Flyers Faithful asked Dave Isaac from Philly Sports Daily, Ryan from Flyers Goal Scored By…, Anthony Mingioni from The Hockey Guys,Center Ice Philly, and Sportsology, and our very own Frick five questions about the first half of the season. We are very grateful that they took the time to share their opinions and predictions with us. Each day of this week, we will run the answers to one of those questions. Today’s question is:
How will the Flyers make up for all the goal scoring they lost in the offseason?
Dave Isaac: They tried to put themselves in a good position in terms of having many replacement parts to compensate for the missing goals that departed with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The only problem is that there are a lot of wild cards. The team is hoping that Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek are primed for breakout years, and they may be, but they don’t know for sure. Also, who’s to say that Jaromir Jagr won’t struggle after three years away from the NHL? Clearly the onus is on Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk to step their games up.
Ryan: Whenever I hear that the Flyers lost 44% of their scoring I want to turn on my oven, put my blender in it, and blend my head off. It was the same thing the season before when we lost Gagne and Knuble. And guess what happened. Oh we scored 23 more goals last year than 2009-10.
Think of it this way, because it’s the only way it makes sense – players that scored 44% of our goals last season are no longer on the team because their replacements, who might scored even more than 44% of our goals, are on our team.
Anthony Mingioni: Only one way: Collectively. The very structure of the roster underwent a tremendous demolition this offseason, so it will be incumbent on the top nine forwards, as well as counting on the increased offensive production of defensemen Matt Carle (though he notched 39 assists last season), Andrej Meszaros, and a fully healthy Chris Pronger to compensate. Expect career years from Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk to go a long way towards answering that question.
Frick: Holmgren keeps telling us he’s not worried, but I am. Everyone keeps saying that Giroux and JvR will need to step-up in a major way, which I also believe. However, I think Briere will have to have a monster season, and Talbot and Hartnell will have to contribute according to their pay-scale. A lot of goals and assists went out the door, and the whole team will need to pick up the slack. This includes the defensemen, who as a whole, had a very low-scoring season last year.