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Crashing the Crease: Long-term Shootout Shortcomings

We’re all Flyers fans here. Given that, we know the areas where the Orange and Black have consistently come up short. One of those, pardon my French, most damnably obvious areas has to be the shootout. The reality of just how bad this team is after the 65-minute mark may not be grasped by all, but a quick look at the stats reveals that the Flyers are very comfortable basement dwellers here. Thanks in large part to Winnipeg’s only having played in eight shootouts since re-expanding into the league, the Flyers sit firmly in 29th place in shootout wins. Their …

In retrospect, Roman Cechmanek was actually pretty good.

Crashing the Crease: Unsung Heroes Part 1, Roman Cechmanek

Between 2000 and 2010, the Flyers have been notorious for losing control of the so-called “goaltending carousel” and sending it spinning out of control in an endless search for a sure hand between the pipes. However, during that period the Orange and Black have gotten admirable goaltending that, in retrospect, may have gone under-appreciated at the time. Over the next few weeks, Crashing the Crease will take a look at these unsung heroes. First up: Roman Cechmanek. Often lambasted for being a product of system or locker room cancer, the fact of the matter is that when he was the …

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Crashing the Crease: Main Courses and Side Dishes

I am writing this week’s article from the front of an unnamed Best Buy somewhere in the Delaware Valley. As I brave the cold weather for the incredible savings I’m about to indulge in, I hope you’re all warm and relatively full of turkey. Okay, so I’m not anywhere near a Best Buy. As insane as I may be, I’ve realized that I’m not quite ready to wait in a line for over 24 hours so I can save $139 on a TV that I don’t need. I am, however, ready to delve into a recap of things I’m thankful …

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Crashing the Crease: Buyout Plan B’s

Yesterday, Kevin Christmann discussed the possibility of an amnesty buyout clause being introduced in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that would allow teams to buy out one contract without any cap hit penalties. He, and many others, have suggested the possibility of using that buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov, ridding the Flyers of what is undoubtedly a bad contract no matter how one may look at it. While the merits of choosing to use this buyout on Bryzgalov are up for debate, one thing is fairly clear: if Paul Holmgren were to exercise this buyout on the Flyers’ starting goaltender, he …

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Crashing the Crease: Sailing No More

This week, we’re going to spend a little time talking about a subject near and dear to my heart: the struggling goaltender and the fear of failure after an unsuccessful stretch of games. I’ll use myself as the example and build from there. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gone from feeling very fluid and natural in net to slow, overly reactive and ultimately ineffective. It’s resulted in some pretty ugly games, none of which I want to remember. On Tuesday, I finally had a game I would consider to be “okay,” in that we won and I stopped …

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