Thoughts after three

Can I go back to Columbus now?

Can I go back to Columbus now?

  • Impressive Flyers so far:
    • Vincent Lecavalier
    • Brayden Schenn
    • Mark Streit
    • Zac Rinaldo
    • Steve Mason (minus one goal)
  • I keep thinking to myself things like, “Why is Nicklas Grossmann carrying the puck in the offensive zone?”, “Why is Grossmann shooting the puck?”, “Why is Grossmann still on the ice?” That’s not a criticism of Grossmann so much as it is an acknowledgment that perhaps he’s being misused and overused. It says more about the players on the ice with him and the coach, really.
  • During the first 40 minutes of the season, the Flyers looked like a team that could dominate the entire league. After that, they fell apart. Players should be responsible for motivating themselves and being mentally and physically prepared for games but, when they fail to do so, the coach needs to step in. Captain Goodtimeout has not shown up to do so yet. Being on the hot seat coming into the season, one has to wonder if he has already resigned himself to losing the job at some point. I hope not because, if that’s the case, he’ll never get a job in the NHL again.
  • Steve Mason continues to look good and the sample size continues to get bigger. He’s playing above his pay grade at the very least.
  • The biggest problem in net from both goalies is rebounds. Neither goalie is particularly adept at absorbing pucks. Deflecting shots back out into the slot is only going to hurt them.
  • After three straight losses and only three total goals on the season, expect change to come very soon. That does not mean Laviolette is packing is bags already. More than likely, an AHL call-up will happen or Hal Gill/Erik Gustafsson will be inserted into the lineup, the lines will change, or maybe the team will make a trade to shake things up. Something will happen, though.
  • For those of you who do want to see change on a higher level, just remember than Ron Hextall is this team’s Ryne Sandberg. The GM job will be his eventually.
  • Brayden Schenn has looked terrific. Is that because he’s living up to his potential or because he’s playing with Lecavalier? I would say it’s a combination of the two. They have chemistry and that’s an important factor.
  •  Andrej Meszaros has one hell of a canon. Why isn’t it being utilized more? Seriously, his shot is like Brick with a trident. He could kill somebody.
  • The decision to send Scott Laughton back to Juniors looks better now. The team is OK at center and the poor play of the Flyers might have only hurt his development. One could argue that he could spark the team but it’s unlikely to see that in more than short spurts.
  • Vinny Cavs needs to step it up in the face off circle. Everywhere else on the ice: swoon.
  • It’s only three games. Don’t forget that.