If you look at this roster “on paper”, they should be scoring at a decent click. Nothing great, but not tied for the worst offense in the NHL either (with Rangers, 20 GF). In a lockout shortened season last year, Giroux was a point per game player, Voracek was just shy of that mark, Simmonds had 32pts in 48 games. Hartnell’s been a 30+ goal scorer before, and for the past few years Lecavalier has but up 20+ goals.
So what’s the issue? Leadership.
The Flyers lack discipline and leadership. The “game” last night proves that point. Due to bad deals and missed projections on scouting, this team lacks any leadership to deal with this train wreck. Look at the “top” players:
Giroux - When your Captain struggles, and shows it during interviews, it only perpetuates the issues. This team has lacked that spark and fire that it used to have. The Flyers had a swagger a few years ago when Richards and Pronger were on the team. Now it seems like losing is becoming acceptable. Just my thoughts on that one.
Lecavalier - Never a leader. Not once. Always a “me first” player. Proof? His actions and behavior when Barry Melrose was coach of the Lightning. He, along with a select few players in Tampa Bay, drove Barry out. He then just casually strolled through his contract to get out of Tampa. Took the big deal, won’t look back.
Hartnell - Makes too many bad plays and mistakes on the ice to be a true team captain. Decent alternate, never could lead the club.
Streit - Got his trade, got his absurd contract, and will be content on playing out the rest of his days with no cares in the world. Plus/Minus? Nah. Winning record? Who cares. Get your paycheck, wait to retire. Bad captain in New York, terrible veteran presence to bring in.
Timonen may be the only case for some leadership in the locker room, but it hasn’t ever seemed like he was a very vocal leader; which is something Philly needs right now.
I will continue to preach my point that a change in leadership in the front office is needed, and this team truly needs to gut their roster and rebuild. The younger players they have now aren’t panning out here. Move them while they still have value and stockpile prospects and draft picks. This team needs to follow the Chicago/Pittsburgh/Colorado route. They need to take the time to draft the right young guys, who can bring some grit and who can command a locker room. They need to have a consistent locker room, and groom and support those younger players. Above all else: They must be patient. That’s much easier said than done though in the NHL.
The game ended 7:0 for the Caps.
This is absolutely fucking embarrassing. This team might be worse than the 06-07 Flyers. I normally support Razor, but 29 min in penalties? If I were Berube it would be a very long time before he saw the ice again.
Well… have fun in Colorado superstar
See ya Max
Thanks to http://knottyfreedom.tumblr.com/, there’s a pretty decent hypothetical question to ask:
Let’s say none of the trades happened this year. We have the same team. Would you rather have kept Briere? Or would you rather have lost Bryzgalov. I know I wanted to get rid of Bryzgalov for a long time, but I loved Briere to death. Opinion?