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Radko Gudas knew a suspension was coming, but didn’t think it would be this lengthy.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman waived his right to an in-person hearing after dangerously slashing Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 16, choosing instead to speak to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety over the phone.

The invitation to meet face-to-face generally means the player is in for a suspension of at least five games, and in the end, the NHL deemed it prudent to ban Gudas for 10.

“I was surprised, I did not expect that,” Gudas said Monday via Flyers TV. “I don’t agree with it, but I accept their decision. There’s not much else I can say.”

The NHL’s decision was based on Gudas’ forceful chop delivered to a player in a vulnerable position, and while he did admit to being reckless with his stick, he added he’s never used it like that before.

Gudas is eligible to return to the lineup Dec. 12.

Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider will be immortalized in the form of a nine-foot bronze statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center, the team announced Thursday.

Snider founded the Flyers in 1967 and owned the franchise until his death in 2016. He witnessed Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975.

The statue will be revealed Oct. 19 prior to a game against the Nashville Predators – on the 50th anniversary of the Flyers’ first-ever game.

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This year’s second overall selection, Nolan Patrick, has cracked the Philadelphia Flyers opening night roster, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

The news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given Patrick entered this year’s draft as the No. 1 rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old had a fairly underwhelming preseason offensively, wherein he tallied just three assists in six games, with his biggest highlight coming when he dropped the gloves with Boston Bruins forward David Krejci.

Patrick is primed to be an important cog for the Flyers moving forward and is expected to slot down the middle on Philly’s second or third line.

With the preseason now in the rear-view mirror, Patrick and his teammates will head to San Jose where they will open the regular season against the Sharks – and for Patrick – his first career regular season contest.

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Despite missing the playoffs in three of the last five seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers are not in rebuild mode – if you ask general manager Ron Hextall, anyway.

Yes, the Flyers did pick with the second overall selection in this year’s draft, but that was mostly due to a stroke of good luck, as the Flyers were a competitive team that finished only seven points short of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. A result that Hextall feels is a strong indication of the direction his club is going.

“You’re not rebuilding when you’re competitive,” Hextall said, according to Sam Carchidi of Philly.com. “A rebuild, to me, is when you go to the bottom and you pick high, high, high – and essentially, you’re not trying that hard to win. That’s not in our DNA. We want to win. We want to win as many games as possible.”

“We’re not going to go to the bottom of the league and pick first overall for four or five years. That’s no way to build culture. Our vision was to stay competitive, and build, and get younger – and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Landing Nolan Patrick with the second overall pick obviously goes a long way to ensuring that vision come to fruition, but, Hextall realizes that at the end of the day, execution on the ice is all that matters.

“I can sit here and tell you 85 points, 105 points, but it really doesn’t mean anything,” said Hextall. “What’s (important) is when our team starts the season and we go do it. Do we expect to make the playoffs? Of course we expect to make the playoffs.”

” … I’m comfortable saying we expect to make the playoffs because our team on paper is good enough to make the playoffs.”

The Flyers drop the puck on their 2017-18 season Oct. 4 in San Jose.

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No Philadelphia Flyer will wear No. 88 ever again.

The Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’ jersey on Jan. 18, 2018 prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Monday.

One of the most physically dominant players in NHL history, Lindros tallied 659 points in 486 career games with the Flyers, winning the Hart Trophy in the 1994-95 season, and carrying the team all the way to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. The Big E was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class.

The jersey retirement may seem like a long time coming, but the organization historically waits until a player is inducted into the Hall of Fame before retiring his jersey, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post.

Lindros, of course, was touched by the decision.

“I am deeply humbled and honored that the Flyers are going to retire my jersey,” said Lindros. “I am so thankful to the entire organization for this incredible recognition. I look forward to sharing this moment with my family, friends, teammates, and of course Flyers fans, who mean so much to me.”

Lindros will join exclusive company as only the sixth Flyer to have his jersey retired. His No. 88 will join the numbers of Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashebee, Bill Barber, and Bobby Clarke in the Wells Fargo Center rafters.

“Eric has made an incredible and lasting impact on the Flyers organization, our fans, and the game of hockey as a whole,” Flyers President Paul Holmgren said. “We could not be more proud to raise his number 88 to the rafters. We look forward to what is anticipated to be a historic night for the Flyers.”

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Veteran netminder Brian Elliott agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers on a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday.

The deal carries a $2.75-million annual cap hit, reports Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.

Elliott arrives in Philadelphia after spending one season with the Calgary Flames, in which he posted a 26-18-3 record with a .910 save percentage.

The 32-year-old made his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators in 2007.