Apr 12, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats: Andrew MacDonald, Samuel Morin

As each day passes, we get closer to hockey season. August is the dead of the offseason, but there are still plenty of stories to discuss.

Bill Meltzer takes a look at the Ryan White signing, a scary moment for Samuel Morin and going big in the net.

This is one of the risks players take when they compete in games during the summer. (Hello, Steve Mason.) Injuries happen, but I’m sure Ron Hextall and the rest of his staff are holding their breaths until the summer development camp is over.

This is a great read on realigning the AHL to benefit all 30 team in the NHL.

The Flyers are incredibly lucky to have both of their minor leagues teams in the same state. Both the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Reading Royals are within a two-hour drive of Philadelphia. This is a great convenience to the Flyers if they need to call someone up or send someone down for a game. The short distance also allows scouts to check in with the team’s prospects on a whim.

Broad Street Hockey makes a case for Andrew MacDonald.

Andrew MacDonald may not be as bad as some fans think. MacDonald’s advanced stats are less than appealing, but he manages to post a positive Corsi with one teammate.

EA Sports has released the player ratings for the top five centers. No, Claude Giroux is not on this list.

I looked at this list and cannot really find an argument to formulate against any player on it. Ryan Getzlaf, the lowest rated player, is a 92. To no one’s surprise, Sidney Crosby is the highest-rated center, coming in at a rating of 96. Crosby is the best player in the game. Say what you want about his complaining to the refs or diving, but he is one of the most talented forwards to come through the NHL in a long time.

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