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Stop the Funeral…

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , on March 20, 2008 by bsbp

Why is it folks are already kicking dirt on the Flyers casket because of the Capitals schedule, do you all put that much stock into Timmy P’s hockey mind?This is what the Caps have for their final 7

(1)3-2-2 Thrashers
(2)2-3-1 Panthers
(2)4-2-0 Lightning
(2)2-4-0 Hurricanes (1-3-0 with Boudreau as coach)

Sorry, that’s not a slam dunk or a push-over schedule.

The Panthers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and brawling for a playoff spot.
The Canes have had the Caps number all season..Boudreau-be-damned.
and it’s not like they’re running away witht he season series against the Thrashers either.

The Flyers don’t have an easy road in-front of them by any means

(2)1-5-0 Devils
(2)1-3-2 Rangers
(2)4-2-0 Penguins
(2)5-1-0 Islanders

But I’m not sure how the Caps have a better shot.

(1)3-2-2 Thrashers W
(2)2-3-1 Panthers W – L
(2)4-2-0 Lightning W – W
(2)2-4-0 Hurricanes L – L

(2)1-5-0 Devils L – L
(2)1-3-2 Rangers L – O
(2)4-2-0 Penguins W- L
(2)5-1-0 Islanders W -W

The Flyers still finish ahead of the Caps. And if we’re going to talk about the Caps beating a very hot Panthers twice or sneaking one from the Canes then we need to look at winning both against the pens, stealing a point against NJ and maybe winning one more against the Rags…

Sorry…it’s not over…

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Foppa Returns…

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , on February 25, 2008 by bsbp

…to the Avalanche.

 TSN reports that Forsberg has signed with Colorado.

 http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=230555&hubname=

“The Colorado Avalanche have won the ‘Peter Forsberg sweepstakes’, signing the centre to a one-year deal to return to the team for the rest of the season.”

A Case for Trading: Jason Smith

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by bsbp

I hope to do a few of these as we get close to the deadline, in no way am I singling out Smith. With all of the rumours swirling around the Flyers looking for more blueline help, someone is going to have to go, starting with UFAs makes sense.

 The Flyers have Timonen, Coburn, Parent, Hatcher, Kukkonen and Gauthier under contract for next season. That’s roughly 15 million dollars in cap space (which isn’t bad considering Edmonton is may tie up 10 million in Souray and Pitkanen.)

Smith, along with Jones, is a UFA. He’s rumored to be seeking a long-term contract above his current 1.976 million dollar cap number.

 With Gauthier already signed, younger and a physical 3rd pair dman, do we need Smith? Smith is a grizzled veteran, he brings a snarl to the team but his body has already shown signs of weakening this season. Is Smith more valuable long-term with this club or bringing more picks/prospects to a farm that still needs replenishing.

 The Flyers need more mobility and puck moving ability on the blueline. They also need to grow young leaders and abandon the practice of importing leadership. Can Smith bring you back a young puck mover? Probably not, at-least not one that’s rostered. He can bring you back a quality pick in the first 2 rounds and/or a strong prospect.

 Teams like Detroit looking to bolster the roster as injuries slow them down in the final quarter of the season might be eager to get a guy like Smith with his mythic reputation. While still smarting from the Bertuzzi pick-up last a guy like Smith is hard to pass-on if Holmgren looks to make a reasonable trade and not a grand slam.

The Kingdom is in Peril!

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by bsbp

Nine Games, that’s all it takes for everything to go from Utopian Garden to Anarchy.

 The best part about Flyers fans, it’s no ones fault and everyones fault. You can’t blame Briere, but what has Jeff Carter done? Injuries are a big excuse for a number of under-performers but not reason enough for the coach to have trouble finding a functional roster. Want to see hypocrisy in action? Visit a Flyers message-board.

In January, arguably the team’s most successful month, it was all the rage for fans to single out players like Carter and Vandermeer. Jim Dowd has been a victim and Riley Cote has suffered his most embarrassing defeat to anonymous board members. Yet when the critical eye turns to Danny Briere many of the same critics trip over themselves to make excuses. It’s a team thing when the criticism falls on the small shoulders of the 6.5 million dollar man.

 Yet when Scott Hartnell was under the gun for uninspired play and a perceived lack of caring, it wasn’t about team. It was about how undeserving he was of a big money contract. He was a bust to many of the same fans.

  How is Briere different? Small, one-dimensional and living off a single season of ‘elite’ production Briere has become a favorite much the same-way McNabb is beyond reproach. It’s never his fault, it’s everyone else. The perception of skill outweighs the realities of performance. Surely a guy earning 10 million couldn’t be that bad, could he?

 Well sure he could but, not if he’s on a Philadelphia roster (unless his name is Pat Burrel, then it’s OK to criticize). Flyers fans and Philly fans in general will tell you how many guys are overpaid busts on other teams but not in Philly those big money guys just don’t have a team around them. It’s everyone else.

 It’s a sad day for the faithful, reputation has become more valuable than performance. It’s why Primeau is hailed as a warrior and Lindros vilified as a bust. Congratulations to Danny Briere, your reputation is more valuable than anything you do on the ice.

League’s last shot at Hexy

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2008 by bsbp

Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times tips off the Flyers faithful of a 25k fine for Hextall Night levied by the NHL. The Flyers took a unique approach to honoring the former Goaltender and Front Office member, using the first intermission to induct him into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

Delco Times Hextall Night Fine article by Anthony SanFilippo

Poodle Hockey

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2008 by bsbp

Briere Poodle Hockey

Chicken Little

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2008 by bsbp

The sky is falling! the sky is falling!
Flyers ‘fans’ scurry about in a panic
Five in a row, Five in a row!
Doom, we’re doomed!

The Rangers, the Caps and the Thrashers
are only 5 points away!
We’ll be in 12th place and out of the playoffs
before the week is out!

So what if we’ve got 2 on the Rags
2 on the Thrash and 1 on the Caps?!
Haven’t you heard, THE SKY IS FALLING!
THE SKY IS FALLING!

Five points?! We’re talking Five points!
That’s not a cushion, that’s not a lead!
We are not safe!
Doom, we’re doomed!

I don’t want to hear what you say,
can’t you see I’m in a tither
So what if the Sens are only eight points away!
We’ll never close that kind of gap, not even with a game in hand!

We’re eight points out of the Conference lead
and four points out of the Division, with a game in hand on everyone!
Can’t you see how we’re doomed?
The Sun has set, the sky has fallen.

With teams closing in, our five point gap and games in hand,
won’t be enough to hold off the Caps, the Thrash and the Rags.
Five points is no way to make a stand.
Five points can’t keep a lead safe.