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Flyers make Eric Lindros team ambassador, announce his participation with All In Challenge

Flyers make Eric Lindros team ambassador, announce his participation with All In Challenge

Before Eric Lindros watched his No. 88 rise to the Wells Fargo Center rafters, Paul Holmgren made something clear.

"You are back where you belong," he said to Lindros on Jan. 18, 2018, the night of his jersey retirement ceremony. "This time, it's forever."

The ill-will stuff is a thing of the past.

On Thursday, the Flyers introduced Lindros as an official team ambassador, a new relationship that will begin with his participation on behalf of the club in the All In Challenge, which is a fundraiser for COVID-19 hunger relief.

“Few players in Flyers history inspire as much excitement and passion among the fan base as Eric Lindros, and during this unprecedented time, those positive feelings are exactly what we want to deliver to our fans,” Valerie Camillo, Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, said in a release. “This ambassadorship with Eric has been in the works for quite some time, and we made the decision to kick it off right now, not only as a special engagement for our fans, but even more importantly, as an integral way to assist those impacted by COVID-19.”

With the All In Challenge, the Flyers are auctioning off the "Ultimate Philadelphia Flyers Game Day Experience," which includes some very cool fan experiences alongside Lindros.

“I look forward to being back with my Flyers family and kicking things off in a way that makes a positive impact during a time of need,” Lindros said in the release. “Philadelphia has always been my home away from home and I’m eager to continue connecting with and giving back to the passionate Flyers fan base that has treated me so well over the past two decades.”

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NHL schedule 2020: Start times for Flyers vs. Penguins exhibition game, Flyers vs. Bruins round-robin game

NHL schedule 2020: Start times for Flyers vs. Penguins exhibition game, Flyers vs. Bruins round-robin game

Alain Vigneault and his staff have put together a detailed, science-based plan to prepare the Flyers for what could be an unprecedented run at the 2020 Stanley Cup.

They know they have about a month to work with following an abrupt stoppage that spanned four months because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"I believe it’s going to work," the Flyers' head coach said Monday about his team's plan ahead of the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament.

Part of the plan includes an exhibition contest. It also features three interesting round-robin games, which will dictate the Eastern Conference's top-four seeds but can serve as a tune-up of sorts, as well. During the qualifying round, the Flyers will try to improve their seeding and strategize for the first round of the playoffs, which begins Aug. 11.

We've got 30 days to get ready for our first official game on Aug. 11," Vigneault said. "Our group is excited, focused, energized — and we've been waiting a long time here to have this opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we’re going to get it.

"We are going to take this time that we have in front of us here to obviously prepare the team. We’re also going to take the exhibition game and the three games that we're going to play because really, Aug. 11, our first game in the first round for the Stanley Cup Playoffs starts there. I’m going to put on the ice at that time the best lineup that we have.

We now know when and who the Flyers will play in their exhibition game: the Penguins. The NHL also released the start time for the Flyers' round-robin opener against the Bruins.

Here are the details so far, while broadcast information is to be announced on another date:

Flyers vs. Penguins, Tuesday, July 28 — 4 p.m. ET (exhibition)

Flyers vs. Bruins, Sunday, Aug. 2 — 3 p.m. ET (round robin)

Flyers vs. Capitals, Thursday, Aug. 6 — TBD (round robin)

Flyers vs. Lightning, Sunday, Aug. 9 — TBD (round robin)

For analysis on the Flyers' round-robin slate, click here. For the rest of the NHL schedule and start times, click here.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Nolan Patrick, Shayne Gostisbehere updates

Flyers Talk podcast: Nolan Patrick, Shayne Gostisbehere updates

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall discuss all the buzz around the team's training camp roster and round-robin decisions.

From Nolan Patrick's status to another tough break for Shayne Gostisbehere, let's dive in:

1:15 — The Flyers are energized

2:25 — What to make of Patrick's situation

6:23 — Gostisbehere has another procedure on other knee

9:40 — How does Gostisbehere's status impact lineup decisions?

15:25 — Mark Friedman news the latest on the Flyers' position of strength

17:00 — When/will we see Egor Zamula?

21:25 — The Flyers' round-robin strategy

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