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Las Vegas Sun: Emery makes it rain at Bellagio

It’s too bad Joffrey Lupul couldn’t stick around long enough to party with Ray Emery, because it seems like he could have learned a thing or two.

According to Friday’s celebrity sighting piece in the Las Vegas Sun,  the Flyers’ newly acquired goaltender could be seen back in May, “making it rain” with a stack of $1000 single bills.

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Sporting News: Pronger deal under league investigation

One day after news broke that the NHL was looking into the 12-year deal that brought Marian Hossa to Chicago, a league insider told The Sporting News that the NHL has turned its omnipotent head toward Chris Pronger’s seven-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Clarke roasts Pens in interview

Outspoken former captain and General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers Bob Clarke, has never been one to mince words.  And given the chance by The Hockey News’ Alan Bass, Clarke immediately attacked the credibility of the Penguins’ organization.

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Josh Gratton lands in Atlanta

According to capgeek, Philly fan favorite and spirited pugilist Josh Gratton, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $600,000, with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Gratton, 26, began his career in Philadelphia in 2004, and was re-acquired from Nashville on Oct. 2008, in exchange for defenseman Tim Ramholt.

Josh started in 19 games for the Flyers in the 2008-09 season, scoring a goal, two assists and 57 penalty minutes.

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SanFilippo: Flyers to sign D-Tollefsen

Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times is reporting that former Columbus defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will be in town by the end of the weekend for a physical.  And if the 6’2, 211 lbs. blue liner passes all that’s thrown at him, he will become the newest Flyer.

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Knuble hopes for no boo birds upon his return to Philly

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, managed a Q&A sit down with former Flyer and new Washington Capital Mike Knuble.  And although Mike didn’t discuss his time in Philly much, he still hit on what reaction he hopes to get upon his return to the Wachovia Center on Oct. 6.

“I don’t know,” Knuble said, when asked if he would be booed. “Maybe there’d be a smattering of boos. I hope not. I think I gave Philly a few good years.”

Knuble was the consummate professional in his four years in Philly.  He wasn’t the fastest skater, nor did he have the best hands, but he brought it every night, played through injuries and was consistent.  There is no doubt the 37-year old played the game the way it was meant to be played.  And for that, there is nothing but respect from Flyers’ fans.

Mike left the flyers with no ill-will.  He gave General Manager Paul Holmgren every chance to match any offer received from other clubs.  But with the Flyers stuck in limited cap space hell, it made it impossible to match Washington’s offer of two ears, $2.8 million per.

Philly fans may not have the best reputation when it comes to treating opposing players with respect. But Flyers’ fans especially respect the game and the people who play it right.  Because of that,  not only will Knuble not be booed upon his return, but will may very well receive a nice ovation.

That is until he scores.

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Roenick almost ready to call it a career

After 1332 NHL games, 513 goals and countless memories made with his demeanor on and off the ice, former Flyer and all-time great Jeremy Roenick, appears to be riding off into the sunset.  But he’s not quite ready to admit it yet.

“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick told Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”

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Lupul looking to turn career corner in place he calls home

Courtesy of THN

Courtesy of THN

Notorious playboy and underachiever Joffrey Lupul, has been traded three times since being drafted seventh overall by Anaheim in 2002.  But after two growing years in Philadelphia, Lupul finds himself back in his old stomping grounds of California. And this time, he is carrying a much different mindset.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Lupul told Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register. “I want to make a breakthrough. I’ve always been the secondary scorer, the guy who’s been pretty productive but hasn’t really taken a lead role. I want to change that this year, to go up a notch.”

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Flyers sign journeyman forward Ward

The Flyers kept the depth forward signings rolling on Saturday, by inking right winger Jason Ward to a one-year, $500,000 deal.  The contract is two way.

Ward, the 11th overall pick in the 1997 NHL entry draft, has played 336 NHL games with four teams in his career and has 36 goals and 45 assists in that time.   Ward is a capable depth forward, with a suitable a two-way game and an ability to use his 6’2, 210 lbs. frame to his advantage.  The 30-year old journeyman has also been touted as an excellent teammate and hard worker.

Ward will likely be the 13th forward on the team, traveling with the big club and playing as an injury call up.  Outside of some younger players, the Flyers don’t have much as far as NHL capable forward depth goes.  Last week, Philly signed defensive forward Mika Pyorala and AHL standout Krys Kolanos to similar deals.

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Kolanos and Pyorala deals released

According to Bill Meltzer of hockeybuzz.com, the Flyers have signed Krys Kolanos and Mika Pyorala each to one-year contracts for $500,000.  Although the Flyers have not officially announced the signings, they are complete.  Both players were inked days ago as possible depth forwards, with Pyorala having a better chance of cracking the everyday lineup for the Flyers.

Pyorala comes as one of the top-billed Finnish players not in the NHL.  At 28-years old, he comes as an established two-way forward in the mold of former Flyer Sami Kapanen.  Kolanos is an established AHL scorer, but lacks the consistency to get serious time in an NHL lineup.  However, Kolanos could prove to be a decent short-term call up.

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