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Flyers Extend Claude Giroux For 8 Years

The Flyers have officially extended the contract of their captain, Claude Giroux.

Reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Giroux has been extended to an 8-year, $66.2 million deal. The deal carries an AAV of $8.275 million until 2022-23 (starts during the 2014-15 season).

“I’m very excited," Giroux said in a conference call. "I’ve been able to play with the organization for five years… it’s been unbelievable, the fans are always expecting great things. So just to be a part of that, it’s a really great feeling.”

Giroux also added that there is some pressure with an 8-year deal, the largest for a Flyers captain. But he is excited for the new challenge of being the face of the organization.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

On Ryan and Bernier: Is It Worth the Risk?

On Tuesday, the rumor mill concerning the Philadelphia Flyers blew up.

Not only was it confirmed by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that forward Danny Briere would be bought out, but conflicting reports about goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's security with the team surfaced, as well as trade rumors involving Anaheim's Bobby Ryan and Los Angeles' Jonathan Bernier also came to the forefront.

Talk about a crazy day.

All of this coming on the heels of a reported deal struck with the New York Islanders to acquire their former captain Mark Streit. Streit signed a bloated four year pact worth a grand total of $22 million. Following that deal, it signaled change. There is writing on the wall...but for whom?

If, for example, both Briere and Bryzgalov are bought out, that unlocks about $12 million in cap space. The Flyers are currently above the new cap ceiling of $64 million by $7 million. These moves would not afford a ton of room, but it would at least be something.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 4: The Shortened Season

Every single player, coach, owner, fan and analyst knew what to expect during the shortened 2013 season.

Unlike the marathon of a regular 82-game schedule is for these athletes every season, the 48-game post-lockout season was going to be a mad scramble from the starting line.

Imagine a bunch of marathon runners running a sprint. That was the 2013 Flyers and it went about as poorly as you could have imagined it to go.

Akeson Scores in NHL Debut

The storyline couldn't have been drawn up any more perfect for Flyers prospect Jason Akeson.

Playing in his home town, Akeson made his NHL debut in the final game of the 2013 season, a 2-1 win for the Flyers against the Ottawa Senators. What made the moment even more sweet for Akeson was the fact he scored his first NHL goal in that game as well.

“Just playing in an NHL game was something special; something I’ll always remember,” Akeson said. “And to score a goal, it makes it that much more special.”

Just three minutes and 46 seconds into the game, Akeson found the back of the net, scoring the game's first goal. It was just the second shift of his NHL career.

(Photo: Jake Akeson holds up his 1st NHL goal puck. Photo courtesy of the Flyers Facebook/Twitter page)

Voracek's Winner Earns Mason 100th Win

Jakub Voracek needed to give the team one last reminder why they chose him as their MVP of the 2013 season.

At the halfway point of the third period, Voracek beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead and eventual win in Ottawa. It was the final game of the season in which they ended on a four-game winning streak.

The goal, combined with one last impressive effort from goalie Steve Mason, set up the victory, giving the Flyers some joy heading into a playoff-less off season.

Flyers Team Awards: Voracek Takes Home MVP, Most Improved

Before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.

The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013 season.

(Pictured: Jakub Voracek. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Mason Stones Bruins in 5-2 Win

Steve Mason is continuing his strong case as the Flyers top goaltender for next season.

On a night honoring the city of Boston with pregame festivities, auctioned jerseys and a rousing edition of "Sweet Carolina," Mason stole the show to stone the Bruins and give the Flyers a huge win.

Mason stopped 39 shots for his third win in a Flyers jersey, leading the Flyers to a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

(Pictured: Steve Mason. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Honor Bruins Tonight

The Flyers will honor the city of Boston tonight with patches, decals and donations. But it will all be business once the puck drops against one of their inter-division rivals.

Jagr's Presence Missed in Philly; Returns Tuesday

The Flyers found themselves in a tough position this past offseason, and that was whether to re-sign Jaromir Jagr or not.

The cons of bringing back the 41-year-old right winger out-weighed the pros for the Flyers front office at the time and the decided to part ways with the future Hall of Famer. They were concerned about his age and health during another long season, two factors the Flyers saw first-hand during the 2011-12 season.

Unfortunately for them, they made their decision before it was known there would be a 48-game season as opposed to the normal 82-game schedule due to a lockout and it may have cost the Flyers big time.

Jagr made his decision where to go in the off season, signing with the Dallas Stars for a one-year, $4.55 million back in July, well before it was even known what fate the 2012-2013 season would have.

(Pictured: Jaromir Jagr during warm-ups before a game against the Devils on April 10. Photo by Mike Ashmore)

Simmonds' Four Point Night Dispatches Canes

Teams destined to miss the playoffs put on 60 minutes of hockey devoid of defense and chock full of a dominant performance by winger Wayne Simmonds in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

18 shots in the first period for the Flyers proved the insignificant defensive pressure by the Hurricanes. In fact, Jakub Voracek almost scored within the first 10 seconds of the game forcing starter Justin Peters had to make a desperate save to keep the puck from crossing the goal line.