Yeah, I wouldn't be too concerned with lack of splash today. For one, the Flyers were out of cap space. Second, they already made their moves. Hayes improves the club. He's a good even strength player. I'm not pleased with the cap hit or the term, but he will help the team in the immediate term. Niskanen and Braun are at least upgrades on MacDonald and Hagg, but I'm not sure of anything past that.
As I said a week or so ago though, the Flyers weren't moving forward on the strength of
The hard optics to see in all this is that unlike us, Fletcher was most likely up against a wall, somewhat(his view); and prejudice toward action was the mantra with Comcast execs. Fletcher had to act quickly. When in the corporate business jungle, when your put in a one-way mirrored room and expected to turn things around, you have to react, especially if part of the global projected movement is to show bias for action, Fletcher had to make moves and bring in changes, that the Team Operations e
I could see saying that about Hakstol who actually didn't play them, but Hextall put Provo, TK and Patty all on the team as teenagers and they all never looked back.
He gave Vrobyev multiple chances that didn't work out. He tried NAK, but he clearly wasn't ready yet. He put Sanheim and Morin and Hagg all on the team, but Hakstol refused to play Morin or Sanheim, so he sent them back so they'd get ice time.
He did send Frost back to juniors, but that did not seem like an