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Antero Niittymaki is Back in the Flyers Organization As A Scout

The Flyers front office is loaded with former players who have enjoyed their tenure in Philadelphia so much they came back to work in the front office.

Former goalie Antero Niittymaki is the latest former Flyer to join the front office, serving as a scout in the European market for the Flyers. He joins former players like Derian Hatcher and Ian Laperriere who are now employed by the Flyers as personnel.

Niittymaki said he knew exactly where he wanted to go in the next phase of his professional hockey career. And after he played his final games for TPS Turku of the Finnish league, he made the call to Paul Holmgren for a job.

(Photo: Antero Niittymaki in 2008. Photo byAl Bello/Getty Images North America)

Mandatory Visor Debate Rages Again

The decision remains optional, but recent history suggests that the use of visors on hockey helmets should be mandatory.

Simply put, the eyes are the most important part of a hockey player, and they must be protected.

Last night in a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, a Kimmo Timonen slap shot deflected off of a Flyer stick and straight up into the face of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Staal was left in a pool of his own blood on the ice, holding his right eye.

Staal left the game immediately after being hit directly in the eye, and is out indefinitely. According to a tweet by Nick Kypreos, the injury is not believed to be career-threatening.

(Pictured: A trainer tends to Rangers defenseman Marc Staal after getting hit in the right eye by a puck Tuesday night. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Flyers Name Laperriere Director of Player Development

The Flyers have added a fan favorite to their front office.

Ex-winger Ian Laperriere has been named director of player development according to the Flyers website this afternoon.