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Last night's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center was just another miserable day at the office for a Philadelphia Flyers team that is adept at self-destruction. The club has become numb to losing, and has shown a consistent inability to play fundamentally sound two-way hockey, especially at five-on-five.

There is really no need to delve deeply into what happened last night, as the Flyers fell behind 3-0, rallied back into the game with two ugly-but-good goals and then promptly found themselves out of the game again. The scenario was all too familiar. Philly defended poorly, failed to finish open scoring chances against Henrik Lundqvist, and overrelied on Ilya Bryzgalov to keep the game close. Bryzgalov did his part for most of the game but ultimately let in a backbreaking Rick Nash goal on a wraparound.

Things are so bad for the Flyers that it's almost needless to point fingers at individual players or coach Peter Laviolette. The team has collectively done a horrible job this year, from the front office to Laviolette to the vast majority of the roster. Shortened schedule or not, this season is a massive organizational failure.

Yes, Danny Briere was awful prior to his recent concussion. Yes, Braydon Coburn has come up very small this season when faced with the challenge of taking on bigger responsibilities. Bryzgalov's save percentage is unacceptable. Those three have been the most popular whipping boys.

But guess what? You can pretty much go up and down this team's lineup and find large-scale underachievement in key spots.

Scott Hartnell has been skating in cement ever since returning from his foot injury. Brayden Schenn has one point in his last 10 games and is minus-10 in that span. Sean Couturier has lost any semblance of confidence in what has been a brutal second season. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros' play since returning from his most recent injury has made it look like someone cloned Lukas Krajicek and put him in Meszaros' uniform.

You can keep on going. Claude Giroux has fallen short of expectations. Kimmo Timonen looks his age (and the sobering fact is that he's still the team's most reliable all-around defenseman more games than not).

The coach doesn't get a pass, either. Who is ultimately responsible for having his team ready to play, especially in a so-called must-win game? Who has to tailor and adjust his system to the personnel he has available? Who is ultimately to blame for frequent cookie-cutter losses to rival teams that make opponents fight for real estate?

Paul Holmgren also has questions to answer about the way he assembled a weaker team than the one that took the ice a season ago. The organization was so busy chasing its Zach Parise and Ryan Suter pipe dream that the roster suffered as a result. Likewise, the team ultimately ended up putting all its eggs in the Shea Weber offer sheet basket and ended up being forced to try and pass off a player like Bruno Gervais as a bonafide starting six defensemen.

The Flyers have reached a point where they aren't even playoff pretenders anymore this season. Yes, they still have a mathematical possibility of putting together a run that gets them to the postseason. But when a club hasn't strung together so much as a single measly three-game winning streak, looks like it couldn't defend Mother Teresa and couldn't shoot the puck into the ocean from the beach, the chances of putting together such a run are slim to none.

That is a collective failure, and the Danny Briere trade/buyout rumors and "fire Lavy" talk isn't going to magically fix things by itself. In reality, no one's job should be totally safe.

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can't add much more to that...someone should forward this to every member of the Flyers organization from Snider to the locker room boy and everyone in between. Pathetic season from a team that has pretty much quit.

sign me....

Disgusted in Lancaster.......

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doesn't he know that Claude Giroux is almost a point per game player, has been playing better than Danny Briere and this is his first time as captain and he is therefore immune from any criticism or discussion of his play this season? :ph34r:

Shortened schedule or not, this season is a massive organizational failure.

This has been an ongoing failure for years. "Fixing" the problem by replacing Clarke with his protege doesn't seem to have been the "change" agent they needed.

The lack of any long-term plan and the continual fascination with any player who wasn't drafted by the Flyers are the hallmarks of the "organization."

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doesn't he know that Claude Giroux is almost a point per game player, has been playing better than Danny Briere and this is his first time as captain and he is therefore immune from any criticism or discussion of his play this season? :ph34r:

rad = rux :lol:

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I said during last night's game chat, that Homer should be calling every team, and saying make me offers. At this point, I honestly think NO ONE should be safe. Players have NMC's..screw it..call their agents, tell them they will be asked to waive. If not, they will sit for younger players. This season is lost and they need to forget about the playoffs and rebuild this thing.

I'm not sure how Homer does that, without doing something stupid, but since he's the GM, he better figure it out. As much as he has screwed this team, I don't think Snider/Lukko are going to fire him. I mean, the last GM they actually fired was RUSS FARWELL, IIRC.

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Even with our forwards underachieving, if we had solid goaltending and good defense it wouldnt be so bad. The real scary thing is we need at least 2 defenseman to step in to the top 2 spots and a goalie, as well as another scoring forward. There are no young dmen avaiable as UFAs, Ray Emery , I think is an UFA, if so, he is better than Bryz, maybe we can get him. So even if w get a great dman in the draft, theres no guarantee he is making the team, and we surely cant expect him to step into a top 2 role. A trade has to be made for defense ,but then that weakens the offense. So we may be horrible for the next 2-3 years.

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@RonJeremy

Yes we need 2 Dmen, and a goalie, and a scoring winger. We don't need them all right away. I said this after the 07 debacle and I'll say it again...how about walking toward a championship instead of always running to the playoffs? Take a couple or three years and build this thing right. We've got plenty of young talent to do it with.

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@RonJeremy

Yes we need 2 Dmen, and a goalie, and a scoring winger. We don't need them all right away. I said this after the 07 debacle and I'll say it again...how about walking toward a championship instead of always running to the playoffs? Take a couple or three years and build this thing right. We've got plenty of young talent to do it with.

Totally agree.

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