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…I don’t even need to look back into the history books to see that today’s game against the Rangers was an absolutely dreadful performance, and likely ranks amongst the worst in franchise history. At no point in time did the Flyers ever look in sync – and you have to hand it to the Rangers, who really looked like they were not going to be denied the two points today. I watched this entire game, and it was difficult to stomach.
I don’t really care about revenge or anything – the Flyers have still beaten the Rangers 4 out of 5 meetings this season. I care about getting points as much as possible from here on out. That starts Tuesday against Edmonton.
“The games are going to keep getting tighter and tighter. For us, too, it seems like we’ve been on a heck of a run, but we haven’t created much separation from Pittsburgh, so it’s going to be a battle coming down to the wire.”
– Matt Carle, to Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com
…Two points this afternoon against Los Angeles wouldn’t hurt.
…The defense as a whole hasn’t been sensational since Pronger went on the injury shelf, but Carle has been solid. He has always been a gifted offensive defenseman, but over the past year his play in his own zone has improved tremendously.
With the Flyers coming to terms with Jeff Carter yesterday on an 11-year deal, the team has set itself up to have a sturdy core of capable offensive stars for the next few years. The problem is, just like last season’s Chicago Blackhawks, the Flyers will likely have to bid adieu to a few of their key elements on this team this coming off-season, because of the fact that the team is incredibly close to the $59.7 million salary cap.
The team will likely re-sign Ville Leino in the coming weeks and months, but in terms of any other players inking with the Orange and Black, that is just merely speculation. When the Flyers re-sign Leino, it makes it almost a definite that the team will deal a defenseman (Braydon Coburn or Matt Carle) this off-season.
Of course, first a foremost, the Flyers must remain relatively healthy this season, but there appears to be one clear message during this current campaign: the time is NOW to win the franchise’s third Stanley Cup. Obviously it’s a long season, and the Flyers have only played 15 games of an 82 game slate, but looking at it in the big picture, they are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Washington Capitals as both teams have 22 points, and they are in first place in the Atlantic Division, five points ahead of the second place Penguins.
The season is a long haul, but there’s no reason why we in Philadelphia can’t believe. Check out Sam Carchidi’s write up in the Inquirer today: WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY MAY BE SHORT
Lost in the coverage of the Flyers’ lack of offensive output from their forwards thusfar this season has been the fact that the men manning the blue line haven’t exactly been depositing the puck into the back of the net.
Actually, come to think of it, they haven’t put a single puck in the net thus far this season.
Obviously, with a group back there consisting of Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Sean O’Donnell, and Andrej Meszaros, I think that may people – myself included – certainly feel that this unit should be producing far more than they have so far. Instead, that hasn’t happened, and entering action last night only the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings hadn’t had a goal this season from a defenseman. A big way to get the defensemen involved is to convert powerplay opportunities – another aspect that the Flyers have struggled with this season. They have been “too pretty” with the man advantage – passing the puck around until they can pass it no longer – and not just taking the old fashioned approach and feeding it to a defenseman for a rip from the point. Hopefully, that technique will change tonight, and a defenseman will score against Pittsburgh. For the record, I think the slump on the blue-line stops tonight against Pittsburgh, and Matt Carle is the goal scorer.
Frank Seravalli has taken note of this issue as well, and has an article on the topic here: FLYERS DEFENSEMEN NEED TO CHIP IN WITH SCORING
The Flyers official website did a pretty cool segment earlier this month highlighting some of the Flyers players and their off-season activities.
They gave the fans an inside look at what some of the guys did in what was otherwise a severely shortened summer thanks to the long playoff run.
Among those Flyers highlighted in “Summer Stories” are captain Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, and Matt Carle. I recommend the articles if only because they present a good activity to kill the time tonight before the Flyers open their preseason slate against the New Jersey Devils.