Flight Plan Week of 10.30.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers split their four games this week. After a big win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Flyers dropped a bad one to the Montreal Canadiens where they looked all sorts of out of sorts against a team who was desperate for a win. Then, the Flyers continued looking discombobulated up until the end of the second period against the Winnipeg Jets in a crazy 17-goal back-and-forth shoot out at the Wells Fargo Center, the Jets barely getting out of dodge with a win they should have had locked up. Wrapping up the week, Philadelphia was able to …

Flight Plan Week of 10.23.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers started out of the gate as one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League, winning four of their first five games and getting points in all five of them. Since then, they have suffered two embarrassing (though in different ways) back-to-back losses on home ice at the hands of the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues. To lose to the Capitals by a score of 5-2 when they’re one of the hotter teams in the NHL at the beginning of the season, and just about every bounce goes the way of the opposition, well …

Flight Plan Week of 10.9.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers have started this season off with two solid wins over the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils. To get out to a 2-0-0 start, is a good thing especially considering how those games were won. The Flyers were able to do two things that seemed either incredibly difficult or downright impossible last year. For one, they were able to get a lead in the first period after going down by one and then held on to win by a single goal for two periods. Secondly, they were able to get a shutout. Both of these wins …

Flight Plan 10.02.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers played the last game of their preseason schedule yesterday. For now, all anyone can do is patiently, or more likely impatiently, wait until Thursday when the Orange and Black travel to Boston and officially begin the long trek towards the playoffs. One thing is for certain: this Flyers team is different than the one the Bruins faced in both of the last two years in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. No longer will the B’s have an extreme advantage in goal or in size on the wing. The Flyers are bigger and faster, debatably more skilled, and absolutely …

Keeping the Core and Signing a Goalie Should Be a Bryz

So Ilya Bryzgalov’s rights are acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers and now everybody and their mother has Jeff Carter shipped out, Ville Leino walking away, and nothing at all can be done. But what if you actually analyze the market and the way that deals are structured/can be structured in the NHL, and in particular how the Flyers GM goes about signing free agents. Paul Holmgren is crafty. He may not always make the best decisions when getting free agents or have the best luck when it comes to them or even know how to manage the farm system at …