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You will be punished for this. You can't win: either you've jinxed the Flyers' chances of making the playoffs or you've jinxed their ability to fall down the standings and get a higher pick. 

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I like the optimism, but I don't share it. The team is putting together a nice run right now, but that comes off a dismal west coast trip. One or two injuries could start a downward spiral, and they still have trouble scoring goals. 

This is typically where the wheels come off. The team starts sniffing the playoffs and Ed goes all whacky and ridiculous trade is made. In the past the guy pulling the trigger couldn't stand up to management, I'm hoping Hexy can. He's saying and doing the right things, but this is Hextall, and he has been known to have a touch of psycho in him

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4 minutes ago, RJ8812 said:

why would a non-Flyers fan start this thread with 41 games left to play?

 

For conversation.  Many of us here start discussions throughout these forums for everyone who wants to converse and it doesn't matter which team you cheer for.

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1 hour ago, WordsOfWisdom said:

The Flyers are only 2 points behind Boston for 8th, and they've got plenty of games in hand on the teams ahead of them. That's quite a run that Philly has been on.  :o

Yes, and I'm excited!!

Hakstol has done a great job and the players believe in his system.

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I'd like to see them make the playoffs even if they get crushed in R1. The experience will help the guys that have never been there. Plus it'll be fun to watch. Lately it's not looking good for a decent lottery pick so might as well go for it...but please Hextall, mean what you say about not mortgagin the future.

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3 hours ago, Podein25 said:

@WordsOfWisdom

You will be punished for this. You can't win: either you've jinxed the Flyers' chances of making the playoffs or you've jinxed their ability to fall down the standings and get a higher pick. 

:P

I remember the Flyers doing this on a couple occasions before. They were given up for dead after the first half of the season, and then flipped an ON switch and were one of the hottest teams in the second half, making the playoffs. None of the teams ahead of them are anything special. Sens, Devils, and Bruins are all vulnerable. The Habs will soon fall into that mix too. The Penguins are the only team that may catch fire and launch themselves up the standings from that group. So it's there for the taking in my opinion if the Flyers keep sailing along as they are. :) 

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2 hours ago, CoachX said:

he's jealous

Actually I'm hoping we bottom out and get the #1 draft pick at this point. Our season is already lost. Worst thing that could happen to the Leafs is a 9th place finish. (We had about 5-6 consecutive years of those.)

:cool[1]:

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34 minutes ago, WordsOfWisdom said:

I remember the Flyers doing this on a couple occasions before. They were given up for dead after the first half of the season, and then flipped an ON switch and were one of the hottest teams in the second half, making the playoffs. None of the teams ahead of them are anything special. Sens, Devils, and Bruins are all vulnerable. The Habs will soon fall into that mix too. The Penguins are the only team that may catch fire and launch themselves up the standings from that group. So it's there for the taking in my opinion if the Flyers keep sailing along as they are.

Yeah, all of that is true I guess. For me, what matters is not so much the winning but how they are playing. Signs of a team, players playing for each other and having fun under the new rookie coach. That's something you can build on.

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4 hours ago, hf101 said:

For conversation.  Many of us here start discussions throughout these forums for everyone who wants to converse and it doesn't matter which team you cheer for.

It's Lou Lamoriello.  He's looking for ideas on how to turn things around now that Brodeur is retired.  

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Putting aside whether it helps or hurts this team to make it (would rather see a club with more youth getting teeth cut), in a league where 16/30 make the playoffs....this may not be such a distinction.  

 

Howie

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So true Howie....when more than half the teams make the post season it's not much to brag about. But I'd love for Manning and Ghost, not to mention Hakstol to get a taste of NHL Playoff fever. It really is a "different animal" when you're facing the same team for maybe the next 2 weeks. I guess/bet Hakstol will take to it really well.

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1 hour ago, canoli said:

So true Howie....when more than half the teams make the post season it's not much to brag about. But I'd love for Manning and Ghost, not to mention Hakstol to get a taste of NHL Playoff fever. It really is a "different animal" when you're facing the same team for maybe the next 2 weeks. I guess/bet Hakstol will take to it really well.

I really think it is important for Hackstol. Every neophtye i have watched hockey with note the considerable difference between regular seasonand playoff hockey.

I don't know if there is another comparable sport in  which the level of play is so obviously at a different level across the boardthan in NHL hockey.

It is truly remarkable.

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Ya it'd be great for Hakstol to get a chance to work the POs. He's made a team out of this lost, disgruntled bunch - who could blame them after last year? - and Hextall has helped tremendously by moving (or Baumgartening) most of the obvious dead weight. There's still plenty of work for him to do...

15 hours ago, Howie58 said:

That said, I think half this team will be gone in a year to eighteen months. . . 

...but I wonder. Considering how well the team's come together lately I can't see Hextall going to fire-sale mode. A month ago I would've agreed with you wholeheartedly but now I'm not sure a massive change in personnel is warranted.

The Flyers can win the Cup without a lot of roster moves. Once Streit is gone at the TD there are just 3 guys I'd like to lose: RJ, Raffl and Read. RJ's here till his contract expires but Raffl and Read could and should be moved for whatever Hextall can get. The rest of the team, given some scoring help and a D-man with size and ability (and willingness) to clear the porch can become genuine Cup contenders. Hakstol is just a few months into his NHL coaching debut - 1/2 a season - and look at the progress already. There's still work to do - special teams, the slow starts - just to name 2 but Hakstol is getting more out of his players than we had a right to expect in the short time he's been HC, especially after last year's disaster.

The goals and the defensive help may already be in the system. Whether Hextall can afford to wait is an open question. The pressure to trade for an established goal-scorer or an expensive, veteran D-man may take its toll long before Morin, Konecny etc. are ready to play in the NHL. I hope not. I hope the Flyers exercise extreme patience when they consider moving forward at the TD and after this year. The future is bright ... if they don't F it up! :)

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Personally, I would prefer a losing streak and a top 5 draft pick, along with other additional picks acquired at the trade deadline. I haven't seen very many Flyer games this year, I cancelled my NHL centre ice cable package due to last years bad performance. Watching the Ranger game today tells me the forward group is neither big and strong nor fast. The future of the blueline looks awesome, some big fast wingers would be nice. If the Flyers were to sneak in the playoffs the Caps would embarrass them. Much rather keep an eye to the future. If it's only about the revenue of 2 home playoff dates then Snider is a dufus. 

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It really is just to hard to call with this team. Just as soon as you think they are turning the corner they struggle again.

As of now their 5 on 5 play has improved and yet their special teams continue to struggle.

Till Simmer finally scored last night they were 0-13 on the PP.

Good playoff teams find ways to simplify things to get out of slumps then seem to continue doing the same things yet expecting different results.

They continue to pass to much with the man advantage and always looking for the perfect pass instead of keeping it simple and getting it on net (excluding Ghost that kid will fire that thing as soon as he gets a lane) once you get it on net you have a chance of getting rebounds and taking closer shots.

Rags last night were challenging the Flyers getting in their face and making them make quick decisions with the puck instead of sitting back and letting them dictate play.

And it was a smart move because it is the Flyers kryptonite having to make quick decisions with the puck on their stick...i hope they can fix it, if not then will continue to yo yo and be average at best....and i'm sure that isn't what they want.

I'd love to see some more skill injected and intensity. I would sit RJ without doubt and play Weal see what the kid can do....hell he already has as many goals as RJ does this season.

I wonder if it is time to send Laughton down to work on his game and maybe callup of Cousins. My 2 cents.

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