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Monday, July 19, 2010

Goalies 'R' Us...

And another debate rages on...

I think the Flyers BIGGEST issue was, as the playoffs showed, DEFENSE…I don’t care if you are 36 or 26, you cannot play 29-30 minutes a night without wearing down. Only being able to CONFIDENTLY roll four defensemen in the playoffs killed us. I think Leights would have been fine had Pronger,Timonen,Coburn, & Carle not been completely burned out…Homer has addressed this situation admirably, on paper the Flyers may now have the deepest/most experienced Starting Six in the League (with the additions of Meszaros and O’Donnell to be our #5 & #6), and bringing in O’Donnell is also good in that he and Pronger helped mature Anaheim’s young defensemen a couple of seasons ago and with Kimmo’s help I believe they will do the same here…

All that being said, there are goaltending issues that have not, but COULD have been addressed…

Re-signing Leights for 2 years @ 1.55M…Good Signing…
Other than that?
Not so good…

Tried low-balling Nabby, no go…
Tried low-balling Turco, no go…yet…

Could have signed Dan Ellis, who I think would have been a perfect compliment to Leights giving us a 1a & 1b tandem (Unfortunately Boosh is the odd man out). Ellis signed for a measly $1.5M/year for 2 years with Tampa…for that price Jody Shelley should be washing dishes at Denny’s and Ellis should be pulling on an Orange Sweater…

Hell, we could have brought Biron back to Philly to back up Leights. Only $895k/Year for 2 years. Smaller Cap Hit than Boosh and would have been an upgrade…

That is all moot now…

So…

Theodore? Maybe like 3-4 years ago I would have jumped to sign him, no so much now.

Turco, probably the Flyers best bet (barring a trade that nets us a goalie (no pun intended))…I think Marty is probably starting to realize that this year for Goalies, it is a BUYER’S, NOT a Seller’s market…Once Homer dishes off a fan favorite to clear the Cap Space, he is most likely the target and by that time will most likely have lowered his contract demands.

Mike Smith (been rumored to be available in a trade), I would rather have Dan Ellis (see above)

Jon Quick and/or Jon Bernier, I don’t think you are prying either of these guys away from the Kings without giving up something significant.

Johan Backlund: An interesting situation, just signed a 2 year deal, and may just come into camp and outplay Leights AND Boosh (wouldn’t THAT be nice…here’s hopin’)

Sergei Bobrovsky: Well I sure HOPE this guy is the Goalie of the future considering we have $5.25M committed to him over the next 3 years…

And for now? We wait…


Cheers,

Fezzy

1 comment:

  1. I do not understand what you think the Flyers would realistically get if they did not sign Shelly. I do not see many players that were available that are willing to play third line minutes. I do not see many players that you mention: Recchi, Knuble, Selanne, Kariya, and the likes that are realistically willing to sign with another team other than the teams they played for last season. The only exception I see is Bill Guerin. However, at the time of signing Shelly, I believe most GM's thought Guerin was returning to the Penguins or retiring.

    There are a few issues I have with your complaints about Shelly. 1) Shelly was disruptive to the Flyers last season. 2) the Rangers signed Boogard to a contract worth much more than Shelly. The Flyers needed strength to fight off the likes of Boogard. 3) Shelly's signing reduces the need to re-visit the Muckler position every offseason for the next three years (and Shelly costs much less than Brashear and Boogard). 4) Shelly's signing permits Carcillo to continue his offensive development - ultimately providing the FLyers with an inexpensive offensive upgrade as Carcillo signed his 1 year RFA tender. 5) Shelly is an upgrade to Cote, and a team in the East needs an enforcer - see Boogard and Clarkson. 6) The Flyers need to ensure that a player will defend the honor of the likes of their superstars - Richards, Carter, etc., without affecting the offensive flow of the team.

    Ultimately, I believe the signing of Shelly helps relieve the pain of trading Gagne, by assisting the teams offensive upside through Carcillo and his predicted 20 goals.

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