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Trade Deadline Creates Frenzy in Philadelphia

The trade winds are blowing all over the NHL and its pipelines. Twitter is ablaze with rumors, Facebook is full of propositions, and everyone is on pins and needles.

It’s what makes the NHL trade deadline among the most frantic and fun days of the sports year. Every team has problems and every follower of the team knows exactly what the cure will be for their woes.

When the trade finally goes down, many will ooh and aah over the new shiny toy in the home sweater.

In Philadelphia, it’s a little bit different.

The beast that is the media climate of the City of Brotherly Love seems to remain at a fever pitch. If it’s not about what right-handed bat the Phillies should acquire, it’s about what the Eagles should do with their disgruntled wide receiver.

It goes on and on and it never stops.

Trade Deadline: Even A Defenseman Can't Save These Flyers

The Flyers are considered to be buyers in the coming weeks as the trade deadline rolls near.

Players like Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as well as Toronto’s Luke Schenn have been mentioned in numerous possible trade situations and rumors. But in the end, will it all matter for the Flyers?

Before this turns into a column writing off the Flyers, take a step back and look at the situation the team is in. They are currently eight points behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division lead while resting with the fourth seed.

But on the other side of the Flyers, they are only eight points ahead of the ninth place Capitals. The Flyers could very easily be in the bottom half of the playoff tree when April rolls around and their possible match ups could spell doom.

Schenn, Simmonds welcome a new presence

Before the season started, people doubted whether or not Zac Rinaldo would make the 23-man roster.

Now, Rinaldo has earned his way onto the third line.

Though it may be temporary, Rinaldo made a huge impact in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Predators playing on the third line and it may have been the game that gives the 21-year-old a true crack at more ice time.

Before Thursday’s game, Rinaldo was averaging a little over six minutes of ice time, was a minus-7 and had only four points. But in that game, Rinaldo eclipsed the 10-minute mark for only the third time all season in his 36 games, skating a season hight 11:11.

Voracek has room to improve

Jakub Voracek is a big guy.

Standing at 6’2”, 214 lbs., he is one of the biggest players on the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the exception of Jaromir Jagr, Voracek probably has the most skill considering his size and much like Jagr, Voracek has proven that he is a difficult matchup.

In a general sense, Voracek has been a wonderful addition to the team.

However, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have things he can work on.

Flyers Back Home To Face The Wild

The Philadelphia Flyers (26-13-4) have played 15 of their last 21 games in enemy territory and have returned home 2-2 from their most recent trip, which ended with a 4-2 loss in Nashville.

The good news for the Flyers is they will be home for three of their next five games leading up to the All-Star break.

In fact, the Flyers will be playing the majority of their remaining 39 games at home (23) this season.

Tonight the Flyers will host a Minnesota Wild (22-16-7) team who started the year red hot, 11-4 in November, but have since cooled.

BREAKING: JvR to miss time with concussion

Head injuries have become a thing of the norm in the NHL.

And for the Flyers, it's becoming a bit too constant.

James van Riemsdyk will now join a list of Flyers to be bit with the concussion bug this season. In a statement from general manager Paul Holmgren, van Riemsdyk will be out indefinitely.

Why Wings Fans Should Want Pronger Healthy

Adam Foote might be the only NHL defenseman more despised by Wings faithful than Chris Pronger over the past 15 seasons. That's a big might. Pronger is strong, mean and skilled; he's a player you hate for your squad to play against but would love to have him on your team. Whether it was with St. Louis, Edmonton or Anaheim, Pronger gave the Wings trouble in the postseason with crunching hits and booming point shots. His battles with Tomas Holmstrom were epic and memorable.

Unfortunately the concussion epidemic sweeping the league also struck Pronger who is shut down for the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome. It's a detriment to the league when any play...


Waiting is the hardest part.

After only nine career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings over a two-year period, Brayden Schenn quickly became familiar with the phrase.

Following an offseason trade to the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that was a perfect fit for the 20-year old center man to play right away, it seemed as though Schenn finally had his shot.

Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Briere, JvR Ring in the New Year Right

Daniel Briere and James van Riemsdyk had rough starts to the 2011-12 season.

Both players had to battle through injuries and were not producing the way that many had hoped they would.

However, since the calendar has flipped over to 2012, the two players have seemed to flip with it.

24/7 finale; A Tale of Two Cities

On Thursday night, HBO concluded their 24/7 series profiling the road to the Winter Classic for the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Over the last four weeks, the show has offered fans a unique view into the lives of the two teams that otherwise never could have been seen.

The series finale took a symmetrical look at the two teams. In both a literal and figurative sense, it was a tale of two cities.