Flyers Weekly Mailbag: Did someone say goaltending?


How about our unlucky Philadelphia Flyers (Clapping)!!!!! They were snake bit against Keith Kinkaid and the New Jersey Devils, en route to a two losing streak. Fortunately, they are now 5-2-1 in their last 8 games, and 6-5-1 in their last 12.

The Flyers just can’t seem to stay away from the injury bug. For instance, JVR returned  last after a six-week absence, however Brian Elliott left the game in the third period with an injury. I will provide a full update on Elliott sometime today, as the Flyers will give an update on his status sometime later in the day. Without further delay, here are our answers to your questions.

I was hoping that the Flyers would waive Michal Neuvirth when he became healthy, and if he cleared waivers he could be sent to the Phantoms. However, the orange and black just can’t stay healthy, as Brian Elliott was injured in last night’s game. I’m hoping that Ron Hextall would rid us of this inconsistency at the Goaltending position sometime soon, but our Goaltenders just can’t stay healthy.

It’s unfortunate as Neuvirth is a solid Goaltender when he’s healthy. However, this is really holding the team back from becoming that consistent team we once envisioned them to be this season. At the moment it looks as though the Flyers will hold onto Neuvirth’s services, due to the health of Elliott.

If Elliott misses significant time it would be a huge loss for the overall success of this young Flyers team. He has been really good these past few games, including the loss to the Devils, before he was injured in the third period. This conundrum at the Goaltending position seems to never end for the Flyers. Year after year Goaltending is at the forefront of their success, with unlucky success.

Shayne thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist today. God bless you and your family.

Wayne Simmonds to me is the most likely to be dealt, whether it’s at the trade deadline or not. His term is the problem for the Flyers not the money. Ron Hextall stated this past Summer he doesn’t mind paying for a great player, but the term has to fit the Flyers needs. Unfortunately, Simmonds is looking for a long-term contract, and rightfully so for a guy that gives his all on the ice.

A Flyers prospect that might be dealt in my opinion is Tanner Laczynski. I can honestly see him not signing an ELC with the orange and black when his tenure is complete at Ohio State, especially if he wins the Hobey Baker Award this season. Laczynski has potted 4 goals, and 3 assists on the season now in 7 games played. He was off to a slow start for the first few games, but has since picked up his play. In the event that happens Hextall will trade his services, and get something in return from him (A la Cooper Marody). I think he might believe he’s a top 6 Forward, and in the future the Flyers may not be able to honor his wish.

Simmonds would be a perfect fit for the Boston Bruins. I personally believe that the Bruins would be interested in his services. In the event Simmonds is traded to the Bruins there are two prospects in their pipeline that might catch Hextall’s eye, Jesse Gabrielle (LW) and Zach Senyshyn (RW). Both are fiesty Wingers, and will be NHL mainstays at some point. The position of Wing could be a need in the future for the orange and black, so either of these players could help them in the future.

Michael thanks so much for your support. God bless you and your family. Without you this site doesn’t exist today.

Mark Friedman would be my choice for the next rookie to receive a call up. If a Defenseman is injured short-term, than Friedman would fit the bill to replace said Defenseman. Friedman has played very well for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. He looks more composed than Philippe Myers. Myers is coming along, but Friedman might be slightly ahead in terms of development. For the season, Friedman has tallied 1 goal, and 7 assists for a total of 8 points in 14 games played. He also owns a -2 rating, but transitions out of the Defensive zone well.

Friedman isn’t hesitant, and can make quick split decisions. Myers on the other hand if you watched Wednesday’s game against the Checkers sometimes is hesitant in his decision-making, as he cheated on a play mid way through the game. This led to a small mini breakaway for the Checkers player. Even though no damage was done, it just proves Myers may need a little more time which isn’t a bad thing. Both Myers and Friedman will be NHL’ers in the future.

Anthony thanks so much for your support. I hope you get better, and hopefully we can meet up together in the press box. God bless you and your family.

Right now Claude Giroux is 10 on my list, and has surpassed Dave Poulin in my eyes. This past off-season I ranked the 20 greatest Flyers of all time, and I had Poulin at 10. If Giroux’s career ended today that’s where I would place him. Fortunately, Giroux is still young, at the ripe age of 30 so there’s still plenty of miles on this tires.

If Giroux plays until he is 40, and continues to rack up all these points. He could be one of the greatest Flyers in history, definitely top 5 for sure. He’s one of the most underrated players in Philly at the moment, and some throughout the hockey world do not know how good he really is. One thing is certain Giroux is a great Flyer, and I pray that he continues to get the recognition he deserves.

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