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Patience Is Key When Assessing Struggling Flyers

Patience is something that is not in the Philadelphia Flyers vocabulary.

Flyers Chairman Ed Snider has not been the model of patience for the Flyers. For years now the team has been in “win now” mode at the expense of future development.

But two years ago, the team shuffled their roster and radically changed their direction, acquiring younger players, prospects and picks. With young players comes growing pains and unfortunately for the Flyers, these players such as Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds, are struggling. 

With the team’s struggles early in this season, there have been calls for a roster shakeup. 

After an 0-3 start the team felt the next move was to fire head coach Peter Laviolette. Now that the coach has been fired, the onus is on the players. 

There have been rumors of trade with teams such as Edmonton or Buffalo. 

Thomas Vanek has been one rumored target, and some believe he is the sniper the Flyers have been missing. Besides a huge cap hit ($7.14m), Vanek would cost some decent prospects (Sam Carchidi suggests players such as Nick Cousins or Oliver Lauridsen, which seems on the low side). 

One would assume the Flyers wouldn’t have the cap space or assets to acquire Vanek.

Even if the team did decide to go after Vanek, it would be the complete opposite philosophy they set in motion two years ago. One other problem would be Vanek’s impending free agent status.           

Not to mention, despite the recent struggles, Craig Berube was named head coach just two weeks ago.

The new boss has not had much time to make his mark on a team that he did not put through training camp. The Flyers have been off since Thursday’s loss to Pittsburgh, and that gives Berube some time to install his ideas.

The lack of offense has doomed the team. Steve Mason is playing well, and most of these losses are close. The Flyers could easily be 4-4 instead of 1-7 if they put pucks in the net. Once the offense wakes up, and it will, hopefully the team will begin to turn it around in the standings. 

The forwards are pressing, which has turned easy opportunities into blown chances. It may take some fluky goals or a “light ‘em up” game for the team to get out of this funk. Once that happens, the club will be on the right track.

Patience is the key.


Dan MacNeal
Staff Writer
Twitter: @Realdeal411@TCLFlyers