzgalov after just two seasons.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 11:51 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

We are officially one week from the draft. The offseason is flying by.

O.K., maybe it’s not. It’s been two long months since we had any Flyers hockey and we have three more months-plus to go before we see a Flyers game that matters.

But, in the interim we have days like next Sunday as we try to see how the Flyers are going to be reshaped into a contender once again.

A lot of times that starts with the NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers have a great pick at No. 11 in what is a deep draft. The last time they picked No. 11 they selected Jeff Carter in 2003, also a deep draft. So, it’s safe to say the odds are better than most years that the Flyers are going to land an impact player next week.

Will they stay at No. 11? Well, there’s a lot of speculation about that as well. There’s been all kinds of buzz about moving up, or trading the pick for an established player. Either way, general manager Paul Holmgren’s iPhone is going to be blowing up next Sunday and he and his staff are going to have to decide what the best course of action might be.

We have seven days until we find out. Until then, there are mock drafts aplenty out on the Interwebs telling you who each team is going to take and why.

I figured, why not throw my hat into that ring?

I like the prediction biz, even if I’m only average at best at it, but it’s still fun for discussion purposes, and of course for bragging rights.

We’ve ran a bunch of predictions in recent weeks from our colleagues at who put an inordinate amount of time into studying this draft. Those guys did a nice job.

Now here’s a mini-mock draft (first 11 picks) from me, a guy who knows a lot less than those experts, but likes to think he can read tea leaves a whole lot better.

So, without further ado…

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 3:31 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

I'm sure you all want to hear from Danny Briere... and we'll get to what he had to say in a minute.

But before I do, I want to weigh in on a couple things real quick.

1. I think Danny Briere will sign a one-year deal to play somewhere (max two years, but I'm betting he's leaning toward one) that will be for an affordable price and will be a situation where he's guaranteed a top-9 role on a team that can contend for a Stanley Cup and isn't ridiculously far from his home in New Jersey.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.12.2013 / 4:45 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

In case you missed it, the Flyers traded Shane Harper and a 2014 fourth round pick to the New York Islanders today for defenseman Mark Streit.

Streit, 35, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, so the Flyers have a little more than three weeks to work out a deal with him before he can test the market.

However, after talking to Streit today, I get the sense that it won't take that long.

Below is a transcription of my interview with Streit, who is back home in Switzerland. He sure sounds like a guy who is ready to commit to playing for the Flyers and isn't looking to necessarily hit that free agent market.

In other words, this isn't the same as when the Flyers tried the same thing with Dan Hamhuis a couple summers ago...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 3:09 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

There are 54 scribes in the writer’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, recipients of the Elmer Ferguson Award recognizing excellence in hockey journalism.

Of the 54, none have ever worked covering the Philadelphia Flyers.

That will change next Fall.

Long-time Flyers beat writer Jay Greenberg, who covered the team for 14 years (1975-1989) for both the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin and eventually the Philadelphia Daily News, will become the 55th member of that exclusive club, voted as the 2013 recipient of the Ferguson Award by a bloc of his peers in the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.31.2013 / 12:38 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The Flyers began their offseason roster modifications by signing a pair of undrafted free agents to entry-level contracts, one of which could land on the NHL roster.

They inked Austrian left wing Michael Raffl and Canadian defenseman Maxim Lamarche to three-year deals.

Raffl, 24, was sought after by several teams, but ultimately it came down to the Flyers and the Nashville Predators.

The Flyers won out, signing Raffl after seeing him play for Austria in the World Championships. He had a standout game against Russia, a team loaded with NHL-caliber talent, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

“Both (Director of Player Personnel) Dave Brown and myself as well as (European Scout) Ilkka (Sinisalo) saw him at the World Championships and he’s a good player,” said Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor. “You noticed him over there. He’s got skill. He thinks the game. He’s a versatile guy and can do a lot of different things.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 5:49 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Here’s hoping you didn’t bet the house on my predictions for the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Although I wasn’t incredibly far off, like my grandfather used to tell me all the time, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I went 4-4 in the first round.

To recap:

I picked Pittsburgh in six and they won in six. Yay Me.

I picked Ottawa in six and the won in five. Genius!

I picked Washington in seven, but they lost in seven. So, close!

I picked Boston in five, and, well, let’s just say I sweated out that victory.

Out west, I picked Chicago in five, and they won in five (this doesn’t sound so bad…)

I picked Anaheim in six, they lost in seven. Yeah, that one hurt a little.

I picked the Canucks in seven, they got swept. (Wait a minute, I did say it wouldn’t surprise me if the Sharks won... Did you hear a boom? What? No. Why? No grenade. So it doesn’t count!)

I picked St. Louis in seven. The lost in six. (I did say I was waffling back and forth on this pick and – Zip it!)

So, that’s it. Four to the good. Four to the bad. I cost you the vig.

And now, I’m going to frustrate you further with four new picks. Hopefully I can be better for you.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.06.2013 / 4:54 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

One of the questions that I have been asked a lot since the season ended last month has been, "How have the Flyers prospects looked this season?"

I figured the easiest way to answer it was to list them all here and have you decide for yourself.

Please note that players who had a good look with the Flyers this season - like Tye McGinn, Oliver Lauridsen and Erik Gustafsson are not included.

Neither are injured players like Marc-Andre Bourdon, Eric Wellwood or Ben Holmstrom as I will have further updates on them later this week.

So, without further adieu, the prospects:

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1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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