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  1. Who ever is the Flyers goalie mask artist he's making a killing this season. It's like one every two weeks.
  2. Haven't we seen enough already? this bum needs to go!
  3. But if you were going to see it, the betting money is you were going to see it on the Flyers.
  4. I don't understand trading a high-caliber offensive defenseman for middle six wingers.
  5. To put these offensive songs into perspective...."That's why Darkies Were Born" was a satirical song that was written to make fun of racism. It was also sung by Paul Robeson, an African American actor and civil rights activist. "Pickaninny Heaven" was sung by Kate Smith as part of the move "Hello Everybody" She didn't write the song, simply sang it as part of her character in the movie. In my mind, this is not a question of moving on from an old tradition, but it is a question of ruining the reputation of a person who can't defend herself since she is 6 feet under. If you are going to trash a person who supposedly meant to much to the team, the least they could do is show us that they did a thorough investigation. For more perspective, take a historical figure like Lincoln and drop him into 2019 where none of us know who he is. Imagine he tweets that all black people should be sent back to Africa, which was his attitude during his time. You think he would be loved or run out on a rail? Point being, it is pretty unfair to judge past attitudes by today's "woke" standards. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I think it's important that all information is known before rushing to judgement.
  6. There is a clear winner in this trade: Cam Talbot.
  7. Come on... Giroux has 46 points in 42 games, and has a plus/minus of 0 on a team which is a collective -101.
  8. As a longtime Flyer fan, I would think you are in the perfect position to understand it!
  9. I'm glad you brought this up OR as this is something I've been looking into the last few days. What do we know about her character and how did she come to sing these songs? It's a long post but I will share some of my findings and my feelings below if you care to read. I haven't commented yet on this matter as I have been busy doing research the last few days as this whole episode bothers me as a Flyers fan. We've all seen and discussed that at least one song was parody and was sung by Paul Robeson but that still doesn't address Kate's character or how she came to sing these songs. From what I have read and heard on radio broadcasts (debating this issue) performers back in the day had little say in what they sang you were assigned songs by the record label, specifically there was someone called the Artists and Repertoire (or A&R) man who made all these decisions for you. If you refused you could find yourself out on your rear. One infamous instance of an A&R folly I found was is Frank Sinatra being forced to sing "Mamma Will bark" by A&R man Mitch Miller at Columbia records. Frank did it very reluctantly and was thoroughly embarrassed by it (listen to it and you can see why); he never forgave Miller for making him sing it and years later when Miller bumped into Sinatra in Vegas and tried to say hi Frank said, "F*** you, keep walking". This was Frank Sinatra, a big star we are talking about, yet he didn't have a say, now lets get back to Kate Smith. The research I did indicated that Kate was a 250 lb woman who was routinely mocked for her weight in Hollywood (Jason Whitlock talks about this in the clip of him I posted earlier in the thread) she was singing whatever they gave her just to keep her job as her employers already had a perfect excuse to get rid of her is she stepped out of line. Was this cowardly on her part? Maybe, a bit it would have been awesome if she had refused but its easy to play Monday morning QB too; I am sure some of us would have done the same thing to keep our job. The point is that she likely didn't have any control of what she was to sing as singers do nowadays. Granted that doesn't make the song right but it is a mitigating circumstance for me as it helps me to better understand her position in all this. In doing further character research on her I also stumbled upon some stories that Kate would routinely have black performers on her TV show "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" most notably, singer Josephine Baker who sang in the WWII effort and then subsequently lived in France, upon her return to the US she was confronted with the realities of segregation in the US that she hadn't seen in France and hadn't experienced since she was a child. Baker refused to perform in front of segregated audiences which was problematic for her career. She was also accused of being a communist by gossip columnist Walter Winchell and for this was a very controversial figure whom nobody wanted to book on TV. Yet her big break in the US, and television debut was given to her by Kate Smith on Halloween 1951. Kate's family also mentions that she was not racist however due to the risk of bias I am not considering their comments in forming my opinions. My point in all this is there may have been reasons (not yet considered or known) as to why she sang these songs. Again it doesn't make the songs right but it may explain her decisions (right or wrong). There may also be some evidence out there giving us a small glimpse into her character suggesting that maybe she was not a rabid racist. What I uncovered doesn't prove anything 100% but it does suggest there may be more than meets the eye to this story which is why I have a hard time with what the Flyers did. The part that upsets me the most though is the rapidity of how it all happened and how the Flyers lied and said they were looking into it and they continue to lie to me as a season ticket holder saying that they are still reviewing this "serious and sensitive matter". There was and will be no research on their part. The decision has been made already and will not be reversed. The worst part is the decision was not at all made out of their racial sensitivity. This decision was made strictly for image maintenance and corporate expediency, nothing less and nothing more. Finally what does the Kate Smith phenomenon mean to me as a Flyers fan? I don't believe in luck or good luck charms at all but for some reason their record when the song was played was incredible. For me it was just a cool Flyers thing (an analogy would be as Americana is to the USA). I know a lot of you had grown to detest the tradition as it was old and played out in your minds but for me though it is a part of the Flyers fabric, it is a very unique part of the Flyers story. It was one of many factors which helped to create the feeling of family that I sensed with this team when I became a fan in 1984 and have felt to this day (until now). I'm a fan of the other teams in town too but the Flyers had this unique way of making me like them more due to their traditions and the way they were run. That's been torn to pieces for me now by how they handled this as for the first time ever for me I don't feel like we are family any more. There was no debate, not among season ticket holders, not among rank and file fans, it was just over and done with. I could stomach this a lot more if we all had some discussions about our viewpoints. If for instance legions of African American fans (whom I see quite a few of at the games nowadays) came forward and said hey despite all you say, about Kate this really really hurts me more than you could ever know and understand. I could live with that. I could truly accept that and move on from there but unless we go through the exercise of having these conversations and looking at the whole picture then I just put it down to corporate cowardice, and expediency on the part of the Comcast/NBC. Maybe that's why it doesn't feel like family anymore because the Flyers have ceased to be a family and are now just a corporate entity like the rest.
  10. Did you watch how they played? And how the Flyers play? Unless AV can inject some balls and determination into this team, I just don't see the Flyers competing like that any time soon.
  11. Just be glad it wasn't Mike Yeo...
  12. Yay, this is the last one of the season. I am beyond relieved. Here's the preview for those of you who want it: [Hidden Content]
  13. How is this so bad?? Did you watch Simmonds play?? Did you want to give him a five year 8 mill per deal?? Ok then that is why they traded him he looked like shat all year hasn't had a goal in 11 games what did you think any GM who could see was going to give them for him??? Can't stay out the box and you don't even see him unless it's headed to the box after some scrum or he is trailing the play coasting pretending he is back checking. He score 27 points all year. Dude is a power forward who skills have eroded and can't stay out the box. Man Flyers fans really do over value their players. Who knows what Chuck could have got from the Flames Wayne shot it down. So yeah this is about as good as you are going to get. A 24 year old winger with some solid skills playing 5 on 5 and can play up on the 2nd if need be. Wayne just didn't have any value and he has lost his touch on the PP. This isn't 2016-17 Wayne Simmonds he is on the down swing. And who knows they could always turn around and move Hartman again for something. I wish him well but his best years are behind him.
  14. While it’s hard to get too excited as it was the Dead Wings, I did see a spring in their step that wasn’t their earlier in the year. The atmosphere in the building was great too for a change. I think the recent moves have had the desired effect of waking up the fans a bit. It was fun cheering them off the ice at the end of all 3 periods rather than booing!
  15. There is no new coach until you see the Orange Smoke at Vorhees.
  16. @elmatus Imagine not playing 8 goaltenders last year and the big free agent signing didn't miss the first 2.5 months of the season from a freak injury. Or imagine one of those 8 goalies proved to "not suck" for I don't know 3 months, do we still think last year's team was a dumpster fire? I don't i think last year's team was as bad as they showed. I also know Gudas' ceiling was reached and it wasn't very high, I know Macdonald was a passenger and not worth his contract and the pk was dreadful for much of the year. Dead wood is out, pk players are in, the defense is improved vastly imo. I think the surprise last year was the poor result and I expect a substantial leap forward with this roster.
  17. The team has been transformed, it has been pretty expensive. Like last year this should be a good team on paper even if nothing else happens. I think 7 x 7 is too beaucoup for soul brotha...that said; we go Couturier, Hayes, Patrick and Laughton down the middle...**** you little men, try and get the puck from us. Also, the Flyers got 3 players capable of playing quality pk minutes in this flurry of activity. This team should be better, new veteran coaches, no ******** hard assed assistants a guy who has won everything but the cup at all of his previous stops. Players that can play and help with changing / growing a culture. It has cost a lot and I understand there is reason to be skeptical. If things work out though and there's a parade down broad in 3 years I won't care about 7 x 7.
  18. Just to prove that I'm not a complete grumpy F|_|ck... -This was definitely NOT a team building contract, but it is sort of in line with some of the other gross contracts out there. I think it was too much both in dollars and term, but if a team thinks they're in the Cup window, those are the sorts of deals they're willing to sign. -The Flyers are, this week, suddenly a very good team on paper, and should have money left to spend on their RFA contracts. -This series of moves could work out very well for them. -This is all built off the back of Ron Hextall's cautious and patient approach.
  19. He absolutely is. If he wasn't, he wouldn't have gotten it. That's how markets work. And Philly is not the only team that would have ponied it up. Jeff Skinner, career high 63 points (with Eichel feeding him the puck), $9M Evander Kane, career high 57 points (7 years ago), $7M Ryan O'Reilly, career high 64 points at the time of signing, $7.5M Brock Nelson, career high 53 points, $6M JVR, career high 62 points, $7M We don't have to like it, but it is absolutely in line with other contracts.
  20. I like this move too. This is a good hockey player coming to our team. Niskanen and now Braun are good players in addition to whatever leadership they bring to the room. My feeling is the veteran players have been upgraded significantly at the cost of a veteran player, a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick. The Flyers have the resources to do this now. In 2 years if Fletcher is still raiding the future for today, I'll worry. Today the cupboards are full to the point of overflowing. Niskanen and Braun instantly make this team better. They will have the desired effect on these young guys currently on the team. They will be solid in front of Hart. Truly there isn't a lot to "not like" about what's happening. We're trading magic beans for quality NHL players. I'm good with this, we'll see what else happens, it doesn't feel "over" to me, I wonder what the forwards will look like by the end of the week...
  21. I think it means the flyers of the most interesting team in the league and their fan base is the most dedicated
  22. I don't think it should have been as major, but I also don't think the call blew the Golden Knights season. They did that themselves.
  23. The team definitely needs to have a quarrel with a boot. I'm seeing people (elsewhere) saying he was successful with "lesser" teams - as if the Canucks with six first place division winners in seven years (two President's trophies) were chopped liver. And the Rangers made the Conference Final three times in four years (twice under Vigneault) and took the President's Trophy. This will be their first "real" coach since Loviolette. If they come out of the gate like crap again, at least we'll know it ain't the coach...
  24. 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.
  25. That's the most frustrating part. It's the same refrain for the past several years with this core. So little progress has been made. To be clear: I don't doubt their desire to win. I just don't think they know how to win. They need help in the leadership/experience department. Not saying Giroux/Voracek/Couturier aren't good leaders. But they need outside perspectives. Aside from Giroux's early years, they have not had a legit veteran mentor. Justin Williams would have been a good signing last offseason. Problem is that they have a crowded roster and prospect pool as it is. Bringing in a veteran would would further complicate that. Unless you move another vet (or two) out. But I really don't want to blow things up. There is talent among the forwards. It's not ideal, but a strong coach could be the leader they need. To me, the next coaching choice shouldn't just be about system and X's and O's. The coach must be able to guide this team and lead it and command the respect of his players. I'm not sure Hakstol had those capabilities, which may be why this team (and Berube before him) has been stuck in neutral and, at times, in reverse. It may be why Quenneville would be a better fit for this team, rather than a guy with a fresh perspective but perhaps paling in comparison to Quenneville's experience and cache. As far as what Jake said, yeah, they choked in those games. But the damage was done way earlier in the season and there is fault across the board for that. The early part of the season was a complete organizational failure (except Gritty). I don't think this core can straighten it out themselves. I think the right coach can help fix that.
  26. I'm with you. I've mentioned this elsewhere before, but this season was really the one I think many of us expected to see a noticeable improvement. We didn't get that. In fact, we got half a season of some of the worst hockey this club has produce in almost a decade. They have played better since the new year, but in terms of the skill we see on the ice every game, they're still significantly behind the true contenders in the league. Also, playing better for half a season does not excuse playing like garbage for the first half. It's not like the first 40 games don't count. Let's not pretend that's the case. The same thing happened to a lesser extent last season as well. Why? Let's conjure up a new set of excuses. And I for one am very sick and tired of hearing about how it's just waiting for some young kid to come up and fix all our team's problems. That refrain is now about eight years old. Eight years is long enough of a window that we should at the very least be seeing improvement not regression. It's really beyond frustrating at this point. I wasn't expecting a cup run in 2018-19. I was expecting the 18-19 team to be better than the 17-18 one, the 16-17 one, the 15-16 one, the 14-15 one, etc... Instead, we spent much of this season in the bottom three in the entire league. For a team supposedly on the upswing, that doesn't exactly scream future potential.
  27. Bob McKenzie paying Ron Hextall some compliments.... "....he left the Flyer cupboards well stocked with prospects..." So basically, he left Fletcher with some good promising players, plus between Hextall and Fletcher, they have stockpiled picks as well. Fletcher has the option of using those as 'currency' or develop the prospects and use the picks. Fletcher was left in a good place with the team......all he needs to do now is not screw it up. I am posting this because I STILL feel Hextall did right by the Flyers organization....even if some others do not. He was left with a monumental mess to clean, he did for the most part, and his 'patience plan' may pay off for Philadelphia (again, assuming Fletcher doesn't submarine it) in the long run.
  28. That, unfortunately, was the downfall of Hextall. He was so overly cautious that even when the correct move was staring him down, he wouldn't do it. Moving Simmonds, firing Hakstol, really addressing the goaltending, moving out the 'beloved' veterans like Weise, Lehtera, etc.....Hextall did nothing. Fletcher was stuck doing the work Hextall simply refused to do. As for Hartman, as mentioned in other places, he's not going to need to score a ton to be effective. Speed, tenacity, and checking will be his calling card. It's also good to see that Giroux has already welcomed him and stated the following: “Very smart player,″ Giroux said. “I think his hockey IQ is very high. He’s got some skills, grit and the orange and black is going to look good on him.″ Sounds like a ringing endorsement to me. Things are going to be OK.
  29. @FD19372 @vis Reports are the deal was with Calgary. I think brelic and pods were being funny. But they're Canadian so we probably wouldn't understand... plus i'm sure they're very sorry for the confusion.
  30. He's just not a center. He's a playmaking wing. Played that in junior. Drafted that way. Established himself that way. Was forced into the role after The Trades. Had his best season last year at wing. Why they insist on sticking him at center mystifies me.
  31. What is a defenseman's job? To prevent shots/goals. Fewest unblocked shots against/60 5v5 minutes: MacDonald Gudas Gostisbehere Sanheim Fewest Goals: Gudas Hagg Ghost Sanheim Fewest overall shot attempts against/60: Sanheim Gudas Ghost Fewest high danger (slot) shots against: Gudas Sanheim Provorov Ghost Taken by themselves, any of these measures can be explained away by other factors, but three guys (Gudas, Ghost, and Sanheim) consistently show up in the top half of the Flyers' defenders. So by the best defensive metrics we have available, Sanheim and Ghost are actually among the best on the team when it comes to limiting the opposition's chances to score. The problem is that the perception of "playing defense" hasn't caught up to the realities of what it looks like in a league predicated on speed and transition. Derian Hatcher and Scott Stevens would struggle today because the way they played, crosschecking and tying up guys in front of the net, is pretty much illegal nowadays. You play defense by breaking up rushes at the blue line, getting the puck away from the other guy or winning races to loose pucks, and moving the puck up ice, not knocking guys over in the defensive zone. On a somewhat separate note, one of the main reasons I've been adamantly against moving Gudas is because he is actually quite good at both.
  32. btw, my granddaughter turns 1 next week. This is her and my eldest daughter.
  33. Yeah, he's not out of harm's way just yet. I hate to get all soft and stuff, but being traded, waived, etc. are major life events for these guys. It must be unsettling, especially when family is involved. I know it comes with the territory and they make a lot of money, but sometimes I feel bad about being cavalier about this stuff. It's not like he's a bad guy or anything.
  34. Clearing out the underbrush, which is nice to see. Does this mean they couldn't even get a 6th for him? Weise has another year on his deal ($2.35M). Anyone else get the feeling this team is getting younger before it gets older?
  35. Can you cancel NHL Center Ice mid season and get a partial refund?..... Asking for a friend.....
  36. First of all, Philly didn't trade Carter to the Kings. We traded him to Columbus for what amounted to Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek and a 3rd. I'll do that trade over all day long. Philly DID trade Mike Richards to LA...for Wayne Simmonds (who's been great for us and may be dealt ) and 6 years of Brayden Schenn (who was then dealt for the 1st round picks that got us Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee ) and a 2nd. I'd do that one all over again as well. Try using the internet...it can make you look like you know what you're talking about. Works for me...sometimes.
  37. So here's the thing about this and the stench of incompetence that will linger like a beer and taco doritos fart. There are two men's livelihoods being gossiped over without regard for the actual men. If this is indeed happening Q comes into town with his announcement botched. Hakstol doesn't deserve to learn of his fate over social media either. This is a monkey ****** a football.
  38. I wasn't a fan of the JVR signing but for all those complaining that Hextall didn't do anything to improve the team, this was the 2nd best FA available last summer. It just goes to show signing free agents just for the sake of it doesn't necessarily work either.
  39. Outside looking in, any any way you look at it, Braud/Niskanen paired with the kids is a thousand times better than Gudas/McDonald-period. Any day of the week-twice on Sunday. And signing Hayes (according to reports) brings in a fantastic two way player who takes the pressure off Patrick and makes the Flyers harder to play against at both ends of the ice. Three aggressive moves, none by themselves Earth shattering but as a whole make your boys a lot harder to play against on a nightly basis.
  40. 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".
  41. Why are people so high on moving Ratcliffe? There is NOBODY else like him in the pipeline. Not Ratcliffe, Laczynski, etc.....This is legitimate power forward with 35 to 40 goal upside. You don't move those guys. We keep hearing about how the Flyers lack size in the lineup. Ratcliffe brings it. He also showed what he can do when he has a legitimate center getting him the puck. Dude can flat out score. If there's a list of prospects that are untouchable, he's on that list.
  42. with this organisation I expect everything to be underwhelming. AV can Coach and has a proven track record to go along with it... Honestly, after Q he was my next option looking at the field. People will freak out b/c he has the label of being tough with the young players and all that BS. I am fine if he is tough. Q is the same exact way... this group needs a kick in the ass. Fletch identified his guy and wasted not time getting a deal done. Now onto the draft and offseason.... I mean at least we are getting a capable Coach and not another "hockey genius" or college coach that was nothing more than a shot in the dark by Ol' Ronald.
  43. I was never a fan of Scott Gordon, however, his and the Flyers performance since he took over as interim coach has been really solid. He is using younger players, his line/player adjustments during the game have ben adroit. Additionally he not afraid of calling a time-out! All in all, I think that he deserves the title of Head Coach. I know Q's still out there, but Gordon has done an excellent job.
  44. Two minutes for interference... and even that's dubious. May not call anything at all on this one because the puck was there. No fine. No suspension. That's all. The player ran into his back lol. How is that "targeting the head" lol? This is why I wrote that thread about hitting in hockey and what happened to it.
  45. 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'.
  46. I like Gordon’s approach so far too. Seems to understand what the players need. Maybe he ends up doing well and remains coach.
  47. He got the job because everyone else they asked said they'd rather be White House Chief of Staff.
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