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11-27-2004, 12:43 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: St. Andrews
assuming some sort of system is in play to ALLOW us to make a pitch to these guys if we pass the draft, my only concern, we will get them signed. none of their interviews sounded bitter at all over the thing... they understood the situation and went with the flow.
as someone else noted, the Flyers organization is very well respected among players that aren't named Lindros or Babich. i mean think about it, the deal is awesome. if you are playing in the AHL, which all of these uber-prospects will be doing at the very least, you are in the NHL city so you can buy a house and wait to be called up. by all accounts the facilities for practice and so forth are some of the best in the league and the management, if nothing else, is VERY loyal to the players that have come through that door (for example, paying for Chris Therien's surgery was an EXTREMELY classy move). adding to that, think about all the players that have gone elsewhere to play that end up coming back and doing stuff with the organization.
plus, as someone else noted, these kids are coming to a very good team, with excellent coaching, that has gotten significantly younger over the last few years. this is a GREAT situation to be coming into as a rookie. they aren't going to be in a position where they are going to be taking it on the face every night, in fact, they are in a position where they are immediately going to be competing for div. championships and presumably the Cup... good times.
if we have the opportunity, they are going to be signed...
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