Introducing the Maple Street Press Flyers Annual 2011-12, edited by us here at Broad Street Hockey. We've put together 112 pages of Flyers content, cover to cover, in the inaugural edition of this magazine, and there's not a single ad in the entire thing.
It's just $9.99 for the issue, which provides an in-depth look at what we're to expect during the 2011-12 season. After an offseason like the one we've had here with this blessed mess of a hockey team, it's really the perfect companion as we attempt to wade into the new season.
It'll even look great on your shelf after you're done reading it, and since you're buying it before the season starts, you can say "hey, I bought this in September!" when the Flyers win the Cup this year and someone calls you a bandwagon fan.
Pre-ordering is available today via the Maple Street Press website, and the Annual will hit newsstands around the Delaware Valley on September 13. You can find it at your friendly neighborhood Barnes & Noble stores,
Borders (oh wait, darn), as well as anywhere else magazines are sold.
It'll even be in Wawa's, too -- you've probably seen the Phillies Annual, edited by our friends over at The Good Phight, there all summer long. If you haven't read that one, I'd recommend it, as I would the Eagles Annual, edited by our other SB Nation's pals at Bleeding Green Nation.
If you're not local, don't worry. Ordering via the MSP website is simple, and they'll ship absolutely anywhere -- looking at you, Todd -- for a pretty low cost. Like we said, you can pre-order now, and the Annual will ship around the beginning of September. It'll hit newsstands on September 13, just in time for the start of training camp.
A full table of contents after the jump.
2011-2012 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
As The Dust Settles: 10 questions to answer as we enter the 2011-12 Flyers season. By Travis Hughes.
Meet And Greet: In-depth player profiles on the entire 2011-12 Flyers team, including those advanced stats we all know and love. By Travis Hughes, with an intro from Eric T.
Numbers Game: Cap hits, the CBA, bonus overages. Where do the Flyers stand under the cap right now, and as we look forward to the next few seasons? As detailed a salary cap analysis as you'll find anywhere. By Travis Hughes.
Shut Down: Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are gone, but there's more to miss than just the bagillions of points the two put up on the scoreboard. How will the Flyers replace their defensive contributions? By Eric T.
State Of The Goaltending: Alright, so Ilya Bryzgalov is in, and the Flyers have an elite goaltender for the first time in what seems like forever. How do they really stack up at the position after all the change? By Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild.
Fit For A King: Brayden Schenn has been called one of the best prospects in the game, and now he's a Philadelphia Flyer. A deep look at who he is and what we should expect from him. By Marcello De Feo of Flyers Faithful.
Chemistry Experiment: Paul Holmgren made a ton of changes this offseason (obviously). Will the experiment blow up in his face? No matter what happens, his legacy is on the line. By Joe Yerdon of ProHockeyTalk.
DOWN ON THE FARM
Turnaround King: Joe Paterson's gettin' things done in Glens Falls with the Adirondack Phantoms. We talked to him in March on our trip to upstate New York, and that interview appears in the magazine. By Travis Hughes (and Geoff, I guess)
Forward Thinking: The Flyers had quite a draft night in Minneapolis back in June, and we have a full look at who the team picked up and what we should expect from them all. By Bill Meltzer of Hockeybuzz.com and NHL.com.
Our bitchin' Draft Pick Tracker... in print!
The Reserves: A look at all of those Flyers players with NHL potential that aren't yet in Philadelphia. It's not a very long story, really. By Travis Hughes.
Our bitchin' Organizational Depth Chart... in print!
FLYERS NATION (Yeah, bad section title. We know.)
Behind Enemy Lines: Remember that time last year during the playoffs when I had a miserable time at Prudential Center? Yeah, we re-visit that and realize that Philly fans aren't all bad. By Travis Hughes.
Changing The Narrative: We've been saying for decades that the Flyers haven't had a legitimate starting goaltender, but if you look inside the numbers and take a step back from the ongoing narrative, you realize that's just not the case. By Geoff Detweiler.
Welcome Back: After three years in Russia, Jaromir Jagr is back in the NHL. And he's a Philadelphia Flyer. A profile of the future Hall of Famer. By Bill Meltzer.
The 1990 NHL Draft: A whoooole bunch of stars from that year wound up pulling on an orange and black uniform at some point of their careers. A short sidebar. By Bill Meltzer.
Waivers To Waivers, Dust To Dust: Michael Leighton isn't a great player, nor is he a great Flyer. But after everything that happened during the 2010 playoff run and his horrible exit in the 2011 playoffs, where does his legacy stand in Flyers lore? By Ben Rothenberg.
A Case Of Misunderstanding: Eric Lindros was an incredible hockey talent, but we don't remember him as the big, bruising, scoring one-of-a-kind forward that he was. We remember him as a whiny, injury-prone crybaby, and that's just not right. This story might just change your opinion of No. 88, because it certainly changed mine. By Eric Murtaugh, who also runs SB Nation's Notre Dame football blog, One Foot Down.
Final Word: Another great player, Mark Howe, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. Making the case for his number to rise to rafters of the Wells Fargo Center. By Travis Hughes.
Again, you can pre-order the MSP Flyers Annual 2011-12 via the MSP website right now. It's only $9.99, and shipping is dirt cheap. It hits newsstands and bookstores in the Delaware Valley on September 13.