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  1. I don't understand trading a high-caliber offensive defenseman for middle six wingers.
  2. My overall impression of last night was that the Flyers looked a little shell shocked to start. That makes sense playing a team of this caliber. I can understand a lack of confidence. However, I think once they realized they could skate with them, things changed. Im loving the transition game and I saw Flyer players beating caps to the puck in the offensive zone. The way they held the puck on that delayed penalty was pretty cool. Getting a point and losing in a SO against this team is the same as a win in my mind. Believing and having confidence in the system will be a difference maker. Way to go AV TRUST....THE....PROCESS
  3. So, we're back to..."Oh look...shiny!" F*** me, over 7 mil a year for a 20..make that 19 goal scorer....for 7 f****** years...he did rack up THREE playoff points... while getting benched....Fletcher saves that 5th rounder! the return of the son of Homer. Does this mean we pay Provorov $14 Million a year? Whens the buyout? This is Bryz all over again...without the insane comic relief. Holmgren signed some really dumb contracts. Fletcher: "Hold my beer".
  4. I'm not really sure what you mean by this, but it does sound like we might not be totally congruent. I actually think it's entirely possible Patrick would have benefited from time in the juniors. That's what I mean. Again, perceived competence is something we know has a positive impact on development. If a person feels they're among the best at something, they're more likely to continue along that pace and keep getting better at it. Put in a CHL context, having Frost light up the league may in fact be the very best thing that could have happened to his long term success. The hope is that he goes from thinking he's a pretty good player who should be in the NHL to thinking he has what it takes to be elite-level good. When he hits the AHL next year, we should all want him to think he wants to be the best player in the league. The more he has felt like the best -- or one of the best -- in previous leagues, the more likely he will not be willing to settle for less in a professional league like the AHL. Again, the impact of perceived competence (e.g. feeling like you're very good at something, particularly in comparison to others), is a very good predictor of future growth and success. I don't think that's different just because this is hockey. Incidentally, this is another reason why players going from juniors straight to the NHL is generally not the best idea. The leap in the level of play is just so tremendous, many players are very likely to have a hard time adjusting. The downside to this is you get a guy who thinks he's a very very good player, and suddenly he can barely get a shot on net. Now he begins to think he may still be NHL good, but he's probably not elite NHL good. Given a more progressive development path (e.g. time in the AHL before the big club), that same guy may very well have turned out a better player. People don't do well when they're in over their heads. Most will tend to regress in those contexts. A quick look at the Edmonton Oilers offers a good number of case studies. Hextall was a huge believer in building a culture where people feel they can win prior to them hitting the NHL, and I think he was bang on with that.
  5. I'm cool with it as well. My initial reaction was "Whoa - that's a lot for a guy on the books for $5MM+ for three more seasons who might have peaked 2 years ago...". We don't need Derick Brassard 2.0. That said, top 6 minutes on the Pens is not the same as top 6 minutes on the Wild (all due respect). I'm optimistic he'll fit in nicely. It's really the pick and Addison. Galchenyuk had to have been a throw in for salary space (i.e. - the deal gets done with or without him). And...JR still has most of the cap space from Guentzel on LTIR to play with. It's all about maximizing the Crosby/Malkin window at this point.
  6. I guess I fall into the underwhelmed on value for Fiala, but hey, maybe we'll be surprised after all is said and done. No matter what, something had to change. Count me in the 'wait and see group'.
  7. It's also due to the fact that they had 98 points two seasons ago, 96 two before that, and 94 two before that when they lost in 7 to the Cup Finalist Rangers as a "good sign." In between those years they had 84, 88, 82 points. It's not that there aren't "good signs" (ahem). It's not that they're playing particularly poorly. They're not. They're playing pretty well. It's that this has happened essentially three times in the past seven years and all of them ended in first round losses. In between those years they fell on their faces and missed the playoffs. Rightly or wrongly, that's where some fans see Jeckyll and Hyde. Of course, in sports past results are not a definite predictor of future results - and this team does have some differences from the others (as the others did from each other) - but that's not to say that after seven years fans don't have reason to be skeptical. This team - and the "core" especially - has something to prove - and they've just got to go out and prove it. And not "haven't lost two in a row in over a month" prove it. Not "beat up the Caps" and "took 3 of four points against the Pens" prove it. I mean make the playoffs and actually achieve something in the playoffs prove it. Until then, they remain emblematic of the least successful stretch of hockey in the organization's history. That's just the unfortunate fact. There's only one group of guys who can change that. And just for the record, I think they can do it. They're 26 games away. So go do it.
  8. I think it is without question a big reason for the Flyers improvement. The penalty kill has improved dramatically, some of it is having better personnel, but they play at a better tempo and try hard to limit the time the opposition PP has in the offensive zone. That's coaching too. I like AV's demeanor and he seems to be a very good communicator especially regarding expectations he has for players. He seems to have a good read on the team and knows what buttons to push. I enjoy having a non-blockhead head coach for the Flyers.
  9. For your next trick, get fish to stop swimming.
  10. Well, that was one helluva hockey game. - That 2nd period was probably the most organized and dominant stretch of hockey I've seen the Flyers play in about a decade. - As brilliant as Hart was, last night really was a complete team effort. Special teams, all lines and defense pairs. They seem to just control play at will. The 1st period was more even - probably a bit of rust, nerves, and just a feeling out process. After that it was all Philly. - Hughes is already impressive even if he is still quite raw. You can see the vision. On the other hand, did Hischier even play? I honestly did not see him, nor did I hear his name. - Lovin' the Lindblom/Coots/TK line. Man, they are so strong on the puck. - Hayes is a difference maker. Superb acquisition by Fletch. He's noticeable every time he's out there. - G's line will get going eventually, and when they do, watch out. - Bobby Mac talking about a team "that first needs to move out some salary or a roster player" looking at getting Brian Boyle. Hope it's not the Flyers for several reasons, but mostly because that would signal that Patrick is pretty much out for the year. GO FLYERS!
  11. No way he’s getting that money unless he hits 50 pts once.
  12. What, no goalies from Minnesota available?
  13. I feel like this forum would be pretty boring if all we ever wrote were one line replies. Personally, I come here to read and write rather more thoughtful posts.
  14. Flyers slogan for 2020..."Hey, at least it isn't Bylsma!"
  15. Unless he changes his attitude, thinking he is still an AllStar that commands 26+ minutes, he will be an ever heavier millstone each season. There is an unhealthy and unrealistic relationship between Suter and CL which demands a reversion to owner/player versus fan boy/player. It is destructive to the team and coaching. Suter is a #4 defensemen now that is way overpaid, and in the twilight of his career - if only he realized that, and we didn’t have 6 more years to suffer his ego. I am guessing he will call CL at any hint of decreased line, minutes, or power play absence. Spurgeon, Dumba, and Brodin should see all PP, P.K., and OT, as well. Suter’s relevamce is past tense.
  16. Team is playing solid team hockey. That's the important thing. That's what they need to make the playoffs. They will.likely need more once they are there. But the team playing solid as a team is the foundation upon which to build. Still much more to do.
  17. Honestly, they may be better off shopping Nylander to "get what they need" and move Kapanen up into that spot. Colour me unimpressed with Hagg. There are times, as you say, he does something. And then there are the rest of the times. I just don't see the Leafs moving a Kapanen to get a Hagg.
  18. Obviously, this is related to the Hawks ending their title drought. The goal itself is really nothing special, as has been noted. It would be hard for me to believe that the "goal of the decade" came six months into the decade and that there wasn't a bigger one since, except that the best album of the '80s was released in (the United States) in January, 1980... (don't @ me, bro) In the end, these sorts of lists are interesting for the people that make these sorts of lists.
  19. It's absolutely true that in any given game any team can beat another team. But parity with the bubble Habs - and a 4-1 home loss - and OT/shootout regular season wins against the Bruins and Blues are two different things. Flyers need to "get up" for top teams and eke out regular season moral victories. Blues and Bruins can play below their top game and get points in the standings. I'm hoping we can see what this team can do in the playoffs. But they're going to need to beat teams below them in the standings to get there. No better example than the Habs who wish they has the six points they gave up to Detroit. Two Cup Final teams know what it takes to get there and most likely have that extra gear to get to on the way. A team that hasn't won a playoff series in seven years looks for regular season moral victories and gives up points on the way. I'm happy to give them credit for the three of four wins against top competition. I'm not giving them an excuse for laying an egg at home against the Habs. Thankfully neither is the coach. And I readily admit that this group doesn't have a long leash with me after the worst decade of hockey in organizational history. Prove. It.
  20. The problem is that there is only one Tom Wilson. There is no other player like him in the NHL today. Part of this is because he's uniquely big and skilled, and part of it is his disposition.
  21. Wouldn't expect anything different from Mr. Simmonds.
  22. Hey Howie - I think Patrick is back in a Flyer's uniform next October at the latest, but I'm still holding out hope for January/Feb this year. There have been some examples of players having migraine problems and getting a handle on them. Unfortunately, I think Morin has seen his last days in the NHL for any team. I feel bad for the guy.
  23. Flyers 6 Ducks 0 TK with a hatty JVR pots 1st 2 goals of game Hart scores on empty net A la Hextall.... Oh wait....Thought I was "in the slot" for a second....
  24. Consider this from New Jersey's perspective. They got: -3+ years of Taylor Hall -1st round pick in a deep draft -2nd round pick -3 prospects For: Adam Larsson... I like him and all, but the highlight of his career, so far, is his teammates taking a picture of him on the toilet.
  25. There. I just voted for Brad Hunt 10 times. Let's do this!
  26. Actually the Stars are the hottest team in the West since their awful start. They begun 1-7-1 since then they have went 16-4-2. The offense still hasn't been there but the defense and netminding are fantastic. I am getting sick of the politically correct police in every aspect of life. Again, we do not know yet what it is, on a Stars forum I read rumors which I wont put in here and spread but they dont sound egregious. I played racquetball with a friend of my wife today, I am a casual player, she is the most competitive person I have ever met, she simply destroys me every time we play and laughs and taunts me the whole time. Today when we were done, I sat at a table and called my wife, her friend quipped, " I just made your husband my be-othch." My wife laughed, so did I. Should we fire her as afirend for her inappropriate language? Should she fire me as a friendfor my lousy racquetball skills? God can she fire the ball, fast and accurate. I had more balls hit me in the face than Madonna used to in an eighties after party. Can I be fired in here for saying that? Anyway, screw the thought police.
  27. I want to say this about last night's game. After that freak goal bounced in off Hart's ass recent Flyers teams would have most likely folded. This group didn't allow a Leaf's shot on goal for the next 8 minutes or something...it wasn't until TM pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Immediately Couturier's line buried who ever they were out against, then Giroux scored on that fine ass pass from Koneckny and they didn't let up. That is how winning teams play and it felt so nice to watch our guys be the team dictating the play and not reacting. I haven't seen a Flyers team respond like that since the days of Richards and Carter. So nice having more than 4 good players .
  28. I hope too, I also hope the fanbase can be patient with him. He's got a pile of skill, There's going to be growing pains though. I think this is too early, I'm not a GM though. I hope it works out, I hope this "necessity" doesn't wreck his confidence or body.
  29. A few things... I think there's a very good chance the Flyers *do* trade a defenseman. And Winnipeg makes a lot of sense because they are in need of NHL defensemen. Unless it's for someone that significantly moves the needle (e.g. Laine or Connor), I don't think the Flyers would want a roster player in return. So in that scenario, I'm guessing the defenseman we move is either Hagg or Morin for a draft pick or B prospect. Hagg will fetch more. I don't imagine the Flyers will make a major roster move this early, so this makes more sense to me.
  30. They Were Once Wild: The Star Talent That Passed Through Minnesota In this retrospective, I look back at the Star talent that was not drafted by the team and stayed here less than 5 seasons. Collectively its not a bad team I put together, but too bad we didn't get most of them when they were in their prime. Check it out and discuss.
  31. The Tampa Bay Lightning completely agree with you. Just sayin'.
  32. I'll skip right past the "good guy in the room" and save you the rerun. I don't bring him back. I swear to you, he was one of my favorite flyers and always will be. But his days even on the third line are done, and it was painful sending him off the first time. I'd rather plug it with a kid and take my chances.
  33. Its a bad signing, pure and simple. He is not coming into his prime, he is going out of his prime. The entire league is getting younger, (or people are just noticing that its always been young). Yet here the flyers are signing guys long term into their 30's for big money. Its ridiculous. They are STILL chasing the Schenn trade(who just happened to win a cup as a top 6 center for the 5.2 mil salary cap hit that hextall traded him during). Oh, and they have him for that next year too. Then they will probably let someone else overpay for him into his 30's and he will start a steady decline. Its a pattern. You have to get guys that are young and let them go when they get to 28 or so when they demand term and money. You only do that for very exceptional players. Look at pittsburg, their money goes to top players and they spread the rest around to younger, faster, cheaper guys wherever they can. Guenztel is a cap hit of 6 mil a year and is 24 signed till he is 28 or 29 and then they will probably walk way and let someone else over pay for him. And he will get a huge contract from some team and it will handcuff them for years while they watch a guy decline. Its always been a young players league. Bruins never regretted not signing Lucic, they knew they already got his best years. You know what a guy is before he is 25, and you likely have seen his best years by then and if not, you have before he is 27 or 28. Just look at all the stars through the years and their best years and what age they were, you might be shocked at what you see. Age is just one aspect, I get that, but its still interesting that most stars have their very best years when they are very young. Its different for dmen probably but even active players you can look at their stats and their best years and most come very young, first few seasons. gretzkys very best year he was 24 Orrs very best year he was 22 Lemieux best year he was 23 Jagr very best year he was 24 bossy best year he was 24 Ovechkins best year he was 22 Lafleurs best he was 25 yzermans best season he was 23 My best year I was 8
  34. Yup... everything is always terrible! That is why I took a bit of sabbatical over the past few months. The negativity is pretty taxing after a while and I would not even say, as a fan, that I am all that positive. Fletcher has a team right now that should make the playoffs and is better than the slop Hextall put on the ice last year - all the while Hexy was telling us the team is a playoff team - which was either overvaluing his players or just plain incompetent. See how it plays out... do I have faith in Fletcher? Not really... but I believe the team is better than they were last year.
  35. Well they have 17 back to back sets this coming season so he'll get his chance. Why does it feel like Chuck wants to be the kid in the class who just wants to he the kid in the class who turns his test in first. Feels that way to me. That way when the free agency bell goes off Chuck can just smile and say "DONE!" And then fails..
  36. I live in NY, so I see a lot of Rangers games. Hayes is a less talented Stepan: another in a long line of young Ranger forwards who were supposed be stars and ended up being middle six guys at best. A high end grinder with a little skill, but not a dynamic game changer in any way, shape, or form. Hayes is worth $5M-$5.5 at best. Given the market, $6M would have been acceptable. At $7M+, Flyers fans will want this guy off the team in under three years.
  37. This quote says to me "The Hextall Plan Was Working" I think this was always the off-season Hextall was looking towards. Too bad he was too tough on the corporate suits. Oh, and, also, too, wouldn't fire Hackstol.
  38. With the third pick in the 2019 NHL Entry draft, the Chicago Blackhawks are pleased to select Kirby Dach, Centre, Saskatoon. Big-bodied playmaking center with outstanding passing skills and soft hands who is one of the best draft-eligible players at incorporating all his teammates into the attack. Dach has a tremendous wingspan and reach that help him maintain control the puck for lengthy periods inside the offensive zone. He is a confident puck carrier up ice, and you’ll rarely see him advance via direct routes. Dach can create time and space using a variety of methods on zone entries, and he can stutter-step defenders out of position. All these traits force opponents to back away from him, which provides him with the opportunity to unleash a wicked wrist shot. Still, Dach certainly is more of a set-up man than a shooter, and you can make a strong argument that he is the best saucer-passer of any forward prospect. Dach has elusiveness for a big man, and his agility in tight spaces allows him to outmaneuver pesky opponents. His straight-line speed is average but deceptive, and his skating style and stride appears a bit choppy and short. Nonetheless, Dach has no problem inserting himself into a rush or initiating one himself, and you can count on him to create several odd-man chances each game. He can run a power play from the half wall and has confidence in his passes from either forehand or backhand, and he can sense when the time is right to make a decisive pay during a stagnant possession. Defensively, Dach will pressure the points, and he relies on his long stick to break up plays. He is, however, neither physical nor consistent on draws. Dach will drop down to support his defensemen, but he’ll dig for loose pucks rather than use his strength to knock it free. ([Hidden Content]) If any team has the leadership group to break Dach of his few bad habits, it's Chicago. The upside here is immense. The Colorado Avalanche and @hf101 are on the clock.
  39. Me neither. But I was even less impressed by his pass blocking for the Cincinnati Bengals.
  40. a) Worst kept secret in hockey for the last two weeks. b) Dave Tippett has a history of making chicken salad out of chicken sh|t. c) I slept funny, and my neck is sore.
  41. I know- right ? I have worked with really arrogant guys in the production world from Boston. (and some cool ones- but far more douches) They are actually worse than New York crew because, well, it's not even New York and they act like they're the hottest guys not in LA. for the record LA guys are the worst. Screw Boston - Go Blues
  42. Don't worry I'm a fair and rational admin and I have a great core of moderators. I own the site as a hobby, thus I want it enjoyable for all here. The biggest key is to discuss the topic without personal attacks towards other members and post here because you enjoy discussing hockey with other hockey fans. Please send me a PM if you have further questions.
  43. Very well put. Too bad that all too often people kowtow to the loudest complainer in the room just to keep the peace instead of standing by what is right. People who want to change history because they do not like it are doomed to repeat the same mistakes as their predecessors. It is a trap set by today's political correctness that infects all of society today.
  44. Came here to say I wish I had started this thread. Genius.
  45. What I'd love to see is the Pens play the Caps and a blimp falls on the building.
  46. You'd guess wrong. Morin will be our 9th goalie...once they get Talbot free from Border Security.

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