Glen Sather joined the New York Rangers as president and General Manager in 2000. He ushered in an era of change, but it was one that certainly got off toRead More
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One would think that a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame would be easy for someone of Chris Pronger’s caliber. He has won a Stanley Cup and two OlympicRead More
By Jared Book There has been a lot of laughs when Petteri Nokelainen was given (or chose?) #15 with the Montreal Canadiens after being acquired yesterday. #15 in recent years,Read More
It’s been a slow road back to recovery for the Flyers who, after starting 12-5-1, went on a disastrous streak of 3-13-1 sending them on a free-fall from the heights of the Eastern Conference back to the league basement. With three road wins in a row in front of Michael Leighton of all goalies, they have pulled themselves back to an even 18-18-2, but have they completely recovered?
It’s easy to look at the Flyers’ early season success and give all of the credit to players like Chris Pronger, Ray Emery, and James vanRiemsdyk who are all having great first seasons with the organization. It’s even easier to drop the usual names like Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Kimmo Timonen who have obviously had a hand in the Flyers’ winning ways for a couple of years now.
The Flyers already had the most difficult and rigorous opening month scheduled among all NHL teams going into the season. Nine of their eleven games were against 2008-09 playoff teams, and when added to the most bizarre scheduling the team had seen in years, it has made for some hard times.
Once again the Flyers are orange. The black jerseys that Philadelphia has worn for years have been dropped for the more traditional look. The former orange thirds have become the new home jerseys as the blacks will now be scheduled in for specific games. The change comes at an important cross-roads in the team’s history of course; one that leaves many to speculate whether or not the 2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers have an identity crisis.
If you were to embark on a journey to any website with an article about the 2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers you can expect to find two things: a mention of Chris Pronger and that Ray Emery could be the downfall of the Flyers’ season. It is odd though that no one so far has mentioned exactly how Emery could dismantle one of the best on-paper lineups the Flyers have ever iced. Maybe it is meant to be left up to the imaginative reader to think up scenarios for themselves? Could Emery self-destruct in a cluster of off-ice incidents leaving the Flyers without a goalie? Could he divide the locker-room into two seperate factions that hate each other? Could he alienate the coaching staff and ignore what is best for the team? Could he stab Pronger and take a baseball bat to Jeff Carter’s knee?