After another case of organizational malpractice at the trade deadline, the choice is in the hands of the Flyers highest-appointed figures. You can accept this reality of being the laughing stock of the NHL and accept the growing distance between yourself and as loyal a fanbase as there is in sports or you can finally do something about it. Time’s yours.
With less than 48 hours until the NHL trade deadline, the Flyers play their final game prior against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
The Flyers are very much in a process. Chuck Fletcher admitted as much one day after John Tortorella continued his season-long message of building. Just don’t expect people to be vocal in their trust in it.
The Flyers followed up a blowout loss in Seattle on Thursday with yet another defeat on Saturday in Vancouver, falling to the Canucks, 6-2, for their fourth straight loss.
From the front office to coaches to the players, there are plenty of areas of focus regarding the Flyers. Here are some takeaways.
With sights likely on selling at the deadline, who could be for sale for the Flyers as the March 3 trade deadline approaches?
Reports surfaced this week that the Flyers could start to explore the possibility of a trade involving Ivan Provorov, first discussed on the 32 Thoughts Podcast with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek.
One day prior to the four-year anniversary of Ron Hextall’s firing as Flyers GM, chants of “Fire Fletcher” could be heard at Wells Fargo Center. Chuck Fletcher’s time should be running out, but it’s not the only change that needs to be made.
The Penguins scored two goals in the first period and two more in the second and the rout was on from there, as the Flyers were handed their ninth straight loss in a 4-1 defeat at Wells Fargo Center.
A pair of comeback attempts were not completed, as the Columbus Blue Jackets scored on a 3-on-1 in overtime to hand the Flyers a 5-4 loss on Tuesday night.
Tuesday morning, the Flyers officially announced the 23-man roster ahead of opening night on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
Flyers forward Joel Farabee was cleared for contact after visiting with doctors on Thursday, making him a possibility to be in the lineup on opening night.
The Flyers are set to close out the preseason on Tuesday night when they host the New York Islanders at 7 p.m.
John Tortorella will be on the Flyers bench for the first time as the preseason continues on Sunday night against the New York Islanders.
The Flyers will give a few players a second chance to see game action, with eight players on the ice in the preseason opener also on the roster for this game. The team takes on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
In a poll conducted by The Athletic ranking NHL front office confidence levels based on fan input, the Flyers ranked dead last, 32nd in the NHL.
The NHL Draft has come and gone, blink and you missed free agency. The final piece of the Flyers offseason outlook is to focus on line combinations for the upcoming season.
The Flyers tried to move cap space, but couldn’t clear enough for Johnny Gaudreau to sign with his hometown team. The Flyers instead added forward Nicolas Deslauriers and brought back defenseman Justin Braun.
On Wednesday, you saw that the current regime is incapable of handling a rebuild. They insisted upon an aggressive retool for a fast fix, not the necessary rebuild needed. Now it’s time to start that rebuild anyway, but focus on the front office that has so clearly set the Flyers back.
As the trade deadline passes and the Flyers open up a few roster spots, it presents more of an opportunity for younger players to get more of a look at increased roles in the NHL. GM Chuck Fletcher used Sunday’s game as an example of what he hopes to see for the rest of the season, “energy, hard work, young players playing a bigger role and getting an opportunity to show what they can do for next year.”
The guys discuss Claude Giroux’s 1,000th NHL and the Flyers trading the captain to the Florida Panthers two days prior to the deadline. They also look at deadline day deals for Justin Braun and Derick Brassard, as well as break down the team going forward with the addition of Owen Tippett.
The Flyers moved Justin Braun at the trade deadline to the New York Rangers for a 2023 third-round pick. So was Derick Brassard, who heads to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2023 fourth-round pick.
The 2022 NHL Trade Deadline is just a few hours away, and with the Flyers trading their longtime captain on Saturday, what will they do on Monday?
“We signed Claude eight years ago to a lengthy, superstar type of contract, which he earned, and as part of that contract he had a no move clause and he earned that right to decide, to have a big say in where he would go, I think is the best way to put it,” Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher said. “I did have a very limited market in terms of the teams I could speak with.”