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A Flyers Fan’s Wish List for Christmas 2010

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , on November 16, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but if you don’t start your list early no one gets you anything good.

1) Jarome Iginla.

Like most X-mas lists, I started out with my long shot, hoping Santa will somehow manage to pull off a Christmas miracle. Paul “Santa” Holmgren would really have to crunch the numbers to figure out how to fit Iggy’s $7 million cap hit in all our mess. But no worries, The Flames’ management are not the sharpest tools in the NHL toolbox. I could see a big package deal for Iginla being done. Flames did that last year with Dion Phaneuf. Scott Hartnell, Michael Leighton, and Daniel Carcillo (Just shy of 6 million in salary) for Jarome Iginla. Fantasies huh? Alright throw in the Flyers’ 1st, I don’t think the end of the 1st round this year will be anything good anyway.

Iginla could bring some hardware to Philly

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The Flyers Look to Sign 3rd Forward

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter and Ville Leino were the top three upcoming free agents for the Flyers at the beginning of the season. With Giroux and Carter signing on the dotted line with cap friendly contracts, there is only Leino left.

Flyers fans should not worry about the Finnish winger being resigned though. With his success with linemates Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, it is unlikely he would want to test the free agent market. Likewise, the Flyers are determined to keep that line, their best line, together. Leino and his agent have already met with Flyers management in preliminary discussions. Continue reading

10 Things the Flyers Proved This Year

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

1) Coach Laviolette makes his own decisions

Whether you like it or not, Laviolette is pulling the strings. This is a breath of fresh air after a coach, John Stevens, who towed the company line. Laviolette manages the personnel his way and I don’t agree with it all the time but at least he is not afraid to make tough calls.

2) Flyers are still missing that last scoring winger

Laviolette and the Flyers run a 3 scoring line attack, meaning they need 6 scoring wingers. They currently suit 5 up a night. These five would be Zherdev, Hartnell, JVR, Leino and Carter or Giroux (whichever is not playing center). Instead of going out and getting that sixth winger, they have inserted a carousel of defensive and checking wingers into that last slot. These types would be Powe, Nodl, Wellwood, and Carcillo. That one extra scoring winger would give us 10,15,20 more goals a year and allow for all  three lines to reach their full offensive potential. Continue reading

Flyers at Hurricanes (11/11)

Posted in Around the NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by cameronekynett

The Philadelphia Flyers skate into Raleigh, North Carolina tonight for a conference showdown.  The Flyers will look to stumble the Hurricane’s dangerous young scoring attack.  The Hurricane’s come in third in their division, looking to gain some ground on the high-flying Capitals.

The ‘Cane’s are incredibly dangerous 5 on 5, scoring 32 of their teams 43 total goals this season at even strength.  They’ll look to bounce back from the last meeting between these two teams where the Flyers skated away with a 3-2 victory thanks to a pair of goals by Scott Hartnell.

The young guns of the ‘Cane’s will be leading the way offensively.  18-year-old Jeff Skinner is tied with captain Eric Staal for the team lead in points with 15.  Skinner, a first round pick in this past draft, is a talented kid with a great skill set and offensive vision.  I’ll definitely look to him to have an impact tonight.

On the other side of the puck, the Flyers are also led in points by some youth.  Claude Giroux has started this season on a tear much like he ended the last one.  14 points in 15 games for Giroux.  Also on the offensive attack for the Flyers will be Danny Briere.  Looking to rebound from a questionable suspension call, Briere has not scored since his return after a very hot start.  Look for Briere to chip in on the offense as he does so often.

In between the pipes for the Flyers will most likely be Sergei Bobrovsky.  This rookie Russian phenom has taken the NHL by storm so far and looks to keep up his pace with a win against a conference foe.  Last game Carolina gave the start to Justin Peters who, despite playing very well, came back with a loss.  I would expect the ‘Canes to go with Cam Ward in this one.  The former Conn Smythe winner may be just what Carolina needs to go two games above .500.

Neither of these two teams have been very impressive on special teams.  The Flyers are at just 17.9% on the power play, a narrow edge over the 15.1% of the Hurricanes.  This game will come down to the penalty kills.  Both teams have struggled on the power play so whoever can limit the other teams chances when up a man will be successful.

My prediction? Danny Briere has a very good history against Carolina, so I’m picking Philadelphia with a 5-3 win.  Briere getting first star honors for the night.

Claude Giroux Extends with the Flyers

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , on November 8, 2010 by zelepuckin

Giroux has extended his contract with the Flyers today, inking a 3 year deal for $11.25 million. This is a cap hit of $3.75 million, but honestly I would have paid a $5 million cap hit to keep this guy around. Grilled Cheese sandwiches on us! Number 28 is here for three more years!

Jeff Carter Holding the Flyers Back?

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

Jeff Carter, the 25 year old center, is set to be a Restricted Free Agent this off-season. As expected the one-time 46 goal scorer has been in talks with the Philadelphia Flyers to find a suitable extension for both parties. Carter could possibly fetch up to $7 million dollars a year from an offer sheet. But is he worth that much?

No one will doubt Carter’s ability to score in the regular season–last year he potted 33 on a Flyers team that struggled offensively. However, his history of post season vanishing acts, from juniors on, brings up the question of whether Carter can be a contributing factor on a Stanley Cup winner. Paul Holmgren has the job of deciding how much worth Carter holds to the Flyers, a perennial Cup contender. I do not envy him. If Holmgren lets Carter go and he continues to put up 30+ goals a year, fans surely won’t look with favor on his choice.

On the other hand, his regular season goals don’t tell the whole tale. The Flyers currently have 5 centers in their starting lineup with only 4 center spots. Carter has been bounced to wing this year (despite the fact he is the Flyers best face-off man) and clearly is the odd center out. Richards has a contract that keeps him in a Flyers uniform until 2020. Daniel Briere is locked up through 2015, with a no-trade clause. Claude Giroux is, like Carter, a RFA after this year but has quickly shown he is the future of Philadelphia franchise.

What this all means, at least to me, is that the Flyers  have their 3 scoring line centers for quite some time set in stone. Their wingers, however, are not set in stone. Five of their wingers will have their contracts end after this year (Zherdev, Carcillo, Nodl, Leino, and Powe). Leino proved himself worthy of a new contract last post season and has continued that play this year. With all the resigning needed to be done, the Flyers may not be able to keep all their wingers if they choose to resign Giroux (almost a must) and Carter.

Giroux will see big money, Carter will see big money, Leino will see big money. It seems almost impossible to resign all three, which means besides Giroux, which one do you keep?

Carter is very one dimensional–he’s a shooter. He doesn’t pass very well, he doesn’t use his body too much (although his frame may suggest he does) and he hasn’t been good in the clutch. Leino on the other hand can shoot, pass, uses his body to plow through defensemen and shield the puck, and was great all playoff run this past year. Plus he is a natural winger, something the Flyers desperately need more of, and need to hold onto. Leino is a UFA and can walk at season end if he chooses to. If they do not resign him, they risk losing him. A team like the Flyers would not move their best winger during the season as they would need him come playoff time, so getting value back for Leino is most likely out.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about asset management. How can you get the most value out of Jeff Carter? Keeping him in the lineup and paying him the money or moving him? The latter seems to be the way to receive the best value. If Holmgren keeps Carter, he knows what he will get. He will get a center playing out of position on the wing who may put up 30 goals but not do much else. If they allow Carter to be signed by another team to an offer sheet they can receive two or three 1st round draft picks. If they trade Carter they will surely be able to land a top 6 winger+ package. Either way moving Carter will guarantee the Flyers get full value for Carter and are able to resign Giroux and Leino.

So basically the math works out like this

Giroux+Leino+ Carter’s value  > Giroux+ Carter

Whatever Paul Holmgren decides to do, I am sure it will give us all plenty to talk about.

Flyers vs Rangers Preview 11/4

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , on November 4, 2010 by matthewfobrien
Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky and the Flyers will take on the Rangers tonight at 7 PM

This is the first meeting between these two teams since the infamous shootout on the last day of the season last year that saw the Flyers grab the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and sent the Rangers to the golf course. The Rangers (6-4-1) will have no easy task this time around either, as the Flyers (7-4-1) are currently riding a 4 game winning streak and have looked very impressive in doing so. The Rangers are coming off a win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, beating them 3-2. Ryan Callahan had two assists in that game, extending his point streak to 7. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the Rangers which is no surprise. Lundqvist is 14-7-3 against the Flyers with a 2.79 GAA and 2 shutouts in his career. For the Flyers, rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will be making his fifth consecutive appearance, going 4-0 in his last five games. Bobrovsky has a .918 Sv% and a 2.39 GAA in 8 games this season. Claude Giroux seems to have carried his post-season performance into this year, leading the Flyers in goals (7) and points (12). Jeff Carter is not far behind, registering 6 g-5a-11pts in the first 12 games. Danny Briere will not be in the lineup, serving his second of a three-game suspension for an incident that occurred against the Islanders on 10/30. The Atlantic Division lead is on the line tonight so expect this to be a classic Rangers Flyers match-up. Game starts at 7:00 PM ET airing on RIS, MSG (HD), and CSN-PH (HD), I wouldn’t want to miss this one.

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