The trading of Simmonds would be fine because he's the player that could land a goldmine package. A power forward that it's still signed to a team friendly deal. Plus, he's going to be 29 when the contract ends and he's going to want to get paid and he'll be at an age when power forwards usually see a drop in their performance. Are you willing to pay $7+ million over the next 8 years for Simmonds because that's what it will cost. I'd rather see Hextall start a bidding war for Simmonds and land a
You make a good point on leadership. And I think Simmonds would be great. But desperate times may call for semi-desperate measures. Sadly, I think G and V, particularly G, may be unmovable. V could lead. G...we have seen where that goes. By the way, I think Provorov and Konecny could be there in a year or two.
No harm no foul. I view this board as an extended family! Even families have squabbles...and this is friendly.
The Flyers have not had a realistic competitive team since 2010 when they gassed the captain and the best player. For some reason they haven't had the balls to make a meaningful trade since then. I agree with the author, everyone on this roster except #'s 9&11 are up for grabs. Get whatever you can get for them. You get a bunch of picks and young kids who want to be in the league, and you change the obviously broken culture in the dressing room and throughout the organization. Since the ince
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
Mike Babcock has done an incredible job of getting all the players to buy into his system. You can have all the number picks in the world, but if they won't buy into your system, it's not going to help. Edmonton is a great example of that. There's a reason why guys like Yakupov, Hall, etc...have been moved. Yes, getting a first overall pick like Matthews helps, but it also helps having a world class coach and everyone buying into what he's selling. And in fairness, there's some real good talent
Mike Sielski tends to be a little more candid than Carchidi or Donnelson. This piece captures the sentiments of the Board. I think his comments on Giroux and where this team is in the life-cycle are spot on.
Yeah, we have D and G prospects But the forwards are in disarray. I have to wonder if anyone would take a bite on Giroux? Jeepers...we may have another Vinny problem...even worse.