good post. Appreciate the POV. You can log me the "doubt it" column. I think the Flyers have a great core of defensmen, and if used properly, should be the strength of the team. But a "new, leading edge"? I can't get there.
They are not better without Nisky. And with him, they got exposed and torched in the playoffs. You can spring the offense all you want, but if the offense can't control the puck or score goals, you're going to find yourself in a lot of odd man rushes.
Are our Flyers on the leading-edge of the NHL New Era defence?
Thinking about our Flyers Defence Group and the addition of Gustafsson -
(If there is anyone uncomfortable with a long post, please just pass on this.)
In reading all the transcripts of Fletcher/Flahr/AV media conferences of the last few months, it seems like they are thinking of a more up-pace defensive corp that is competent in the D-zone but also has speed/quickness/smarts in quickly exiting th
Raffle loaned to his home country makes sense if he is staying in his country during the offseason. If he was here in Philly and took a flight to Austria, then that's a different story. But it seems like he was already over seas, so why not start playing some games and get a head start to the season. Especially if your going to be playing for a contract.
With the uncertainty of the world optics and oppositions on how the world should be, I don't blame him for playing in Austria.
When AV played for St. Louis, he was a tough guy that stood up for his teammates.
As a Head Coach, his players have respect for him.
Check this out:
NHL Feb. 16, 1983 Stewart Gavin,TOR v Alain Vigneault,STL Toronto Maple Leafs St. Louis Blues