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Flyers' awkward season is a transition season

Let's face it... Flyers fans are in for an awkward season.

There is no way around describing what this 2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers team is. You can say they're a team in transition.

The word transition is not something that owners like to use or that fans like to hear. But it truly is the perfect way to explain this Flyers team.

It is not shocking at all either that the Flyers would end up this way. Ron Hextall was promoted to general just this spring, so he himself is still trying to make the team his own. He was left tied up with a few mistakes made by previous GM Paul Holmgren, and has been unable to reverse moves that were made prior to his promotion.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: The New Guys

The Philadelphia Flyers head into the 2014-15 season with virtually the same roster that lost in seven games to the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division Semifinals.

With that said, there have been a couple new additions to the Flyers’ proverbial puzzle.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Defense

The future for the defense of the Philadelphia Flyers is extremely bright.

Players such as Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg, along with Shayne Gostisbehere are not far from being NHL ready. And the expectations are very high for when they are ready.

Until then, the Flyers have a bit of an issue on the back end. Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen’s future in professional hockey is in question as he is out indefinitely due to blood clots in his lungs and right calf. The loss of Timonen will likely expose some of the issues that the Flyers have on the blue line.

Flyers send Gostisbehere, Laughton to Lehigh Valley; Morin still in Philly

The Philadelphia Flyers need to get the active roster to 23 by the start of the season.

They're at 26.

The Flyers got to that number when they sent center Scott Laughton and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Both, who were top candidates to start the season with the Flyers, will start in Lehigh.

The Flyers also waived veteran Zack Stortini. If he isn't picked up, he will join Laughton and Gostisbehere in Lehigh.

Flyers Sign Del Zotto

The Flyers signed free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on Tuesday.

The signing came after the announcement that Kimmo Timonen is being treating in his country of Finland for blood clots in his right calf and both lungs.

In 67 games with the Nashville Predators and the New York Rangers last season, Del Zotto scored three goals and 13 assists. His speed, size and offensive ability will help fill the void left by Timonen's injury.

Lundqvist, Rangers Foil Flyers

NEW YORK -- It was too little too late for the Flyers.

The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist staved off a resurgent Flyers team, holding on to win 2-1 in a wild game at Madison Square Garden. The score reflected their first meeting last Thursday, this time with a different result.

The Flyers were flat from the opening face off. The Rangers controlled the puck and the flow, keeping the action in the Flyers half of the ice.

(Photo: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in the win. Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

5-on-3 PK Left Fans, Players In Awe

One of the many highlights from Thursday's thrilling 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers was a penalty kill in the third period.

No, you didn't read that wrong. The Flyers killing of a 5-on-3 power play that included a four-minute double minor for high sticking and a two-minute penalty for hooking turned out to be the ultimate seal of Philadelphia's first victory of the 2013 season.

(Photo: Max Talbot and Rick Nash fight for the puck. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Habs This Week: Winding Down

This week, much to the sadness and/or delight of many Canadiens' fans, is the last of 2011-12. Last week, the Habs surrendered all three of their games, two in the shootout and one in regulation time against the Rangers.

Squeezed out: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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Renowned Hab-killer Scott Clemmensen was in goal once again for the Panthers, but Montreal managed to pot two goals behind him, leading 2-1 at the start of the third period.

 



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Wings lose in OT; Extend losing streak to 6

It was a frustrating night for the Detroit Red Wings...again.

Ryan Callahan scored the OT winner with a perfect assist from Michael Del Zotto to give the Wings their sixth consecutive loss. So what went wrong?

The Wings showed a poor display of defense tonight, especially in the third period, leaving Callahan with 8 total shots on goal. The Wings also looked very slow in the third, leaving Ty Conklin virtually all by himself in the net.

But that wouldn't phase Conklin too much as he had 32 saves along with .942 save percentage in the game. Safe to say he was the Wings strongest player tonight.

The Wings were scored on in their first penalty kill attempt, but th...