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  1. Greetings: I looked at my profile last night and noted registration was November 12, 2011. I recall that many of us jumped ship from the old site on Philly.Com around that time. This is a much better environment. I forget who led the exodus--Radoran, Rux? What I know is that we have a group of thoughtful, respectful members. We live without popups and spyware. This is an extended cyber-family and we should appreciate what's happened over the years what we have in the future. Best, Howie (no...haven't even had a Merlot yet, and no tears...just expressing thanks to the gang, especially pilldoc, HF, and Tropical Fruit Girl, for maintaining a good environment)!
  2. I'm with @brelic about the inconsistency. But I also have a problem with the suspension. In fact, I had a problem with the major penalty. It was late. Yes. It was interference. Yes. It was not charging, and it was NOT a head shot. I don't think he even got the head on the follow-through. I'm not going to sit here and say stuff like "Perrault needs to look where he's going." But it's a crap overkill on the penalties on this. There is absolutely no good reason whatsoever for it. Tell me how this hit was different from the hit on Konecny. Allowing for a moment that Borowiecki didn't make initial contact with TK's head. He hit him late. I'd also argue that the initial point of contact was the head. So, late hit on the Flyer with the puck not there. Head is initial point of contact. Flyer has concussion. Player has twice been suspended for dangerous hits to the head: Not even a god damned 2 minute minor. No comment from the league, let alone a suspension. Flyer makes late hit on a player and the puck is not there. Head is NOT the initial point of contact and might never have been hit at all. Perrault gets a concssion. Flyer has never been suspended or even accused of a dirty hit previously. 2 min. 5 min. Game Misconduct. 3-game suspension. Someone attempt to argue with me with a straight face and tell me this league isn't utter bull####.
  3. The team is finally playing well! Yea!! But has anyone noticed watching on TV that a lot of people are coming dressed as grey seats to the Flyers games? It first struck me at some of the games I have attended and then I noticed more and more people writing about it. Anthony SanFilippo had a nice piece about it on Crossing Broad which makes for interesting reading. [Hidden Content] In addition I wanted to share a few points from a recent Season Ticket holder focus group that I attended a couple of weekends ago.... They invited a group of 30 of us to come down early before the Flames game a couple of weekends ago to speak with the assitant GM Brent Flahr and Chief Business Officer Mike Shane. Surprisingly there were almost no questions for Flahr about players but when it came to the business side, the pitchforks and torches were out in a major way! People came armed with 3 page lists of things they were pissed about. I'll get to those points in a minute. Before I do I wanted to give you some background on Mike Shane (37 years old). Like the president of Business operations Valerie Camillo he comes from the Washington Nationals. He starting out trying to pander to us telling us that he joined the team in April and how the city and his neighbors have embraced him and in 7 short months he now fully gets Philly and our passion and that we are 1000X more knowledgeable than the rubes down in DC. He said he loves the Flyers "culture" and the feeling of "family" that comes with this organization and basically acted as if he has been there his whole life. He said he has plans to do these focus groups on a regular basis. It was very rah rah rah go team, yea Fletcher, yea AV until the dialogue started... Firstly there was a complaint about the vast turnover of season ticket holder reps and how nobody contacted us to tell us that there was a change and how nobody reached out to us early in the season. (I didn't personally have this issue with my rep but the person who coordinates the high 5 program where my kids get to go on the ice during the national anthem left and nobody told me and as of now they wont be enjoying that benefit so I could relate. Shane apologized and said that they have to be better with the communication (duh!). Then the fireworks really started when people began questioning the ticket pricing scheme and how they decided to announce that they were hiking prices on us a week before we were supposed to renew. Shane said again, yeah we needed to do a better job with that communication thing again but our prices are definitely market value and right in the meaty part of the league curve. That sent people off the rails as they said they did their own research and that is simply not true and we are getting majorly gouged. One guy went as far as to stand up and say "Thats F*****g B******t! where are you getting these numbers and metrics? We want to see them". Shane then began tap dancing on that and we never got a clear answer. There was then a cacophony of voices about how they were so wrong on price point and that we as STH are taking in the shorts on trying to resell our tickets especially with Stubhub in the mix. People complained that because of the massive markdowns on stubhub we the STHs were looking like money grubbers to the public because we just wanted to get face value back. Shane said that was because last year the Flyers used to flood the market with unsold tickets and brokers would put them on stubhub for as low as $5. He said they are not doing that anymore and that is why there are so many empty seats. There was also the issue of the variable pricing scheme where they value each game differently and we don't know what the value of our tickets are (it is not printed on our tickets...you have to find this obscure chart that they have) making it hard to value in a sale. This scheme was also announced 1 week before we had to decide whether or not to renew, along with the switch to all electronic tickets. (That part doesn't bother me but for a lot it was a big issue). I could go on and on with the pricing and believe me they did and F bombs flew in that room over it but there were other things as well.... The in game (bass heavy) experience was also criticized heavily. Many said that since Ed Snider died it seems that the team culture died with him. One guy put it this way "Comcast doesn't give 2 s**ts about us". Shane vehemently denied that and said its not that they don't care, it is just they don't understand all of the issues and how to deal with them (very comforting to know that). Everyone told him loud and clear that we don't want an "experience" we want to see good hockey. We feel like you are trying to distract us with the lights and the loud music and the renovations and Gritty. Some even called for the axing of Gritty and accused them of trying to make him the face of the franchise. Shane shot back "That will never happen, not on my watch..Gritty will never be the face of the franchise!" Several people then chimed in that they have been to other arenas and that that fans and staff at those places were so much nicer than anyone in Philly and that the arenas and in game experience there seem so much more warm and welcoming. Curiously they noted that fans of other teams bought them beers while our fans did the a*****e chant to everyone. (I guess I have been going to the wrong places as I have mostly been abused at away games just for wearing my colors). Others said that they are trying to pander to low attention span millennials. Shane said that "we need the millenials to grow the game". Our group said yeah but they don't have any money to spend on the game so it should be more about pleasing us, those who are established customers with the money and the dedication who feel like you have abandoned us. Then I heard multiple 40 and 50 year STHs say this was their last year and that we have had it! One lady ended her I'm leaving rant by saying "oh and by the way, the Kate Smith thing is complete Bull****!". The topic was then supposed to shift to Kate but it got hijacked buy more price hike complaints. Shane would not apologize for the price hikes and said we will try and make it up to you by adding value to STH packages for the future (more special privileges and giveaways). Then in the midst of all of this we got kicked out of the room (more bad planning on their part). Shane admitted to us that the experience had been really rough and that he loved it and hated it at the same time. I wasn't going to let him get off that easily however, fueled by the free early morning Yuenglings and champagne they had for us I made a B-line over to Shane and got in his face about Kate Smith. He started out by saying that he was only here a week when it happened but that it had to happen because we cannot allow anyone to be marginalized. I congratulated them to him on marginalizing a chunk of their most loyal customers. I told him that he talked all about culture and family but that went out the window with the decision and the way they handled it. He told me she is never coming back and that they will play the song with just Lauren Hart when the time is right. I told him "good luck with that" and that they were so tone deaf if they attempted to do that without Kate. After pressing him very hard I got him to fully admit that they handled the entire situation wrong and that the team is aware that she was actually an advocate for people of color and spoke out against racism in her entire body of work. I told him that it was fine to acknowledge that to me in private but if they wanted to start a healing process with the fans that they need to do it publicly and admit they were wrong and they handled it terribly. I said "I know you cant bring her back at the moment but you need to apologize publicly for your character assassination of a woman who is not even here to defend herself and to her family, to whom you have marginalized and caused much pain". I told him that their unapologetic smear of an innocent woman is where my rage lies more than the loss of the tradition itself (which also angers me but not to the same extent). I said too "I know what you are doing, you guys are too smug and proud to admit your mistake and you are just hoping we all forget about it". At that point he thanked me for explaining it that way and that he will take this to their management and I will hear back from him and we can dialogue via e-mail. So far its been over 2 weeks without an e-mail. (Shocker right?) So between my anecdotal experience at the focus group and the above article, I have to say that there is definitely a big disconnect between the team and the people in charge at the moment. I think that this stems from the loss off Ed Snider and the influx of interlopers from the Nationals who think they know us but really don't and are coming off as completely tone deaf. They are going to lose a bunch of loyal customers in the next few years. It will take some wining to bring in new customers.
  4. Fans, Philadelphians, Gritty, lend me your ears; I come to bury Hextall, not to praise him. The bad GMs do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Hextall. The noble Brelic Hath told you Hextall damaged the franchise: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Hextall answer’d it. Here, under leave of Brelic and the rest– For Brelic is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men– Come I to speak in Hextall’s defense. He was a Flyer, faithful and just to the franchise: But Brelic says he damaged the team; And Brelic is an honourable man. He hath brought few playoff wins to Philly; Yet he whose draft picks did the general roster fill: Did this in Hextall damage the team? When that the past seasons ended, Hextall hath wept: Damage should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brelic says he damaged the team; And Brelic is an honourable man. You all did see that when it came to Hackstol He thrice had opportunity to can him, Which he did thrice refuse: and this was damage. And Brelic says he did damage; And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brelic spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And the roster is full of his draft picks. Bear with me; My heart isn’t in the coffin with Hextall, And I will cheer the team he built so much of.
  5. Just absolute WOW on Carter Hart's performance. What a difference it makes when you have a goalie who actually stops the puck. Kudos to the PP too. They had a lot of attack zone time and it looks like they are going to be dangerous. NJ goalie kept this a game with some amazing stops himself. I almost forgot what it was like to watch an exciting hockey game. Welcome back Flyers!!!
  6. Nothing good can come from this thread.
  7. Just more proof that the league hates the Flyers.
  8. Actually you are ..... I feel the same way. No virus is gonna keep me from enjoying life. However, there are hundred thousands of kids and adults who are immnocompromised due to a myriad of reasons who can't fight infections like you and me. "IF" you become infected and don't know it, you can be risking the lives of those individuals whom you might interact with on a daily basis. Therefore just caution is a necessity. Listen closely...I am not saying one has to live in fear...but one needs to be mindful of others out there who can't fight infections. That is why it is called flattening the bell curve.... give folks in my industry a chance to get a vaccine or a treatment plan in place. Taking this nonchalant attitude that nothing is gonna keep me down is fine but we MUST be thinking about other individuals in our daily world. It begins at home and with each and everyone one of us doing out part which begins with good hygiene.
  9. There's no question it can be done. But the core of the Blues' roster was two years removed from a Conference Final. The Rangers team AV took to the Final in his first year was a season removed from a Conference Final. This is the hardest tournament in sports to get through and there are 15 other teams with the same goal. Boston is 7-3 over the past 10, Vegas is 8-2, and the Avs and Blues are 7-2-1 with 6+ game winning streaks of their own. The important approach IMO is to take it one round at a time, one game at a time, and not go in thinking "well, the Blues won the Cup last year so we can, too!" I'm pretty confident AV will instill that kind of mindset. It's sooooo good to have actual NHL coaches.
  10. For me, no thank you. I'd consider Ghost or Haag. And I really like Kapanen, too. And I like that Kapanen would probably push Farabee back to his natural left side. Myers is different enough from our other dmen that I don't do that. And we don't actually need offense that badly. Sure, we're 15th in the league, so there's definitely room for improvement, but it's not an emergency. Not a horrible thought, but for me, not Myers.
  11. I honestly would not want him at $7.25/hr. The whole concept of him makes me want to vomit. No thank you.
  12. Is there anything more JVR-like than him scoring the last goal in a 6-1 win?
  13. I'm thankful of where we are now. I know I don't post much. But when I do, I prefer hockeyforums.
  14. Went into the Grocery Store today, just so I could bang on the Plexiglass in front of the cashier to feel like I was at a hockey game....I was respectfully escorted out
  15. You must reasonable about this. It is NOT just about the kill rate. Right now--at present--the kill rate is still less than flu. Legitimate expectations are still 1.X%. That alone is not worth panicking about. But that is not the whole story. 1.X% of WHAT? How many people are expected to get infected is an important stat in figuring out what the appropriate level is to react to this. If 2/3 of the country eventually get infected, but the virus still kills 1.X% of 2/3 of the nation, that's a LOT of people dead. WAY more people ill, but will recover. Do we need to turn our lives upside down? Probably not. Many of us are probably gonna get sick. Most of us will recover. BUT, if you or your loved one are the 1.X%? Do I think the NBA and NHL are overreacting? Perhaps, but the previous poster is right when he/she said that they did it to avoid the inevitable lawsuit from the few who will have loved ones die who went to that game that the NHL didn't cancel, regardless of whether or not they actually got the infection there or not, and regardless of whether or not they would have otherwise been infected by other means. That is unfortunately the state of our culture in America today. "I'm gonna get me mine." And because of it, we lose the rest of the season. Not because of the true lethality of the virus, but because the one mutant would potentially ruin it for the rest of us. <sigh> And yes, BTW, the DDS in my moniker is because I'm a dentist, so I am working in what is likely one of the highest risk environs of just about anybody other than those directly treating the confirmed-infected. Be smart. Be reasonable. Nothing wrong with taking a few precautions. But don't let it take over your life. My $.02.
  16. I ****** hate covid-19
  17. Well we didn't jinx the boys, but man they didn't play too well either. There are some talented guys on the Sabres and to give their coach credit they played hard. Teen girl mojo enjoyed her first trip to an NHL rink. We've been dragging her to AHL games her whole life so she's as much of a hockey fan as a 14 year old can be, however, the show at the Wells Fargo center was such a huge step up. Our seats were really good, so that helped too, production value aside, the arena the passion of the fans, epecially once the game got tight was eye opening for her. pretty fun night with a good result, I thought Braun died when he went into the boards, it was right in front of us, I was shocked when he got up. Same with Myers blocking that shot, he crawled off the ice and went right down the tunnel I thought he was done. I don't think he missed his next shift but he wasn't on the ice after he took the penalty under 8 to go. Farabee is larger in person, so is Raffl. Good night, the kid had a fun day at King of Prussia and then a fun night so it was a win for the parental units.
  18. And a good whine. Wine. I meant wine. Nice to see them use their game in hand on a 5-0 loss to SJ.
  19. I don't know that this game was an example of work ethic. This was the 4th game in 6 nights on the road against the best team in the league and who just won their tenth in a row. I mean, they came back and made it a 4-3 game against that team, were flat out stoned repeatedly by a goalie with a point in 19 or 20 straight games. The "lack of effort" routine is a getting a little old. It just wasn't the case here. Yeah, they were outplayed in the first period.but they outplayed Tampa the rest of the game--the team described above--and held them to a whopping 24 shots. It's a long season; sometimes you lose.
  20. Turns out all you have to do to get a popular post around here is attend a STH meeting, bitch at the ownership for an hour, then write it up. Anybody can do that!
  21. "After consulting with Jimmy McCrossin, Elliott dropped dead."
  22. Both. I believe he's happily married to his sister now.
  23. My overall impression of last night was that the Flyers looked a little shell shocked to start. That makes sense playing a team of this caliber. I can understand a lack of confidence. However, I think once they realized they could skate with them, things changed. Im loving the transition game and I saw Flyer players beating caps to the puck in the offensive zone. The way they held the puck on that delayed penalty was pretty cool. Getting a point and losing in a SO against this team is the same as a win in my mind. Believing and having confidence in the system will be a difference maker. Way to go AV TRUST....THE....PROCESS
  24. You've had this "Giroux is suck" diatribe going forever. He was the 2nd leading scorer in the league 2 years ago. Why would we want that, right? Over the same time the Oilers have never won...they should trade Mcdavid. You know what a curse to this team is? Goaltending.
  25. I don't care what anyone in the media or who works for teams or the NHL itself says....there SHOULD be an asterisk (and there WILL be in the minds of many hockey fans), regardless of who wins this...."tournament". Seems its a hastily slapped together thing that is extremely short sighted and they are doing it just to be able to say "we crowned a champion in 2020"......for all the asterisks that is worth. So any team from the "no business being there Wild" to the "might have won again Blues", any one of them, simply cannot be viewed in the same light as past SC champions who actually went through a straight 82-game season and a proper meat grinder 4-rounds of playoffs to get the ultimate prize. My biggest concern in all this is the status of the proper 2020-21 season. How will that be affected? Will there be more significant injuries due to this forced 24-team playoffs followed by a short turnaround for the start of the next season? Or will we see lackluster play at the END of next season (in time for those playoffs), due to players simply being worn down more than usual? I guess we will see. And Covid 19 may not even be done wreaking havoc in the sports world either. But for this upcoming playoffs, I find it very hard to get excited about it. Feels like one giant exhibition season before the real season starts in October again.
  26. Playing in empty arenas will give an unacceptable advantage to the Panthers who will feel at home regardless to the hub city they're playing in.
  27. so ...just for fun here ..... "IF" someone wins the Stanley Cup in an empty arena, does Bettman still get booed?
  28. It figures, the Flyers have their best year since forever, with a real goalie, depth scoring, and a team firing on all cylinders, looking like veritable contenders ("I coulda been a contender!"), and the NHL conspires with the Chinese to produce this thing thereby scuttling the Flyers chances! They should rename this virus the (Leon) StickleVirus
  29. It is. And that you basically have to be shamed into it by a guy like Derek Grant FFS
  30. Nah, it's an illusion. I'm really disappointed in JVR not dropping the gloves yesterday when it was 5-1. He could have etched his stupid initials in stone among his teammates with a move like that. Maybe he was worried about hurting his mole.
  31. I hate to rag on a team that played so well...but god I hate when a line quits on the last shift on a goalie who played so great. They looked really good all game...except that.
  32. You should have put signs that said this on UPENN's campus 8-10 years ago.
  33. Okay, so i haven't researched this or spent more than maybe 2 minutes thinking about it, but my immediate reaction is that this might possibly the most asinine firing and replacement in memory. Seriously, the first year was incredible results and last year was very good for a second year franchise. This year I agree they're a bit more inconsistent, but they're literally 3 points out of first in their division. Bringing in DeBoer is not an improvement over anyone, let alone Gallant. The people he had in San Jose, there's really no excuse for the results. Sorry, really not a fan of DeBoer. This is stupid to me.
  34. @Poulin20 First of all, I really appreciate your posts from the STH meetings (well...ALL your posts but especially these ones). I'm also glad to hear someone else complain about the bs gimmickry that sports has gone to, to "entertain" the fan base. I want to be entertained by the sport, not lights and sh!tty music. I won't miss the playing of God Bless America by Kate, but the way they did her was wrong. Maybe if they'd only have played it during important playoff games like they did her actual performances I wouldn't have grown to despise it. Anyway, thank you sir for taking the time to write this out for us, and also to speak to one of the lemmings running the franchise now.
  35. He’s like the guy that picks up a beast at the local bar at 4am and calls himself a cassanova. The 4am special.
  36. Is there anything more JVR-like than him scoring the last goal in a 6-1 win?
  37. @Howie58 Wow...just realized this thread was here! I, of course, don't share any of the memories you have of your old site, the mass exodus here, or some of the nutty characters you guys/gals knew over the years, but I CAN say I certainly am glad for this site as I was a wandering ethernet soul at the time I discovered this place (Nov 2013....which makes me a 6 yr vet here now) and have made it my hockey home. I had been a part of ESPN's message boards (they were awful...I learned to take my bans like a big girl there! Hah!), then bounced around a few smaller sites, usually not sticking around due to the clientele or they simply went the way of the Dodo bird. One particular site, which I modded for, was called The Fanatic dot net, that was a great general sports site, I liked the posters there and in fact, the owner of that site, seemed very much like @hf101 is here...meaning cool, down to earth, and wanting a simple place away from the "corporate sites" where people can just hang out and jaw about sports topics without ads, pop ups, and trolls. In fact, when I discovered this place, I thought I might have re-found that same owner after interacting with HF a bit, but no, wasn't the same guy, as that previous owner was more about baseball and football. The Fanatic owner just decided one day he didn't want to run the site anymore, let it lapse/license expire, and that made me a sad forum orphan left to wander around. Well, anyways, that is my lil anniversary tale. Want to thank all here, not just staff, for molding this place into what it is and special thanks to HF and @Digityman too I believe, for not only starting this and accepting me in, but having faith enough in me to make me part of the staff. Oh, and although I don't share the memories you have of philly.com, I most certainly enjoyed reading what you guys posted about it..... I have similar memories of the ESPN boards and of another place called prosportsdaily (they might still exist) what with all the people there more for aggravating others and just being general clowns rather than for sports. Good stuff all around guys/gals. Long live HF dot Net!
  38. Smart move by AV. I'm going to guess it's not just the game that troubles him, but maybe practice/camp in general. In earlier quotes, he said Boston was playing its system whereas our guys were thinking their system. They clearly need more time/work. Hard to install a system when there are 50 guys in camp. Pare it down and work with the veterans and the few players that have a chance at an open spot.
  39. Haven't been on here much lately...they buy him out yet?
  40. apprehensive about any "Pat" and "-oon" in a Flyers uniform.

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