11/12 Eastern Conference Standings Predictions
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08-26-2011, 10:59 AM
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True enough but I don't see them being in 6-13th place like I've seen some people post. The point I was making is that they lost those two guys but they could still play better together
as a team
Granted. They could play better as a group, but that on the whole is very hard to predict with little evidence or experience to base on.
You are right though it's a regular season thread but honestly I just don't see them being such a worse off team this year. Sure losing two solid centers is bad, they had Briere and Giroux already though. I think people are quite honestly over-estimating the impact it will have on their team. They've had solid offensive depth for years. This changes it but I don't think they'll be that much worse off early on and I think in the long run they could be better.
I don't think a lot of people outside of Philly realize just how important Richards was to that team, on the ice. Whenever the opposing team put out their best line, out came Richards. Not only could he shut them down, but he actually often outscored that top line. Richards is easily one of the best two way centers in the game.
These things just aren't easy to replace. Its like the equivalent of us losing Pleks.
I agree it is a 2010-11 regular season standings thread, but I just don't see them missing the playoffs this year. I think anything from 3rd to 8th place is still possible for the Flyers. If they didn't have a ton of depth maybe I'd agree, but they do.
I am not sure I have them out of the playoffs like others do, but I do see them as a bubble team.
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