Archive for Sam Carchidi

Quote: Not Playing Like the Top Team in the East

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on April 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“We keep talking about being the top team in the league, but we haven’t played that way.  We have to get our game in order.”

– Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, after the 4-2 loss to New Jersey on Friday night.

…Kimmo Timonen sounds like a beat-up, frustrated old man in these post-game interviews lately.  I feel like we’ve seen the Flyers consistently talk about how they want to be the best, but as Timonen says in this quote, they aren’t showing it on the ice.  The pieces are there for them to be one of the top teams in this league – and certainly the top team in the East – but for whatever reason, the Flyers seem to not be able to get it together right now.

They desperately need to find that spark before the playoffs roll around because they are going to end up stumbling into the postseason while a lower seeded team like New York, Buffalo, or even Carolina will come into the playoffs on a high.  We all know how that worked in the Flyers’ favor last year – karma could get them this time around if they don’t get it together as soon as their next game, against, of course, those New York Rangers.

Flyer Five with @BroadStBull

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyer Five is back after a lengthy hiatus, and just in time for the stretch run.  This week, we sit down with Philadelphia Inquirer Flyers beat writer, Sam Carchidi.  Sam tackles everything from whether it should be Bobrovsky or Boucher come playoff time, if Nikolay Zherdev should see the ice again, and whether or not the Flyers will hold on to the Eastern Conference’s top spot.  Read away:


FLYERFIVE with Sam Carchidi

The Flyers Blog: There has been a lot of banter back and forth as to who should tend goal for the Orange and Black come playoff time.  Who, in your opinion, should be the Flyers starting goaltender this Spring: the rookie, Sergei Bobrovsky, or the well-traveled veteran, Brian Boucher?

SC: I would go with the rookie (Sergei Bobrovsky), but have him on a short leash. It’s easier for the veteran (Brian Boucher) to come into a game in relief than a rookie.


TFB: It’s widely known amongst the NHL that the Flyers have one of the league’s deepest line-ups both at forward and defense.  What player or players in particular do the Flyers need to step up most in these last 10 regular season games?

SC: Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk have been very quiet lately. Time to step to forefront. Ditto Sergei Bobrovsky (of course).


TFB: A season-long debate has raged as to who should be the Flyers’ twelfth forward, with Jody Shelley, who’s recently gone on the shelf with a fractured orbital bone, Dan Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev all rotating into what has been perceived as the 12th forward slot.  If you were head coach Peter Laviolette, what player would you put in that slot, and why?

SC: I would rotate Zherdev and Carcillo, depending on the opponent. If it’s a physical opponent, I’d go with Carcillo. If not, I’d go with Zherdev.

…I take this to mean it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Zherdev again this season unless there’s an injury.


TFB: Entering tonight’s (Thursday vs. PIT, 3/24/11) action, the Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the Pittsburgh Penguins with one game in hand, and lead the Eastern Conference by one point over the Washington Capitals with a game in hand, despite falling to Washington in a shootout Tuesday night.  Do you see them winning both the Atlantic and Eastern Conference by season’s end, one of the two, or neither?

SC: I think the Flyers will win both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, but getting a win Thursday against the Penguins in Philadelphia is the key.


TFB: The New York Rangers (84 pts, 7th place), Buffalo Sabres (81 pts, 8th place), and Carolina Hurricanes (78 pts, 9th place) are all in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots.  If the standings hold true and the Flyers win the division, which would likely assure them of the 1st or 2nd seed, which one of these teams is the best matchup for the Flyers and why?  The worst?

SC: The Rangers would be the worst matchup because they are peaking at the right time and have a gear goalie (Henrik Lundqvist). Buffalo also has a great goaltender in Ryan Miller but I question the Sabres’ offense.  Carolina isn’t as well-rounded as the other two, so I think the ‘Canes would be the Flyers’ most desired opponent in the first round.


Thanks again to Sam Carchidi for offering his thoughts on everything Orange and Black.

Follow Sam on Twitter if you aren’t already at @BroadStBull

Inquirer: Flyers are Ready to Rock This Week

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on March 21, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…This week’s games are obviously huge and it’s a very good sign that the Flyers realize that and know that their best hockey had better be on the horizon.  The potential exists for the Flyers to pull four points ahead of the Capitals with two games in hand, while also going further in front of the Penguins, the lone team that stands in their way this point when it comes to an Atlantic Division title.

I agree with Carchidi in that Bobrovsky will likely get one, if not both of these contests, and will probably be the man in between the pipes come playoff time for the Orange and Black.  The Caps will be red hot coming in on Tuesday, and it will be up to the Flyers to stop them in their tracks.  I have a bad feeling – I SINCERELY hope I’m wrong – but I have a bad feeling that these next two games will show the Flyers’ glaring defensive weakness without having Chris Pronger in the lineup against some of the game’s best players.  We shall see though; one game at a time.

Inquirer: Jeff Carter is a Modern-Day Mike Schmidt

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 20, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…This is a REALLY interesting comparison, for a lot of reasons.  Anyone who has ever sat next to me during a Flyers game, or watched a game with me, knows that Carter is not one of my favorites.

What Carchidi likens to Carter “playing so effortlessly that sometimes fans think he’s lazy,” I actually DO liken to laziness.  Listen, there’s no doubting that Carter is one of the best players on this team right now, and arguably their best scoring threat, but until he proves to me he can be a clutch player (yes, I still haven’t forgiven him for not scoring on Niemi in Game 6 last year after the Flyers had tied the game late), I don’t want to compare him to Schmidt.  Mike Schmidt is arguably the greatest 3rd basemen in Major League History; Jeff Carter is simply a good winger.

Maybe the fact that both seem to be underappreciated by the fan base is a good argument, and I’ll admit it’s what intrigued me to read this article, but Carter is in no way, shape, or form comparable to Michael Jack.  He has no ring.

Using Monday to Rest

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…I agree with this.  Obviously, the team isn’t fully healthy and the flu-bug has been going around, but that’s still not really an excuse.  As Boucher points out in this article, the Rangers have had far worse adversity this year and they were the team that won 7-0 yesterday.

You take a day off today.  You rest, you relax, you take your mind off hockey.  Tomorrow, you come back to the rink ready to work and take care of business against the Edmonton Oilers.  Sure, the Flyers’ next 5 games are against non-playoff teams, but has that really mattered recently?  No.  It’s about getting back to the basics, something Lavy and the coaching staff have taken a giant step towards by way of declaring today an off-day for the club.

Quote: The Thoughts on Adversity Being a Kick-Start

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“I’ve answered this probably 40 times this year.  You have some sort of quote on your microphone. We had a 10 [game losing streak] two years ago. Last year, we had some. I’m not going to keep answering the same question every single year.”

Mike Richards to Sam Carchidi post-game earlier today.


…Usually I get mad when Richie ignores questions or is an asshole to reporters, but in this case I understand.  The team is in a slump, it’s a bad slump, and there really hasn’t been a sign that it’s going to just disappear at the snap of their fingers.  That being said, there aren’t many lineups in the league that can throw out a unit like the Flyers can, and I fully expect them to continue to contend for the top spot in the East.  Whether they may have allowed teams to creep back into the race or not at this point, now that’s a whole other topic – and hopefully something we don’t need to revisit down the line.

Tweet: Zhe Back In

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 26, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Seven straight healthy scratches should make for a charged-up Ukrainian tonight in Ottawa.  Count on at least one goal.