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Flyers Acquire Steve Downie in Trade with Avalanche

Confirmed reports claim that the Philadelphia Flyers have traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own first round draft pick in 2005, Steve Downie.

Downie was originally shipped out of town with Steve Eminger in exchange for Lightning defenseman Matt Carle. Carle finds himself back where he was before this deal in 09, in Tampa Bay, in some sort of strange, full-circle kind of sense.

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Patience Is Key When Assessing Struggling Flyers

Patience is something that is not in the Philadelphia Flyers vocabulary.

Flyers Chairman Ed Snider has not been the model of patience for the Flyers. For years now the team has been in “win now” mode at the expense of future development.

But two years ago, the team shuffled their roster and radically changed their direction, acquiring younger players, prospects and picks. With young players comes growing pains and unfortunately for the Flyers, these players such as Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds, are struggling.

With the team’s struggles early in this season, there have been calls for a roster shakeup.

The Giant Falls: Flyers Admit for the First Time That Chris Pronger's Career is Over

The inevitable has been confirmed.

In a heart-breaking dose of reality, the Philadelphia Flyers have publicly acknowledged for the first time that Chris Pronger's professional hockey career is done. In a radical metaphor, it feels like the plug has finally been pulled.

In an exclusive interview with Hockey News, this is the first time the team has publicly made it known his career is over.

"I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again," said Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "I have no problems saying it."

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Flyers Hartnell, Lecavalier to Miss Time

The Flyers' depth at forwards, which was already at question when healthy, just took a major hit.

After leaving the game on Friday, both left winger Scott Hartnell and center Vincent Lecavalier will both miss some time, per general manager Paul Holmgren.

BREAKING: Flyers Fire Head Coach Peter Laviollete; Craig Berube Replaces Lavy

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette just three games into the 2013-14 season.

After losing 3-1, 4-1 and 2-1 to open the season, the Flyers pulled the trigger on a coaching change. The Flyers announced the firing at the Wells Fargo Center Monday morning.

“I met with Peter Laviolette earlier this morning and informed him that he was being relieved of his duties as head coach,” general manager Paul Holmgren said to open the press conference.

They have decided to go with assistant coach Craig Berube as Laviolette’s replacement. Berube will be the head coach, and not an interim tag, Holmgren said.

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Laughton's Demotion Will Serve Him Well

Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.

19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?

Matt Read Signs Multi-Year Extension

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Matt Read has signed a multi-year contract extension believed to be a four years in length totaling $14.5 million. The annual average value (AAV) stands at a shade over $3.6 million per season.

Flyers Re-Sign RFA Defenseman Brandon Manning

According to Flyers Insider Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed 23-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning to a one year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Flyers Give Sean Couturier Two-Year Extension

Sean Couturier has always been a prized possession in the eyes of general manager Paul Holmgren, surviving numerous trade talks.

Couturier will now be in a Flyers uniform a bit longer. The Flyers have extended the contract of the 20-year-old center for the next two years following the 2013-14 season.

Couturier's extension is worth $3.5 million over two seasons. Couturier is expected to go into camp this season, his third in the NHL, as the Flyers third center behind recently extended captain Claude Giroux and the newly signed Vincent Lecavalier.

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Flyers Sign Oliver Lauridsen

Big Oliver is back.

According to insider Anthony SanFilippo, 6'6", 220 lb Oliver Lauridsen signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reported the annual cap hit at $600,000 over the next two seasons. The first year of Lauridsen's deal will be a two-way contract and the second year will be a one-way contract.

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