It’s really hard to be a Philadelphia Flyers fan right now and we are only 7 games into a long 82 game season. Correction, it’s been extremely hard to be a Philadelphia Flyers fan since the New Jersey Devils exposed all of their weaknesses in the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals.
Since that series loss the Philadelphia Flyers have been a complete mess from goaltending, to defense to offense. General manager Paul Holmgren thought he erased the distraction in the locker room by buying out Ilya Bryzgalov just to have another bad start to the season. To make matters worse the Flyers are the laughing stock of the NHL. Currently paying Bryzgalov a little over $1.4M a year for the next 14 years to stay away from the city, NHL insiders like Darren Dreger can’t help but crack jokes, and for good reason.
I’m not going into details about the current Flyers problems, because I could be here for days. But I will say this. Their problems go all the way up towards management. Constantly trading away talent, and signing the wrong kind of players that simply do not fit in this 1970’s style of hockey the Flyers think still works in the NHL. The dump and chase does not fit the current roster, that simple.
Remember when the Flyers traded Mike Richards and they said they screwed up naming Richards captain because he was too young? Well, correct me if I am wrong but Claude Giroux was younger when he was named captain. And I said it when they named him captain, it was a BIG mistake. Probably one of the biggest mistakes in Flyers history right next to signing Bryzgalov. Interesting, two of the Flyers biggest mistakes – in my opinion – in team history are all under Holmgren’s belt.
Anyways the point of this article is this. For a 1-6 team, the media should NOT be taking jabs at other NHL teams and other NHL players. Reporter Tim Panaccio – who I NEVER liked – thought it was a great idea to take a jab at Russian born player, Nail Yakopuv.
Maybe I am wrong here – which I doubt I am – the Flyers and the media should not be taking jabs at any other team or player while sitting at 1-6 on the season. Which by the way, they could very well be 0-6 if Tim Thomas never got hurt the night the Flyers barely beat Florida.
Oh, and what makes Panaccio so sure that the Flyers would land a player like Hemsky anyways? Every time a player is on the trading block the Flyers media always assume he will be traded to Philly. There’s a reason why Rick Nash refused to come play here when he was on the block. Like him, many players try to avoid this city. Thanks to the media and horrible management.
Think that’s bad? How about the cover of today’s Philadelphia Daily News?
Look I love this city, I love being a Flyers fan but seeing the same rinse and repeat process this team has had over the last 15 years has gotten really old. It’s made me stop paying for tickets and attire. I find myself going to the stores and purchasing other teams and players attire. That’s how bad it has gotten here in Philly. Sure you may call me a bandwagon hopper or I’m not a true fan. Honestly though, how many more years can we just turn a blind eye and keep filling their pockets with money when they NEVER win the big one?
To makes matters worse I see blogs like this and I can’t help but agree with everything that’s said on there. Wake up Philadelphia Flyers because us fans won’t stick around for much longer and when your pockets go empty it will be too late to turn it all around.
Then again the fans have stuck around – the delusional ones – still filling their pockets, not feeling the pressure of change.
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