Flyers’ Minor League Affiliate Unveils Terrifying New Mascot

After five years of exile in Glens Falls, N.Y., the Phantoms are returning to Pennsylvania this year. The team, which played at the Spectrum from 1996 to 2009, will become the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the 2014-15 season. They’ll play in the brand new, 8,500-seat PPL Center. And the Flyers’ minor league affiliate will have a terrifying new mascot.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ mascot will be known as MeLVin. (Get it? Get it??) According to the team, he was found in a basement vault of the historic Dime Savings and Trust Company in July. Will the person who put him there be brought to justice? Are there other mascots with LV-puns — ELVis; SyLVia; ELVira, Mistress of the Dark — sitting in basement bank vaults in Allentown?

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Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen Has Blood Clots in Both Lungs, Leg

The Flyers’ vexing offseason continued yesterday when the team announced defenseman Kimmo Timonen was hospitalized with blood clots in both lungs, and his leg. Ron Hextall says the team fears it could be a “long-term situation.” Timonen, 39, has played for the Flyers since the 2007-08 season; he signed a one-year deal to stay with the club in June.

“We’re worried about Kimmo the person, not the hockey player,” Ron Hextall told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday. Timonen saw a doctor after several days of calf pain; he thought he had just pulled a muscle, but a doctor friend encouraged him to go to the hospital. He’s scheduled to be released from the hospital today, but won’t be able to travel for two to three weeks.

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Flyers Goalie Steve Mason Keeps Posting Shirtless Selfies with His Dog

Two days ago, Flyers goalie Steve Mason posted this to his Instagram.

Cute doggy! Also… it’s a shirtless selfie with his dog. Let me go on the record as pro-selfie — and even pro-shirtless selfie! I myself have finagled a way to post two shirtless photos of myself on this very website, so it would be hypocritical of me to come out against it. Plus, shirtless pro athletes are way more exciting to look at shirtless than I am. Post as many shirtless selfies as you want, Steve Mason!

Well, guess what: He has!

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Flyers’ Claude Giroux Buys Unit at 10 Rittenhouse

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Does Claude Giroux care that he’ll be close to Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, who live at 1706, now that he bought a penthouse unit at 10 Rittenhouse? Do the Phillies and the Flyers guys hang out? (In fact, does anyone hang out with Jonathan Papelbon?)

Well, no matter. He has plenty of other bigwigs to hang with at 10 Rittenhouse, as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni — the Brenda Starr of real estate reporting — revealed today. Last year, Property’s Shannon Rooney and Laura Kicey took a look at the penthouses in progress, and some of these photos are those being used to market the 29th-floor units, one of which Giroux bought for $2.2 million or thereabouts. Thus, we can assume the photos below represent the way Claude Giroux will now live:

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The Stanley Cup Is in Sea Isle City Today

Everyone on the club that wins the Stanley Cup gets his day with the Cup. And today Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens — who both played for and coached the Flyers and the Phantoms — did the most logical thing he could do with it: He took it to Sea Isle City!

Stevens, who has won two Cups as an assistant with the Kings, owns a home in the area. “We could not be more excited that Coach Stevens offered to bring the cup to Sea Isle City,” Sea Isle mayor Leonard Desiderio said in a release. “I realize this is officially Flyers Country, but I’m sure everyone will agree that it’s quite an honor to have the Stanley Cup visit our community.”

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Ex-Flyers Ice Girl: ‘There Should Be an Ice Girl Union’

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers ice girls clean off the ice during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at the Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers ice girls clean off the ice during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at the Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

In a piece about the incredibly low salaries and occasionally ridiculous work environment endured by “ice girls” — women who sweep up ice shavings during stoppages of play at NHL games — a former veteran Flyers ice girl (not pictured) says there should be a union for the workers.

“There should be an ice-girl union to fight for our rights,” she tells Mother Jones. “The girls have never fought for them before.”

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