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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

15 REASONS WHY THE FLYERS ARE DOWN 3-0 AND WHY THEY WON'T COME CLOSE TO COMING BACK THIS TIME

People like lists, so here's one - though I expect that most of the people reading it, won't like this one:

1. Brian Boucher - One of the best locker room guys I've ever encountered. He's a guy that is easy to root for. And yet, he has imploded against Boston.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky - just isn't ready for playoff hockey in the NHL.

3. Michael Leighton - Seriously? Move on to the next one.

4. Kris Versteeg - had some sporadically nice moments in the Buffalo series, but no goals in 10 playoff games and just three in the last 18 games of the regular season is hardly the production Paul Holmgren was expecting when he traded a first and third round draft pick for the guy.

5. Blair Betts - can't win faceoffs against the Bruins. Period. 12-for-37.

6. Mike Richards - Aside from a strong effort in Game 2, seems like his tank is empty. The question is, who to blame for that?

7. Scott Hartnell - Not been horrible, but certainly doesn't have the playoff mojo from last season.

8. Chris Pronger - Boy do they miss him. The thing is, when you have as many injuries as he's had this season at age 36 (knee, foot, hand, back), is he breaking down?

9. Ville Leino - See Scott Hartnell.

10. Matt Carle - minus-8 in the playoffs. Think he misses Pronger more than anyone?

11. Danny Syvret - really don't want to blame him, but is this the best the Flyers could come up with when Pronger's hurt? See Paul Holmgren below.

12. Andrej Meszaros - The guy that was the Flyers' best defenseman in the regular season has plummeted back to normal against Boston.

13. Kimmo Timonen - He can't seem to figure out the Red line any more, He can't get shots on goal with any regularity, and he's not the shutdown defenseman he was as recently as last season.

14. Peter Laviolette - One of the game's best coaches, he likely made a very costly mistake in March, pushing his players to physical limits to see if they were "conditioned enough for the playoffs." Guess what? They're gassed, and it's only the first week of May. That one's on the coach.

15. Paul Holmgren - For all the good decisions he's made with personnel, to continue the tradition of having a blind spot when it comes to goalies is inexcusable. And to not have a good option for a seventh defenseman also is bad (Matt Walker = broken down, Nick Boynton = bad research).

8 Comments:

Blogger kmart said...

The only thing I disagree with is the knock on Homer. If we had a top-end goalie, we'd be short somewhere else. That's just how it is with the salary cap.

May 4, 2011 at 11:23 PM 
Anonymous rox_publius said...

kmart,

ASSUMING i accept your premise (I'd offer roloson as a counterpoint), that still doesn't excuse versteeg. Initially I questioned it, but now it can only be seen as a terrible move.

May 4, 2011 at 11:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree 100% with everything on this list.

May 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't disagree with anything you said

May 5, 2011 at 1:18 PM 
Anonymous Phillydkidder said...

The Flyers Need to Blow up Richards Carter Boucher Leighton Odonnell Carle Hartnell Versteeg Timonen Carcillo Shelly Bohynton..Richards Can stay if he Goes in Monday Morning and Offers the C back he is no Captain..of a winner the Titanic Maybe! Laviolette magic tricks have run out he is coach now Like Phil Martelli? More gimmick than substance at the end of the season, to kill them Physically on a Team of Mental Midgets was unforgivable. The Flyers had a Gas Crisis caused by a relentless coach and a gutless team!Where was the Captain? Carter and Richards got Stevens Fired are they pulling an Iverson?

May 8, 2011 at 4:56 AM 
Blogger Tony C. said...

Hello stranger, well was that cup run of last year with all the come back hockey and what not a fluke? I know all that locker room talk about how these guys wanted the playoffs so bad was wishful thinking....I was sick over the second half of this season,poor hockey at every position.And all kept hearing was a goalie problem and Pronger was hurt. Perhaps I was watching the wrong team, but I saw a lost group of guys either to tired and lost or so full of intent they drove past the parking spots. Maybe the first part of the year was to good ? The Boston thing (it wasn't a series) was almost unwatchable, although I have to say hats off to the Habs because they gave the Bruins a major run for their money. First Miller then Thomas....Goalies are important ! Well maybe this off season will bring some changes that we actually need...I will however continue to have major doubts as to why we still pay Holmgren.....get in touch when you get a minute, always a pleasure reading your work....Stay Safe....think Hockey....Ynotflyers..........Tony C.

May 11, 2011 at 6:59 AM 
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May 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM 
Blogger Tony C. said...

Hey Anthony, how you been ? I just wanted to take a minute to clear up something I said a way back at the start of the playoffs. I made mention that the SJ Sharks where a team that would self destruct and that it was just a matter of who they took out first...I want to go on record that I didn't think it would be by way of the sin bin. They are without a doubt taking the game to themselves, (remind you of any other team who played behind the 8 ball). I just wanted to let you know that even though it seems I was right I was wrong at the same time....Stay safe my friend..Ynotflyers

May 23, 2011 at 2:36 PM 

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