5 Positive Philadelphia Flyers’ Points Amid a Perfect NHL Storm
There have been some positive contributions made during this Philadelphia Flyers' season
The Philadelphia Flyers aren't having a good season during this unusual hockey year. Yet, some players are clearly performing to the best of their abilities.
A decent chunk of hockey fans don't seem to be able to take the long view. Whether their reactions are steeped in some type of modern group-think, or they are unable to generate rational thought because the game represents a disproportionate part of their personal lives and is unknowable.
A balanced view of this Flyers' season shows that a young core of players are currently developing their talents, while some veterans need to be exchanged for other orange parts. Despite the increasing likelihood that Paul Holmgren's roster won't enable Peter Laviolette to make a playoff push, there are some positive points that can be made about the 2012-13 team.
For his part, Laviolette has done what he can with a limited defensive inventory and reduced offensive depth. A professional analysis of his work should allow for a return engagement next year.
Subtracting Chris Pronger, Matt Carle and Jaromir Jagr, trading Sergei Bobrovsky and James van Riemsdyk has made an impact. Not being able to replace “Prongs” in any significant way, while also trying to fit different (or lesser) pieces into other slots, has caused the current seasonal dilemma.
Considering the perfect storm that began to develop last season, hope for better weather in the relatively near future still does exist.
Holmgren may need more than a full season to remix his roster so that the goaltending crease, blue line pairs and forward line trios are more evenly balanced. He's a very creative thinker, so unexpected outcomes might result sooner than expected.
Cap considerations and an uncertain free agent summer front could push ongoing consequences into next season. As this season begins to wind down, the Flyers' front office will undoubtedly look at the strengths within its roster and then build onto (or leverage from) that base.
Schenn's addition has filled one defensive hole
Luke Schenn has produced an average of 20 solid minutes of ice time per game this season.
Simmonds is having another fine Flyers' year
Wayne Simmonds has been one of the team's top forwards again this year.
Timonen is generating his sixth solid Flyers' campaign
Kimmo Timonen has been alive for 38 years. Six of those stellar years have been spent in orange and black.
Zac Rinaldo is evolving into a better all-around player
A thinner, modern version of Bob Kelly continues to emerge on this “Bullies” team.
Voracek is the Flyers' MVP
Jakub Voracek's on-ice contributions have supplanted Jaromir Jagr's offensive efforts. While his presence is obviously different than the Hall of Famer's was last year, “Jake” appears to have a bright future in Philadelphia.