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Another gamble in goal

The Flyers will once again roll the dice on the goalie position this season. They gambled last year with Ray Emery on a one year contract and brought back Brian Boucher on a 2 yr contract. At the time I was intrigued with the thought of Ray Emery starting for the Flyers but not as excited in the Boosh reunion. They also gambled taking Leighton off of waivers mid season out of desperation and cap issues. They pretty much had no choice but to start him due to injury. He took over and played well in the regular season and playoffs up until the finals where he struggled a little when the defense broke down in front of him. Leighton’s play is a direct result of the team defense in front of...

Spurned, Slighted, Stung

Yes, I know it stings. Simon Gagne, the elder statesman of the Philadelphia Flyers has flown the coop. Not by his own doing, but rather by the salary cap stricken Paul Holmgren. The first reaction as a fan is to feel upset and betrayed. I understand it, I really do. When Brian Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos in the summer of 2009, it was a complete nightmare for me. Hands down my favorite athlete of all time, he had wanted to stay in Philadelphia for the remainder of his career. He was the lifeblood of the team, the fans, and the organization. His identity was green. In the blink of an eye, all of that changed. It was one of the saddest sports-related days of my life. ...

The Train That Keeps On Wrecking

Just when Flyers fans thought it couldn’t get any worse, and opposing fans thought it couldn’t get any more hilarious, it did. General Manager Paul Holmgren signed another player, and the Flyers payroll went further over the salary cap. Surely, there is a method within this madness. The method is actually quite simple; someone with a big contract has to go. In the mangled mess that has been the Simon Gagne situation, no big contract has gone. Furthermore, Holmgren has put the team behind an eight-ball that will probably have them trading out of desperation and minimizing return value. Ah, the perils of Paul Holmgren. Much to the chagrin of Flyers fans, it has become quite clea...

What Should the Flyers Do?

As all of us hockey fans stand on the doorstep of the NHL’s free agency with great anticipation, I can safely say that I have no idea what the Flyers will do. One would think with all the rumors and rights-acquiring recently, the scheme would have become clear. However, this is the Philadelphia Flyers, and they have a pretty impressive record when conventional wisdom is the opponent. Despite the fact that I am somewhat clueless in regards to their plans, here's what I think they SHOULD do to address obviousl needs. I believe that in addressing these needs, the Flyers will be in an excellent position to win two more playoff games next season and hoist the Stanley Cup. GOALIE With ...

You Know You're In Philly When...

It's pretty obvious that Gary Bettman wanted to be in and out of Philadelphia pretty quick. Considering that Philly fans once booed Santa Claus, I don't think Bettman wanted to stick around and see what was in store for him. But the NHL did go to Philly last night, where they awarded the coveted Stanley Cup, and you know you're in Philly when... The trophy goes to the other team. Ok fine, low blow, especially coming from a Leaf fan. And yes, I know you guys got your World Series a couple of years back, but before that Philly had to have had the worst set of professional sports teams, but obviously Toronto has taken that throne. But back to what I was saying, you know you're in Phi...

Thank You

(Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans for winning the Stanley Cup. After 49 years, you deserved it. Their skill, speed and goaltending were too much in the end) My earthly saint of a mother taught me a long time ago that when someone gives you a gift, you write them a thank you note. As the years have gone by I’ve learned that she’s usually right, and I try to follow her advice. Here goes nothing… Dear 2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers, Thank you. Thank you for persevering. Thank you for fighting until the last horn sounded. Thank you for your positives, your negatives, and everything in between. Thank you for making each and every Flyers fan extremel...

Belief in Game 7 *Is Necessary

If you’re wearing an orange and black shirsey and you’re standing on the ledge of the Walt Whitman Bridge, step back. Actually, if that’s your location, your upcoming leap is not only into the Delaware, but also off the bandwagon. In that case, please ignore my advice to step off the ledge, I’d rather not have you around. True Flyers fans are facing a do or die game six that waits on Wednesday night. Win or go home. The reality is so pure and harsh, what type of mindset should we have? To understand the magnitude of game six from a fan’s perspective, it’s important to review why finding belief in the team’s success could be difficult. The first obvious problem is the 7...

Claude Comes Through

As the goal horn sounded, the puck maintained its position on the line, never sliding further in or out of the net. Simon Gagne’s would be game winning goal in overtime was not to be. As if I wasn’t close enough to laying on my floor in the fetal position, now I had a good reason. The chance had come (hard to tell at the moment due to some more horrendous camerawork by the Versus crew, thanks again guys), and the chance had slipped away even quicker than its arrival. The Chicago Blackhawks were going to find a way to win game three just as they had in game one and two. A ton of bricks occupied my stomach, as I plotted my heavy fall into the safe position in which I spent the first n...

Easy Doesn't Do It

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the 2009-10 edition of the Philadelphia Flyers isn’t exactly the type of team to make it easy on themselves. The path to this point has been bumpy and winding for them, full of incredible highs and lows. Now facing a 2-0 series deficit and looking the depths of offseason directly in the eyes, we’ll see if there’s any magic left under the orange sweaters. The most problematic theme of the first two games is that the Flyers literally could have won either game. Not only does this make me want to seek out the nearest inanimate object to throw every time it comes to mind, it also makes me worry to a degree. That degree is the understanding tha...