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  1. Broken Twigs: Culture changing and the FGSB Mailbag

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT


    Paul Holmgren will not be fired this year so get used to it. Ala-kazam! You’re welcome. – – – – – – – - Mike Sielski’s not wrong, he’s just an asshole. Or to put more specifically, being an asshole about this. Far be it from me to defend poor MISTER Snider or Paul Holmgren…

  2. Peter Laviolette will not be fired this year so get used to it

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT


    There are a lot of things that hockey analysts and announcers say that I think is just pure poppycock. They’re often too quick to run and hide behind their trusted clichés to try and explain things that deserve more in-depth attention. But one thing I do agree with is that a group of guys can…

  3. Broken Twigs: Flight Plan in a nutshell and your Flyers questions answered

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike Richards, James van Riemsdyk

    Part 1 – Does Jake Voracek Even Lift, Bro? Just because something’s been done before doesn’t mean you have to continue doing it. Those right-before-I-penetrate-you faces have got to go. You can open a game and recap things with actual on-ice footage. No one needs to see Zac Rinaldo all aroused and staring at on…

  4. Broken Twigs: Pronger and Giroux to Montreal and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Sep 5, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT


    If you suggest a trade on the internet you are going to be torn to pieces. That is a fact of life. Doesn’t matter the forum, doesn’t matter the trade. You’re either giving away too much and getting too little, or you’re an idiot who is severely over-valuing the assets you’re prepared to give up.…

  5. The Old NHL, Penn State Hockey, and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Aug 29, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT


    I’ve seen a couple posts this summer that cite how the NHL is getting younger and younger, and I’d like to arm you all with some contrarian ammunition. I’m not even going to go into some deep explanation about it. I’ll let the numbers do the talking: That’s the average age of all NHL players…

  6. A Hockey Story, Flyers ‘N Sync and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Aug 22, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT


    Matt Herneisen grew up in Gilbertsville, PA. He played minor hockey for the Boyertown Bears, the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the Valley Forge Colonials/Minutemen, and the Toronto Marlboros. He played junior hockey for the United States National Development Program, the Peterborough Petes, and the Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Matt played professional hockey for the Trenton Titans,…

  7. Broken Twigs: Flyers Hockey League of Nations Lady Byngers

    Aug 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


    Believe it or not, FGSB isn’t at home. Please leave a messsssaaaggge at the beep. We must be out, or we’d pick up the phone. Whhheerrrreeee could we be? Believe it or not, we’re not hooommmeeee!   FGSB is off vacationing in the woods with Rocky IV this week, please leave your mailbag questions after…

  8. Philadelphia Redemption, Jake The Snake and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Aug 8, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT


    As a hockey fan, the internet sucks from July 15 to September 10, or thereabouts. After the Free Agent Frenzy dies down and before players start trickling into town with new haircuts and 10 more pounds of muscle, writers have to dig deep into their bag of tricks to come up with content that all…

  9. Broken Twigs: Flyers’ Rosehill Problem and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT


    Something I’ve noticed about the Flyers is that they seem unable to be grasp a basic subject that most of league has picked up on over the past few years – opportunity cost. Here are some completely random transactions from recent Flyers history: April 17, 2013: Jay Rosehill signed to a 2 year, $1.35M contract…

  10. Broken Twigs: Kimmo’s Last Season and FGSB Mailbag

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT


    “That’s it. 99 percent sure that’s my last.” So you’re telling me there’s a chance…. Last winter, after signing a one-year contract extension, Kimmo Timonen shared the above quote with Anthony SanFilippo. And then in June ASanF once again pursued the topic of retirement with Kimmo Timo, who now had this to say: “I’m not…

  11. Broken Twigs: Advanced Stats for Dummies, Ron Hextall Music and Your FGSB Mailbag

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT


    I am not a smart person. I am not a patient person. You put 3 capital letters and a symbol after them and I’m just about checked out. By the time my brain works out that TOI/G is not Time on Ice per Goals I’m already clicking through to Reddit without even knowing it. I…

  12. Broken Twigs: Lecavalier and Giroux, Flyers Bachelorette and FGSB Mailbag

    Jul 11, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT


    Paul Holmgren stands up, fastens the top button of the sports coat he’s wearing over a short-sleeved golf shirt, pauses a moment, and then: I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid, tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide? I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder,…

  13. Broken Twigs: Flyers 4th of July Drinking Game and FGSB Mailbag

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


    Happy American St. Patrick’s Day! On a day when we celebrate the independence of this fine nation by illegally shooting off rockets, I thought it would be appropriate to honor all of the Americans on the Flyers roster for the 13-14 season. The minor issue preventing me from doing this is that we don’t have…

  14. Broken Twigs: Paul Holmgren takes a bullet for Bryz and your FGSB mailbag questions

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT


    Broken Twigs is a weekly collection of Q&A, timely thoughts, and randomness from the Hockey Universe. If you want your Q’s A’d, slide an apple over to @flygoalscoredby or and we’ll tuck it firmly in the back of the net (we’ll answer it, that’s what that metaphor means, it means that if you send…

  15. Are You Even a Fan, Bro?

    Jun 18, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    Paul Holmgren

    Twigs crunch under the Timbos on my toes, and this is how it goes. Blindfolded, I’m following. Following forever. For years, for decades. And then, just when I start to think, when I really start to think about why I’m wearing a blindfold in the first place, and why I’m following someone that I didn’t…