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MELTZER: Tough Choices

Among the rookie class, a look at who the remaining candidates are for a roster spot

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

One thing has been clear throughout both Rookie Camp and NHL Camp for the Philadelphia Flyers this September: there is a lot of talent in the farm system that is knocking on the door of becoming solid players as pros. Some will take longer than others to arrive in the NHL, some may eventually have to go elsewhere to find a spot, and not all will be stars at the top level. Nevertheless, there is a slew of talent both in quantity and quality. 

This has not escaped notice from other NHL organizations, as well as from Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr. In the latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's weekly "31 Thoughts" column, an NHL scout is quoted saying about the Flyers' prospects, "My goodness, Philadelphia is loaded."

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Flyers reduce camp roster, update injury situation

Berube placed on waivers, pair of forwards return to practice

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

The Philadelphia Flyers have reduced their training camp roster by one pPrior to hitting the ice on Sunday for practice, Flyers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher, announced one roster cut and updated the status of two injured forwards.

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Breaking through

Voracek, Giroux have big nights, roster competition heats up as Flyers down Rangers, 4-1

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

Playing their final home game of the preseason, the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The Flyers improved to 1-2-1 on the preseason, while the Rangers went to 0-3-0.

Flyers stars broke through and competition heats up for limited roster spots as head coach Alain Vigneault takes in the game from above.

Below are other news & notes from the contest:

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Flyers announce game roster vs. Rangers

Veterans, rookies both on display in final preseason home game

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced their game roster for tonight's preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center vs. NY Rangers (7 p.m., NBCSP+ | 93.3 WMMR).

Some news & notes prior to puck drop:

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Flyers reduce training camp roster to 36 players

Club makes third round of cuts with 18 players reporting to Lehigh Valley

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The Philadelphia Flyers have reduced their training camp roster by 18 players:

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Therien's Take: Training Camp Continues

by Chris Therien @ctherien6

We are a week into the Flyers training camp and the team has already played three games over a four-night span. It is a routine camp in that the veterans who don't have to worry about making the team -- guys such as Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Kevin Hayes, Ivan Provorov, Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, among others -- are going out, getting their reps in and doing the things they need to do in order to be physically ready for opening night. 

The best part about watching training camp -- from an observer's standpoint -- is to see the young talent and veterans on the bubble giving their all for that one 
majestic chance to make an NHL roster at the start of the season..

This year is no different. As of now, four rookies -- Phil Myers on defense, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and German Rubtsov up front -- appear to be the most likely candidates to snag an opening night roster spot. The injury status of center Nolan Patrick and winger Tyler Pitlick, depending on how they progress, could alter the picture for opening night and possibly even open another available spot. 

The question is what goes through these players minds over the process of training camp and the preseason? I can't speak for other people, but I'm happy to share my own experience from my rookie NHL season.

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Chemistry forming?

Top line, d-pair build chemistry in preseason loss to Bruins

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

The Flyers dropped to 0-2-1 on the preseason as they lost, 3-1 to the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Danton Heinen (1st), Peter Cehlarik (1st) and Connor Clifton (1st) scored for Boston. Matt Niskanen (1st) had the lone Flyers tally.

Brian Elliott got the start for the Flyers, and played the first and second periods. He stopped of 22 of 24 shots. Alex Lyon entered at the start of the third period, and went the rest of the way. He stopped 9 of 10.

Jaroslav Halak started for the Bruins. He turned back 16 of 17 shots over two periods. Maxime Lagace came in for the third period, and denied all seven he faced.

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Flyers announce roster vs. Bruins

News, notes & reaction on the lineup from the morning skate

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

The Flyers announced their game roster for tonight's game vs. Boston at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., NBCSP | 97.5 The Fanatic) and with it will mark the preseason debut of Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.

New head coach Alain Vigneault and the Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-1 in the preseason) will take on Bruce Cassidy's Boston Bruins (0-0-1) at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on NBCSP and NHL Network.

With the roster being unveiled, here are a look at the lines based off the morning skate:

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Flyers reduce camp roster by eight players

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

The Philadelphia Flyers have reduced their training camp roster by eight (8) players:

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Hart sharp in preseason debut

Flyers drop 3-2 decision on Long Island in overtime

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

In the rematch of Monday's preseason opener in Philadelphia, the Flyers were defeated by the New York Islanders in overtime, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, on Tuesday night. The Islanders iced an entirely different lineup on Tuesday, while the Flyers had four players (German Rubtsov, Mikhail Vorobyev, Maksim Sushko and Chris Stewart) who appeared in both games.

Below are news, notes & takeaways from the loss:

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