It’s been a season of ups and downs for the young Philadelphia Flyers club. The orange and black have been faced with some adversity early in the season. Injuries have been piling up for the orange and black for well over a week now. With the likes of Shayne Gostisbehere, Andrew Macdonald, Taylor Leier, Jordan Weal, Nolan Patrick, and now add Radko Gudas to the list. This is a heavy burden for the youth to shoulder the load.
The Flyers have successfully kept their record above .500. Some nights have been more difficult than others, but somehow the orange and black have been able to withstand the injury bug. Their current record stands at 7-6-1 after defeating the St. Louis Blues last night 2-0. It was a feel good victory for the youth. Without further delay here are our answers to the Weekly Mailbag.
Mark Boehmer- This team seems stuck in a groundhog day we’re once again fighting for the 8th seed ,is it time to move on from Giroux and Voracek and just have a complete youth movement ?
Mark this is a fantastic question coming from a dedicated Flyers fan. This is actually not the time for such a trade. If the Flyers traded Claude Giroux or Jakub Voracek now, then it shows they have given up on the season. They are both red hot right now, and it’s nice to see them both have rebound seasons.
One of the main reasons I’m against this trade of either player, is that the orange and black have faced some major adversity here as of late. They have suffered some big losses to key players such as Patrick, Ghost, and Macdonald to name a few. The Flyers were playing very well as a team before the injury bug hit. Yes, there will always be injuries, but this puts a lot of pressure on the inexperienced youth to succeed. I hate to say it we have to be patient, but the Flyers will make the playoffs with 102 points. Trust me Mark, it will be a feel good season of more ups than downs. The Flyers will get healthy, and may have some key pieces back on Saturday, such as, Ghost and Patrick.
This question can reassessed before the trade deadline. If they are not doing well by the deadline, then absolutely anyone is expendable. Great question though Mark.
— J Pow (@aveoluv) November 2, 2017
Great question Jpow. No there was no explanation given from the Department of Player Safety in regards to the Gostisbehere hit. A penalty was at least warranted with a suspension of course. If that play wasn’t boarding, then we don’t know the rule on boarding. For the NHL not to at least look at it, it’s disappointing. Leo Komarov was suspended for three games on February 16, 2016 for a hit on Ryan Mcdonaugh. So there’s history there.
An explanation wasn’t given on the Radko Gudas hit by DOPS either. If something arises I will contact you on Twitter. This is what Komarov said after the game on Saturday:
What did Komarov see on Gostisbehere hit? "Nothing … I mean, just a normal situation. I don't know."
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 29, 2017
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