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Checking in on the Philadelphia Flyers

July 9, 2014, by

R.J. Umberger was the lone major addition for the unusually inactive Flyers this offseason

Last year: 42-30-10, third in the division. Lost to the Rangers in the first round

Key additions:  R.J. Umberger, Nick Schultz

Key subtractions: Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall (likely)

Franchise direction: I didn’t quite know what to think when Ron Hextall replaced Paul Holmgren, but so far the new general manager has demonstrated restraint uncharacteristic of this organization. Yes, the Hartnell/Umberger trade was a little bit of a head-scratcher and the rampant rumors that Philadelphia tried to move up to grab the No. 1 draft pick were interesting, but all in all this has been an unusually quiet offseason for the Flyers.

Salary cap: Though it doesn’t look pretty on CapGeek right away, Chris Pronger can’t be placed on LTIR until the season starts, so Philly is actually in decent shape. The Flyers would love to unload Vincent Lecavalier’s contract and that may have prevented them from being as aggressive as they’d like this offseason. Still, they have a bit of wiggle room left this summer and every key player locked up for next season, too.

Prospect pipeline: Forward Scott Laughton has a great shot at making the team and there are also high hopes for former Union defenseman Shayne Gotisbehere, but the Flyers don’t have too many other impact guys on the cusp. Forward Nick Cousins is next in line. After them, there will be a bit of a wait for D-men Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg.

Projection: Some atypical continuity might really help the Flyers this year, and Philadelphia does have some improving young players. The Claude Giroux fiasco was a weird way to kick off the new season, but Philadelphia should be right in the playoff mix again.

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13 comments

  1. amy from bayside says:

    a good move by philly but they will make more moves

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Getting rid of the fiscally un conservative Holmgren was the best thing the Flyers could do. The worst thing for the Rangers and the Metropolitan division. Holmgren had no problem handing out unfriendly contracts to players he had a hunch on. Case in point Bryzgalov and Lecavalier among others. The rangers need to be weary of Hextall & the Flyers now. I bet he rebuilds that team. Hartnelldown was a good regular season player but limited to a grinder in the playoffs. I don’t know Umburger was the proper return but it wasn’t a bad move.

      • Walt says:

        Your right on about Holgren, but you failed to realize that Ed Snyder, a very much hands on owner, approves all those signings!!

        That brings me to the lock out, headed by Ed Snyader, what a dirt bag he is!!!!!

        As for RJ Umberger, he is a quality player, solid two way guy, who years ago, we tried to get in the form of a trade. He will make the Flyers a better team than did Hartnell.

  2. SalMerc says:

    I really do not care about Philly. Thought this was a Ranger blog?

    • joe719 says:

      Know your enemies!!!!

      • SalMerc says:

        Every team is the enemy at this point. Our biggest challenge lies within our own lockerroom.

        • Kevin Baumer says:

          First of all, you try filling a whole summer with content 🙂
          Second – as Joe says, I think it’s pretty important to know thy enemy, at least an overview, given the new playoff system.

  3. TxRanger says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how Philly always has such subpar goaltending, and how them seem to be content with that mediocrity. Had they had a legitimate NHL caliber goalie, they could’ve beaten Chicago in the ’10 Finals.

    I am surprised by their relative inactivity.

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      Mason was pretty solid last year. Don’t know that I expect a repeat, but this has to be the most stable Philly’s goaltending has been in years

  4. joe719 says:

    Hartnell leaving the Flyers is great news to the Rangers. A real pain in the ass to play. I don’t think he’ll have the same impact in Columbus as he did in Philly. The Giroux situation is something to watch. Hes a party boy. The latest incident is just another example of that. Forget about the particulars of this latest episode; hes a young guy with a lot of money in a major city. Its very easy to get into trouble. And If he gets off to a slow start, can you imagine the crap he’ll get from those idiots in Philly? It won’t be pretty. Lets see if he can handle it. Hopefully he can’t, and we cruise past them!!! (:

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      Frankly I think he’ll have a bigger impact in Columbus than he’s had in Philly over the last couple years. The Jackets play much more his style than the Flyers these days, and he’ll set a great example for their youngsters.

  5. Paco 33 says:

    Interestingly, as much as I have a healthy life-long hatred for the Flyers I have to admit that I had more respect for the way they played against us than I did for either Pittsburgh or, so surprisingly, Montreal. And if the handshake lines were any indication, my guess is that many Rangers felt the same way. The Flyers played rough and pushed the edges a bit but, for the most part, they played pretty traditional playoff hockey and I saw some real respect from the Rangers as they shook hands. I have more respect for a team that plays like Philly than the whiners of Pittsburgh or the divers of Montreal.

    And I can’t believe I just used the words “respect” and Philadelphia in the same post.

    • dan says:

      I think everyon can agree the Pens and Habs are the biggest whiners in the league. For some reason they think they are owed every call and no one is allowd to hit their”star” players. They have no problem with their trolls taking runs at other teams top player but stay away from theirs. Lets not forget about Cyndy taking cheap shots and running away, or waiting for a ref to step in and than taking a free shot.