Clarke/Flyers a "good" job
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02-27-2004, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Downingtown, PA
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Hey Devils fan, good post. But maybe you should read the entire post. The flyers did draft high in the 89-94 period, but how many of those high picks went for Lindros. Thats the point. They didn't develop the team, they traded the high picks (forsberg,, simon, ricci) and put Lindros in. The Devils took a lot longer and no shortcuts. These moves were made by Russ F not Bobby Clarke.
Essentially some Flyer fans want to retain every single prospect and pick and develop it as did NJ, but we have never (not since our expansion) had the solid youth or picks to try that. If I was a GM I'd build a team just as NJ did. They have become champs because they are a TEAM.
A good parallel to the Flyers at the moment is NYR. They want to rebuild, but with what? They have very few prospects and picks. They have high priced players, nobody wants. And what they can trade is not enough to rebuild an entire team.
The Flyers can't give up the chase and drop their current players so they are forced to make a move here or there to upgrade. And those moves cost players, picks, or prospects.
I can't believe that I'm doing this, but I agree with you!!
(it's a very infrequent occurrence for me to actually speak with a phan who isn't just spewing "Debbies Suck!" "Yeah, well we're in first!" and so forth.)
Anyway, yes. The Devs have done a lot to build their team from within, and it also helps that they have scouts who are incredible at noticing talent that other teams seem to overlook (Brodeur, Rafalski, Madden, Elias, Gomez, Sykora, the list goes on). It really is strange to look at teams like the Rangers and, at least partially, the Flyers who do a lot of trading to build their team. I don't necessarily think that it's a bad strategy (with the exception of the Oates trade--which was just an utter debacle), I'm just not used to it after watching the way Lou has built this team.
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