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Everything posted by PhilsFanDrew

  1. It could just be a spot in the schedule with an injury to Gudas where they figure they can call him up and reward him for his play with the Phantoms. Perhaps he will finish out the regular season before getting sent back down for the Phantoms run but I'm not prepared to read into this move too much right now.
  2. The reality is the vast majority of athletes (male or female) that train on a full time basis for sports don't get a steady living wage paycheck directly from their work in their sport or athletic field. Professional athletes in major sports leagues are the exception not the rule. Unfortunately for the ladies, women's hockey is not viable as a money making enterprise and because of that it is hard to justify employing them as full time paid employees earning a living wage.
  3. I don't know that Hakstol is going to be the guy to lead the Flyers to the promised land but I think it is evident that the issues that have plagued this team (slow starts, 5v5 struggles, poor defense, inconsistent goaltending, etc) is not a coaching issue. These symptoms have carried over from regime to regime... the common denominator is the personnel. They have made tweaks to the roster here and there but largely they have been going to war with the same group for the last 4 seasons and this collection of misfit toys is simply not talented enough to be a shoo-in playoff team let alone a contender.
  4. Could he have done more with 5 million next season? I think the major reason why Hextall was willing to do the deal was because of the weak UFA forward class following this season. Having Filp in the fold for one more year at $5 million was deemed by Hextall to be more desirable than paying between $4-$5 million for 3+ years for a UFA whose skill is not that far better than Filp. That was my biggest takeaway from the trade along with the unspoken acknowledgement that Couturier is not the answer as a 2nd line center.
  5. Exactly. I see Streit as the only potential move. There are no contenders that need a goalie now and teams that are not playoff bound are not going to send an asset for a goalie(s) that are going to hit the market at the end of this season. MacDonald's contract is too rich so he is a no go. MDZ has either been unhealthy or ineffective this season. If it wasn't for the Flyers taking a chance on him late in FA a couple years ago he was on his way out of the league. Not exactly a guy teams are going to have much interest in. They likely have equally capable options within their organization. Same can be said about Nick Schultz regarding in house options. Franchise altering trades like a trade of Giroux, Voracek, etc are more likely to happen in the offseason after teams get a chance to fully evaluate their needs going forward.
  6. Also Carter started his career in Philly where Voracek arrived with a couple years of NHL experience under his belt.
  7. The question is whether or not Giroux's drop off statistically can be attributed to a decline in play due to getting older/injuries catching up or if the talent around him is just not good enough. His best year was playing with Jagr and Hartnell. I didn't have a problem getting rid of Jagr or even Hartnell. The problem is they never replaced either with equally offensively capable forwards. Raffl's 20 goal season was a one year wonder. Read's goal scoring has completely fallen off the face of the earth. They have 2, 3rd line centers in Schenn and Couturier. One of which is a PP specialist and the other is a defensive specialist. Neither are particular good or offensively creative 5v5. I also think our lousy defense plays into the struggles offensively and scoring 5v5 because our forwards have to focus so much on getting back defensively rather than being able to trust the D. They can't often be in a position in the defensive zone where they can quickly transition to offense and look for odd man rushes. I'm not saying Giroux and Voracek should be considered untradeable but I think there are bigger issues that need to be resolved first.
  8. Boston hosted the 2nd Winter Classic against the Flyers at Fenway in 2010.
  9. I'm surprised we beat this team at home earlier in the season. The Flyers just don't have the team speed to keep up with a team like Edmonton. No one in the league has the speed to keep up with McDavid. That kid can absolutely fly and the ability to harness world class skill plays while moving that fast is really something to watch. Thank goodness he plays in the West.
  10. I think the 3 bolded are gone regardless. Why get rid of Manning? He doesn't cost you much and he is perfect in a 5/6 D position. Ghost is a RFA and will likely get a decent bridge contract. If Provorov continues down his path he is going to eventually be owed a hefty increase. You have to consider beyond next season. I'd love to have Shattenkirk in O&B but not at the expense of being unable to lock up the homegrown D corps. Also their defense as currently configured is currently near or leading the league in scoring by defense which is Shattenkirk's best trait. If he comes in you can't round it off and say our D will score more. He will just score more at the expense of our other Dmen. To me you make moves to improve an area of weakness rather than loading up on a strength.
  11. I didn't understand him starting Mason against NJ. To me that was the perfect time to give Stolarz a start. If Mason was deemed to be healthy I have no problem with Hakstol starting him last night. He is their #1 goalie and should have the work load of a #1. I don't think his early struggles last night were because he wasn't fresh but because he wasn't sharp.
  12. Technically they lost 2 (regulation to Dallas and SO loss to Nashville), but I agree mini skid is a misleading headline. They managed to get points in 11 out of their last 12 games with 10 of those games being 2 points.
  13. I wouldn't say he is underrated... maybe under appreciated? I know some people will get on him and say he's not a 1st line winger and hate the fact that he often plays on G's left side. While he is not a true 1st line winger that is not his fault that by default he ends up getting that spot. That is more of an indication of a team need that the Flyers have not been able to address via FA (lack of cap space) or through the draft (needing to bolster D as a priority). The fact that Hakstol trusts him to play on G's wing would indicate that he is not underrated among the decision makers in the Flyers organization.
  14. I would be fine with that deal, however, my guess is Mason will command and get more. So then it really comes down to if the Flyers want to be the team that meets his demands or if they let him walk. I'm on the side that if he wants more than 3 years, $15 million you let him test FA and start looking at other options.
  15. If I'm Hextall and the Flyers front office I have a number in terms of dollars and years in mind for Mason but if he wants more dollars and/or years I'm not budging. You can certainly do worse than Steve Mason but I think you could perhaps have someone as good or potentially better in a couple years under team control waiting in the wings. I don't see Mason as the long term answer for this team that Hextall is building to be competitive for a number of runs.
  16. As others have said a goalie rotation is a bad idea. I certainly don't want a situation like last year where Mason played every game down the stretch and got burnt out by the start of the Playoffs. But I think Stolarz has at least shown them that they wouldn't have to go that route if either Mason or Neuvy were to go down towards the end of the year.
  17. I really don't understand it. There are already a glut of Centers and I thought he (Schenn) finally adjusted to life on the wing last season and had made the jump. The one thing Hak did do last year is give Schenn a role and let him stay there for awhile. Now he is reverting to the ways of Berube who is moving him all over the place. Guys like a Read or Raffl that is fine. But a player like Schenn should have a defined role.
  18. While he hasn't lived up to the Mike Richards "prime" hype when he was brought here his productivity has consistently increased. Last year he was approaching 30 goals. He's off to a PPG start in his first 5 games (2G, 3A) so he's pacing himself to increase career highs assuming he keeps up a similar pace and remains healthy. I really don't understand the Schenn hate. While he certainly has flaws to his game he is just entering the early stage of his prime and has the potential to be a 30 goal scorer, (70-80 pt producer). That's not something that is just common in the NHL anymore.
  19. The season is still so young that it is still nearly impossible to get an objective read on what this team will be this year. Even more difficult because of the early suspensions/injuries. Another issue is that this team in recent years has gotten off to slow starts. The good news is their next three games are at home, 2 of which are against sub par teams. There are some good signs in the early going so not all is bad. Voracek has gotten off to a strong start and has over a PPG average. While he hasn't scored a goal yet Giroux has provided some assists and is just over a PPG. Simmonds is looking on pace for another 30+ goal season. Coots looks to be taking another step in offensive development and Matt Read is playing like the Matt Read of 3 years ago. I think the defense has been the weak link so far but that should have been expected missing two regulars and a 19 year old rookie averaging the most ice time in a couple games. Hakstol has also taken the training wheels off of Ghost so this year so I'm curious to see his production and how that plays out compared to last year. The goalies have been okay. Not spectacular but not a disaster either. Maybe slightly better than average. Grades so far.... Forwards: A- Defense: D Goalies: B- Special Teams: B
  20. I just don't think Provorov is going to gain anything development wise playing another year in juniors. I don't think he would be refining a skill set as much as he would be able to lean on habits he can get away with down there that would otherwise be exposed at the NHL level. I think at this stage of his development he has all the physical tools, its just a matter of discovering his mental makeup and how quickly he can learn from his mistakes and limitations.
  21. Giroux did have 3 assists and now 4 points in 3 games but again its mostly PP production. He and Voracek really need to produce more 5 on 5. The lack of 5 on 5 production and the poor PK the last two seasons is what has really hampered this team. I just feel that against the better teams G and Jake's only chances at scoring are on the PP and frankly for what they are paid that is not good enough.
  22. Not to rain on the Captain's parade but it was his neutral zone turnover that led to the Hawks GWG.
  23. Provorov was bad last night. I don't think anyone is calling him a bum or a bust but he flat out made a lot of mistakes. It's okay... he's 19, a rookie, and put in a very difficult position because of injury (DelZotto) and a boneheaded hit (Gudas). The bright side is his mistakes were largely him trying to do too much and being too aggressive which is definitely coachable. He wasn't physically overmatched and he didn't look like a deer in headlights playing scared. The first goal he chased Kane and over committed instead of maintaining good position. On the 2nd goal where he lost an edge he probably should have steered the puck to the side boards and waited for help rather than trying to make a play solo being the last line of defense in front of the goalie. The last goal that caused the 2 on 1 goal (Kane to Panarin) was him trying to make an aggressive play at the blue line with a pass to Coots. It was a bad pass that Coots couldn't handle and it was off to the races. I don't have a problem with him making mistakes now. If he's making the same mistakes frequently 50-100 games into his career then there is cause for concern.
  24. Provorov could have been paired with Duncan Keith tonight and it wouldn't have made much of a difference. There is not a defenseman out there that could have covered up for Provorov's gaffes tonight.
  25. I'm guessing that is the logic but they still have plenty of forwards that kill penalties without VV. What they don't have plenty of is guys that have a scoring/playmaking presence in the bottom 6 and that is what Cousins can give them.

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