Why don't the flyers cycle the puck...? We go 0-3 today
They never cycle the puck ever. There's never an overload of flyers players on the puck when it's down low in the opponents end. They let one guy try and battle two or three players and the other forwards are spaced too far away to have any puck support.
It's not going to magically hit your hockey stick when the other team is outnumbering you in the corners.
I seriously can't remember a flyers line that actually cycled the puck in about three years.
Posted on Oct 6, 2013, 5:56 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Are my beloved Flyers really getting out muscled by the Habs?? At the end of the 2nd Shcenn should have smacked Ellar instead it is little Eller shoving Shcenn!! This team just has no snarl at all. Trade Hartnell and Simmonds they are just useless. Those two are suppose to supply the energy and they do not! Paul Holmgren time to fire your coach and get someone who will make these guys play with some phucking attitude for Christ sake!!!!
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 9:03 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
I am not talking about fighting and if that is what you think we need then you need to think again. This team lacks team toughness, the whole team plays soft. They don't like to get dirty and they are undisciplined, and having Rosehill in the line-up isn't the solution. This team needs a coach who will get them to play with an attitude play with some snarl, use their legs and skate AND be disciplined!! You may not understand but a team can play with snarl, play tough, aggressive hockey and and NOT even have a fighter. Lets hope Holmgren doesn't read your posts because the solution to the scoring problem isn't players who have been sent to the minors, it is the players who are in the line-up.
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 11:16 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Yeah I'm not a rosehill fam either. And I'm not a fan of this team as well. They are weak. Play with no heart. And don't want to do the dirty work. People can talk **** about tough coaches like Keenan and torelli but at least they hold the players accountable and put them to the task.
I'd rather have a coach that the players hate then a coach that the players get to make the same mistakes night after night after night.
Posted on Oct 6, 2013, 12:39 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
problem is the ownership and hiring GMs like Paul Holmgren!!!!!
Jeff Carter for Jakub Vorachek (he is ok) and their 1st round pick which ended up being slow as molasses Sean Couturier.
Mike Richards for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Sergei Bobrovsky for 3 2nd round picks (just to appease Ilya Bryzgalov).
JVR for turnover machine Luke Schenn.
See my point?????????
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 10:36 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
You are wrong if you think Lavy isn't the problem!
PH is another problem and I agree with all you said BUT Lavy is useless. Voracek had a career yr last yr playing on the top line, where is he this yr? The third line. Lavy wouldn't know a defensive system if it bit him on the azz. He also wouldn't know an offensive system either and that is suppose to be his specialty. He preaches offense, ignores defense and they haven't scored a goal yet this yr 5on5!! No Lavy is not the problem we need to get rid of PH and call up some third liners and all will be well, PLEASE!!! Schenn, Simmonds, Sean Couturier??? What about Giroux, Hartnell, Voracek????? It isn't just the guys you mention it is the whole phucking team that is playing like crap and calling up some rookies from the minors isn't going to fix it.
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 11:33 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
the talent level on this team is just NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!!!! That is not the responsibility of the head coach but the responsibility of the GM and the owner who put him in that position!!!!!
If memory serves me correctly, wasn't Laviolette the head coach of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes????? Yes I know coaches eventually wear out their welcome and get fired but the facts are that he did win a Stanley Cup with a team whose talent level was clearly superior to the rag tag bunch we have here presently!!!!!!!
Posted on Oct 6, 2013, 10:01 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Our special teams last yr were fantastic top 5 in both PP and PK. Our 5 on 5 sucked. Now considering special teams are handled by assistants doesn't that give credit to the voices who think Lavy doesn't know his head from his azz?? His system..cough cough.. is most on display during 5on5 is it not? Opinions??
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 10:06 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
We had GH same issues.....fired the coach ......then changed the roster....same sort of problems remain.....we are still a special teams team....5-5 still sucks......
I will say they had some great chances against the leafs and didn't cash in....even 5-5 they created opportunities....also a reason they had so many pp chances....
I really think until the whole philosophy changes in the Flyers organization this will go on and on......I am talking either Snyder stepping down or at the very least stays totally out of the loop on hockey decisions......he's the Al Davis of the NHL imo
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 1:45 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Hey there, Sedsey here...it seems I cannot post, which would spare people from having to read I am not excited about hockey on the plus side...I can do it all up to when I hit post...it reloads the page as normal, but the post does not appear...I tried different name and still it didnt work...did I get banned or something? Just curious...if you could pass along this info I will be able to read the responses, if any...thanks! I will watch the game vs the hated Habs tomorrow and hope for more than the popgun finish I saw last game...
They didn't fool anyone because they simply can't play a complete game to save their lives. Even when they do "dominate," they can't put a puck in the ocean. Can't play decent 5 on 5 with anyone. Leafs were there for the taking considering they played the night before, but this is the same story we have been seeing since 2010, just a different year. This team is broken.
Posted on Oct 3, 2013, 9:45 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Too many missed opportunities. Berniere was the difference, but there were some wide open nets missed. Hartnell needs to just relax and play, he seems to be trying too hard. Somebody on this team needs to figure out how to use Couturiere, Lava is wasting him - and that ruins a young player. G looked like a captain. Still too many dmen looking clueless near their own net. Game was there for the taking, but they didn't take it.
Interesting coaching notes: After complaining after preseason that the veterans didn't get enough time together to gel, Lava put together lines that were all scrambled. If you KNOW they didn't have time to work together, why not put together lines that have played together before? vinny was the only wild card!
I never thought Toronto was all that well coached, but - Flyers showed a new wrinkle for entering the zone on the PP, with a drop pass to a streaking defenseman. It only took a couple PPs for their coaches to figure that putting 3 guys in the center of the blue line killed that plan. But we kept trying anyway. It's stupid anyway, it forces a 1 on 2 entry with the support standing still outside the zone. Even if he can cross the blue line he has to break the no horizontal passes at the blue line rule.
Posted on Oct 3, 2013, 10:55 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
That's nothing new, they've been doing it with little succes for a while now. Like you said everyone just standing still at the blue line doesn't do anyone any good. But I guess it works really well when practicing it against our own defense. The entire system sucks, Lavy needs to go.
Posted on Oct 5, 2013, 10:59 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
They had better win tonight! All the talk about how falling behind early last year hurt them, all the injuries, personalities, non camp, sophmores.... None of that exists now.
And they looked exactly the same through the pre-season.
Oh - they have an excuse. It's because they had too many kids to try out that they couldn't give the vets time to gel. Somehow, the kids AND vets had plenty of time to re-learn how to make the same mistakes they've been making for a few years.
While there are a few holes talent-wiser in this team, they have the players to be more than just respectable. But if Lava is still here at Christmas, I have little hope for this team.
Posted on Oct 2, 2013, 12:38 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Not to mention the articles about how Lavy is the Vegas favorite to be the first coach canned and other articles talking about him getting fired if they slow start. Even homer has an article that's titled "PH on the hot seat", more of the same sh__it won't get it done that is for sure. When I look at this team I think if they had a coach with a defensive system and some balls this team would be a force.
Prediction Leafs 4 - Flyers 2
After the game you will hear from Kimmo and Hartnell telling us that it is unacceptable and they have to be better and Lavy will tell us that they played pretty good just need to attack the puck more yadda yadda yadda!
Posted on Oct 2, 2013, 7:29 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
They just did not look good in pre season at all.....why they didn't stick to the game plan they had at the sender and of last year and just chipping pucks out of the zone instead of making stretch passes is beyond me....we will never beat the patient teams playing like that.....
Posted on Oct 1, 2013, 4:58 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
I don't want to wussify the sport, but the kind of physicality that happens in an icing race isn't hitting or aggression so much as guys getting tangled up in awkward positions. There's too many injuries that result from a play that isn't anything more than a race - which is hybrid icing. I'd rather see those stars uninjured and on the ice making big hits that are actually hits.
come on, you guys remember all this same complaining when goalies started wearing masks.
Posted on Oct 1, 2013, 12:11 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
I love hitting, fighting, scrumming in the corners, having a top line talent that will stop drop the gloves when someone challenges him...
But having a full out sprint directly into a wall just to be the first person to touch the puck isn't exactly necessary. Gritty grinders can still fight for every lose puck in the corners and whatever other hustle play you want to describe. But to me, this just makes sense. Why have a guy have to put his well being on the line in order to simply create a stoppage and a faceoff?
Posted on Oct 1, 2013, 10:59 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Does stuff promote the flyers in the community and shamelessly becomes an organization guy and the 10 cent head now is a coach on the phantoms. Oh and hope that moron keeps promoting hemp for fitness-doesn't he know that stuff is filled with phyto-estrogens. No mistake why he could never win a fight.
Posted on Sep 30, 2013, 10:27 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Preseason is just that, BUT all the warning signs are there. You can put 6 Gretzky's on the Flyers and this team is still going nowhere.
The coach has no system in place that requires anything resembling an iota of defense from all the players. He doesn't care, what he says is pure lip service, all talk and no defense required. Nor does Lavy hold players accountable for lazy play that shows no urgency. He has allowed the team to lead the league in penalties for the 3rd straight year without repercussions while we have seen their record get worse for 3 straight years.
He sees lame passing to no one and unnecessary give aways because no one but Giroux sees the entire ice. Lavy insists on no game preparation. In other words, their heads are not into the game, otherwise he wouldn't have needed to call time outs less than 3 minutes into games like 9 times the year before last.
Carter, Richards, Williams weren't good enough to play here but managed to win a cup in LA. After a while you need to stop blaming the players and hold the guy who allows this disorganized hockey mess responsible. Lavy's time has come and gone. He needed to go after last season. With him calling the shots behind the bench we go no where...again.
AND NOW I WANT TO PHUCKING SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
All the same obvious remarks "we got to be better" "we have to step up", "we need to start games better" ad nauseum!!!! Hartnell really needs to be moved! This guy is one who keeps spitting out the same stupid remarks and he is one of the worst offenders. HEY SCOTT shut the phuck up and go play some inspired smart hockey. Instead you will wait till the game is out of reach and then do something stupid. I am starting to wonder if this team is fatally flawed, the lack of character is so frustrating. I find myself envying WCF right about now. Windy I think of you often, hope you are well.
Posted on Sep 28, 2013, 7:36 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I'll hold my thoughts until about 25 games in...but
I think Brayden Schenn is going to be a bust. He turns the puck over, looks like he's skating in mud and I see absolutely zero effort or even a small bit of improvement in his game. He sucks at back checking as well.
Gus looks bad, Coburn snoozing as usual, Mizaros looks lost, Simmonds works his *** off but is god awful as far as skating goes.
I think Laughton heads back to juniors, and Rinaldo will unfortunately be a penalty waiting to happen again because of his rep.
I pray to god Rosehill never suits up.... Shelley skated better than this lump of ****. God he was walking on his shifts against NJ last night.
The team tries way to many stretch passes from d to o and therefore can't get out of the zone efficiently. Watch good teams leave the zone and go through neutral ice and the longest pass is about 12 feet and there is constant puck support. That's on Lavy and I hate his system. It's to hard to play night after night and you need pin point passing. Good defensive teams are going to crush you. And with the defense pinching so much along the boards in the O zone far too many 2 on 1 and breakaway opportunities.
The only bright spots I see are G, Coots who looks like he worked his *** of this preseason, and Matt Read.
Posted on Sep 27, 2013, 9:10 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Their best player is unquestionably... Claude Giroux
The guy who will have a huge breakout season is... Wayne Simmonds. He is quickly becoming a premier player. He is big and skilled and determined. If he drives to the net he is almost unstoppable.
The person with the most pressure on them has to be... Peter Laviolette. Last year the Flyers rightfully gave him a mulligan because 48 games and injuries muddied the test sample. No one questions his hockey intelligence or abilities. Lavy is a great coach. However his system requires certain types of players. Something has to give.
Their strongest suit is.... Their forward depth. Giroux, Lecavalier, Hartnell, Simmonds, Voracek, Couturier, Read, and Brayden Schenn make for a killer top 9.
They are trying to cover up for the fact... They get very little transitional passes from the defense.
They could surprise everyone by... having their goaltending be a strength. Emery and Mason are the best pairing they have had in....well, years.
That ticking you hear, it is called... Ed Snider pacing the pressbox and looking at the GM and coach.
Their fate is changed by re-alignment because... the Islanders are getting better, the Blue Jackets are getting better...
Their focus/readiness going into the 2013-2014 season could best be described as... hesitant. They have yet to show in any preseason games an ability to put up big goals.
Some prognosticators are missing the simple fact that... they are pretty much a young team and while they have some veterans they have very few players between the ages of 25 and 33.
Between the pipes they are.... cautiously optimistic.
The expectations on this group are... always very, very high.
If all goes wonderfully right... Giroux returns to form and Vinny and Streit add spark.
If all goes horribly wrong... Holmgren and Lecavalier are gone by US Thanksgiving and Hextall and ? are in.
If they are buyers at the deadline they will target... a powerplay D-man.
If they are sellers at the deadline they will likely move... Timonen and Emery
My Craziest prediction (which could NEVER happen) is.. Lecavailer is moved to the Wing with Giroux when the Flyers offense sputters. Couturier is the second line center and Brayden Schenn will be put on the third line.
My Realistic Prediction (which you should absolutely not take to the bank!) is...
The Flyers will start off well, but really be in a fight for their lives for a playoff spot.
I've read a lot of predictions, most of which have the Flyers in the 4 to 6 positions in the division, and am seeing more and more that have the Flyers not making the playoffs.
I do have a bit of an issue with this blog thinking that we're strong at forward. On what is this based? The only change from last year's squad, who we don't need to be reminded missed out on the playoffs, is Lecavalier. Granted, some of these guys were injured last season, but I don't know that I'd call the forwards a strength. Maybe it's the strength of this team (as constructed), but sadly, their performance last year doesn't make me think they're overly strong when comparing with teams they were looking up at in the standings.
Like many here, I can't help but wonder how long they go into the season before there are changes made to the coaching staff and front office.
Thankfully, I don't have the dilemma of debating whether or not to watch... I ditched cable back in April. However, I did pick up satellite radio, and will be able to listen to the games (for what that's worth).
Posted on Sep 27, 2013, 7:18 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
No need to watch this yr, they just are not a well coached team and the players are either pampered too much or need a new voice. I have watched almost all the pre-season games and the one thing that stands out to me is the opposition always has more jump more emotion more energy every game. It appears that no Flyer is willing to get dirty and Lavy's comments to me about sitting the top two lines to avoid injury is the root cause of that. You can't play the game afraid to get hurt and if you do then usually you get hurt because your not moving your feet and the other team is flying and run right over you. Same every yr for this coach no answers!!
Posted on Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
watching again tonight it's the same old......changed players several times the last few years and same look to the team....funny part is the coach always takes the fall while upper management stays the same.....wonder where the problem is?
Posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:40 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
I think we simply got outworked tonight," said Matt Read
Can't say I haven't heard that before, if fact you could say that about 2/3 of the Flyers games in the last three yrs. Yes they had the top two lines missing from action but it wasn't about talent it was about effort. The players don't seem to matter it's about effort. They get 20 games from me then off they go and I won't turn it on again till Lavy is gone. Just no excuse for this game after game season after season.
Posted on Sep 26, 2013, 11:57 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
10 min into 3rd and no forward has more than one shot!
I will not watch another season of this uninspired lazy hockey, I'll give them 20 games after that I will reduce my cable bill. If they play like this they don't deserve my money. I know it is pre-season but no one can manage more than one shot?? Please!
Posted on Sep 24, 2013, 9:11 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
what does everyone else think of the Kessel suspension?
personally I think he should have gotten more for that....you shouldn't be allowed to swing the stick like a lumberjack.....Shanny justifies the beginning by saying he was defending himself? that's bs.....he wouldn't have to defend himself if you don't act like an *** and engage someone who will pound your dumba$$.....
the thing is the league is gonna try and get rid of fighting but bs like this is going to increase without someone being able to settle it with a fight...
Posted on Sep 24, 2013, 8:49 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Getting suspended for 3 pre-season games is like getting a 3 game vacation, I don't think it is a deterrent. Also Shanny failed to include the spearing when Scott was tied up at the end of that altercation. He did put that little pecker Kessel on notice by including the Flyers game stick work by Kessel. He has a history now next time he won't be lucky, still should have got 3 reg. season games.
Posted on Sep 24, 2013, 9:05 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Now the first one is defensible...if I had a large man like Scott coming at me and I had a stick in my hands, you can argue he just panicked and tried to defend himself instinctively. It's not right, but I could accept it. But then another Leaf engaged Chara and rescued Kessel's bitch *** from a pounding...then he circles behind the two, like a coward, and sets up like he is looking to hammer home a one timer on Scott's ankle. He could have cost a player half a season with a broken ankle; that is indefensible.
Then you look at what he did a against the Flyers earlier in the season, it's a blatant pattern of violent, dangerous behavior.
But to summarize so Shannahan doesn't have to:
"-Kessel is a star for a big revenue franchise
-John Scott is a no name for a franchise we don't care about
-We had an opportunity to send a nominal message by suspending him for meaningless games
-In Kessel's favor, he does have a history of such behavior against the Flyers, which we encourage
I'm Brendan Shannahan, head discipline puppet for Gary Bettman"
Posted on Sep 24, 2013, 9:19 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Chances are he wasn't even going to play all three anyway...so it amounts to a 1 or 2 game suspension of meaningless games.
While I didn't like the first swing at all, I could at least understand an argument that it was defensive or maybe just a reflex. Should someone swing there stick at someone ever? Absolutely not. And his follow up actions completely invalidated any argument in defense of the first one.
But we have a star player against a depth player...the NHL is very harsh with punishments unless you sell tickets for them.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013, 1:00 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
you turtle if you can't fight. What Kessel did was without respect or any honor-dangerous and we will see all out stick fights if that type of stuff should continue. He should be the most hated player in the league.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013, 7:34 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Surprised that it was only pre-season games he will miss, and the generally short term of the suspension.
The reason I say generally short term on the suspension is that McSorley got what, 25 games all those years ago? Granted, McSorley did the over the head tomahawk chop, which warrented the length, but my thoughts on Kessel was that he didn't swing the stick just once. That alone should have gotten him at least 10 games in my opinion.
I can't help but wonder how the NHL thinks a handful of pre-seaon games will deter Kessel (or anyone, for that matter) from doing something along these lines again.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013, 8:31 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I just think about the Giroux suspension a few years ago in the playoffs..
He got a game in the playoffs in the deciding game for a hit we had watched Neal from the Pens deliver through out the series.
Giroux's was critical. We lost our best player in the playoffs to a questionable call, all things considered.
This Kessel incident was different.
All this talk of the "code". Maybe, just maybe Kessel needs to shut his mouth. He kept yapping at Scott until Scott dropped the gloves. Kessel was the first one to grab, making him the instigator.
The first swing should have been at least 5 games. The second one when Scott was down on the ice with a Leaf on him should have been intent to injure. The spear was a joke, but added to the rest..Kessel was stirring the pot.
How many games would this have been if it was Rinaldo? Hartnell?
Just a bs suspension by the league, and again shows the favoritism that runs though out the league offices.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013, 10:01 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
He plays all situations, put up 24 goalies his first season, has speed, busts his tail, and does whatever is asked of him. I was concerned that he was going to demand around $4.5M per season on the open market...great value on his extension.
Posted on Sep 20, 2013, 11:02 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
If Dan shows up and gets that rumored terrible contract than this likely isn't possible. I would've been furious if he wasn't re-signed. And to a great deal cap wise for us is awesome. Don't get to say it too often but nice work Homer. If he hits 25 goals again he would've easily gotten 4.5-5 per from another team.
I'm pretty excited, very happy and pretty relieved, said Read. It's been an ongoing process, but I'm very happy about it. My first two years have been overwhelming for me. Its crazy that I'm even playing in the NHL, but to get this second contract with this organization is a dream come true. I couldn't be with a better organization and I'm thrilled to be here for a few more years.
Posted on Sep 21, 2013, 3:58 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Inconsistent play - some very nice plays followed by rookie mistakes. Scrambling for position, Making plays that worked in Juniors but not here. Just a step behind the play....
But enough about the vets, let's talk about the rookies.
Yup, they looked like a team that had just played 3 games in 3 days after many months off. Hartnell, Voracek, Coots all looked good, the other vets looked tired, and like they knew they had jobs.
Morin really moves well, especially for his size. He played with a confidence he shouldn't have at his age. That of course led him to take risks he shouldn't. He's not making the team this year, but impressive so far. Raffl is interesting, especially wearing #12. Some similarities in their game. Akeson, supposedly so impressive - not last night. He looked really overmatched. Hal Gill is done. Good to have him on camp to coach the kids, but that's all. Derek Mathers showed some stuff. Still raw, but could provide depth if needed.
BTW - you can still get preseason tickets for as little as $4. I paid $8 for second level center ice.
Posted on Sep 18, 2013, 12:12 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Feel bad for Gill-he is trying but too obvious he is done
I don't get how people are saying our Defense is deep and Morin wont stay. Our D sucks no matter how many we bodies we have. Not high on streit. I think Morin is a keeper and sending him to Juniors would be wrong at this point.
Posted on Sep 18, 2013, 8:36 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
I think he has all the tools to be a top D Man. The kid is huge and is only gonna get bigger and stronger.
I went to 2 of the practices at the Wells Fargo Center and focused on him, I was really impressed with
how fast and smooth of a skater he is for his size. He can move the puck and make smooth passes, has good hands for a big guy. He plays with confidence,Edge and fight if needed. He stayed out on the ice at the end with like 5 guys and was working with Joey Mullen taking one timers from the point and he was unleashing rockets from the point and picking corners with his shots. With all that said the Flyers made the right decision, bring him along and let him develop and improve his overall game. I gotta say I wasn't to happy with the pick when they drafted him at the spot they did but am glad they did cause I think other teams were interested in taking him earlier than where he was projected to go and thought here we go a big slow D man with no skill. I think he's the real deal and is gonna be a special player, I think he will be ready in a year or 2 but don't be surprised if he's on the team next season. Also like Robert Hagg and think the Flyers got 2 new building blocks on the back end that will be here in the near future.
Posted on Sep 19, 2013, 12:26 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
all those tools, but he just got taken to school too often by actual pro players. He needs a year or two.
Streit's not impressive at all defensively.
But I don't see an awful D. The depth is the youth - we have a lot of young dmen, some like Morin not ready for prime time. While defense isn't the strength of this team, it's not too bad, and should get better with maturity. Look around the league - nobody has 3 pairs of firsts. I think we're just too hard on them here. Defensive breakdowns are mroe visible than offensive, so naturally it looks worse than it really is.
Posted on Sep 19, 2013, 12:01 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Yes its only preseason...but this is exactly what you can expect the entire year. A team out hit, out shot, more penalties and completely unprepared.
No one playing with urgency and worse, with Laviolette as head coach, no one held responsible for anything. Finally, nothing at all resembling a viable system. Same as the last 3 years. The players aren't all that bad, Lavy is the problem with the rest of his "coaching" staff.
Posted on Sep 18, 2013, 7:13 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
I think he looked damn good considering he is 19 years old. I know it wasn't against a full team of NHL level players, he also didn't have a full team of NHL talent in front of him. Perhaps we may have finally drafted a home grown starting goalie.
Posted on Sep 16, 2013, 3:42 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
he does go down a little early for my taste but he's so big he still covers the upper part of the net with his shoulders.....as some have said he needs to learn better rebound control but I thought he didn't look out of place as a 19 year old
Posted on Sep 16, 2013, 7:09 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
2 sides to every story and we don't know what was said in meetings between PH and Gagne or his rep but for a good while it was looking more and more that Holmgren was playing Gagne like a fiddle and the Cleary fiasco was proof positive that it wasn't just about the Flyers having the cap space or the freeing up of money.
Posted on Sep 14, 2013, 1:43 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Simon should have retired with grace about 3 yrs ago, he is NOT a goal scorer anymore and he is too fragile to be a checking line forward. Where exactly does he think he will play on this team? Reports are there is one forward spot open and I really think Laughton has that wrapped up.
I find it hard to believe that Paul Holmgren would phuck over an ex flyer of Simon's stature. The fact that Gags told his agent not to look for any other deals when the Flyers were only "hinting" at their interest seems to suggest that Simon values himself more highly than the Flyers do, Christ Gags didn't even have a goal when he came to the Flyers last yr.
I will always view you as one of the great Flyers Simon but stop embarrassing yourself and hang em up dude.
Posted on Sep 14, 2013, 10:50 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Sincere. Honest. Candid. Believable. THAT is Paul Holmgren. I ask you, WHAT kind of person would cast aspersions upon this forthright, credible man? How could his veracity and guileless utterances ever be called into question?
I for one applaud how this mountain of an open hearted, out front man carries the banner for those who aren't afraid to be precise or exact in a frank & open manner. Hail to you Paul Washingwinkle! Hail to your truthful ways! If Diogenes had found you he'd have stopped looking.
Out(now I will teach these betraying typing fingers a very harsh lesson)land
Posted on Sep 12, 2013, 11:55 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
"Man Behind the Curtain" says Cleary NOT coming to Philly
Posted at 3:02 pm EST:
A few quick hits this afternoon...nice to have news happening again!
Update on Cleary. I am told that Cleary has NOT gotten a better offer and that the situation is way more complicate but could still be worked out.
Dan Cleary looked to be all set in and coming to Philly on a PTO until moments ago when sources began to text me that it appears Ckeary has gotten a better offer and he will not report to Flyers camp tomorrow...this could just be a Cap issue, but I am hearing all is open now.
Posted on Sep 11, 2013, 4:38 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Was there a deal? An agreement in principle? I think there's a good chance there was an 'understanding' that was to become a reality when it was allowed. Do understandings hold water? Verbal agreements are as fragile as fine china. Best I can say is if a guy says one thing but opts to do another it means his his word isn't that good. In Cleary's case, he's a character type and it could be about where he played and for how long and wanting to stay 'home'.
If this turns out as it looks I guess I'll have to write something sweet and sugary about George Washingwinkle not being able to tell a lie. Or would that be Honest Abe Holmgren?
Posted on Sep 11, 2013, 8:56 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Gagne has to feel a bit preturbed (because he was played by Holmgren and his 'if we can free up money spiel) but since nobody has been beating his door down for him to come play for them I guess if he's invited to Flyer camp he'll show up. I'm not wanting him back but I have no vote.
Cleary? I feel there was an agreed upon bunch of numbers with Cleary or his rep. Unfortunately, Cleary clearly (couldn't resist) has strong feelings about Detroit and the guys he's played with for years and it might have been too hard to overcome the emotion of leaving. There can be no real defending his action of breaking a committment but I can understand why he did it.
Posted on Sep 12, 2013, 11:32 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199