Flyers poised for cup run?????

What a year this has been for Philly, decimated by injuries, yet somehow still within striking range of winning the division. Credit Hitch***** for doing a good job keeping this team in the runnings for first place in the division.

It is impossible to see this team at 100% this year as we have been plagued by injuries. Unfortunately we won’t be able to see Primeau and Forsberg both in action come playoffs, which I thought would pose a big challenge for any NHL team to stop. Flyers however have enough talent to make a run, yet I have some concerns.

1) Goaltending- Earlier this season many questioned the Flyers goaltending, I said it before the year started and throughout the year, Antero Niittymaki at only 25 is a special talent which I believe the Flyers should ride for years to come. I love Robert Esche who is a good goaltender; however Niittymaki to me is one of those special talents that don’t come around to often. The concern I have is that Hitch***** is going to give Robert Esche the start come playoffs, as we all know he likes his veterans with playoff experience. I personally don’t like the Flyers chances at winning the cup or even the eastern conference with Robert Esche in net. The reason for that is…

2) Defense- The defense is to slow, especially if our most mobile defenseman Kim Johnsson, isn’t able to return for the playoffs. Under the new NHL rules speed is obviously crucial, and I believe this leaves Flyers very vulnerable come playoffs. They are going to need a goaltender that can bail them out and maybe steal a game or two in the playoffs. The great thing about Antero Niittymaki is I believe he has the ability to do just that.

3) The loss of Keith Premeau- I am not sure that everyone understands how important this guy is to this team. Flyers miss him on the penalty kill, face-offs, and his attitude which brings up their physical play. It has been evident to me all year long that the Flyers are missing that attitude. They are NOT playing physical hockey. They are being out hit every game. If you lack speed you need to make up for it by being physical to slow the other team down. In a seven game serious, Flyers are going to need to wear their opponents down. I was hoping they would bring someone in before the trade deadline to replace at least some of what Premeau does on the ice. Had he been healthy Hitch***** would have been able to match him up against other teams’ top lines again like he did two years ago when Premeau dominated in the playoffs. Premeau would have been able to play on key face-offs and penalty kills.

4) Handzus- Luckily Flyers are getting Handzus back tonight, and like Premeau, Handzus does many things well. The problem is Handzus is going to play injured the rest of the year, so we have to wait and see how effective this guy can be.

Mark Recchi would have been a great addition if Flyers were able to get him. Unfortunately Carolina was able to acquire him. Though I have to say I was happy that Clark didn’t trade away any of our young players away like he has done so in the past. I though would have traded Robert Esche assuming I could probably get something good in return. No point in having two good goaltenders on a team when only one can play.

If Esche is the starter in the playoffs I predict the Flyers get knocked out in the second round, if lucky maybe the 3rd round of the playoffs. If Antero Niittymaki starts I feel much better about their chances. This guy has the ability to take them all the way, of course that is easier said then done. To me Flyers right now are a long shot especially the way they have been playing of late. Who knows for sure though… I’ve seen stranger things…

My prediction:

Eastern Conference: Carolina Hurricanes

Western Conference: Dallas Stars

Stanley Cup Champions: Carolina

I think Mark Recchi was a terrific move for this team.


73 Responses to Flyers poised for cup run?????

  1. gg_idiot says:

    I believe the backbone of that team rhymes with Orsberg and Awnyah

  2. gg_idiot says:

    Brodeur is 4th for Wins has a 90% save and 2.5 GAA. Not too shabby for a ‘weak d’ as you said.

  3. flyersfan21 says:

    Carolina does have one weakness, his name is Mark Recchi. Hes a cancer in the locker room and a back stabber.

    Its only a matter of time before the cancer spreads through Carolina’s locker room.

    Its amazing, since Pittsburg traded Recchi they have been playing better.

  4. mtrakker85 says:

    Forsberg strained his knee in the loss to Tampa the other night……

  5. mtrakker85 says:

    True

    and Recchi even gotten a point since joining the Hurricanes?

  6. big_booty says:

    Mark Recchi was not the cure for the Flyers’ ills. His play for Carolina has been nothing short of abysmal. I fail to see how the Hurricanes made a “terrific move” in acquiring him. I think Jim Rutherford did Craig Patrick a huge favor.

    Recchi would have been a spare part, nothing more. Credit Bob Clarke for sticking to his guns and not sacrificing the future.

  7. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Yea for the first time ever.

  8. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Nothing too serious. We mostly need him to rest for the playoffs.

  9. flyersfan21 says:

    No, Recchi does not have a point since the trade.

  10. nova_scotia123 says:

    1. Ottawa

    2. Carolina

    3. Philadelphia

    4. Buffalo

    5. NY Rangers

    6. New Jersey

    7. Tampa Bay

    8. Montreal

    Rd 1:

    Ottawa beats Montreal 4-1

    Carolina beats Tampa Bay 4-2

    Philadelphia beats New Jersey 4-1

    NY Rangers beat Buffalo 4-2

    Rd 2:

    Ottawa beats NY Rangers 4-0

    Philadelphia beats Carolina 4-2

    Rd 3:

    Phialdelphia beats Ottawa 4-3

  11. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    i think this new nhl may stop him from being the best though.

  12. mtrakker85 says:

    Who is the on ice leader of the Flyers? Do they even have one?

  13. mtrakker85 says:

    I think you are very angry, its probally because you arent the biggest fish eater in the world.

  14. PinkFloydFreak87 says:

    Yeah a few slow players does not make the defense slow. My problem with the flyers isn’t the defensemen, but the team’s defensive play as a whole. I think a major problem is having so many young guys. The forwards also have defensive responsibilities and most of the time once a team is set up in the philly zone, the flyers all look completely unorganized.

    About the goaltending, I really think that games will be almost evenly split between Esche and Niitty. Minnesota got pretty far in the playoffs that one season with Roloson and Fernandez alternating, and if you ask me Esche and Niitty are a better tandem than Roloson and Fernandez.

  15. NemiNA says:

    If Esche starts in the playoffs then we won’t make it out of the semis.

  16. cecilturtle says:

    What kind of retart “thats you” would disagree with my comment about there not being a “one” dominant team… Then proceed to list 5 teams that you perceve to be dominant??? Thank you… By listing 5 “pretty” dominant teams… You just proved my point there stupid!

    Cecil Turtle

  17. cecilturtle says:

    The major 5… First off you left off NJ! New Jersey can beat every one of these teams! Lets face it, With the $$$ cap now in place… All teams are even! Its going to come down to health and goaltending. If the Rangers can stay healthy??? There goaltending makes them as good as your top 5! Not sure about NJ??? I do not want to play them in the playoffs – Brodure is too f’n good!

    Cecil Turtle

  18. Doctor says:

    yeah, one. recchi is pathetic.

  19. Doctor says:

    recchi is the definition of washed up. i hope he retires. he isnt worht a fourth of cole.

  20. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Defesne as a whole? How about two words: PENALTY KILL

  21. playboywhitey says:

    I dont think Richards should be on the 4th line.

    I want Rathje to sit out for a little bit…i know he isn’t 100%

    Gagne – Forsberg – Knuble

    Richards – Hanzeus – Kapanen

    Carter – Nedved – Dimitrakos

    Savage – Umberger – Radiviojvic

    Pitkanen – Desjardins

    Hatcher – Johnson

    Meyer – Gauthier

    Nitty is the MAN

  22. playboywhitey says:

    I dont think Richards should be on the 4th line.

    I want Rathje to sit out for a little bit…i know he isn’t 100%

    Gagne – Forsberg – Knuble

    Richards – Hanzeus – Kapanen

    Carter – Nedved – Dimitrakos

    Savage – Umberger – Radiviojvic

    Pitkanen – Desjardins

    Hatcher – Johnson

    Meyer – Gauthier

    Nitty is the MAN

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