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12-08-2010, 11:08 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
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The Flyers are uniquely positioned to weather storms like injuries to star players and still get enough scoring or D to win. And if need be, as you say, there are a lots of ways they can free up cap room easy to acquire someone.
Last year we lost our starting goalie to injury, picked up a waiver wire miracle in his place, had our backup carry us into the playoffs and through a series until the #1 was back. We also had Carter break his foot in March, Gagne break his toe, Carter came back and broke his other foot, and we still made it to the finals.
Teams like Pitt, Wash or Boston could not survive injuries like that to their top players. Malkin, Green or Chara go down and they are done. The Flyers can weather comparable losses because we aren't so dependent on a few players. Even if we lost a top F or D for an extended time, we have the depth to move someone up the roster.
And some of our kids are coming on. JVR is playing great. Nodl is making himself indispensible in the top 9. He's really contributing on offense, making nice passes and finishing his chances. I love Carcillo, but Nodl's strong play is keeping Powe out of the top 9 and Danny in the pressbox.
Interesting theory given how much this teams success has been tied to the PP over the last few years. If you take a Timonen or Pronger off the back end, you'll see a significant hit to this clubs play -- and, no, there's no way to replace that and that's just the way it is. So, to suggest that we are relatively immune to an injury having a significant effect on us is a bit ridiculous. We've seen it in the past when Timonen has gone down.
Similarly, if one of our centers went down and we moved Carter back to center we'd have some potential problems given the way we like to play our forward lines (none of them being a "checking" line at all until you get to the 4th line)...
Would the team still be good? Absolutely... would you want to be able to pick up a wing that could contribute a bit more? Yep.
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