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  • The Flyers have broken the record for the most starting goalies in a season when Cam Talbot took the ice on Friday night. This is off the back of a crushing loss against the Blue Jackets in OT. Before the Jackets game, they had huge wins against the Penguins and Sabres. In the last 10 games, the Flyers are 6-3-1 with them being seven points back from being in the wild card. Starting goalie troubles With eight goalies in net throughout the season, some may chalk this up as a lost season. Others may view it as an epidemic between the pipes. Tying and subsequently breaking a record like eight starting goalies in one season is no easy feat. Additionally, with the team having a -24 goal differential, there is a compelling argument to back up that point. However, with the Flyers being seven points outside the fence, that may not be the case. There was also had two goalie injuries in Michael Neuvirth and Brian Elliot. Couple that with 5 “pinch” goalies in McKenna, Mrazek, Stolarz, Lyon, and Hart, maybe there was an epidemic this year. Who is Talbot? It remains to be seen what the former Oiler and Ranger can produce. Talbot will look to give the team the boost they need to shoot into the playoff picture. He has a total NHL GAA of 2.59 and a save percentage of .915. This means that the nine-year AHL and NHL vet have more than enough experience to make an impact. Talbot was the backup to Henrik Lundqvist when the Rangers made their run to the cup in 2013. After staying the next two years, he then headed to the Oilers for a four-year stint as the starter. He also set an Oilers record for most wins in a...
  • Looking back on the bye week for the Flyers, there’s been quite a bit to talk about in those eight days. The most notable thing that happened was the All-Star Game. However, there was also a lot of trade talk and a mascot that knew how to steal the spotlight. So let’s unpack all that happened. Prior to the ASG At the start of the bye week, it was pretty uneventful. Everyone was just enjoying their time off and Giroux and Gritty were preparing for their Skills Competitions. Anthony Stolarz celebrated his 25th birthday and was called up to the Flyers once again. Carter Hart was sent back down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for what we could assume was to keep him fresh throughout the bye week. With the Flyers were on a three-game winning streak, it seemed that everyone was just taking those days off to relax and prepare for the second half of the season. The skills competition The only thing I can say is Gritty is a Public Relations genius. In his first season here, he has stolen the spotlight everywhere he goes several times over. Furthermore, he was able to outskate the San Jose Sharks mascot to win the Mascot Fastest Skating Competition. Not only is he a lovable Scottish Fozzie Bear looking…thing, he also knows how to beat the competition. Giroux was involved in the puck control competition, and let me just say he was very impressive in this competition. Finishing in 30 seconds to take third place, this is where he shines. If he takes what he learned from here and applies it to his control in-game, he could help bring the flyers up in contention again. The All-Star Game A final score of 7-4, Giroux helped lead the team with an assist...
  • When you think of starting goalies in the NHL, what do you picture? A seasoned veteran like Henrik Lundqvist or Martin Brodeur? Maybe a rookie who impressed a team so much that he dethroned said veteran? Well to the Flyers currently, they picture a potential record in their future. The Starting Goalies The Flyers have used Elliot, Neuvirth, Mrazek for five seconds, Stolarz, Lyon, and now Mike McKenna. As a result, McKenna now makes seven starting goalies, tying the Quebec Nordiques of the 89-90 season. Coincidentally, this means that Head Coach Scott Gordon’s name will be tied to both records. He was actually a contributing goalie to the record the Nordiques posted. Finishing with a 2-8 record, you have to wonder if there is a trend with the former Islanders Coach. So what does this all mean? With the Flyers office and coaching changes, a recent losing streak, and now going through seven goalies in a season, it seems as the boys are letting the season slip before its even over. Additionally, they are talking about potential trades of our most beloved players. Wayne Simmonds being at the forefront of that conversation, you have to question if they are making a big mistake. Personally, I say the problem isn’t between the pipes, it’s between the blue line. Countless times I have seen the forwards drive the puck in only to lose control the minute they get beyond the line. A quick fix I feel like currently, the flyers are writing the season off as a loss already and it makes no sense. I would think, after changing all that you have, this season would be one to beat the odds and play the hardest you can. However, my solution to this problem is simple. Just because you let more goals...
  • December 29, 2018

    Flushing the System of Hakstol

    Flushing the System of Hakstol It has been a few weeks since flushing the system of our boys head coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers look like they are finally coming out of the coma that they have been plagued with for so long. I’m noticing the seasoned players finding the offensive zone after long droughts and the newcomers breathing a sigh of relief that they are finally not carrying the team anymore. If you look at th games before and after, you can see the Flyers put up more quality shots versus quick dives into the net as before. Watching the games throughout October to now, the Flyers started with some fire. But they cooled off almost instantly, and sure you could attribute that to injuries or a new season or even new players and goalies. Instead I saw a different explanation, which is coincidentally the same solution that the Flyers have now seen. New Coach? So the question now becomes, who should become the new coach? The Interim coach Scott Gordon is already taking control of the team. Moving up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award winner and a playing career as a goalie. He is more than qualified to take that spot on the bench. He has already worked with some of the boys on the roster. That includes Carter Hart, who seems to be a shoo-in for the starter position. The boys seem to be more motivated. They appear to hang their heads less. Take for instance the Predators game last week. They were pushing all game. Despite the countless penalties against them and missed calls in their favor. I would have to say that the huge part of this resurgence has to be the fact that there is a lot of...