Archive for the ‘Philadelphia Flyers’ Category

Comparing Hossas to Hartnells

The playoffs are over so of course, eyes turn to next season. The Flyers, who lost in six games, are left with quite a few roster questions, from what to do about goaltending to how to where to find defensive depth. But the most intriguing question Tim Panaccio asks is what to do about Scott […]

Blackhawks Lift Stanley Cup Outside the Box

I don’t remember a finals quite like this one. When is the last time you saw such average-to-poor goaltending? Flyers goalie Michael Leighton should have had at least two of the four goals he gave up, including the game-winner. Chicago goalie Antti Niemi continued to surrender some of the worst rebounds I’ve ever seen. His […]

Guy Boucher Chooses Tampa Lightning

A lot of NHL teams are making the most of the Stanley Cup intermission. The Blue Jackets hired Scott Arniel after getting turned down by Guy Boucher. Arniel is an AHL coach who was in the mix for the Oilers coaching job before it went to Pat Quinn. Boucher reportedly turned down the Columbus job […]

John Madden No Longer Needs an Elite Goalie

John Madden of the Blackhawks is finding time to stir things up. Right in the middle of the Stanley Cup finals, he managed to take a shot at the Devils, his old team, calling the 2009-10 Blackhawks the best team he’s ever played for: This team is way deeper. Just take a look at the […]

Blackhawks Doing a Lot of Little Things Well in Finals

To be honest, I hadn’t noticed this myself, but apparently the Blackhawks are blocking a lot of shots. It’s not that surprising, though. The Blackhawks are doing a great job keeping Philadelphia to the outside. A lot of times it seems fairly obvious where the Flyers’ shot has to come from, making it easy to […]

Flyers Now Afraid of Nothing

The best part of the Flyers clinching last night? Watching Philadelphia captain Mike Richards embrace the Wales Trophy. Many, many players believe if you touch the conference-clinching trophy, you won’t win the Cup. Also, many players believe that by ignoring the trophy, you’re sending the message you only care about winning the Cup. After some […]

Habs Beat Flyers Like Flyers Beat Habs

I loved last night’s Montreal win over the Flyers. In the first two games of the series, I noticed Montreal’s defensemen trying to break-up plays up near the circles. They wanted to stop the Flyers and get the puck out as quickly as possible, which makes sense. But the Flyers are so quick and shifty […]

Flyers and Habs Making Game Two Adjustments

The Canadiens and Flyers are both in adjustment mode. Even though Philadelphia won big in game one of the Eastern Conference finals, they’re still looking at what they can improve upon, knowing Montreal probably will be a tougher team tonight. For instance, they’re trying to figure a way around all of that Montreal shot-blocking. Over […]

Peter Laviolette’s Brilliant Coaching Performance

Whatever happens tonight in Boston, you have to be really blown away by the performance of Peter Laviolette. Laviolette came to the Flyers mid-season, taking over a team in utter free fall. He inherited a seemingly toxic locker room that he’s managed to coach around. Not only did he guide the Flyers into the playoffs, […]

Flyers’ Struggles Make Devils Look Even Worse

It’s not surprising that the Flyers are struggling against the Bruins. Without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, Philadelphia isn’t that hard to defend. When Arron Asham is your offensive powerhouse, things are tough. Asham was playing on the Flyers third line, reunited with Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. Those guys are pretty much the […]