Thursday, October 06, 2005

Too much excitement?

Not only did we get caught up in all of the preseason hype and hoopla about the Flyers, it seems the players did too.

We haven't seen the boys since May 2004, when they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning (how many fans showed up for their parade?).

With the additions of Peter Forsberg, Darien Hatcher, Mike Rathje, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards among others, the anticipation was palpable. The Flyers and their fans were coming back with a vengeance. For the 2005-06 season, this was best group of players assembled. Oddsmakers were telling us to prepare Broad Street for the parade.

Oops, you have to play the games first. Rangers 5, Flyers 3. Let some of the air out of that balloon and let us all come back to earth for a moment. There is nothing like a little bit of reality (and Jaromir Jagr) to slap you in the face.

Once the Flyers get over themselves and realize that this is a long, long haul, they will be fine. They know where they stand on paper, what they have to figure out is where they skate on the ice. This is a group of players that does not know one another yet. That comes with time and games. When they figure out how to be a team, all will be well.


At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't Jagr that slapped them in the face, despite his two goals. Fact is, the Flyers were TIRED in the third period. With many players just returning from injury, the Flyers conditioning level is low. The Rangers are in better shape and it is as simple as that.

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seemed to me early on that the Flyers, and the Rangers too, for that matter, were afraid to aggressively check. It took them awhile to feel like they could throw their bodies around- and very early on the refs showed how tightly they were going to call the game (thanks Fraiser, welcome back to you too). After I got home and watched some tape of the Penguins/Devils game and the Senators/Leafs, I noticed the same thing.

The other element that was clear was a good deal of rusty passing. If I could see it where I was sitting, it had to be evident to the players.

I must say that I’m distressed about the Power Play. It strikes me, with the number of penalties called I the preseason, that the Power Play will separate the good teams from the great, and also cause some of the teams who otherwise have weaknesses (see, Rangers, New York) to have some success. I was amazed that the Flyers were unable to make things happen during their PP opportunities, but that’s what you expect from a team that’s new to each other. But 1 for 10?

Nevertheless, I have confidence in this team, just like I’ve always had in the Flyers. Their natural abilities and their work ethic are were the Flyers have always been, which will bring me comfort with a slow start, unlike the Phils’ slow starts, for the simple fact that we all know that they can put it all together.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger turkj748 said...

Game one only 80ty some to go don't worry Flyer Fans we will be fine.My hope is on the coach who will not stand for giving up a two goal lead at home no matter how many rule changes there are defense this year will be the all important factor.Now let's get the Devils.

At 5:13 PM, Blogger turkj748 said...

We have 80ty something games left and blowing a two goal lead at home will not sit well with Hitch early or late in the year and being at home to boot.Let's get the Devils now and play alittle defense this game.I'm enjoying the new rules already How About everyone else?

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoying the new rules, but hopefully the hitting doesn't totally disappear. That is part of what makes hockey so unique. I think as the season goes along, the players won't be as afraid to drill each other as they seem now.

As for the Flyers, I just don't get it how they don't see how BAD Chris Therien is. He obviously screened Esche on the Rangers go ahead goal, and was out of position many other times. I'm sure Esche is dying inside, holding back the true blame on that goal, but instead spun it to say he was screened by the opposition. You could see after the goal, Esche stare down Therien in disgust. I have no clue why he is back in Philly. No one else wanted him, why do we?

I think Esche was referring to Therien when he said in todays story that he is going to be more vocal telling his guys where they need to be when the play is in there own end. I know where Therien should be, and that is anywhere but on the ice.

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree, Therien is the weakest skating defenseman the Flyers have and will cost them alot of goals if he plays regularly.

But, if Esche has made those two short side saves on Jagr, the Flyers come up with a tie.

Esche is just an OK goalie, but nothing to write home to ma' about.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fellow Flyers Fans,
I've been watching this team since '76 (yeah, just missed the glory years of the Bullies), and every year we think it's Our Year and every year they end up in the toilet somehow. Optimism is nice but let's temper it with a dose of reality, eh? How do you replace John LeClair? Does anyone even know the names of most of these guys?
The changes in the game stink. I live in STL and have watched the Blues tank against the Red Wings twice, and each time I saw the same disaster--no support for the goalie, everyone is afraid to hit, and the game looks like Bulldogs vs. Vipers roller hockey. The goofs at the NHL who did this to us never talked to the real fans, the ones who understand that a 7-5 hockey game (or baseball game, for that matter) is one that is POORLY PLAYED!

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Jim Jenks said...

Wow! I have been away for a couple of days and hockey fans have come out. Great job. While I won't address these comments because two more games have been played, I will post later today off the Maple Leafs games and the woeful special teams. Sound like the Eagles.


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