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  1. 11 points
    Who ever is the Flyers goalie mask artist he's making a killing this season. It's like one every two weeks.
  2. 10 points
    Haven't we seen enough already? this bum needs to go!
  3. 9 points
    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.
  4. 9 points
    There is a clear winner in this trade: Cam Talbot.
  5. 9 points
    Come on... Giroux has 46 points in 42 games, and has a plus/minus of 0 on a team which is a collective -101.
  6. 8 points
    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.
  7. 8 points
    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.
  8. 8 points
    Just be glad it wasn't Mike Yeo...
  9. 8 points
    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]
  10. 8 points
    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.
  11. 7 points
  12. 7 points
    I think it means the flyers of the most interesting team in the league and their fan base is the most dedicated
  13. 7 points
    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.
  14. 7 points
    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...
  15. 7 points
    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.
  16. 7 points
    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.
  17. 7 points
    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.
  18. 7 points
    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.
  19. 7 points
    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.
  20. 7 points
    @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.
  21. 7 points
    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.
  22. 7 points
    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.
  23. 7 points
    btw, my granddaughter turns 1 next week. This is her and my eldest daughter.
  24. 7 points
    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.
  25. 7 points
    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?
  26. 7 points
    Can you cancel NHL Center Ice mid season and get a partial refund?..... Asking for a friend.....
  27. 6 points
    So is removing a statue changing history ? I mean- we still had the civil war regardless of how many statues still stand honoring the losers. Many weren't erected until well after the war, in defiance of Robert E Lee's request to leave it be. I'm probably not telling you anything about the daughters of the confederacy.[Hidden Content] that you don't know already. Removing the statue of a person who did ****** things when everyone was doing ****** things isn't "changing history", nor is it correcting it. It is recognizing that ****** things were done and no longer honoring the person who did them. Before you come at me with George Washington, remember my 3 other posts in this thread where I say applying today's standards to the past isn't fair, and that George Washington founded the goddamned country and Kate Smith sang some songs. Plus, her statue was gross, it looked like Christmas tree with a head. I am not a black person, however I think I wouldn't like going to school everyday at a place named for a person who fought and died so that I could remain a slave. White privilege is a bad name for the racial and financial inequality we have in 'merica. Most white people I know don't feel like they're getting many benefits from being white. So reading or hearing about "privilege" inflames an already touchy subject. My family is mixed race, I have had to endure diversity training at work. However, when you see how poorly white people treat the brown people you love terribly, it tends to bring those teachings into acute focus .
  28. 6 points
    It could be worse. Fact is, Vigneault is going to bring in structure and discipline. People talked about him not using young players, but in Vancouver and New York, but both teams pretty much stripped the farm systems of youth and depth in order to compete for a Stanley Cup. And let's be honest, in 2010 - 2011, nobody predicted Tim Thomas would go on a run like no other and help Boston win the Stanley Cup. His performance was one of the ages. Nobody predicted that to happen. Vigneault comes to Philadelphia with a boatload of youth available to him. If anything, I expect he's going to embrace the youth and really help them get their games to the next level. If you take a look everywhere he's been (minus Montreal and as an assistant in Ottawa), players really thrived under his watch. His teams also played very cerebral and smart hockey. He's got some good veterans in Philadelphia he can lean on and he'll be able to trust the young players. We heard from Fletcher and Gordon about the Flyers lack of discipline and not being difficult to play against because they left the center ice area open. That's going to change. We're also going to witness the defense become more active and we're going to see more defense-led rushes. I'm willing to give him a chance. It can't be any worse than what we subjected to in the Haktard era. Couturier, Patrick, Konecny, Lindblom, Farabee, Frost, Provorov, Sanheim, Gostisbehere, Morin and Meyers will all thrive under Vigneault. I'm cautiously optimistic.
  29. 6 points
    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.
  30. 6 points
    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.
  31. 6 points
  32. 6 points
    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.
  33. 6 points
    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'.
  34. 6 points
    Which is why, like I said, he should not be in anything more than a timeshare in goal...MAYBE taking the lead game when the Flyers really wanna push for a win. But if you ask me, playing behind a sub par team WILL get you mentally and physically tired. Goalies playing behind a good team can play every night and feel rejuvenated every time out. Ask Vasilevskiy. At this stage, I place NO blame on Carter Hart.
  35. 6 points
    Hmm... Jordan is now a Weal E. Coyote.... Another misfit player Arizona is hoping fits in better with them. For better or worse, I see the Yotes giving Jordan a Weal chance at becoming a full time top six guy.....Yotes don't score much anyways, so it can't hurt. If Jordan does the same with Arizona as he did with Philadelphia, then it was no Weal loss as the player they gave up is minor league fodder. If, however, Jordan does better, then the Yotes can do cartWeals that they got a nice player for cheap. Damn, I am Weally good at this.....
  36. 6 points
    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I don't think they should be buying any real estate. Renting is the way to go.
  37. 5 points
    Too hilarious not to post!
  38. 5 points
    I actually like this hiring a lot to be honest. I think we should just say "AV" b/c lord knows I wont spell it right.
  39. 5 points
  40. 5 points
    Giroux had 3 - 100 point seasons in junior. Frost has 2. Giroux put up over 2 points per game over 41 playoff games. Frost has 50 points in 54 playoff games. Giroux carried Gatineau to the Memorial Cup on his shoulders his last season there. I think both will be very good NHLers. I doubt either is as good as Giroux.
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    I go by the results on the ice, not the potential on paper. This team has achieved squat for seven years. Think about that. Seven years without a playoff series win. Seven years with only three rounds of playoffs. And every year we hear that they actually are better than that - from them. There comes a point at which that's just simply not true. This team needed a rookie phenom goalie to even be remotely competitive. And even with that couldn't win a big game when they needed to and got blown out - blown out - in a "must win" by the Carolina Hurricanes. They're 8-16-4 against the current playoff teams in the East. That's 20 of 56 points for a .357 win %. Winless against the Caps (0-4) and Bolts (0-1-2). They lost to the Caps three times in March. Could be, which is fine as far as it goes. I just think that desire is born of a fanbase that's sick and tired of the same ol' same ol' from the same ol' players. And we've only got 3-5 more years of them, barring some sort of major shakeup.
  43. 5 points
    Okay, I know I pissed more than one person off in here by defending Malkin for his latest hit, the one that finally drew a suspension, and for defending McDavid stating I didn't even see a penalty on the hit that led to his suspension. So here goes. Keep in mind I have no horse in the race. I dont even see a damn penalty here. Boychuk was barreling down, Voracek for all the toughness that his beard makes him look like is one of the softest players in the game, hardly ever a hit or a blocked shot, he was bracing himself for a potential hit. THIS IS HOCKEY NOT FREAKING BASKETBALL. Hitting has always been a part of the game and although it is being sickeningly regulated out it shouldn't be. This should have been no penalty, it was a freaking hockey play. I am tired of every time a player looks at another player wrong they get suspended. Boychuk was barreling down on Voracek who was away from the boards and could have destroyed him. Jake set himself and it ended different. A foul should not be called every time a player touches another. Full stop. End of sentence.
  44. 5 points
    Sanheim will always be a sentimental favorite of mine because he was drafted the day my 2nd son was born (27 June 2014) and I attended the draft with @sarsippius and @AJgoal that evening, straight from the hospital (and my wife still doesn’t know).
  45. 5 points
    I think this is missing the entire argument. It's not about what Hart might have hypothetically done had he started in the NHL. It's dependent on so many factors. The larger point is that I suspect 30 other GMs would also have opted to start Hart - a freshly-turned 20 year old goalie at the time in his first professional season - in the AHL. He was seen as the goalie of the future, the guy to bring stability between the pipes for the next decade plus. There was absolutely no rush to bring him in that young without some time to acclimate in the AHL and see how he adjusts. Hell, he had his power cut off because he didn't understand he had to pay power bills! I get the point you're trying to make - but I don't think any GM makes that decision.
  46. 5 points
    RE: "the book" I was thinking this too. First time through the league the pro scouts haven't had a good look at him, neither have the skaters. The part that gives me hope though, is much like Matt Murray the puck "just hits him"...he sees the game well. There's as guy going backdoor for a cross ice pass...Hart is in position to be square to the shooter, he's not rushing he's not sliding he's crouched and ready and has the angle closed down. That part I know will vary from time to time, but for now he's playing the position like a seasoned veteran. He's not flopping around making crazy Hasek highlight reel saves...he's just keeping the puck in front of him. The dude is preternaturally calm. Let's hope he stays physically healthy because it appears he has the mental game clocked. I don't want to get too far ahead with any expectations, Carter Hart makes that difficult, he's pretty good already.
  47. 5 points
    Good. Waste of a roster spot. Essentially they traded him for nothing.
  48. 5 points
    In case you haven't noticed...Crosby, Ovechkin, McDavid...those guys all went 1st overall. Giroux didn't. Not even close. He's actually closer to a 2nd rounder. So instead of your constant Giroux is suk diatribe, how about giving the guy credit for being in the same conversation as those guys even though he was picked NOWHERE NEAR WHERE THEY WERE!
  49. 5 points
    Far too early to call a "bust". And I don't blame Hextall for making the pick. I blame the organization for slotting him in at 2nd line center pretty much from the moment the lottery ball dropped. Speaks to the "overvalue the players" mindset from where I sit.
  50. 5 points
    Kings missed the playoff four years after the lockout, then lost in the first round two seasons. Then made The Trades and won the Cup, went to the Conference Final, and won the Cup. Then the wheels fell off. Maybe didn't help that the "scoring winger" was put on the third line with a first-time NHL center and a recovering-from-injury Simmonds? Also, too, there was no obvious "fix" to the goaltending on offer last offseason. None. Zero. Zilch. More accurately, the team is the same middling bunch that's been taking up ice time at the Big Bank Building for the past six years. That isn't at all "at" you, mojo, but I really think this "team" is overvalued. I do believe they have more "talent" than they are showing, but I don't see all these pieces fitting together. There's no "there" there. Goes back to the Island of Misfit Toys moniker. They've been "re-tooling" this "core" for six years and we are where we are. The facts of the matter are that this "core" simply isn't as good as the other "cores" in the Metro and the East (to say nothing of the West). I mean, it's great that Giroux is fifth in the league in points over the past six years (16th in points per game), and all, but Crosby, Kane, and Ovechkin (all above him) have Cups to their resume. The "other guy" is Jamie Benn who is apparently pulling his own "productive but disappointing" act in Dallas. Take a real, honest, solid look at the competition in the East and tell me you think that Giroux/Voracek/JVR (or Couturier, or whoever) can compete with Tampa (Stamkos/Kucherov/Point), Washington (Ovechkin/Backstrom/Kuznetsov), or Pittsburgh (Crosby/Malkin/Kessel). And we're not even getting to Toronto (Matthews/Marner/Tavares) or (*gasp*) Buffalo (Eichel/Skinner/Reinhart) much less "rebuilding" teams like the Rags and Isles who are above them in the standings. I just don't see it. And I don't see it today because the past six years have given me no real reason to believe that they can. Because they haven't. And the organization just went all "win now" with them and got a dozen freshly laid eggs for the effort. Happy - THRILLED - to be proven wrong.
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