Flights in and out of Philly

After being utterly unprepared for the “new NHL” the Flyers will need to retool and the 06-07 Flyers may look noticeably different then the 05-06 heavy legged broad street bullies. For the Flyers to be a REAL contender they will have to retool at every position


Robert Esche should be moved at all costs and for anything that can be had (cechmanek was traded for a 2nd round pick) Niittymaaki proved that he can be a number one goalie but, it would be nice to have a strong backup (the other Flyers options are Neil Little and Jamie Storr) for this job there is but one person he broke the Flyers hearts twice in the playoffs his name is Patrick Lalime. After a terrible year in St. Louis and unrestricted free agency this summer he will most likely be available. Lalime would be a great number 2 he could play maybe 3-4 games a month also, the most appealing feature he will be the cheapest goalie on the market and possibly the best if the Flyers can sign him for under a million then there might not be a goalie controversy in Philly come march (yes hell may freeze over!)


Hatcher, Rathje, Therien & Desjardins…wow… Leaf fans are hard on JFJ but even He yes even JFJ didn’t sign Hatcher Rathje and Therien (yes Therien was only the number 7 and he was injured all year but still) Therien is gone, Desjardins (who was one of my all time favorite flyers but broke my heart this year) is gone, the Flyers medical staff has no clue if Johnsson will play next year or ever again after suffering a concussion, most likely he is gone. Now the news isn’t all bad Pitkanen at 22 looks like he’s already in his prime (ok not really but you get the point). Dennis Gauthier even though everyone in the league from fans to G.M.s hates this guy but he is fast he is aggressive and he is Dirty, he is perfect. Freddy Meyer stepped up and proved he can play he will might be traded but during his stay he will be valuable. For additions here are my suggestions 1. Another Blue Eric Brewer he is a UFA and is in his prime he could be useful one the blue line and could probably be had for under 2mil. 2. A young gun who had a short stint with the Flyers this year Alexander Picard he is young he has a contract and has always be thought of as a future top 4 for the orange and black. Now to make room and stay under the cap they will have to buy out Hatcher, Rathje or both it would probably be Rathje. If Johnsson is unable to play then Derek Morris may be the next best option. If Eric Brewer doesn’t fly to Philly then Cory Sarich may be a good option.


This year the Flyers were a one line team every team hates being called it but many are. This year the majority of the offense was Gagne-Forsberg-Knuble but, Forsberg is expected to be out until early January so the Flyers will HAVE to find scoring. Resigning Gagne is a Must he will probably receive 3.5-4.5 mil and a 3-4 year contract also the Flyers have to resign Umberger Radivojevic and sign prospect Steve Downie. As for Flights out of Philly Nedved is gone Savage gone Stevenson gone Brashear gone. Clarke was quoted on the Flyers website (I can’t remember the exact article) “we will definitely have more youth in the line up” so expect to be introduced to Stefan Ruzicka and Steve Downie. Also they must acknowledge there weaknesses on the wing 2 possibilities are 1 former and 1 current Bruin they are Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov, now Oilers fans will argue and call me stupid and say he will resign, I agree, conditionally, if the Oilers win the cup then yes he will probably resign, but if they fail then he will be a prime target for the flyers. To acquire Murray Philly will have to surrender some youth (now don’t insult me too much this is a SUGGESTION)

How about

To Boston:




And a pick

To Philly:


Don’t forget it’s a Suggestion I’m not a GM like everyone else on the website

Now assuming that the Flyers sign both (Assuming) Samsonov would compliment Kapenan’s speed and Murray could be combined with Premeau and Downie to form a pretty tough line and also Mentor Steve Downie, also Carter Umberger showed that they can (given ice time) be a good secondary scoring unit.

But if they can’t sign Samsonov they would be wise to go after Oleg Kvasha he would fill in nicely for Samsonov and if Glen Murray isn’t an option then Jamie Langenbrunner again he could take over the roll Murray would potentially play

So to take a page out of leaf fan’s books here is my lineup for next year (again a suggestion I have no power over the Philadelphia flyers)





Call up lines



(The lines will be altered after Forsberg returns, Downie will most likely be sent to the Phantoms and Handzus may be sent to the wing)




Call ups





Call up


*they should retire #27 for Ron Hextall and Reggie Leach*

68 Responses to Flights in and out of Philly

  1. FlyersfanKyle says:

    i dont think the wings will let Shanny go with steve retireing this year his leadership up front will be priceless if i was Clarke i would put in more former Phantoms

    at forward Brashear is gone Savage is gone Stevenson is gone Nedved is gone and Dimitrakos will most likley be gone so that leaves 2 left wing spots 2 right wing spots and 2 center spots untill forsberg returns i think he will be back in mid to late december the media just put on a few extra weeks to be safe Next year Expect Ruzicka to make the team full time also Branko Radivojevic will be a full time player (he was the 13th forward in the playoffs) on Left wing Ben Eager will probley step up but will probley be sent to the Phantoms or become the 13th forward after Forsberg Returns

    at Center the orange and black have Richards Carter Premeau and Handzus untill Peter returns so we’ll be fine defence is what scares me

  2. FlyersfanKyle says:

    but hes a UFA so he can go anywhere he wants

  3. FlyersfanKyle says:

    haha so funny cuz sooooo true especially

    spoken like a man who is about to lose his team to another city

    cant wait to see the pens in winnipeg

  4. FlyersfanKyle says:

    you also seem to be forgeting that the pens havnt seen a playoff game sine 2001 and that you wont be seeing the pens after 2007 hahaha buuurn

  5. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Nedved is signed at 2.2 million. What are they going to do? Buy him out.

    Why get rid of Dimitrakos? He makes nothing?

  6. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    McCabe for 5 a year? Gagne will want 6.

  7. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    What’s your obsession with winnipeg? Do you live in that craphole? IT”S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!! Winnipeg couldn’t support an NHL team before, and the trailer dwellling hosers there couldn’t afford a ticket over $30 to fill a building anyway.

  8. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    I’ve been trying to tell him, but he won’t listen.

  9. cecilturtle says:

    I kind of agree with you… Especially with the spelling of Brodeur & Lundqvist. Esche is and alway has been a good backup goalie and “Nitty” could develop into one of the top goalies in the league. But first off, Hitch from the start of training camp must declare “Nitty” the starter and Esche the back up and live with the results. Last year their was no clear cut #1 and #2 goalie which put even more pressure on the already pressure filled Flyers goalie position.

    As for the Flyers winning the cup in the next year or two with Nitty as the starter??? Most likely not going to happen. If (IE) the Flyers had Khabibulin and Nitty as their goalies… Nitty could develop slowly while the Flyers could still compete for the cup with The Bulin Wall behind them. Like I said before it wont cost much to get the guy and Clarke might even be able to dump an unwanted salary or two because Chicago is so desperate to get rid of him. Also, Clarke could get a good player in return for Esche.

    Cecil Turtle

  10. SabresFan220 says:

    Smart ideas overall, but I don’t see Rathje converting to the new NHL style. Shanny might just stay in Detroit on a hometown discount, but Jovo or Redden could be possibilities if the Flyers can afford to win the bidding war. Primeau is going to be back I think, and you’ll see why the Flyers missed him if he still has it. Johnsson is a toss up unfortunately for Philly, and you don’t have anybody from the Phantoms that comes to mind I think could step up and replace him. I’d hope you couldn’t steal Cammalleri from the Kings, perhaps he would be dealt for a proven goalie though. Trading one of yours is sketchy at best when you have nothing after Nitty and Esche.

  11. jonnygf40 says:

    No. Im saying he is NOT an UFA. The age for UF Agency is at 29 right now. He’s only 27. ie. Not an UFA. For a complete list of all Free Agents, restricted and unrestricted check out this site.

  12. FlyersfanKyle says:

    all you need to say is goodbye to me and to the pens

  13. Maximus says:

    I just skimmed your article, but correct me if I am wrong. I do not think teams can “buy out” players they are unhappy with and not have their salaries count against the cap for the upcoming year.

    Anyway, the Flyers might be in trouble (I am Hoping) My least favourite team (oh well, I am a die hard Penguin fan that has been suffering since 2002.)

  14. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Do people forget how good Rathje did until his injury? First half of the year he was fine, threw his body around and didn’t take dumb penalites. Once the injury hit is when he started declining.

  15. FlyersfanKyle says:

    we have good goalies in the making but none of them are even close to being ready for the NHL although we have jamie storr on our minor team he could be the back up

  16. FlyersfanKyle says:

    on this site it says hes a ufa because st.l didnt give him a quailfying offer

  17. WYflyerfan says:

    steve downie cannot play for the phantoms. He would go back to juniors.

  18. BryanWay says:

    How could you possibly want to trade Robert Esche when the problem was with our defense?! That overtime game was amazing and shows how amazing he can be. If it weren’t for our lumbering, flat-footed defensemen (Hatcher, Rathje, Desjardins (who has let up major goals in each of the last playoffs)), we could have gone to the second round. The only reason his stats weren’t as good as Niitymaki’s is because every time he let up three goals, Hitch would bench him, denying him more saves to level himself out and a better GAA. Whenever Niity played shitty (often, I might add), Hitch would leave him in, giving him an overall better GAA and save percentage. Esche is a FAR more talented goaltender. You’re the kind of knee-jerk person that starts goaltending controversy. If a guy loses one playoff series, no matter who’s fault it really is, Philadelphia fans blame the goalie, even after Esche almost took us there last season. It was Clarke’s fault that we weren’t ready for the Sabres. And Lalime would never sign to do a backup gig. Ever.

    And no matter how much you like Downie, he doesn’t have the talent to crack the roster. He’ll have to play in the AHL first.

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