What's really sad is, that with all those proven NHLers in free agency until camp opened, we ended up with Hall Gill.
Mason Raymond would've sure looked worse than Newbury...
And yet to think, we could have had Raymond for say...$1.2 million...which is less than Laughton's Cap hit. I think that at $1.75, Talbot might be an odd man out soon. For that money, you need to be an effective 3rd liner IMO.
But personally, I think a coaching change would do this team wonders. Vinny even said that they spend more than half the practice in the offensive end. Philly is a "run and gun" team that can't score 5 on 5 and has poor defense and suspect goaltending. Could be a long year unless there is a commitment to good D.
Because our GM indicated it after Laughton's stint in the AHL, obviously things changed over the summer but it wasn't some unfound logic.
Unless a player is totally dominating a league, then there certainly more that he can learn. As for Homer comments, maybe him making them made Laughton a bit more complacent coming into camp. Earn their spot. Hell, even last night, did you see when Kadri was benched in the 2nd. Must be nice to have a coach who does that to the teams "better player".
Dan Kordic teamed with Daniel Lacroix and Scott Daniels to form "the Dan Line", a rough-and-tumble 4th line for the Flyers. Potentially the worst line in the history of hockey.
The current line is not that bad. At least all three of them can skate. Rinaldo's fast, Hall can move a bit and so can Rosehi
Dan Lacroix was one of my favorites back then. I used to always make sure he scored a ton of goals in the whatever NHL game was around during his time on the Flyers (I think 98?). But yeah that line was pretty awful.
The Flyers controlled the play 5-on-5, they forced the Leafs into giving the Flyers 7 powerplays, the defense actually looked competent as a group, they actually looked like they knew how to exit their own zone (for the first time in years), there was only one shift I can recall that the Leafs had theFlyers pinned in their own zone for more than 15 seconds... there were a lot of positives around the 'team' game last night and very few negatives.
The only team problem I saw last night was a lack of finish. There were individuals who looked poor, but that was as strong a team game as you'll see from the Flyers this year. Bury chances, win the game; fail to capitalize on chances, easy loss.
I agree with this, they actually played pretty decent. There weren't defensive breakdowns, failed clears, failure to move the puck up. The problem was finish, and that alone.
Now granted, Toronto seemed to have been gassed so the real test will come on Saturday against another 0-1 team. It'll be easier to gauge then.