Is this a new beginning!!!

Ed Snider issues win-or-else ultimatum to his Philadelphia Flyers

July 12, 2002

PHILADELPHIA (CP) – The Flyers will be rebuilt if they can’t win with new coach Ken Hitchcock, says club chairman Ed Snider. “We want to see how everything plays out this season with this particular group of players,” says Snider. “If it doesn’t work out this year, then it’s time to go in a different direction.

“If this team can’t win under Ken Hitchcock, then I am convinced it can’t win under anyone.”

After an ousting by the Senator once again. The real question comes up for Flyers fans, Will Snider see this season as a building step for future success or was it a failure and time to have a fire sale and rebuild???

Obviously the Flyers still lack a few components to win a Stanley Cup. Here’s my take.

1) A consistent goalie.

2) A Quarterback for the powerplay, either a defenseman or as many have stated, a creative Center to move the puck around. (a la Alfreddson)

3) More speed both on the Defense and in the Front Line.

4) A couple more D men that can move the puck.

If Snider does decide to strip down and rebuild, then who are the untouchables. In a league where anybody can be moved if the price is right. I feel the short list is a group the Flyers can really build around.

1) Jeremy Roenick – The true leader of this team, the guy played his heart out in this post season.

2) Joni Pitkanen – The missing link that the Flyers have been looking for, for years. He’s Johnnson with more of a physical presense. Could also be our new QB for the PP.

3) Kim Johnnson – Carried the Defense all playoffs and except for the Havlat give away, he played amazing.

4) Justin Williams – In the case of Gagne vs. Williams, where one of them would have to go in order to get something of real value (ie. Iginla, Leetch, Deadmarsh) I think we should keep Justin. The guy has steadily improved and during the playoffs even surprised me with his physical play. He’s a hustler and one day those goals are gonna start to go in.

DO you agree or disagree? Do you think there should be more guys to this list, or less?

For those of you with teams still in the playoffs be glad that you are, and at least give us the respect of dreaming about that old saying, ” There’s always next year.”