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Flyers Evaluating With Week Off

The Flyers' week-long break will come to an end this Thursday when they host the Rangers.

While off, the Flyers set to work on a few things. Their powerplay unit, which is 29th in the NHL needed work; the entire team went to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday as a bonding experience; and they have a couple players potentially returning from injuries which will create a few decisions.

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.

Gagne's Return: Was It Really Worth It?

The setting: late February in Philadelphia.

Needing a spark in some way after a dreadful start to the season, General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to pull the trigger on a move involving a familiar face returning to the Delaware Valley.

Holmgren shipped a 4th round pick to Los Angeles to bring back left winger Simon Gagne.

"Simon is an experienced veteran who will help us in a lot of areas," Holmgren said on February 26. "We are glad to have him back."

(Photo: Simon Gagne takes the ice in his return to Philadelphia on February 27, 2013. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Lecavalier's Decision Easy In Coming to Philly

The man who once wore a #4 on his sweater will have to add a zero, as the retired Barry Ashbee holds permanent claim to that number.

Though Vincent Lecavalier will have to add a zero to his jersey, leading him to don a #40 jersey with the Flyers, Philadelphia did not get a zero as they landed the top free agent of the offseason. After inking a five-year, $22.5 million contract to play for the Flyers, the 33-year-old Lecavalier will bring the perfect combination of scoring and a veteran presence to a young Flyers team seeking a direction.

“I’m really excited," Lecavalier said. "Obviously everything came pretty quickly. I was part of an organization for 14 years so it was a tough few days. But after I talked to [head coach Peter Laviolette] and [general manager Paul Holmgren], I really liked what they have to say and where the organization is going. So that made my decision a lot easier.”

Lecavalier was bought-out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, a shock to the NHL. His buyout of $30 million over 14 years broke an NHL record that Ilya Bryzgalov held for only a few hours.

(Steve Babineau / Getty Images)

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 5: Front Office Is to Blame

The Flyers came to a crossroads two offseasons ago.

They could have gone in one or two directions. One side of the path had them rebuilding the team, pushing a youth movement that would make them a dangerous contender in a couple years. The other path was the same win-now mentality the Flyers have had for the last two decades, resulting in a couple Stanley Cup berths and a handful of Conference Finals appearances.

Unfortunately, general manager Paul Holmgren tried to travel down both paths at once and wound up falling flat on his face this season.

(Photo: Wayne Simmonds (front) and Sean Couturier (back) were both a part of the youth movement. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

NY Islanders Fall To The Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

Isles fall to the Flyers in Philly, leaving them in the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

Who Should Stay, Who Should Go?

Only five games remain in this lockout-shortened regular season for the Philadelphia Flyers. These five games serve as a tryout period for players to show why they should or shouldn't stay beyond next season. Some players have already been written off, as it may not make much sense to keep for the future.

Many difficult decisions have to be made this summer, including players that have had extended stints as Flyers.

Flyers' Nightmare Reaches Its Conclusion

The Philadelphia Flyers' season is likely over.

After dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, they find themselves seven points back of the final playoff spot with eight games to go, needing a bevy of extremely unlikely circumstances to occur for them to even slide into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We have a game coming up," head coach Peter Laviolette said after the loss. "We need to win hockey games and focus on the next one."

That may be the only thing the Flyers can do—just try to win with what they have.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux during warm-ups. Photo by Candice Monhollan)

Senators Snap Five-Game Skid; Beat Fading Flyers 3-1

The Ottawa Senators came into Philadelphia desperately needing a win to right the ship in a bad way and they delivered.

The Flyers, still with a glimmer of hope left for a playoff berth, did not deliver and wasted a great game by Ilya Bryzgalov. Dominated for 60 minutes the Flyers lost 3-1 to Ottawa Thursday night.

This was the second time the Flyers couldn't take advantage of a team on a major losing skid in the last three games.

On Saturday, the Flyers enabled the Winnipeg Jets to snap a five-game losing streak by dropping the game, 4-1. Ottawa was on a five-game losing streak heading into tonight.

(Pictured: Ottawa's Chris Neil throws his body in the 1st period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Couturier Regaining Lost Confidence Post-Trade Deadline

All 30 teams in the NHL know the type of talent Sean Couturier possesses.

Only one, the Philadelphia Flyers, have the fortune of saying that they are possession of his talent.

On the April 3 trade deadline, a handful of teams asked the Flyers about the 20-year-old Couturier. San Jose wanted him in exchange for Ryan Clowe and Ottawa wanted him for Ben Bishop.

The Flyers didn’t bite though, opting to hold onto Couturier rather than deal him for a potential rental forward with no goals or an unproven starting goaltender. They did, however, exercise the notion of trading him for a top, young defenseman or top line scorer.

Couturier was glad this deadline ended, especially for him trying to focus on his play rather than if he's going to get moved.

(Pictured: Sean Couturier celebrates with Jay Rosehill and Erik Gustafsson after setting up Rosehill's goal in the third. John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY)