Flyers Terminate Hovinen's Contract (claimed by Edmonton Oilers, per D. Dreger)
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01-26-2013, 12:20 PM
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But does that really consider them wrong? Just because he is passed over in the next draft DOES NOT mean he wasnt wanted by anybody. This past summer, I remember the Leafs and a few other teams were rumored to be interested in him. He didn't sign with anybody. I don't know the reason why, but it goes to show teams most likely wanted to wait an extra season before signing him to a deal. It doesn't mean he sucks, or doesn't want to play over here. He himself stated he wanted to play in the NHL. Maybe he wants to be a backup automatically. Maybe he doesnt. We don't know that.
What we do know is that the Hovinen experiment failed, and some of us would have rather tried the Eriksson experiment. Obviously this is a message boards so we don't know the true reason behind everything, but with the facts that only we see, that's my logical explanation.
If teams thought he was an NHL goaltender they would have at least taken a 7th round flyer on him to secure his rights. All 30 teams chose not to.
I was optimistic about Hovinen. It didn't work out. I don't think it was a lack of skill, it was a matter of will apparently. I don't think it was a Hovinen vs. Eriksson scenario people make it out to be however. If they really thought enough of Eriksson they could have signed him instead of Heeter this past summer and they can still sign him the summer. They just don't think that highly of him and apparently they aren't the only team. He'll eventually get his chance if he keeps putting up numbers. Teams will be forced to find out if he's for real or not.
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show me where someone said this. if this has ever been posted i've never laid eyes on it and that person would be very much in the minority.
The way people criticize the Flyers about not signing the guy make it seem like we missed out on Patrick Roy or something. Let's face it, none of us have seen him play. We are just looking at his sparkling numbers.
And the contract situation is not an excuse. They could have signed him this offseason (they signed Heeter) and hell they can even sign him this year if they want. They won't.
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