On Stamkos and Gagne

The rumor that the Flyers were interested in Steven Stamkos seemingly came out of thin air soon after fans perceived that the Flyers had some cap space and weren’t opposed to taking drastic measures to revamp the team this offseason. The rumors spread so rapidly that the line between fact and fiction soon blurred. To find out if there was any legitimacy to these rumors, I asked Erik Erlendsson, a Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Tribune to respond to some of the ideas that have been floated around recently. We also discussed the future of former Flyer, Simon Gagne. …

An open letter to Paul Holmgren II

Hey Paul, I hope you’re doing well. Did you get my last letter? I understand if you haven’t had time to read it. After all, you’ve been a busy man. I’m writing you again today to express another concern of mine. In recent years, you’ve made Scottie Upshall cry, shocked R.J. Umberger, broke Simon Gagne’s heart, saw Nikolay Zherdev escape giddily after being waived, and sent Jeff Carter into seclusion. Including Joffrey Lupul, you’ve signed three players to significant deals and traded them before the no-trade clause kicked in. You also shipped out at least that many players who were …

Simon Gagne should take some time off

The last couple years have been hard for Simon Gagne. After a slew of unfortunate injuries, the one-time face of the Flyers’ franchise found himself in the unenviable position of being forced to waive his no trade clause. Gagne was shipped to Tampa Bay for a poor return. It was the only team for which he could see himself playing. The team had plenty of cap space and he believed this meant that he would be able to remain there for the foreseeable future. However, after the injuries continued and he put up modest numbers throughout the 2011 campaign, it …

The Numbers Game

October 7, 1990. An otherwise unremarkable day in the history of the universe. In hockey circles, It was the Philadelphia Flyers’ 1990-91 home opener, played against the Detroit Red Wings after opening the year with two straight losses at Boston and New Jersey. In and of itself, that 7-2 victory played out in front of a sell-out crowd wasn’t notable, unless you count falling behind 2-0 early and then scoring seven straight goals. What did make it special was, it was the official retirement ceremony for Bill Barber’s #7. Honored first towards the tail end of the 1985-86 season for his 13 years …