Tunnel vision. Looking at on ice performance for one singular season is just that. There's a lot more to building a team than just evaluating on ice results from a year ago. How did they look this year's playoffs? That's what you should be focusing on.
So this years performance completely cancels out last year's?
That's, as you put it, tunnel vision. Especially considering that they had some major pieces (namely Pronger) banged up this postseason.
I have to admit after the Flyers made their trades and did their pick, I think they will be a good team, if the hype of Schenn and Couturier live up. Looks like they want to try and stay competitive for the future and not just hope to win in a year or two. I still am amazed that Bryz got that kind of money.
bruceciskie: Lots of steam that Mike Eaves might be on the way out at Wisconsin to become head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Stunner.
I've always found it interesting that so few coaches move from the college ranks to the NHL. I guess the game is different enough at those levels, or perhaps the uncertainity of dealing with a completely different subset of players, is enough to prevent movement like that.
You can make a case that Carter's 46-goal season has not been followed up by the kind of all-world play the Flyers expected from him. Yet where Richards is concerned, there has to be more there than a simple hockey trade. This is one of the best players in the world in his role, that of the top-six, two-way center. This is the Mike Peca of his era. Only Kesler is in the same class. They wanted to change the dynamic of the room, according to Paul Holmgren, direct quote. That means management had some issues with their room.
They could have one down year, but man they have some tremendous young assets now for the future.