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radoran last won the day on September 19

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  1. It's not just him - it was the entire organization. And the quote was a reaction to the declaration about "bad teams." Yes, they were bad teams. Yes, he's supposed to say "we have to work hard to get there" not "we are definitely there." When they clearly weren't. But that's the entire corporate culture of the organization that has increasingly turned me off. There's a sense of entitlement that alienates me. It's not "the grass is greener" - it's "you agree this is the best grass ever in the history of grass, right?" When, in fact, we're watching this: I want to root for the crest on the front, not the names on the back or the names on the letterhead. Don't piss on my head and tell me it's a sunny day and why am I complaining about the rain? Just for the record, I don't bring those things up as if it is some sort of character flaw of Claude's. I agree with you, that sort of stuff is garbage in that context. There is the flip side of that where people bend over backwards to say he's not at all any part of "the problem." I don't blame him for being captain. I just don't think he's been particularly good at it. Again, I look at production which is often terrific in the regular season (although not always) but has failed miserably in the postseason. And in this most recent appearance by the team's own admission they folded tents and went home after things didn't go exactly their way ten minutes into a Game 7. He was never "the best player in the world" - he's a guy who has trouble cracking the top 12 on Canada's team. Yet he's the guy that the organization insisted was a #1 C (despite never playing the position prior to the NHL) and insisted was the heart and soul of the team (despite never being a captain before) that they absolutely had to build the entire thing around. And we got one playoff round win in eight years. I just think I kinda have the right to be disappointed. To me, it reflects the nature of how the team has been run. Quite frankly, if there's one person I would like to see completely exiled from the Flyers, it's Paul Holmgren. Thanks. Took some time off with the 'rona. Wanted to get some space. Needed it. Also figured I'd said my point about the "playoffs" and didn't need to rehash it. Good talking with you, as always.
  2. No argument. He was a Catamount first
  3. He certainly wasn't. And I'm not entirely "blaming" Claude for this situation. It's more that watching good players on bad teams just isn't all that interesting for me. That said, there is the little matter of four goals in 35 playoff games over eight years comprising the worst stretch of hockey in franchise history. Eight years to win one playoff round*. The upshot of which is that I've at least see some interesting things done with geoduck clams. And I don't even like clams. * I won't even put an asterisk on it. Oh, wait...
  4. Of players 25+, making $6.5+ he was 15th of 19 in Points and 16th in Points Per Game. Again, I liked the eye test and thought he was a valuable addition. If, say, Patrick pans out and Hayes can be a solid 3C his $7.1 in the last three years might not turn out to be a bad deal.
  5. This. I was a critic of Hayes, but he did pass the eye test. His production was among the lowest for players at his pay grade, but he did positively impact the team. I wasn't really worried about this year, but rather the years to come. Plus, he was a Rag...
  6. See, it was that same five year period that saw the Flyers go from "appointment television" (or even Partial Season Ticket Holder) to "yeah, maybe I'll watch it - oh, wait Chopped is on?" For me. YMMV.
  7. I get that this is a "thing that can happen" but am disappointed that the leadership group apparently "let the air go out of the balloon" after one goal. This is part of the learning experience of the playoffs, but is also the difference between a 2010 team two years removed from a Conference Final appearance and a 2020 team with three rounds of playoffs in the previous seven years. That said, last season the Isles we swept in the second round and this year are battling in the Conference Final. I have more confidence in AV than ever under Hackstol.
  8. Obviously not a lifelong Wild fan, nor did I watch on a regular basis or read the Minnesota press, but I couldn't find many examples of his pouty/angry approach. Happy to learn. I've been a fan of Finnish hockey since 1980 and for the past 20 or so years you couldn't spell Finnish Hockey without "Koivu". It was rare to find a petulant Finn. Which, it must be said, has changed somewhat over the past few years as the system has bent more towards individual talent than team cohesion.
  9. No surprise I've always been fond of the Koivus. Mikko was miscast throughout his tenure in Minnesota. The Wild like so many orgs have needed a 1C for a decade or so and kept insisting he was it. He wasn't. Shows the limitations of "GM through declaration" and chasing shiny objects through free agency. Parise and Suter ensured the Wild would never be able to get a true 1C. Koivu was the prototype of a 2C and would have (as TFG notes) a more than serviceable 3/4 had he wanted to chase a Cup or get another paycheck.
  10. Here's the official Flyers Twitter celebrating the award for best defensive forward... Well deserved for Couturier.
  11. Might take a Sanaheim instead but Travis, JVR, and a 3 for Laine? It has been mentioned Laine's been working on a 200 foot game. Alternatively, Ghost & JVR (retain $2M?) for Ehlers may work?
  12. I knew it wouldn't. Still, when they came up against a legit playoff team they were fairly outclassed. Thing is, that team is in the same division and not going anywhere - with a reputed upgrade in goal coming. and their competition continues to develop as well. The Isles had their C walk away and are better off IMO than if they had paid him $10M. This year's ECF has a team that "presents matchup problems" and another that has younger top players who actually produce. And both are relatively younger with more playoff experience. And we haven't even looked out West at teams like the Avs and Knight. I'm not saying "can't happen" - I'm saying it probably takes a couple "jedi mindtrick" trades to make it happen. And certainly better production from the top down.
  13. There was this one guy who wore 88... Granted he then was traded but did play for them (yes, one game...) after he lost it. The guy that followed him gave it up after a year and stuck around. No, I don't see them taking it off G without moving him.

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