Thursday, November 7, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers' Dilemma Remains

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Philadelphia Flyers Dilemma Remains

The Flyers slow start is deeply troubling for many reasons. Chief (not a Berube reference, yet) among them is the fact that no scoring solutions appear to be anywhere in sight. 

Last year the Flyers weren't a good team. But, at least they were ranked among the Top 10 offensive teams in the NHL. 

Mason's magic

The goal crease has been stabilized this season, due to the continued great play of Steve Mason. His youthful performance, which dates back to last season, should earn him a multi-year extension before the off-season. 

There is work to do on the defense. But, ongoing enhancements are possible with a solid goaltender in place.

The loss of a number of key offensive players during the past few seasons has taken a big toll. Yes, free agent Vincent Lecavalier is leading the team in scoring. However, that veteran forward only has seven points and shouldn't be counted on to front this team's offensive game all season long. 

Claude Giroux has zero goals through the first 14 games. Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek aren't skating above the ice either in the early going, which has cost the Flyers a number of wins so far this season.

Hexy will rise again

Continued losses will certainly lead to a variety of trades in the not-too-distant future.

A dramatic turnaround seems highly unlikely due to existing obligations, which will put Paul Holmgren and possibly even Craig Berube's jobs in jeopardy by season's end...which is when the next Ron Hextall era will begin.

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Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Madison Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. Here's a video link to Stacey's wonderful feature. 

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Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Jaromir Jagr: Current NHL Forward and Future Hall of Famer
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame reflections 
Bobby Clarke: Philadelphia Flyers' Legend Talks Hockey
Ron Hextall Recalls His Greatest Season
Kerry Fraser: NHL Referee is Still Making the Right Calls
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