Although Steve Mason struggled in Columbus — who didn’t? — he is not far removed from his Calder-winning rookies season. At the young age of 24, Mason posted a .944 SV% and .190 GAA in seven games as a Flyer. One could argue that he has had the best numbers of any Philly netminder since Roman Cechmanek, everyone’s favorite unibrowed Czech. Can he keep up the pace?
It’s been an exciting start to the Stanley Cup Playoffs so far. It’s been a while since Flyers fans haven’t had a personal investment to start the playoffs, so most are getting to watch as just a fan of the game. There have been a number of very exciting series, but which has been your favorite?
With the Flyers opting (yes…opting…that was it) not to participate in this year’s playoffs, and after a great first night of playoff hockey last night, there are a lot of great storylines. Do you root for a team out West? A former Flyer? An underdog? Who do you want to win the Stanley Cup this year?
So, we’re running a contest. Here’s the deal: We are making a shirt that includes Bobby Clarke, Ian Laperriere, and Sean Couturier. We need a fourth Flyer to add to the list with a great gap-toothed grin. That’s where you come in. Leave a comment below with your best suggestion and a link to a picture of the smiling, toothless Flyer. If your player gets chosen, you — meaning all of you who picked the same person — will get a chance to win the t-shirt you had a hand in creating. Remember, the rules are simple: You must leave …
With the trade deadline quickly approaching on April 3, the Flyers will have some decisions to make. Whether or not they think they can make the playoffs will dictate whether they “buy” or “sell”. Should they try to acquire a talented player that can be a benefit for years to come (think Byfuglien)? Should they make a strong playoff push and acquire a talented (but possibly expiring) veteran (think Morrow or Iginla)? Should they “sell” some of their own lesser pieces (think Talbot or Fedotenko)? Or should they do nothing at all?