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  1. Been away. Should be posting again on a more or less regular basis again. Look, I am not here to rip on the Leafs or to pile on, there has been enough of that going on, no laugh track with this, my intent is to take a clinical look at the Leafs moves for the 2021 season and how they didnt work out. The Covid shortened season saw the Leafs knocked out in the play in round by the CBJ in a stunner, Dubas retained the core and made a ton of tweaks SUBTRACTIONS Barrie went to the Oilers where he was used properly and found his game and was dynamic.
    6 points
  2. Just a fantastic hockey series to watch. Either one of these teams could compete for a championship, too bad they met in the quarterfinals. I don't know if I can say these moves or this or that player "lost" the series. The games I watched were won, not frittered or choked away. There is a great core in Colorado, that if can be kept together could be a Blackhawks/Pens/Bruins/Kings type cap era dynasty. To think everyone was thinking sweep after the Avs blew the Knights out of the rink in game 1 and then took that counter punch in game two. Just wow.
    5 points
  3. I just wonder what the "right price" would be in this situation. What do you get for a "disappointing" overall #2 pick? Flyers gave up Prospal, Fat Balloon, and a 2 to get 68 games, 12 goals, and 19 assists of Alexander Daigle and then flipped him for 13 games and an assist from Andrei Kovalenko on the way to completing the process of turning Prospal and the pick that became Briere into Adam Burt. Is there a GM out there that's going to give a mid-six roster forward and a 2nd for him? Is that enough? In the end, the Flyers have all the cards. If he doesn't
    5 points
  4. "Anybody can play hockey", Guerin would say. "You are not being paid for playing hockey. You're being paid to win". And then he would blow up the locker room to break up the country club.
    4 points
  5. fair point. I agree. But in this case, referencing having a "big" celebration for a meaningless win is on par with celebrating Scott Laughton leading the team in playoff scoring it doesn't get you very far
    4 points
  6. Flyers had more goals and more points as a squad than the Islanders, too. But the Isles goalies were 2.09/.925 while the Flyers were 3.35/.884. Islanders had seven guys +10 or more - six of their top 10 points guys. The team was +101 Flyers had one (Laughton, +13) and their top ten guys were -10 (-23 before Laughton at 10). Farabee had 20 goals and was 0 +/-. JVR 17 goals, +2. Flyers were -127... Last year the Flyers barely beat the Isles in 3 OT games in the playoffs, and scored three goals and were shutout twice in the other four, inclu
    4 points
  7. “I don’t think you can properly develop players unless you have a winning environment.” Chuck Fletcher; 6/7/21 Does this mean we're getting a new GM?
    4 points
  8. The one thing about the other trades is, yes the players were underachievers , but they didn’t have the injury/ migraine history the Patrick does and his -30 isn’t helping. Right now I don’t think any GM is giving up more than a third round pick for him. The Flyers need to find a way to get Patrick to play half a season in Philly and then make an assessment from there. We have nothing to gain by trading him now. He has no leverage, tell him he has to show up at camp and play for this team and we will see what happens . If he plays well , and develops chemistry with his line mates i
    4 points
  9. I think Couturier is this good now. you asked. Not sure I have an answer to Tarasenko though. I would imagine if we have guys that can contribute for a full season and full playoffs that's something. The Tarasenko flame burns brightly but not for long. That player is always injured these days. The goal should be to have a lot of good players, roll 4 effective lines. Have 3 lines that with guys that are getting at least 25 to 40 points a year. Superstars can't do it alone. The Penguins had Sidney Crosby the best player of his generation but he still
    4 points
  10. There has to be a starting point. I get not trusting the franchise will make big changes, they never really have. But the GM has come out and said things that indicate there will be. Not firing AV was a solid signal for me. If Jake, JVR, G, or anyone else, were posturing for his removal, they got slapped down. And I'm pretty sure Fletcher knows he can't have a repeat of last off season I'm content to wait for the first domino to fall
    4 points
  11. The 82 game season provides the TV contract and related ancillary revenue. A compressed playoff format does not. You are laboring under the idea that this is first and foremost a "sporting" endeavor. It is not. It is an advertising medium. The system isn't "broken" it's working exactly as intended.
    4 points
  12. Hard work can beat talent. But talent and hard work is usually what makes a champion.
    3 points
  13. To say a person's take on the subject matter, or opinion (same thing I suppose), is "ridiculously judgemental" is, well, judgemental. By reverse, a person could say your take is, blind naivete. There are fans who will love Flyer players no matter what they do. Perhaps this is you. I know it used to be me. Then there are fans who will criticize for a myriad of reasons, all usually based on some level of emotional disappointment (prolly me now). Neither are wrong That said, I disagree with your premise here. I don't think anyone is saying, "they should all walk around hu
    3 points
  14. The better team won. I think Grubauer's bad play (compared to Fleury) demoralised the Avs a bit. They are a young team - under pressure they start to break, lose cohesion and stop playing as a unit anyways - they really don't need a bad goal let in, as they would have problems keeping their act together anyways. Kadri missing didn't help team play for the reasons stated (having Kadri would have helped the team with the players in new roles problem). However Kadri has been such a hothead that I am not sure if he would have managed to help the Avs with the cohesion problem. He has lo
    3 points
  15. Dave Scott thinks this team is in contention…and to that I have to say a sphincter says what
    3 points
  16. To be fair. the writer (Fish) had this takeaway (which was in the original quotes) Which, I mean, "back into contention" for a team that hasn't been in contention for a decade? They've not been in contention. And then this. Which is, once again, the mantra for the past nine seasons - "no, really, we're better than our record shows." Are they "better than their record shows"? I find it hard to make that case. Yes, they were "one win away from the Conference Final" - the flip side to that line of thinking is that they were two O
    3 points
  17. I got some winning culture for you. I remember when the Flyers use to lay the wood like this... ...gone forever?
    3 points
  18. I gotta give credit to the Wild defensive system. It stymied Vegas many times during their series. Man to man, I think Vegas rolls the Wild easily. But Minnesota played their two way game, played their system, and it worked to a degree. Obviously, it still wasn't enough, but makes you think what could be, once the younger Wild players take their next steps and if Minnesota can secure another top level forward...preferably that center they've been needing.
    3 points
  19. On to next year i guess..... Been this way for a few seasons, one or two line team with no scoring depth and a delporable defense in from of an all star netminder who is 34 with mental and health issues...When rask is good, he amazing, but his bad nights happen alot with no support in front of him. Bergy, Marchand, Krejci....the core is middle 30's and aging, and last night, i think the window fianlly shut. Thy had 3 chances in the last 10 season to bring home a cup and failed...that's it. Window closed.
    3 points
  20. Yes......not sure they are going to be prepared to for the waves the Bolts will come at them. Not to knock the Bruins but they really were a one line team and a bunch of pieces. They missed Chara's leadership and maybe even Krug too. Rask also seemed to be not as sharp as we had seen in years past.
    3 points
  21. What a great series and Trotz can downright coach. Happy to see the whiny Cassidy eliminated. Gotta give the edge to the Bolts next series but who knows. Going to be a nail biter going 7 in my book
    3 points
  22. Not only that, I just don't know that they have enough firepower lines 2-4. The Kadri suspension really hurt them, and even though he's a Vezina finalist, I'm not entirely sold on Grub.
    3 points
  23. I've said before that the format this year was got garbage and I stand by it. Just as in the 'are you cheering for the leafs' thread I said that the leafs doing well in the regular season means little when it comes to playing in what is an on the whole weak division. That said... man, the Canadiens doing well should *still* be considered one of those weird things that happen in the play-offs. Favourites to win the cup sometimes end up getting swept in round one, and dark horses sometimes surprise people. I don't see them getting past round three... however I thought t
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. Holy **** that shot from Stone was...bad ass! That's about as clutch as it gets, picked his corner sold short side and zing.... I love seeing skill like that. So much of it on display in this series. Nathan MacKinnon is just wow. Alex Tuch's goal was some sick bastard hand eye coordination too. I wish these games were on earlier, I'm an old fart and can't stay up to watch 'em to the end. Great, entertaining hockey being played in this series.
    3 points
  26. Weighng in..... Jones still has a year remaining on his current deal so you have to TRADE for him, pieces going the other way. Hamilton is an UFA so he only costs money. that said, Jones will certainly command a huge payday once traded for. Jones is a more complete player, but not quite the level of offense, when I watch Jones I see Pietrangelo 45 points a year shuts other teams down, plays ll situations. When I see Hamilton I see Brent Burns lite, 60 points possibly a few more but defensive deficiencies. So to me it comes down to what do you want? A player who
    3 points
  27. Didn't see much from Hamilton this playoff run WITH a huge pay day looming so I am going to put him in the pass section with Jones. Canes can keep Hamilton he would be hated quickly in Philly. Give me the next tier down defenseman who will cost a little less but maybe more of what the Flyers need.
    3 points
  28. Entomologists keep having to reassess whether this group of pests (to other clubs, perhaps going beyond that) qualify as cicadas. Yes, yes, recognized cicadas, such as this past month’s outburst of Brood X centered in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region, are all either 13 or 17 year cycle. Suspicions arose in 1993 after Montreal captured the Cup in three successive 7-year cycles (‘79, ‘86, ‘93). To then upset the Capitals and Penguins as an 8 seed in 2010, on a standard 17-year cycle from their prior success in 1993, raised eyebrows in the science world. Now, what to make of
    3 points
  29. But it's cool that we agree to disagree and that's something I love about this place. I also disagree with @tucson83about a lot of things, but there's mutual respect there. I have mutual respect with everyone on here. We're all die hard fans. Just look at the number of posts compared to other groups on here. The Flyers always outnumber everyone. Now, back to the defense. Ryan Ellis is Timonen 2.0. And yes, there a lot of miles, but there hasn't been serious injuries or reconstructive surgeries. That's HUGE. As well, people need to remember (how ironic) that defe
    3 points
  30. The Jets' gameplan is perfectly followed and applied by the book: losing the first three games on purpose just to make the Habs overconfident, catch them out cold and beat them in 7.
    3 points
  31. Why give up valuable assets for a 30 year old defenseman with 6 years left on a big contract? I would rather go after Hamilton or some of the free agent defenseman. The last thing we need is another high paid fading player, we have plenty of our own already.
    3 points
  32. @CoachX @radoran Oh I definitely think my aversion to those particular posts is more of a 'me problem' . The posts where I feel compelled to push back with "what are they supposed to do" remind me of childhood shaming I witnessed and resented and apparently still do today. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and their outlooks. Also kindly recognize, I'm not here saying everything is great either. I'm saying Dave Scott, in that article, recognizes there are improvements that need made. @flyer4ever I've played on some terrible te
    2 points
  33. Mojo, as i have said before, your positivity is admirable, truely. Second, Dave Scott should stay out of the hockey decisions, his tenure has had no success, and his blueprint is obviously broken. Third, I would love nothing more than this group winning a Stanley Cup, I would cry like a baby watching Oskar do a victory lap. Sadly, we know this is not to be. Fourth, right now I can't get past 81 million US dollars worth of hockey players giving up, quitting multiple times on themselves, their teammates, their families, and a once proud hockey team. That is why I would like to see a gu
    2 points
  34. Not sure what peacock even is but I love me some Yellowstone. That is what the Flyers need some Beth Dutton to toughen these pu$$ies up!
    2 points
  35. They had a "big celebration" after winning one game. They've achieved virtually nothing for a decade and they're looking at winning one overseas game as a cause for a "big celebration." This organization* is the participation trophy of hockey franchises. I'll wager that a team that won two European games that season didn't come back and have a "big celebration" for the achievement. They had a celebration, but it was at the end of the season when they won the Stanley Cup. Is there another team built around a bunch of 29-33 year old guys who haven'
    2 points
  36. Because Varly had trouble staying healthy and back in 2018 after they acquired Grubauer when Varly was barely .500 with the same team in front of him Grubauer had better results (917% 2.64 gaa compared to 909% 2.87 gaa). And this was not long after the reported beating of former girlfriend, kidnaping and well the Avs thought it was time to move on i think. Murica the land of second chances...
    2 points
  37. And thus, the Avs are done..... As the curtain falls....she now sings...
    2 points
  38. Congrats to Vegas. To come back down 2 games to none and then win 4 straight against a team like the Avs who I picked to win it all is nothing short of impressive. I give Montreal a 10% chance because of Price who will have to steal any game they win in my opinion
    2 points
  39. When the Knights' players aren't pulling in the same direction and working like clockwork, they look like a VERY mediocre team. When every line and defense pair is clicking as intended...when they get into their "hive mindset".... they can hang with, play against, and BEAT anyone!
    2 points
  40. When the league announced they were doing away with ties, and that every game would have a winner, I thought "Lovely, now they can ditch the point system and just use win percentage. Little did I know that Uncle Gary was using it, at least in part, to help create the illusion of more parity.
    2 points
  41. Not the portion i was commenting on. There is no rebuild coming. Not in the proper sense. Maybe in the Homer 2007 sense. They aren't starting over. I would quit watching the team if they trade Couturier for futures. **** that and **** them.
    2 points
  42. Me either. But it isn't like 27 year old Tarasenko didn't have the vets to guide him along the way to get to the Cup either. They didn't just have the core kids ready and then went out and added all their vets in that one year. No they were there showing them while they grew. The J-Bo (35) Steen (34) Bozak (32) Gunnarsson (32) Perron (30) Maroon (30) A.P. (29). You have to find the kids for the future and they don't all have to be stars. Just players buying into what the coach is selling and working towards the goal. But g
    2 points
  43. This really is the crux of it anymore, isn't it? Like, people are posting about going for Hamilton, or Jones, or Laine, or whomever today's flavor is. And I'm not knocking that; it's what a board like this is for and what, in my opinion, fandom is about. The problem, for me, is that there's always the nagging but loud voice saying, "to what point?" I mean, seriously. It's why i really no longer watch much. I do, I guess, but it's usually a period here or there and always while fiddling with my phone or flipping stations to see something truly exciting by compari
    2 points
  44. I don't either. But here's the thing, and I know I'm oversimplifying some: Edmonton has superstars. What has it gotten them? Aside from arguably Price, what superstars does Montreal have? No, seriously. I wouldn't argue that Vegas has superstars. If we're going to Stone--whom I've always liked--I think we're stretching the term. No more or less than Giroux, IMO. Tampa clearly has superstars. Colorado. I'm not really helping any case for or against here, but just saying it doesn't necessarily have to be a thing. Sure, it would help if we str
    2 points
  45. Interesting ideas. Now there's like two champions, the ones who won when the rulebook used was a regular season rulebook, and the ones who won with the playoffs rulebook used. The way WOW imagines it, there would be a real winner, and lots of minor winners. There's only one glitch. The series would have to be whistled with a regular season rulebook. Otherwise there would be too many injuries.
    2 points
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