Flyers Weekly Mailbag: Offseason Priorities and Sam Morin

Well, Flyers fans the up and down season looks likes it’s almost over. I will say even though the Flyers may miss the playoffs, I will still miss Flyers hockey when the final buzzer sounds on the 2018-19 season.

They are just an inconsistent hockey team. Looking ahead to next year they have to find more consistency in the 2019-20 season. The orange and black have to get off to better starts, it’s a must. They cannot be playing catch up hockey all the time. Without further delay, here are our answers to your questions.

There is one kid that the Flyers will dress sooner rather than later, and that is Samuel Morin. The “Giant” will see time here down the stretch. I believe Morin will play when the Flyers are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Scott Gordon said the lineup will remain “Status Quo,” as the Flyers are still in the playoff hunt.

Another kid I would like to see with the last call-up is David Kase. He is a speed demon that possesses excellent hands. He has the speed to help this organization that it so desperately needs. Kase has five goals, and 12 assists in 28 games played for the Phantoms.

Michael thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

  1. Head Coach- Hopefully Coach Q
  2. Top 4 Dman- The Flyers were exposed by the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins. We also need to eliminate the number of shots faced on our Goaltenders. It appears we are being heavily outshot almost every game.
  3. Top 6 Forward (Sniper)- Would love Artemi Panarin
  4. 2nd or 3rd line Center- If we lose out on the Panarin sweepstakes, then I would love Duchene
  5. Goalie- Who knows what we have in Cam Talbot. He could be a quality backup/mentor for Hart

Bobby thanks for the support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

It’s hard to say if David will be better than his brother Ondrej. However, David is faster than his brother for sure. Ondrej has tallied 36 goals, and registered 37 assists for 73 points in 3 seasons for the Anaheim Ducks. Ondrej was also a 7th round draft pick, so this pick was a steal for the Ducks. If the 5th round draft pick in David continues to progress he may very well have a shot at making the big club next year. He possesses the wheels the Flyers so desperately need right now.

As it stands right now, I say Ondrej and David will have close to equal career numbers in David’s third year in the NHL. Who will have a better career in the NHL? Well if I’m looking into my magic 8 ball it says it’s David.

At this particular time, the first thing I would do if I were Head Coach of the Flyers would be to bench Andrew MacDonald and Robert Hagg, thus allowing Samuel Morin to play on a nightly basis. My second move would place Cam Talbot as the primary backup to Carter Hart, thus allowing him to see some games. Talbot should see some games here down the stretch to see if he should be resigned or not.

Now if I were a Coach for a day in the offseason, I would put in a motion to General Manager Chuck Fletcher to terminate “Lappy” and Kris Knoblauch. “Lappy,” is a class act, but both special teams units could use two new faces next season. The Flyers special teams unit could use a fresh start to begin the 2019-20 season.

Brandon thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

Bob Clarke hinted at the Flyers making a few offer sheets to some RFA’s a few weeks ago. With that in mind, there are 3 RFA’s the Flyers may target; Mitchell Marner, Mikko Rantanen, and Brayden Point. Of the 3, Point may be the likeliest to pry away. The Tampa Bay Lightning currently have $1.5 million in cap space, coupled with some key free agents and key restricted free agents to resign, they will be against the cap for sure.

Point is due a hefty raise from the $686,000 he is currently making now, plus Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman are free agents. The Flyers will more than likely make an offer sheet to Marner, Rantanen, Point, or even Patrick Laine. I do not believe Clarke would have hinted at that in his interview if the Flyers didn’t intend to make an offer sheet for an RFA.

Michael thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

Samuel Morin will not play until the Flyers are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Scott Gordon said yesterday that the lineup will remain “Status Quo,” as the Flyers are still in the playoff hunt.

I would love to see Morin now, and to make room for him Robert Hagg should be benched. Unless of course, Gordon uses seven defensemen at that point. In addition, I would love to see Morin shred Johnny Boychuk to pieces on March 23, if it comes to that with the defense of Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers have one recall remaining unless they were able to prove this last call-up of Justin Bailey was an emergency recall because of Travis Konecny being sick. With that recall, I would love to see David Kase up here, as the kid has wheels to pair with a nice wrist shot. However, I wouldn’t mind Mike Vecchione either, as he’s a free agent at year’s end.

Flyers thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

Samuel Morin will not play until they are mathematically out of the playoffs. Scott Gordon said yesterday that the lineup will remain “Status Quo,” as the Flyers are still in the playoff hunt.

I would love to see Morin now, and to make room for him Robert Hagg should be benched. Unless of course, Gordon uses seven Defencemen at that point. In addition, Morin should at least play against the New York Islanders to ensure Jakub Voracek’s safety. Big Sam is a giant, and he would shred Johnny Boychuk to pieces. It’s time to figure out what we have in Sam, sooner rather than later.

Cliff thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

I don’t think the decision will be easy by any means, however, I do expect the Flyers to pursue Joel Quenneville. If Coach Q wants to come to Philly, then it will be very hard for the Flyers to pass up. It’s Q’s job to lose if he indeed wants to come to Philly. I will say I do appreciate everything Scott Gordon has done for this club, and to be honest he has coached himself back into the NHL. Gordon has given Flyers fans hope for next year with the way he has aided the youth and instilling the players with confidence again. However, the problem here in lies, a Coach like Coach Q may only come once in a lifetime, so expect the Flyers to be fully on board to acquire his services.

Nathanael thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

For the last four to five years, maybe longer, the Flyers notoriously have come out flat, and behind the 8-ball in a lot of games. It appears they lack the urgency, and they play uninspired hockey for a period or two. This has resulted in them fighting for their playoff lives towards the tail end of the season. Something has to give to fix the problem. The Flyers can ill afford being gassed at the end of the year next season. They are supposed to take the next step next season, so getting off to a fast start early in the year is critical for this young team.

I think the Flyers coaching staff could provide more emphasis on fast starts in practice. If that doesn’t work maybe a sports psychologist has to talk to the team more often. There are no real easy solutions to this problem, but the players say they need to start faster in their post-game interviews. To me, it sounds like they’re aware it’s a problem, and if that’s the case it might be a mental thing. One thing is for certain, they need to get off to faster start the next season.

Lee thanks for your support. Without you this site doesn’t exist.

Flyers Notes:

I completed a phone interview with Joel Farabee this past Wednesday. He has not ruled out the possibility of signing an ELC this Summer as he states, “I haven’t had time to focus on that yet. I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do yet, but I will decide on that when that time comes.”

If you would like to see your questions submitted in our weekly mailbag. Just submit your question on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #Flyersmail. Thanks to all the fans for another great mailbag, and Let’s go Flyers. Without your support, we wouldn’t be here today.

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2 thoughts on “Flyers Weekly Mailbag: Offseason Priorities and Sam Morin

  1. Why u keep saying Talbot he’s the worst goalie in the league Elliot is way better and will be cheaper we have centermen in the organization and Morin will fill the hole on defence next year quit preaching outside help that will put the flyers at the cap again thanks

    1. Darren

      I appreciate the read and support like you always give me. A month ago when I partook in a Fletcher meeting with the media. He hinted at being interested in a top 4 Defenseman. After the Islanders game the Flyers top priority should be that. This Defense is just not up to par against good teams, and they are getting exposed by good teams. Morin is definitely not a top 4 Defenseman at this point. The Flyers also need a sniper. I appreciate the read

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