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What a Gutsy Win Last Night!

THE FLYERS Jumped out to an Early Lead and only allowed 3 Shots on net in the First Period. You could expect Detroit to adjust as the game progressed and they did, but what makes a True Winning Team? A Team that holds the other team down by the Throat with a bit on the Jugular and refuses to give up the lead. And that is JUST WHAT FLYERS DID LAST NIGHT! VERY GOOD! This team is a couple of years away from a Stanley Cup Contention but this is the time to start Buying into the system and laying the foundation of what it takes to win.

Its Obvious that the Players are now TOTALLY bought into the Dave Hakstol System. They are Definitely Adjusting and growing!

Raffl had a good game and seams to do well against Detroit. I like the play of Cousins as well.

If we can get Cousins, Raffl and other young Guys like Vandevelde or Laughton (I think I saw his face on a Milk Carton the other day. Anyone Else see him?) to start consistently producing that would be great.

Lets face it... FLYERS are a 2 line team right now.

Take away Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, Schenn, and Couturier..... and they are inconsistent up & Down the 2nd 3rd, and 4th Line.

Sure, Vandevelde, Bellemare, Laughton, and Umberger are "GOOD Penalty Killers" and "GOOD away from the Puck" but to be honest.... You can get more Offense out of a 4th Line than what we get out of them. Remember the Crash Line from New Jersey? I'm just convinced that these 4 guys couldn't score if we replaced the Net with a Soccer Net.

SO what I would like to see is.....


Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds
Schenn, Couturier, Gagner
Cousins, Konecny, Raffl
Leier, Bellemare, White,

Send Weal down to the Phantoms. Unload Umberger or Amnesty him out. Trade Read. Trade Vandevelde or send him down to the Phantoms. If you can Trade Bellemare for a Better 4th Line Shutdown offensive Forward I would do that too.

Here are the Facts. FLYERS have 174 Goals For as of Right now 3/16/2016 in the NHL. We are 8th from the bottom. That means that 22 other teams score more goals than the FLYERS. Who are the 7 Teams below us?

30 - New Jersey 154G (Surprise Surprise)
29 - Toronto 164G
28 - Vancouver 166G
27 - Buffalo 167G
26 - Edmonton 171G
25 - Carolina 171G
24 - Anaheim 174G (I know I was shocked too! But they are in the Playoffs and had a VERY SLOW START!)


23 - FLYERS 178 Goals

We need to get AT LEAST in the top 15 ~ The TOP HALF of the NHL if we expect to win a Stanley Cup in the future. If we had 15 to 20+ More Goals (193 Goals) that would put us in the top half of the league. SO you can see we need to make more adjustments.

I am tired of trying to make Chicken Salad out of Chicken Crap. Time to move players and bring in more Offense. I may even want to Move a Couple of D Players to get that 3rd or 4th Line Player in the off Season. Imagine moving a Matt Read, Brandon Manning, Chris Vandevelde, and Robert Haag (Defensive Prospect) for ANTHONY MANTHA from Detroit.

ANTHONY MANTHA is Big! He can Score and He can Clear the Porch! he Appears to be Fast and if Detroit had to part with him it would cost a lot of players. So maybe two forwards, a Defenseman and a Defensive Prospect.
(4 Players)

So we may squeak into the playoffs in the last final offensive spot, but unless they play Washington Capitals and get inside Capitals head on how well we beat them in the playoffs,... Unless Washington stops suddenly playing consistent Hockey... Even if we get in,... FLYERS are not going far...

But the Foundation is being laid in place by Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol ~ Patience.....


Just Sayin'


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