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Flyers Pick D Travis Sanheim in 2014 NHL Draft

The Flyers selected a defenseman with their first pick for a second straight year.

The Flyers picked 18-year-old Calgary Hitmen defensman Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday. Sanheim will join a group of prospects that could be the future of the Flyers blue line.

Sanheim is 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, and completed his first season with Calgary of the Western Hockey League. In 67 regular season games, Sanheim recorded five goals and 24 assists for 29 points along with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating.

(Photo by Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer)

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TCL Flyers 2014 NHL Mock Draft

Dan MacNeal and Alicia Sprenkle do up a mock draft of the 2014 NHL Draft. The draft will be on June 27 in Philadelphia this year.

Flyers Extend Brayden Schenn

The Flyers have extended the contract of forward Brayden Schenn.

The Flyers signed Schenn to a two-year, $5 million dollar deal just hours after trading winger Scott Hartnell to the Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger. Signing Schenn was one of Philadelphia's top priorities this off season.

Flyers Trade Scott Hartnell to Columbus; Acquire R.J. Umberger

The Flyers have traded left winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft on Monday.

Umberger, 32, recorded 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games this past season, his sixth with the Blue Jackets. He played three seasons for the Flyers from 2005-2008.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Re-Sign D Kimmo Timonen

The Flyers have re-signed free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract on Friday.

The contract will bring the Finnish blue liner back to Philadelphia for an eight season. The deal is reportedly worth around $2 million with the possibility of up to around $4 million if he reaches incentives.

In a conference call with reporters, general manager Ron Hextall said he had about a half dozen conversations with Timonen and told the veteran defenseman to take his time.

Flyers Reach ECHL Agreement with Reading Royals

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today a new ECHL affiliation.

The Flyers have reached a two-year agreement with the Reading Royals to become a part of the Flyers' system, joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

It is the first time since 1997-98 that the Flyers will have an all-Pennsylvania based farm system when the Philadelphia Phantoms and Johnstown Chiefs were in their system.

The Power of Sports: Kimmo Timonen's Impact on My Life

Alicia wanted to write something from the heart about Kimmo Timonen, who may have played his last game with the Flyers, and possibly in the NHL two weeks ago when the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs.

She had it all mapped out on paper, but didn't know the best way to express what her feelings were on the possible end to Timonen's career. Timonen is the reason she loves hockey, and you will see in what she wrote how clear that fact is.

Maybe it's a premature obituary to Timonen's career. Maybe it's coming at the approprate time. So here is Alicia's words, in the rawest form possible, to pay tribute to one of the greatest defensemen in Flyers history.

Familiarity Makes Hextall the Right Choice for GM

Not long ago, I stood in the Wells Fargo Center elevator and observed a conversation with Frank the operator, Paul Holmgren and Bob Clarke.

Clarke and Holmgren cursed at each other. They laughed. Frank laughed too. The three of them have been with the Flyers for a long time. Many people have been with the Flyers a long time.

There’s a reason for that. Stability and success bring the old guys back and make the new ones desire such longevity in the organization.

(Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

Hextall Named New GM, Holmgren Promoted to President

In a move many saw coming for months, even after a public dismissal last week, Flyers assistant General Manager Ron Hextall has been promoted to General Manager, and Paul Holmgren has been promoted to President. This was announced in a news conference on Wednesday morning.

Holmgren had issued a denial of any organizational movement after the series loss to the New York Rangers, but in those five days since, that organizational movement indeed occurred.

Hextall, 50, takes over this position after serving this past season as Assistant GM. He had previously served as Assistant GM for the Los Angeles Kings, playing second fiddle to former Flyers scout Dean Lombardi.

Flyers Captain Claude Giroux Named Hart Trophy Finalist

The NHL announced the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Wednesday.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux was one of three players selected. He joins Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.

The Hart Memorial Trophy is given annually to "the player judged most valuable to his team."