if we struggle this year
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01-09-2013, 07:18 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
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im sorry this is not a win it now team, they are not built to win it, im flyers fan being realistic and not being negative, the reality of this team is that they are going to be in rebuilding mode after this season, they have lost alot on defense plus offense, it's not looking like this team will go anywhere for a while like it or not.
While I agree that they aren't a win it now team, they aren't going into rebuilding mode. Yes, the defense needs work. Fact is, if Timonen retires, there's still four solid defensemen in the lineup in Coburn, Grossmann, Meszaros and Schenn. As for the "offense" that they lost a lot of, Giroux is only 24. Voracek is 23. Simmonds is 23. Brayden Schenn is 21. Sean Couturier is 20. Hartnell is going to be 31. They are young at five forward spots. Plus, Cousins will be groomed to play the wing when he gets to Adirondack. Akeson has turned his defensive game around and is looking like a legit prospect to make the club and he's only 22. Marcel Noebels was recalled to the Phantoms after putting up very good numbers in a loaded ECHL this year and he's only 20. That doesn't even include Scott Laughton who is also averaging over a point per game in the OHL and he's only 18. Offense is the last thing this club needs to worry about.
As for Bryzgalov, if he plays anything like he did in the 2nd half of last year (people forget that in the second half of the season, Bryz was 18-8-1 with a 2.01GAA and .946SvPct), then there's nothing to worry about. Many people also forget he was still playing on a bad foot in the Penguins series and wasn't really healthy until the Jersey series. Maybe it's just me, but I have no doubts about Bryzgalov at all. The Flyers are going to be fine.
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