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03-14-2012, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
Not particularly I'd say. We finished with 106 points last season. With as much change as we had this offseason, I expected us to be at 95 or so points. If we continue at our current pace, we finish pretty close to where we were last season. Also, I never expected us to be in the top 3 in scoring. I thought we'd be a fringe top 10 team in scoring and a middle of the league defensive team. We've been significantly better offensively and moderately worse in the GAA department.
Fair enough.

The difference between the Flyers and a 1st round exit last season was JVR. Sure, someone else could go JVR in the playoffs, but being without the guy who strapped you on his back the previous year almost certainly makes us less dangerous. Yes, JVR has struggled this year, but every single time he's started to show that fire from the last season's playoff run, he's gotten hurt.
Eh, I don't know about that. JvR played great in the Boston series and was a standout in the Buffalo series, but I don't know if I'd say he strapped the team on his back in the first round (4 points in 7 games). Even if he did, that was last year. This year has not been that effective. Whether that is because of injuries or not is irrelevant. I'm not ragging on JvR, I'm just saying the team can clearly win without him. It would be a plus if he was playing for sure, but I don't think if he doesn't play the team is in any kind of trouble.

Furthermore, I want absolutely no part of Zac Rinaldo in a playoff series. The kid just doesn't have his head screwed on right and may never develop into an effective player that utilizes controlled aggression. A somewhat healthy JVR puts us one step closer to leaving Rinaldo out of the line-up.
??? Rinaldo has been playing his role pretty damned well from what I have seen. I imagine with a full healthy roster Rinaldo still plays in the playoffs.

Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Jaromir Jagr
JVR-Brayden Schenn-Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read-Danny Briere-Jakub Voracek
Max Talbot-Sean Couturier-Zac Rinaldo

Something to that effect.

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