Around the Net 5.15.2012

Photo courtesy of Philly.com

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. 

The 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers: A post mortem.

A final look back at the Devils series and what went wrong: [Hockeybuzz.com] [The 700 Level] [CSN Philly]

The best may yet still be to come.

The Flyers are young and will only get better, so look out in 2012-2013: [The Hockey Writers]

Sean Couturier is 19 years old and is really good already: [Hockeybuzz.com]

Old Time Hockey.

Remember the good old days? I do…and I miss them: [The 700 Level]

The playoffs are still going on apparently…

A team the NHL owns is playing the Flyers West and a team on the verge of bankruptcy is playing the darlings of the league office. This will not end well: [CSN Philly] [NHL.com]

Random thoughts…

As sad as I am about the Flyers losing, I am very excited about the direction and future of this team. The young core learned a lot this season and will look to improve and I’m sure Paul Holmgren will do his best to try and plug some holes through free agency, perhaps primarily with a defenseman or two. This is a team that can do some damage, not just for one season, but for several down the road. They need to stay healthy and continue to improve, but if they do, they will continue to be a contender in the Eastern Conference for a long time to come.

Claude Giroux is a superstar and next season will win both the scoring title and the Hart Trophy.

Jaromir Jagr will come back for one more season with the Flyers after his agent works to court the free agent market.

The Kings will win the Stanley Cup — beating the Rangers in five games. The Rangers will be spent after another seven-game war with New Jersey and will run out of gas. Jonathan Quick will win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Zach Parise will leave the Devils as an unrestricted free agent and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On a personal note, happy anniversary to my lovely wife Lauren, who finally fell in love with hockey after 11 years of marriage and now crushes on Scott Hartnell.

That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL.