Still hard to say. The Hayes signing could look great if they win the Cup in the next few years, or bad if they don't and it causes cap issues down the line. With a stagnant cap, that's still a concern. As @Podein25 said, though, it's hard to argue with the on-ice result so far. That said, the health issues for Patrick and Lindblom seriously impacted what they're going to have to spend this offseason to keep them, and they might have been in cap trouble already had they not cropped up.
In addition to bringing in Hayes and Nisky, I also liked how he brought back 3 picks at the draft. So far, none of the moves have cost the team, and the right formula might be what is on the ice
To climb aboard the beaten, dead horse, I know Hayes might be dead weight later. But if he wins one cup during his time here, I dont care what it costs
That's a very un-Philly vibe. Not sure it suits you.
Ask me in 6 weeks
The Hayes signing has been great from a hockey perspective. He's made Cooter more dangerous and gets him away from having to always play all the hard minutes against the other team's top pivot. It will look less great as he ages and the money and term limit our options.
The Niskanen trade looks to have been an absolute stroke of genius. Or luck.
in the short term I think Fletcher has been very good.
I liked the Niskanen trade when it happened, I thought from day 1 we were getting the better player and the retained salary was a short termed deal. The other thing about it was Fletcher did the Caps a solid which can maybe be cashed in later when we need a solid. After Holmgren pulled the Shea Weber offer sheet, I think other GMs weren't willing to "work with us" as readily, Hextall wasn't really very active in the
There's a sense of optimism that hasn't been present for a long time. Our summer discussion for the past seven or eight years has been "we are one year away from being elite...or one year away from being a year away." Our performance this year suggested we are entering elite status, if not there. That said, I think eight years without a playoff series win will leave us very disappointed. So, I may hold off judgement until the end of the playoffs. All in, the talent level on this team is pro
So, here we are. The season is about to start back up, and the Flyers are dangerous, deadly, and in the discussion as cup winners. Given that any team can get hot, and that Hart plays better away from Philly, I for one, am bursting with enthusiam.
Given all this, what is everyone's take on Fletcher, now that we have some results to base an opinion on? There is a good write up in philly.com about how he took Hexy's work and built on it, specifically signing Hayes and Nisky/Braun