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Bill Meltzer's Archive

Quick Hits: Draft Lottery, LeClair, Flyers Warriors, Daniels

June 1, 2021 - 8:58 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 1, 2021 1) The National Hockey League Draft lottery will be held tomorrow. The Flyers have a 1.8 percent chance of moving up to the first or second pick. University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power, a late 2002 birthdate player, is widely considered to be the most likely candida...

Quick Hits: Hayes, Lottery Odds, ELCs, RIP Donna Ashbee, Showcase, TIFH

June 2, 2021 - 10:43 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 2, 2021 1) Per Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher, center Kevin Hayes underwent successful core muscle surgery last week. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers. Expected post-op recovery time is five weeks. Thereafter, he can engage in typical offseason workouts....

Quick Hits: 13th Pick, Statement on Donna Ashbee, Showcase Update, TIFH

June 3, 2021 - 11:09 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 3, 2021 1) The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery played out almost exactly by the statistical probabilities. Every team but two -- the Seattle Kraken moving up from third to second, the Anaheim Ducks moving down from second to third -- stayed put with the default selection spots they took i...

Quick Hits: Ersson, Briere, TIFH

June 4, 2021 - 9:58 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 4, 20201 1) The Flyers announced yesterday that they have signed 21-year-old goalie prospect Samuel Ersson to an entry-level contract. Ersson is expected to come to North America for the 2021-22 season, where he may compete for playing time in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phant...

Quick Hits: Goalie Drafting, Flyers Warriors, TIFH

June 5, 2021 - 11:02 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 5, 2021 1) As a rule of thumb, I am not a big fan of using a first-round Draft pick on a goaltender. Among all positions on the ice, post-draft goalie development is the hardest to predict and the most likely to look significantly different in hypothetical "re-drafts" years later...

Quick Hits: Flahr, Laughton, Bernie & Lappy, Watson Bros., TIFH and More

June 6, 2021 - 11:08 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 6, 2021 Note: I am taking a short vacation (June 7 to 9) with my wife, and will not be writing while I am away. The blog will resume per usual on June 10. To extend the shelf-life of the blog for a few days, today's is largely geared toward recently posted Flyers-related podcast...

Musings and Quick Hits: Laperriere, Sandström, Phantoms, Showcase & More

June 11, 2021 - 10:05 AM ET

Thoughts on Laperriere Hiring in Lehigh Valley The Flyers recent announcement of the transfer of Ian Laperriere from an NHL assistant coaching role to the head coaching job for the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms did not come as a surprise. The move was widely rumored from the day that Scott Gordon...

Quick Hits: Offseason Poll, Showcase Update, TIFH

June 13, 2021 - 9:40 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 13, 2021 1) In the salary-cap era, especially given the current flat ceiling/floor and the difficulty of making "hockey trades", it is practically impossible for any team to fulfil its entire offseason wish list. Heading into this summer, the Flyers have a variety of areas of nee...

Quick Hits: Flyers Daily, Alumni and Mire

June 14, 2021 - 8:49 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 14, 2021 1) On today's edition of Flyers Daily on the Flyers Broadcast Network, Jason Myrtetus and I dissect what went wrong with the Flyers' blueline this past season, going player-by-player and pairing-by-pairing. We also gave out grades for each Flyers defenseman. There were n...

Quick Hits: Rubtsov, Sandin, TIFH

June 15, 2021 - 10:10 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 15, 2021 1) Yesterday, the Flyers announced that impending restricted free agent forwards German Rubtsov and Linus Sandin have respectively agreed to one-year, two-way contract extensions that carry $750,000 cap hits at the NHL level. Essentially, the deals amount to both players...

Oskar Lindblom Wins 2020-21 Masterton Trophy

June 16, 2021 - 4:30 AM ET

A runner-up last season for the Masterton Trophy, which goes to a player who exemplifies "perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication" to the sport of hockey, Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom has won the award for the 2020-21 season. In December 2019, Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a ra...

Quick Hits: Schwartz, Jones, Pods, TIFH

June 17, 2021 - 11:31 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 17, 2021 1) Much has been said and written of late about whether the Flyers can (or should) seek to acquire Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets, presuming he is willing to sign a multi-year extension in Philadelphia. I'm not going to wade into it again right now. I said all...

Quick Hits: Brind'Amour, TIFH and More

June 18, 2021 - 11:14 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 18, 2021 1) Congratulations go out to Flyers Hall of Famer Rod Brind'Amour for winning the Jack Adams Award for the job he did coaching the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Brind'Amour and Bill Barber (Flyers, 2000-01) are the only two Flyers Alumni players to win the Adams. Howe...

Quick Hits: Recchi, Selke, Silly Season (Jones, Dumba), TIFH

June 19, 2021 - 10:56 AM ET

Quick Hits: June 19, 2021 1) Congratulations go out to two-stint Flyers Alumni winger Mark Recchi for his selection to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. A three-time winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as Flyers' MVP, Recchi is one of only six players in franchise history who pl...