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  1. 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.
  2. That made me nauseated just reading it. If they hire him, I'd be even more unhappy than normal. I'm married 24 years, so that's actually hard to do.
  3. He merits serious consideration to have the interim tag removed. Still think the upper management will want a "name" coach. I'm not opposed to interviewing others, but I would be opposed to excluding Gordon from any consideration. Either way, it's a win for Gordon. This stint has probably earned him another shot in the NHL, whether it's with the Flyers or another team.
  4. I can't be too pissed about this game. We're certainly seeing improved play by this team, and I'm going to be happy about it. So hopefully we can get this one back on Tuesday night. Improved Wild play falls short in 3-2 shootout loss to Predators
  5. Is it wrong of me to wish Granny got a brain fart, forget, just for a split second that he ISN'T supposed to pass to green sweaters anymore, and the Wild get a goal out of it? Just thinking aloud....
  6. My two cents on the D question. I agree we need a vet or two for the kids not named MacDonald. H'e snot a UFA but the kind of guy I want is an experienced Swede like Mattias Ekholm. Big, smart, positionally sound. Maybe Edler in VAN is a poor man's Ekholm? lol @ "snot"
  7. Also .... Congrats to the Presindent's Trophy Winners: All Star: Halifax Sharknado ( @J0e Th0rnton) Conn Smythe: Ded Flatbird ( @pilldoc ) Both GM's are guaranteed a place in the All Star League next year despite how they do in the playoffs. Also I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in either one of our leagues this year. There are some mighty fine FHL GM's all around that we have and I am proud to compete against you guys. Everyone deserves a big round of applause. Good Luck to all in the Playoffs! PS. I will post some final season stats later today.
  8. I really think this is what you have to do. Q doesn't come available often. I think with that said Philly could be his last gig. I think you have to go get him and hope all his experience will be what this club needs. And the offseason is the time to do it. Gordon has done some good things and there are something he needs work on. I mean he is still learning himself on the job. I don't think the Flyers can afford to let him go somewhere else. Need to strike while the iron is hot.
  9. CROW!! Whoo hoo!!! I officially made the playoffs in All Star. Can't believe just about 6-7 weeks ago I was in last place going no where. My goal was to make a few moves to see what might work. Reaching the playoffs was a goal ..... just proves you are never out of it. I am now up against that great FHL GM @J0e Th0rnton and his Sharks. Good Luck Joe.. I actually like my chances as I think I match up pretty good against him. Regardless of how it shakes out I consider this year successful despite being in last place most of the year. Here are the rest of the 1st Round Match-Ups. Please remember I will manually reseed once the week is completed. (Highest seed remaining vs. lowest seed remaining ......next highest seed remaining vs. second lowest seed remaining...etc...) Good Luck to all in playoffs! EDIT: some other useful information I have discovered in past years. 1) If you win your first game in the first round, you are guaranteed to remain in All Star for next year as you will finish in top four. (the 2 winners in the 2nd round will meet for 1st and 2nd place, while 2 losers will meet to determine the 3rd and 4th place seedings) 2) If you lose your first game, then you MUST win your 2nd Round game in order to remain in All Star for next year. (the 2 winners of the 2nd round will meet in 3rd round to determine 5th and 6th place seedings) 3) If you lose BOTH of your opening round games then sadly you will be relegated to Conn Smythe next year. (your 3rd round game will determine the 7th and 8th seedings)
  10. Maybe Fenton needs to try and trade Zucker every year...
  11. LOL @ Granlund….. he doesn't know WHO to grab in that lil dust up!
  12. 2019 Minnesota Boys State Hockey Tournament Preview I know the Wild are in a heckuva battle to try to make the playoffs, but the Tourney is almost on! I preview all 16 of the teams that made it and provide predictions for all of the quarterfinals games and the respective final in Class A & Class AA. We all know who @Antti_Laxative is rooting for. In case you missed it... Breck was Class A Girls Champion Edina was Class AA Girls Champion
  13. You do know that Elliott and Stolarz’s numbers since Gordon took over have been similar or better than Hart’s, right? It ain’t just Hart. Sure, they are inconsistent, but very few teams can play a full game strong. Right now this is a young team working under a Jerry-rigged new system implemented halfway through a crap year after 5 years under two different crap coaches who were both scared to death of a remotely aggressive offense. It’s really really easy to say it was all Hart. Addendum on the stories and the highlight reels, but the facts and numbers just don’t bear that out. Hart and Gordon came up about the exact same time and they both got mixed results until Gordon changes the system. This is is in fact a good team. They give up chances because they take a few chances now and again, but when they do give them up, they’re not nearly as dangerous or as deadly as they were under Hakstol. I’m partial because I have believed in the talent on this team all along and have blamed Hakstol for a while now, but there’s a reason I felt that way and the numbers back it up now.
  14. Yeah i just looked at his production. Wasn't aware he had 61 points in 63 games. Yeah even at 35 and he has a modified NTC and has spent his whole career in Calgary so can't see him going anywhere but retirement. However he is a good example of the vet type they need. There aren't any of those types on the market though.
  15. Is there any doubt to this...hopefully you didn't just come to this with his response...
  16. I don't know how to keep Gordon in a friendly place with the organization if you do this, but I think you do if you can. Treat him as well as possible and maybe even help him get the next gig. I'm not sure why, but I can't help feeling like letting him go will bite us in the rear soon enough. Did he get his bumps out of the way with those relatively terrible Islanders teams (Rookie Tavares notwithstanding) ? Is he the real deal now? Let's see how things go with these injuries to Jake and Patty. How does he maneuver? How does he compensate? So far, from where I'm sitting, he's making a lot of great decisions and a lot of great moves. Those who pay attention to the names on these posts will remember that I've been advocating the moves Gordon has made more than the advent of Carter Hart as the reason for the turn around. Although both came to the Flyers around the same time (I wonder if they shared an Uber), the results with Hart were mostly mixed until Gordon started implementing the 1-3-1 and the D zone positioning changes. He also started sitting Weise and Lehtera pretty commonly (probably triggering their dismissal by Fletcher) and giving Sanheim a ton more minutes while limiting Mac. There were even rumors of Mac sitting outright against the first placed Islanders and as it was, he only played 10 minutes which for a D man is nutz. All that said... It's Joel Quennville. 5 trips to the conference finals in 7 years, 3 Cups. It was a great team he had... but he knew what to do with them. It's a tough call for me. I don't think you can go too far wrong with Quennville though. I think that's the safer bet. Ultimately, with Gordon, I'm reminded of Craig Ramsay (who I'm still not sure was given a decent shot). If things don't start HOT for Gordon, I don't want them firing him and replacing him with Lappy or Kjell or someone just because he's around.
  17. One thing is certain: I don't see them going into next season with $2m+ in space. They are going to spend $$$ this offseason. Forwards I would not resign Raffl. I don't have a problem resigning Laughton as long as he's 4C. He should not be 3C. Obviously TK and Hartman will be signed. Neither Knight nor Varone should be regulars next year. I don't know if any of the young guys, e.g., Frost, Rubtsov or Ratcliffe or anyone else in LV are on the verge of making the team next year. Honestly, I know Frost has produced well, but he might be well served in the AHL for a year. So, this is how things look to me: Giroux/Couturier/Voracek JVR/Patrick/TK Lindblom/____/____ ____/Laughton/Hartman I think C and RW should be priorities. But if they keep G at C, then they need to target LW. That said, I think they will push hard for Panarin and then figure out how the lineup shakes out. Failing that, I think they go after Duchene or Hayes or possibly Skinner, even though he's LW. Brock Nelson might be interesting. Any interest in Dzingel? There really isn't much in UFA that I like as a RW, but feel like a lower tier guy would be available. I suppose they may let Hartman slot as 3LW and maybe give Bailey a shot at 4RW. Defense Really need to figure out what to do here. They need a solid vet back there, and I mean a legit top 4 d-man. They already have 8 guys on the roster. I do not expect MacDonald to take a regular shift next year. But something else has to give. I think Ghost and Hagg will be trade bait for a forward or two or maybe a vet d-man. I think Karlsson is a pipe dream. Stralman is getting older, but he's a solid guy. Tyler Myers does nothing for me. Alex Edler? Jay Bouwmeester? I'm just throwing names out there at this point. Should be the most interesting off season we have had in a long time.
  18. Trade him, his value will never be higher! Oh wait...
  19. I don't want to keep Gordon. Gordon, in my opinion, has done a tremendous job. But they were very clear when they brought him up that it would be interim. I don't think he has the expectation of staying up. He does a pretty good job in Lehigh, and I would prefer to send him back there. Nothing against Gordon. Like I said, he's done a tremendous job, especially given the circumstances. But I think the organization is better-served by his going back to Lehigh and having strength there and then bringing in strength to the NHL club. Now, if there are no suitable candidates I would not be opposed to Gordon staying with the big club. It's just not my first choice. I don't actually have a name for my first choice. I'm expecting them to go after Q like an orange cheese puff goes after a porn star. I'm not entirely convinced he's the way to go. Maybe. He did okay in Chicago while they were still kids so my main "does he do okay with kids?" concern maybe isn't warranted. If he's game for that at this stage of his career, then by all means. But if he's to the point where he wants to go with vets at the expense of kids, then I'm not so sure he's the route I want to go. Gordon, I think, has coached his way into the conversation. I just think I prefer him in the Lehigh HC role.
  20. Ha yup! GO 's Good write-ups again dude - I'll be there Friday and probably Saturday And yes, I did attend (for the umpteenth year in a row) the finals for 2AA and 6AA at the Mooch last Wednesday. That is always every bit as good as the State Finals themselves, IMO)
  21. Not as much as we hate you!
  22. @flyercanuck @Podein25 I hate you both.
  23. And here I have been thinking I'm special in not understanding the point of doing this over and overandoverandover. So many great moments in this game. #1 Foligno's back check and the perfect 10 into the net. Suter laughing and the stick flip, etc. I think we really deserved that other point on this one.
  24. I am assuming you are using “played” in the loosest sense of the word when it comes to Bitetto...
  25. Agreed! He's outshowing Granny by a bunch.... speed shooting and physical.
  26. For a long time, I had wanted larger more physical Wild players....then we got some...team just got slower and worse... Now, we shrunk the team, got faster again...and dare I say...the product is more exciting once again??? Hell with it.... smaller and faster is the way to go for this team!
  27. I agree with Lunatic's assessment. If they don't sign him my season's end, we can expect a Quenneville type. But we've seen some good results since he's been behind the bench.
  28. For how physical this game has been only 1 penalty called. Like I said refs are letting em play
  29. Man, the Wild certainly ARE getting their chances....gotta bury some of those though. Those chances may dry up! Let's go boys! Get one past that yellow goalie dude.
  30. I completely agree. I fully expect the Flyers to sign him a contract at the end of the season.
  31. Hey everyone. I so wish I could crawl into bed, but as I'm on the post-game, here I am. At least it wasn't a 9pm start.
  32. Washington 4 N.Y. Rangers 3 Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 5 Colorado 4 Anaheim 2 Vancouver 2 Vegas 5 Ottawa 2 Florida 5 Winnipeg 4 Columbus 3 Nashville 3 Minnesota 4 Chicago 3 San Jose 4
  33. That's what Russo is reporting as the rumored trade. He said he was going to verify it Saturday when he is in Calgary. And Russo also said a LOT of GM's around the league are kind of taken aback that all Fenton got for Granlund was Fiala... Something to consider with Staal too. The Wild now have Staal, Koivu, Rask, Eriksson-Ek and Kunin as centers. That's five centers and only four center spots. What do you think will happen next season when Koivu comes back? I guarantee it won't be Koivu or Staal losing ice time...
  34. Ever since they got him a centre who can get him the puck he's been lighting it up.
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