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NHL Lockout: Regular season games expected to to be cancelled as early as this week

According to multiple reports, the NHL could begin cancelling regular season games this week.

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Bryzgalov miserable in KHL

Ilya Bryzgalov wants the lockout to end immediately.

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Another Flyer headed overseas

Philadelphia Flyers forward Tom Sestito announced over Twitter on Monday afternoon that he will be joining the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League based out of the United Kingdom.

Sestito will join Drew Miller of the Detroit Red Wings (who will be playing for the Braehead Clan) and Anthony Stewart of the Carolina Hurricanes (signed to play for the Nottingham Panthers), as the only current NHL players signed to play in the EIHL. The players are playing overseas due to the lockout that was enacted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Sept. 15 after the league and its Players Association failed to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.

Sestito signed a one-year contract extension with Philadelphia this past offseason that was going to pay him $605,000 for 2012-13. Here is what SB Nation's Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey had to say about his decision to play in the EIHL:

Sestito should be a solid player in the EIHL. The level of play has been compared to that of the ECHL in the United States in the past, and that's proven in the experience of the team's current roster. The Steelers roster has 938 games of AHL experience and just 76 games of NHL experience, not counting Sestito.

Sheffiled is currently in first place with a 5-3-0-1 overall record.

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Could players stay in KHL? Flyers goalie thinks so

Flyers goalie thinks NHL players may stay in KHL.

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NHL Lockout: Regular season games at stake

According to multiple reports, the NHL could begin cancelling regular season games this week.

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For Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, NHL Lockout Creates Additional Issues

As the NHL lockout continues to drag on and pre-season games having been cancelled through the end of September, 37-year-old Philly defenseman Kimmo Timonen enters the final year of a 6-year contract with a great deal of uncertainty.

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Philadelphia Flyers Send 26 Players to Phantoms Ahead of Lockout

The Flyers assigned 26 players to their AHL affiliate ahead of Saturday's lockout, including Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Erik Gustafsson.

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Chris Pronger Injury: Flyers Defenseman To Undergo More Tests

Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger will be returning to the team's practice facility in Voorhees, New Jersey sometime next week to receive testing, according to a report by NHL.com.

Pronger has been inactive since sustaining a concussion during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs last Nov. when he was hit in the head with a high stick from Mikhail Grabovski and was forced to spend the remainder of the season on long-term injured reserve.

Suffering from post-concussion syndrome, the 37-year-old still experiences head aches stemming from the incident and will not be taking the ice when he returns to Voorhees, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Pronger signed a seven-year contract extension with the Flyers in 2009 and was named the 18th captain in franchise history in 2011. In 13 games as captain, Pronger registered one goal and 11 assists for 12 points.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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NHL Lockout: Claude Giroux Plans To Play Elsewhere

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux stated on Tuesday that he plans to find somewhere else to play if the NHL enacts an extended lockout against the players, according to Bruce Garrioch. Giroux took part in an informal practice held at the Bell Sensplex on Tuesday, which is the Ottawa Senators practice facility.

With the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its player's association set to dissolve on Sept. 15, commissioner Gary Bettman has already made it clear that the players will be locked out if a new deal is not negotiated prior to the expiration of the current deal.

This has forced players to begin seriously considering alternative employment opportunities.

According to Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, Giroux won't be playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. In a foreign language interview from July, Bryzgalov stated that he and Giroux had already discussed the topic.

Via Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy:

"Claude and I had a conversation about this once at dinner. Giroux said that he was afraid of going to Russia.

"Claude says 'I have one friend who played in Russia. But he was kicked out from the club without paying. Hockey players in the KHL are absolutely unprotected.'"

The KHL has placed a set of strict rules that will limit the amount of NHL players that will be eligible to receive temporary contracts in case of a lockout. However, Giroux mets each of the categories and would assumedly be admitted to the league if he so desires.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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Ilya Bryzgalov Hopes To Leave 2011-12 Season Behind, Move Forward With Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's offseason hasn't focused on an impeding NHL lockout, instead, the former Vezina Trophy runner-up has worked on getting trimmer and more comfortable with his Flyers surroundings,a story from Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi revealed Tuesday.

According to Bryzgalov, he's lost eight pounds from last season and now feels more at ease with his relationship with the Flyers fanbase and media members.

"To be honest, I don't analyze everything that happened last year," he said the other day. "I feel totally comfortable right now here. I understand the Philly media. I understand the Philly fans right now. I know what to expect from everybody in the locker room."

The 32-year-old veteran, who admitted in the piece he's undecided whether he will play in Russia if there's a lockout, is coming off a poor playoff performance which featured him compiling a 3.46 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. However, the Philadelphia front office still has confidence in Bryzgalov, says general manager Paul Holmgren.

"He's a good goalie, and we expect him to be a lot better, and I'm sure he does himself," Holmgren added. "When I met with him at the end of the year, he knew he made some mistakes along the way. There are some things he needed to improve on and work on, and he's willing to put the time in."

For more on the Flyers, visit the SB Nation blog Broad Street Hockey. Meanwhile, SB Nation's NHL homepage has all the league's latest news.
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NHL Announces Television Schedule; Flyers Appear Nationally 25 Times

The NHL released their schedule of nationally televised games Thursday. If there is no lockout come October, the Flyers will appear 25 times in the U.S. and 20 times in Canada.

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The Impact Of Andrej Meszaros' Injury On The Philadelphia Flyers

Having already struck out in attempts to upgrade the club's defensive unit earlier in the summer, the Flyers blue line was dealt another crippling blow Tuesday when Meszaros underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

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Laviolette, Flyers Agree To Multi-Year Contract Extension

As expected, the Flyers and head coach Peter Laviolette have reached an agreement to terms on a multi-year contract extension. The following includes the Flyers official press release, as well as the transcript from the conference call with both Holmgren and Laviolette, which was held Wednesday.

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Danny Briere: Fighting Over Which Myth Becomes Legend

Danny Briere is a polarizing figure, as he can reasonably be called both clutch and a liability. He is both and neither at the same time.

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Zach Parise Rumors: Flyers One Of Highest Bidders, Wait On Decision

The Philadelphia Flyers could be one move away from improving their team for 2012-13, the only problem is they need to sit and wait on the decision of coveted free agent forward Zach Parise. Like a half dozen NHL franchises, the Flyers are waiting for the final decision, which could come sometime Tuesday, on if Parise is picking their team or not.

According to reports, the Flyers are currently one of the highest bidders for Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who both have gotten 12-year offers worth more than $80 million from Philly.

"We're just focused on the two free agents," one Flyers executive said when asked whether the team had made any headway in trade talks for Anaheim's Bobby Ryan or Columbus' Rick Nash.

If the Flyers can't land Parise or Suter, then Shane Doan and possibly Shea Weber are their next targets, reports Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

All-in-all, its a wait and see game for the Flyers who are desperately looking to make a splashing during the NHL's free agent period.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Flyers Re-Sign Backup Goaltender Michael Leighton

The Philadelphia Flyers have tried to improve their team during the offseason mostly by trades, but on Sunday the Flyers made its first move in free agency by re-signing backup goaltender Michael Leighton. The veteran will spend his third year in the Flyers organization and will reportedly make $900,000.

The new deal comes a season after Leighton made just one NHL start and spent most of his time with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. Leighton couldn't break the NHL roster because starter Ilya Bryzgalov and backup Sergei Bobrovsky got most of the playing time. Bobrovsky, however, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2012 NHL Draft, and Leighton, who made 27 starts in 2010-11, will fill-in that gap.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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