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09-09-2010, 03:58 PM
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Backlund and JVR...Bad News and Good News

Leaving aside the usual goaltending drama....below was encouraging to read along with Bob's prospects. Crappy luck for Backlund though....

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James van Riemsdyk finally looks like a power forward with added muscle up top and will tip the scales at about 206. He also seems very quick on the ice, something his fellow teammates were remarking about after the player scrimmages here prior to camp opening. JVR says he’s never felt this good and is raring to go. ... Nikolai Zherdev will not be in town until late this weekend.

http://www.csnphilly.com/09/09/10/Is...431&feedID=704

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You know I never even considered the fact that Backlund could be on this team. Not sure which I would like better, Leighton/Backlund or Leighton/Boucher. Also that is really exciting to hear that Bobo may be NHL ready this year, though I don't much believe it at this point. However if he has a good camp and plays well, I wouldn't be opposed to having him back up Leighton and possibly take over. Wishful thinking, I know, but still...if it's on the internet, it must be true.

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If JVR really did even put on 10-15 LBs, that could be pretty huge.

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imagine if the Flyers goalies this year end up being backlund and Bobo haha

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You know I never even considered the fact that Backlund could be on this team. Not sure which I would like better, Leighton/Backlund or Leighton/Boucher. Also that is really exciting to hear that Bobo may be NHL ready this year, though I don't much believe it at this point. However if he has a good camp and plays well, I wouldn't be opposed to having him back up Leighton and possibly take over. Wishful thinking, I know, but still...if it's on the internet, it must be true.
Yeah..Bob being NHL ready so soon is unlikely but I think he'll play a few games by season's end. If we're lucky maybe he'll breakout..but that's wishful thinking given our track record but it's got to change eventually and I'm sure it will with Bob and Eriksson.

As far as Backlund I still don't know why they signed him and actually I didn't think they were going to sign him...

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As far as Backlund I still don't know why they signed him and actually I didn't think they were going to sign him...
They signed him because they liked the way he played last year and think he can compete for an NHL job.

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He actually had a solid start. Being honest, they threw in a rookie against a Pens team that was playing very well, I was scared to death. I was calling a 6-7 to 0 blowout. After starting off rusty, into the second he was looking like a real NHL goalie. He was stopping shots and didnt give up many rebound. Hopefully he gets healthy and competes. I think if he wasnt hurt, I would say he would have a shot as being our #1. Sad, I know, but a chance there is. Since he is still somewhat hurt, I have a feeling he will be average.


Bob, as much as I want him to be that franchise goalie and come in as a 21 yr old and dominate.... I dont want to risk it. Let him play in the AHL a full season. MAYBE I would reconsider it if he flat out dominates at camp.

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JVR filling his frame and more experience in the NHL.

OMG he is going to be a beast.

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JVR filling his frame and more experience in the NHL.

OMG he is going to be a beast.
This. I'm pretty excited about this.

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They signed him because they liked the way he played last year and think he can compete for an NHL job.
Maybe so and yes towards the end he was playing well..I just thought given his age and still relative inexperience at both the AHL and NHL level they could have signed a more seasoned goalie like a "Biron type" who is getting just 75K more than Backlund's 800K. There were other options...there were a decent amount of analysts who thought he wouldn't be signed. Hopefully, he turns out ok.

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I've heard at various times how much Timmy P likes Bobo. We'll see but I think if it were up to him the Flyers would be Bobo and Backlund. Of course he also thought Ward was a huge signing last year.

Personally I'd like to see Leighton/Backlund and Bobo Riopel with Boucher being ditched but I doubt I'll see it.

Camp will tell all.

On a goalie note did you see that Nabby blew chunks in his KHL debut? Ha.


JVR bulking up and faster than ever is the best news I've heard all summer. seriously.

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I'm really excited to see how JVR has developed. And I am hoping that Backlund makes a run at Boucher for backup.

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If JVR really did even put on 10-15 LBs, that could be pretty huge.
Agreed. 10-15 pounds of lean muscle in one Summer is a nice amount of progress for two or three months. That's a lot of eating and lifting, for sure.

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Agreed. 10-15 pounds of lean muscle in one Summer is a nice amount of progress for two or three months. That's a lot of eating and lifting, for sure.
Well he wast listed as 200lbs last season and they say he will come in at 206, so maybe 6lbs.

Unless he used roids, then I don't think he could put on 10-15lbs of lean muscle in a few months.

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Well he wast listed as 200lbs last season and they say he will come in at 206, so maybe 6lbs.

Unless he used roids, then I don't think he could put on 10-15lbs of lean muscle in a few months.
I don't think most people are stupid enough to take roids.

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I hope Backlund doesn't go back to butterfly stops before he is ready because he wants to compete for training camp.

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Cannot wait to see him this year. He is going to be a huge asset this season. Let's not forget that he had 35 points last season playing most of his time on the 3rd line.

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I hope he destroys somebody with a huge hit. That would be quite awesome.

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Well he wast listed as 200lbs last season and they say he will come in at 206, so maybe 6lbs.

Unless he used roids, then I don't think he could put on 10-15lbs of lean muscle in a few months.
Yeah, it's certainly a huge amount of progress to make. Professional nutrition makes a big, big difference though. Plus he is a skinny 6'3'' guy, so there was room on his frame for the muscle. 15 pounds of muscle over all of the muscle groups on a 6'3'' guy, who's job it is to lift.....that seems possible in the span of 2-3 months.

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I hope he destroys somebody with a huge hit. That would be quite awesome.
doubtful, just not his game. But should mean he'll be hard to stop down low.

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a backlund-shelley combo in goal could be pretty sweet.



seriously though, I'm ****ing pumped for supersized-JVR

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Yeah, it's certainly a huge amount of progress to make. Professional nutrition makes a big, big difference though. Plus he is a skinny 6'3'' guy, so there was room on his frame for the muscle. 15 pounds of muscle over all of the muscle groups on a 6'3'' guy, who's job it is to lift.....that seems possible in the span of 2-3 months.
Its probably not all muscle which is perfectly fine.

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Imagine if JVR had the same speed or better than of that of Gagne and maybe even better hands, plus being more physical? All we can hope for?

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Glad to hear about JVR, we need him to improve this year.

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I'm very much pleased to hear about JVR adding some muscle. For a big guy, he was getting outmuscled a lot last season. Now if we can just get some mean streak into him...

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