Flyers Mailbag: Your questions, Our Answers

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The Philadelphia Flyers are rocking and rolling to start this season, much like the “Rolling Stones” did in their prime. After a brutal early schedule that included two games against the defending Western Conference Champions the Nashville Predators. The orange and black are off to an impressive record of 4-3. Of course, as the season goes along anything can happen including free falls.

One of the nice things to see this early in the year is consistency. The orange and black seem consistent with their goaltending, and their scoring abilities. They currently sit fourth in the NHL in goals for with 26. Who would have thought that at the beginning of the year? It’s great to see the fans pumped and excited for the new blood of the youth infusion. Without further delay here my questions and answers directly from the great fans of Philadelphia.

 

Michael Boehmer- Don’t you think the Flyers need an enforcer? Simmonds is too valuable to be fighting all the time. And would you bring up Sam Morin to fill that role?

Great Question. My answer is no because they have youth in the system to fill that role. You know what…honestly you took the words out of my mouth. Your a very knowledgeable fan. Samuel Morin would fill that role nicely. At 6’6″ he has proven he is more than capable of handling his own. Last December while playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, he pummeled a player to the ice and drug him around. Unfortunately, the Flyers are loaded as you know with forwards and defenseman. The only way I see Morin up with the big club is injury, or a trade.

The Orange and black are actively shopping Brandon Manning, but I’ve heard Radko Gudas’s name a lot lately. If one of them gets traded, then Morin finally gets called up.

 

MJ Moff- Dale Hunter or Mathew Barnaby maybe? ??

Going off Michaels question…you are very funny. I love the sarcasm. Both Hunter and Barnaby did a very good job in their roles, while they played the sport. They were effective agitators, who could pot a goal at times. Getting into the opponents heads were keys for both players.

 

Miguel Quinones- Is Hakstol coaching to keep his job or does he have a longer leash with the youth movement on the roster?

Wow and wow. Smoking hot question…I love it. Hakstol is very much fighting to keep his job past this season. If the Flyers got off to a bad start, I personally believe he would have been safe. The orange and black weren’t going to make a coaching change until after the season.

With that being said he has over performed at this point in the young season. Who would have thought they would be 4-3 in their first seven games. The early schedule is brutal. It’s quite evident the players believe in his system, and trust him to make the right decisions. Hakstol has full confidence in the young players, and I think they are confident because of such. Whatever buttons he’s pushing it’s working. If the Flyers make the playoffs he’s safe, if not it’s quite possible Chris Knoblauch takes over.

Jagr is one of the most prolific in this great sport of hockey. Just in his brief stint with the Orange and black during the 2011-12 season. Jagr produced 19 goals and 35 assists for a total of 54 points. He was the first one on the ice, and the last one off it. Jagr was also given the keys to the practice facility in Voorhees, NJ.

Unfortunately, he wanted a commanding contract early in the off-season, in upwards of $4 million per year. Jagr would have rubbed off on the youth. But, the Flyers were stocked st the forward position.

I will always love Jagr as well Barry. Thanks for the response. He currently has 1 assist in three games played for the Calgary Flames.

A special thanks to all the fans that participated in this great mailbag. If it weren’t for your support this would have not have been possible. One thing is certain Flyers fans, the future is bright in Flyer land.

 

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