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Flyers ink undrafted D-Brandon Manning to entry-level deal

According to Capgeek.com on Tuesday, the Flyers have signed undrafted and hard-nosed defenseman Brandon Manning, to a three-year entry level contract.

Manning, 20, has dominated in points from the blue line for the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL this season, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists in just 20 games. Although not massive in size at 6-foot-1, 195 lbs., he plays a very physical style and does not hesitate to drop the gloves, where he can throw with both hands. Reliable and straightforward, Manning is also the team’s captain.

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NHL announces national TV schedule for 2010-11 season

Starting with the Oct. 7 season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the brand new Consol Energy Center, the Flyers will be nationally televised on VERSUS a total of nine times during the 2010-11 season. The Penguins, Rangers, Detroit, Chicago, Washington and Boston will be shown a league-high 11 times.

Beginning in late Jan., NBC will (have the option) to carry the Flyers five times, including three games against the rival Rangers and once hosting the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers will begin their NBC schedule with a rematch of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 23.

All NBC games listed are soft scheduled around the league so the network can pick the best match up for that particular day.

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Shelley Game: Enforcer’s role with Flyers

When the Flyers acquired big-bodied forward Jody Shelley, on July 1 for $1.1 million a year for three years, fans shrieked in confusion.  Why? They asked. Why would general manager Paul Holmgren pay that much for an enforcer that will only play a shift or two, take a penalty and ride the bench?

The answer is simple — Holmgren sees 6’3, 225 lbs. Shelley as a player, not just an enforcer.

“We feel we got a guy who can play a role for our team we haven’t had in quite some time and play a third or fourth line,” Holmgren told the media after the signing. “He’s a bigger body, so I’m very happy.”

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Flyers sign AHL center Greg Moore

According to Capgeek.com, the Flyers have signed 26-year-old, right-handed center Greg Moore to a one-year deal worth $550,000.

At 6’1, 225 lbs., Moore played just four games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season in which he recording no points.  However, he scored 19 goals and 23 assists in a combined 78 games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Moore, a native of Lisbon, Maine and graduate of the University of Maine, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames.

Moore will likely help fill the center void in Adirondack, which lost pivots Jon Matsumoto and Jared Ross  in the offseason.

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Flyers get enforcer F-Shelley for three years

In a move that can not be logically explained with Philadelphia’s current roster situation, the Flyers have signed former San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers enforcer Jody Shelley, to a three-year contract worth $3.3 million.

“We feel we have a guy who can play a role for our team that we haven’t had in quite some time, play a third or fourth line role, he’s a bigger body,” general manager Paul Holmgren told the media. “I’m talking about Jody Shelley – so we’re very happy with what we did today.”

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Former NYR Richter caught celebrating Flyers win.

In the midst of the post-game celebration immediately following the Flyers’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to force a game 7,  CSN cameras panned over to shoot the reaction of Flyers’ owner Ed Snider.  But what the camera caught was a sight that would make any fan of the New York Rangers cringe.

Still frame courtesy of Poulinsflakjacket from Phillysportsforums.com

Former Rangers’ goaltender and Philadelphia native Mike Richter, was caught vigorously shaking hands and smiling with Snider immediately following Philly’s win.

It is unknown whether Snider had him in the building as the Flyers’ emergency goaltender.

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Avery mocks Talbot swings

It wasn’t long ago that Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Max Talbot, was on the giving end of a hockey-viral youtube.com video, putting his finger to his lips and shushing a ravenous Philly crowd just seconds after taking a beating from Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo in the 2008-09 post season.

There were even pretty funny shirts made.

But on Thursday night, after the Penguins downed the New York Rangers, 5-4, in overtime at MSG, the loss wasn’t the main topic immediately afterward, it was Sean Avery’s mimicking of Talbot’s feminine panic swings that had New York fans chuckling.

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Holmgren puts deadline on Betts deal

At one point in the 2009-10 offseason it seemed as if utility center Blair Betts and the Philadelphia Flyers were a match made in heaven.  But with Friday’s season opener against Carolina creeping closer and Betts still remaining unsigned, it could very well mean any possible deal could be flat lining.

“I don’t know,” Holmgren told the media when asked if a deal would get done with the 29-year old. “We’ll see how it goes over the next day. If we don’t have anything done by tomorrow, it probably won’t happen.”

According to Betts, it’s the Flyers who are holding up the deal.

“I have no idea,” said Betts, when asked about what’s holding up the deal. “As the player, I honestly don’t know.

“[The Flyers] said they need a little bit more time and we are waiting to hear from them.”

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Rangers Gaborik already hurting

When the Rangers acquired sniper Marian Gaborik this past offseason for 5-years, $7.5 million, many critics noted that if the highly talented, but fragile player could only hack an average of 50 games a season with Minnesota, there was little chance he’d suddenly become durable in New York.  And so far they were right.

Gaborik, looked on to be the offensive catalyst for the Rangers in 2009-10,  was held out of physical testing on the opening day of training camp because of soreness due to pre-camp light skating.

“We just want to be careful, he’s a little tender,” said Rangers’ coach John Tortorella. “He was skating the other day, he’s just a little sore from that. We don’t want to do anything stupid.”

Gaborik needed serious hip surgery last season which only allowed him to play 17 games.

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Betts’ spot with Flyers is far from sure thing

VOORHEES — For those who assumed that Blair Betts’ training camp try out would automatically end in a roster spot – think again.

On his first day of skating at the Flyers’ practice facility at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., Betts didn’t seem confident that he was a shoe-in on the Flyers’ roster.

“We have been talking to the Flyers for a couple months and there seems to be a little bit of interest from them,” said Betts, who spent the last four years with the Rangers. “There is an opportunity (to earn a contract) but I don’t know how great of an opportunity it is.

“My conversations with them (Paul Holmgren and John Stevens) were very short.  I was told to play hard and work hard and an opportunity may open up for me. That’s all I’m focusing on right now.”

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