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Rinaldo Injured In First Preseason Game

Flyers left winger Zac Rinaldo was injured in the Flyers preseason debut, a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, Ontario at the Budweiser Gardens, the home arena of the OHL's London Knights.

Rinaldo took a vicious hit in the second period, and will be day-to-day with an upper-body injury, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

The Flyers got goals from Doug Clarkson, the younger brother of Toronto's David Clarkson, Brayden Schenn and Nick Cousins.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 2: Sophomore Slumps

Flyers fans will always remember where they were on June 23, 2011 when two of the biggest trades in team history took place.

In some ways it feels like an eternity ago, while in other ways it feels like just yesterday. But forget who and what left Philadelphia that Thursday afternoon two years ago.

The only thing that still matters most today is the acquisition of the 1st round draft pick that became Sean Couturier and the acquisition of 21 year old Brayden Schenn.

The trades changed the face of the franchise, and suddenly the Flyers became a team of youth with not only two but three of the best rookies in the NHL during the 2011-12 season thanks to those trades and the slick signing of college free agent Matt Read almost exactly three months prior.

That trio of rookie forwards shined in Philadelphia throughout the 2011-12 season, and the future was looking bright. But unfortunately what happens to even the best players in the NHL after a stellar rookie season is the dreaded sophomore slump.

(Sean Couturier. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

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)

Flyers Extend Rinaldo, Rosehill

The Flyers are making sure the 2013-14 team has some muscle next season.

They did so by extending the contracts of two enforcers, Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill. Both received two-year extensions.

Rinaldo will make an average salary of $750,000 for the next two seasons. Rosehill's annual hit will be $675,000.

Holmgren Tells Inquirer Laviolette Will Not Get Fired

It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.

Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.

Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:

"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.

Flyers Travel to Long Island in Hopes to Get Back On Track

The Flyers are hoping that Saturday's loss didn't derail them from the playoff hunt. Heading to Long Island, the Flyers look to take down the Islanders and get back into the winning ways.

Talbot Suffers Broken Leg

The Flyers cannot seem to get any proper momentum going.

Despite building a mini two-game winning streak, the Flyers lost another key player to injury which will keep him out for a while. Max Talbot suffered a broken leg at the end of the second period of the Flyers 5-4 win against Washington and will be out indefinitely.

With just over a minute to go, Talbot collided with Capitals defenseman Mike Green. The replay made it look like Talbot was cut on the back of the leg with Green's skate but the Flyers said after the game that wasn't the case.

Flyers Look to Carry Momentum Against Caps

The Flyers look to ride off the momentum of a huge 3-1 win over Boston. But they host a hot Washington team that comes in winning four of its last five games. Both teams are on the outside looking in right now. They will be desperate for these two points.

Escape From Losing Island: Flyers Host Islanders; Look to End Losing Ways

The last time the Flyers played the Islanders they won 7-0. A near-repeat performance could do wonders on their psyche. A win in general would also suffice.

Hartnell Gets Benched; Predestined?

If a player's offensive production includes two goals and three assists in 14 games, it's easily assumed that is the stat line of a fourth line forward.

For the Flyers, it was top-liner Scott Hartnell.

The struggles continued for Hartnell, who found himself demoted in the third period of a frustrating 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It's safe to say the demotion was a long time coming for Hartnell, who hasn't been the same player that led the Flyers with 37 goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell battles with Matt Carle. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)