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  1. Greetings: I just read my profile and noticed its been 10 years since joining the board. I am not sure if it was Radoran or FC who led me over, but I recall a group who defected at about the same time. We have a good gig--civil and intelligent, with some humor and street wisdom. Thanks to our leaders, HF, pilldoc, and Tropical, and all the Supporting Members. Let's hope for another decade in good health...maybe one with a Stanley Cup along the way. Peace, Howie
    16 points
  2. 10 years. A decade. Holy sh!t. The years are speeding up. Thanks to @hf101 for keeping it going.
    10 points
  3. And thanks to all those who sacrifice all and keep us safe so we can enjoy what so many don't get to enjoy. Even as insignificant as hockey may seem in all this mad world we all can come here to escape sometime and share one common bond. Happy holidays And the loved ones we miss during these times that made it so special.
    8 points
  4. Meaningless move by a meaningless organization.
    8 points
  5. Neither did Laviolette's - who has only won a Cup and subsequently taken another team to the Final. Nor did Berube's - who has subsequently won a Cup with another franchise And now AV's doesn't work, either - a coach who has been to two Cup finals with two other franchises Now, stay with me here, I'm speculating that it just maybe, perhaps, might not be "the coach".
    8 points
  6. Well the Flyers are 8-8. Perfectly mediocre...the farm is the AHLs worst...Fletch's work is done. It took awhile, but they've finally got Couturier and Farabee to play terrible hockey. If Hart isn't stealing games this popgun offence isn't going to beat any decent team. 2 goals or less in 10 games. Scored more than 3 once since the first 3 games. And of the oldest 13 players on the team, ol' Fletch brought in 10 of them in his short tenure. So at least the future is bright. Gostisbehere leads his team in points. Fletcher traded assets just to get rid of
    8 points
  7. When you read and hear about the poison of so many web-based outlets, this exception is very special. It is worth celebrating. I've said it before and say it again, this is an extended family. I really hope we stay happy, healthy, and engaged for years to come.
    8 points
  8. The last two years of this deal will be ... I just can't do this. Excellent signing.
    8 points
  9. I didn't see this all put together in one spot and I needed to see it broken out so....this is what happened in the past week or so. Going into the 2021-2022 season the Flyers top priorities were: Top-pair defensemen for Provorov to play with (and mentor the kids). Ellis A shoot-first top 6 winger. Atkinson (I think we need another but not sure it can/will happen) To get tougher to play against. Ristolainen (and Atkinson & maybe a little of Ellis honestly) A backup goalie capable of playing 20-30 games. Of the 4 trades, the
    8 points
  10. Merry Christmas fellas and fellettes All I want for Christmas is a 2nd round draft pick. And a sheep.
    7 points
  11. Hope everyone has a good holiday.
    7 points
  12. Merry Christmas to all you hockey fans out there. Have a great holiday with friends and family. Except Flyer management...they can go F themselves!
    7 points
  13. Teams have a habit of making their best player Captain. Lindros and G were never Captain material. Just because someone is your best player it does not mean he is a leader. All it does is place extra pressure on a guy who is already in the spotlight and expected to do great things. It's a bad move.
    7 points
  14. See. I called this last week. Hope everyone is happy now. Problem solved. I feel so much better. Everything is going to be ok.
    7 points
  15. No, it doesn't. It needs an actual rebuild and a change in fundamental hockey phillyosophy. One would think a decade of the worst on ice results in franchise history would get that message across.
    7 points
  16. If Fletcher trades Giroux he may as well hand in his resignation. He's gone all in with his idiotic long term signing of Hayes, trading of picks/players for soon to be signed too long Ristolainen, more picks/players for signed for too long Ellis. He brought in old man Yandle (he of ZERO points in his last 17 games) to replace the guy he gave away along with draft picks Shayne Gostisbehere (who LEADS his team in scoring). He brought in old man Brassard. And old man Braun. And old man Atkinson. And older man Thompson. Who all looked like great pickups...for 5 games. Sadly the season is 82 games
    7 points
  17. He has a pedigree, so there's hope. It's entirely mental at this point. That game was huge for his confidence. But it can be shattered in an instance so his next start is crucial. Hopefully Ellis gets back soon, because we are spending too much time in our end, which is unsustainable.
    7 points
  18. Ah...It's all coming back to me now! Now I remember what it feels like to watch a hockey game and be entertained and pleased with the effort and outcome!! Been a while... 1) I LOVE watching Giroux shoot the puck this much.....(Vora-who?) 2) Martin Jones CAN play the position. Can he do it consistently? And can our D start making life a bit easier on him/Hart. Hart WILL have a bounce back year. Maybe not a Vezna year but he'll give us what we need in the pipes (god i hope) 3) We are winning these games DESPITE missing Ellis, Hayes, etc. 4) Brassar
    7 points
  19. What I dont like has nothing to do with his heritage or anything off ice, I feel he is hands down bar none the most overrated player in all of hockey today, and would probably be a first or second team all time overrated goalie ever. Looking at his last five years; 2021 2.64 goals against 21st among goalies. Save pct of .901 40th among goalies (A quick note, this is not including goalies such as Craig Anderson who got into a few games, I am using only goalies in both cases who played at least one third of their teams games) 2020 2.79 goals against, 32nd in t
    7 points
  20. They got him to forego free agency and take lower than he probably is worth on the open market (again). That costs something, and that something in this case is term. If he has radically declined at 37/38, the buyout option doesn't look terribly onerous, either.
    7 points
  21. Not bad for a kid who can't skate
    7 points
  22. They're in Year Ten with one playoff round win to show for it. They're about to miss the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 92-93/93-94. The problem with talent on this roster goes back much further than 2014 and isn't at all limited to Hextall's drafting. The Phantoms missed every playoff from 2009-2016, then lost in the first round twice, and have missed the playoffs 2018-2022. What is it about that franchise that you think solely indicts Hextall for it's failure? That's five years of missing the playoffs before He
    6 points
  23. It’s gotten so bad, even I’m going to post. I read this thread with a lot of interest and agree with the assessment that the team is clearly worse than it was when Fletcher took over. To the Wild fans that warned us, what can I say other than that he’s the old boy network running, imagination-less, plausible Buddhist solution proffering organization wrecker he was in MN. I cannot imagine him not being fired at the end of the season. He’s only still here because this mess is of such a magnitude that Comcast needs a good, long think to even figure out how to stop digging.
    6 points
  24. If an owner and management team had come in here 10 years ago with the sole purpose of making hockey irrelevant in Philadelphia, they couldn't have done a better job. There's no reason not to tear it down and start from scratch. I, for one, would enjoy watching a young team, even if they're bad, as long as I can see they're building toward something.
    6 points
  25. Here is the article which is behind a pay wall. Pirating isn't my jam particularly, but i think there is good insight here: Any hope that the turn of the calendar year would lead to a dramatic change in the fortunes of the Philadelphia Flyers was snuffed out before even two full weeks had passed. The team’s seven-game standings point streak in December is now a distant memory. The Flyers haven’t notched a victory since Dec. 29. They’ve dropped five straight decisions. Claude Giroux, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny all remain in COVID protocol and Sean Cou
    6 points
  26. 6 points
  27. Merry Christmas to everyone on this forum. Wishing you a happy & healthy holiday!
    6 points
  28. Quenneville was always going to Florida and wouldn't talk to them. It wasn't a "if he says no" he said "no" to even talking to them. Which says a TON about how this organization* is viewed in the league... This isn't a top choice of players or coaches any more.
    6 points
  29. Seems like a good time to remind folks that it's the hope that kills you.
    6 points
  30. Isn't this the run the team always goes on right after they play themselves out of the playoffs? You know, the one that gives us the lousy draft pick.
    6 points
  31. One thing to consider is the Rangers rebuild as exemplar. A good assessment a few days ago made the following point. They did it in three years. They did not tie it to a core group. They simply made a decision to do it and make it fast. A model that says players a, b, c, and d are the core to build around (Flyers were an example with Coots, G, and Simmonds and assume they have 5-6 years) doesn't work because (injuries, quick performance drops, etc.), the core tends to falter sooner than planned. We may be seeing that with Ellis and JVR. Provorov may not be all that we hoped he be. Bott
    6 points
  32. Whose idea was Therien and Yeo? At the time, I wasn't under the impression it was AV's choice. I was under the impression he was onboard with it, but not like it was his suggestion or desire. Was that wrong? The idiot who thought Therien and Yeo was a good idea, the idiot who thought Risto, trading picks to get rid of Ghost, etc., the idiot allowing Yeo to stay (based on WHAT???): that's who should be getting the ax. And the puppet masters behind and above him pushing for the idiocy, should be axed. Literally. This is just more of the same. I can't say I ac
    6 points
  33. I've followed the Flyers since their second year. This is the first time that I have lost hope for them. Things have changed. I attended my first game in many years. It was hard to follow the game. "Fans" were returning to their seats ten minutes into the period and were leaving their seats with five minutes to go in the period. Everything is different, the fans, the team and the management. I feel sad. If there is any hope for the Flyers, it's time for a total rebuild, but I don't see it in the Flyers genes.
    6 points
  34. You think we replace AV and this current roster is a contending team? I think that's insane. I have no allegiance to AV, but the roster and the entire system is devoid of talent. An out-of-warranty Giroux with 160k miles is still our best player.
    6 points
  35. Couple basic observations; 1) I don't think I've seen McEwen's name ONCE on this forum.... They guy never quits on the play and is doing a HELL of a job for a guy I had never heard of a month ago.... He was chasing Ka-Chuck around the ice trying to get him to fight....laying hits... I like that dude. 2) Carter Hart has been FANTASTIC. Boy if we could only give him some goal support.... 3) What's up with Provy.... 4) Giroux's move was SICK.... too bad no finish. 5) Our PP sucks!... 6) I continue to be impressed with the "gr
    6 points
  36. I was NOT one of the OG Founding Members here, as I came aboard in late 2013, nor obviously, was I a member of the old philly board, but I want to thank everyone here for welcoming me aboard, @hf101 for giving me responsibilities around here, and every single poster, mod, and site manager that has simply treated me like just another sports nut, leaving out gender and the fact that I am from the state of Florida (believe me, those two things, on the internet sometimes are things people somehow hold against me ), and just overall making me feel very much a part of this wacky, dysfunctional, fun
    6 points
  37. It's mostly thanks to you and your merlot-inspired civility. The rest of us are mostly reprobates as far as I can tell. Well, rux is a filthy bear or something I guess.
    6 points
  38. These come from behind wins aren’t going to last all season. There comes a point where they have to get a lead right off the bat instead of pulling out mini miracles. After all they are -2 in goal differential yet 7-3. Can’t maintain that
    6 points
  39. 3rd game in 4 night: that's what you call a scheduled loss.
    6 points
  40. Had this discussion over beers with a few friends last night. I suggested they hand the 2010 cup over to the team they beat in the finals. Everyone started to agree...until they realized it was MY Flyers. Got a few laughs though.
    6 points
  41. Damn it sucks to hear but I am proud of him. It takes a true man to admit he needs help and I hope this serves as a lesson to others that are struggling with mental health issues that it's ok to ask for help. If you won't do it for yourself doing for the ones who love you and that you love. I hope this helps him and he can come back healthy and ready to play.
    6 points
  42. Never too early I guess. Training camp should be starting next week I would think. Carter Hart should rebound this year. Camp may help him more than anyone. So too should the addition of Ellis. Time will tell whether Ristolainen or Yandle actually help him. Yandle I doubt. Risto should at least make it more difficult to stand in front of him. I'll assume Jones will give us an .896 save percentage. I can't believe that's the best Fletcher could come up with. Ellis was a nice add on D. Hopefully he's got the years left in the tank that the contract has. He was starting t
    6 points
  43. GOD I HATE BILLY JOEL FOR NO GOOD REASON.
    6 points
  44. You May Be Right. Kid's got a Big Shot. Everybody Has A Dream and if he can handle the Pressure he could be getting some Easy Money. For the Flyers it's really A Matter of Trust and they really showed that they want to Get It Right The First Time. Keepin' the Faith. And So It Goes.
    6 points
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