With Berube now in charge we could see a shake up on the lines. According to various reports from practices earlier today the new lines look like this:
Hartnell - Giroux - Simmonds
B.Schenn - Lecavalier - Voracek
Talbot - Couturier - Read
Rinaldo - Newbury - Hall
Timonen - L.Schenn
Coburn - Grossmann
Meszaros - Streit
At flyershockey we expected to see Giroux on the same line line as Lecavalier with Brayden Schenn taking up centre on the second line. It will be interesting to see how tonight goes. Let's hope it brings us our first win of the season.
In Berube we trust. Let's Go FLYERS!!!
So the Flyers have sacked Peter Laviolette and immediately replaced him with Craig Berube. Right choice?
It's certainly a bold move from Homer explaining it as a 'gut feeling'.
"Right from Day 1 of training camp I was concerned about how the team looked," Holmgren said. "We have a long way to go in terms of the season, but it was more about how we played, and it was unacceptable. We don't look like a team at all."
"It just came to that point where I had a gut feeling on my part where I felt we needed a change."
Either way we at flyershockey see this move as a possible last chance saloon for Holmgren. According to social media most of you are questioning his own position in the Flyers organisation. Isn't this why Hextall is back in the mix anyway? Mr Snider has plans.
We will always remember Lavy for 2010 and for this fine moment.
With the season getting under way tomorrow night, I took the time to make a few predictions on how things will pan out in the 2013-2014 NHL season.
- Boston Bruins - With Rask back along with the additions of Iginla and Eriksson, Bruins will be on top of the Atlantic.
- Ottawa Senators - Despite Alfredsson's absence, they'll do just fine with newly acquired Bobby Ryan.
- Toronto Maple Leafs - Newly found vets Clarkson, Bolland, and Raymond will help them get back in the Playoffs.
- Detroit Red Wings- Future Hall of Famer Daniel Alfredsson will add to the already solid core.
- Montreal Canadiens - Its hard to count them out, but lack of size and physicality will really hurt this team down the stretch.
- Tampa Bay Lightning - We should see Drouin and Stamkos light it up down the road, just probably not this late April.
- Buffalo Sabres - With a lack of depth and questionable leadership, I can't see this team hanging around too long.
- Florida Panthers - All Panthers fans can do is hope and prey for the 2010 Tim Thomas to show up every night.
- New York Rangers - With a new head coach, I see a lot of regular season success ahead for New York.
- Pittsburgh Penguins - Sure they still have the two headed monster, but with all the depth lost, I don't see them on top.
- Philadelphia Flyers - Stanley Cup hopes are back in Philly. If healthy, the sky is the limit for this high flying team.
- Washington Capitals - Goaltending may be an issue, but still plenty of reasons to put them in.
- New Jersey Devils - Cory Schneider will certainly frustrate the opposition, but will they score enough goals?
- New York Islanders - With an aging goaltender behind a questionable defense, they need a big year from their new captain.
- Columbus Blue Jackets - It will be interesting to see this team in a new conference, but for now they aren't proven enough.
- Carolina Hurricanes - With serious holes on the blue line, its tough to imagine this team keeping up in a tough division.
- Anaheim Ducks - Despite the departure of Bobby Ryan, Bruce Boudreau has a deep team to work with.
- Los Angeles Kings - With the core still intact, the Kings will be tough to match up with night after night.
- San Jose Sharks - Always under the radar, the Sharks should never be underestimated.
- Vancouver Canucks - Vancouver fans can only hope Tortorella squeezes every bit of juice out of this underachieving team.
- Phoenix Coyotes - With offensive production being a key part why they missed out of the playoffs, Mike Ribeiro should help.
- Edmonton Oilers - Dallas Eakins has the skill in front of him, but can he push the right buttons?
- Calgary Flames - Although they don't like to admit it, this is a rebuilding team that doesn't have much to offer right now.
- Chicago Blackhawks - With most of last years lineup returning, we could see another Chicago run towards Lord Stanley.
- St. Louis Blues - As long as Hitchcock can handle the goalie situation, this team is far deep enough to compete for 1st place.
- Nashville Predators - Arguably one of the best defensive teams with improvements made on offense.
- Dallas Stars - Scoring goals should be no problem with a skilled core of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Valeri Nichuskin.
- Minnesota Wild - After running into Chicago in the playoffs, Parise and Suter will try to prove their worth by getting back in.
- Winnipeg Jets - I know I have them at 6, but they have the talent to sneak in the playoffs.
- Colorado Avalanche - With new blood throughout the organization, the Avalanche are moving in the right direction.
Stanley Cup Prediction
St Louis Blues vs. New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champion :
St. Louis Blues
This will be a season long question and will be the storyline of the Flyers season. Will the young goaltender with a future get the start, Steve Mason, or will the responsibility be egiven to the proven veteran, Ray Emery. Opinions will be thrown left and right the whole year after quality and poor starts from these two competitors.
STEVE MASON: He is a young and talented goalie who is not established in the league yet. He is quick on his feet which will be the key to most of his success. He went 4-2 in his six starts last season wearing the orange and black. His season could tilt toward explosive breakout or a complete failure. He could easily become a bust, like so many other goaltenders in the Flyers franchise past. He is highly unpredictable.
RAY EMERY: The veteran goaltender who had a short stint with the Flyers is a strong opponent to Steve Mason and will probably be starting against the maple Leafs on October 2nd. Emery is like Bryzgalov in the way that he is not a good locker room guy. He can’t lift up the team after a bad loss like many other elite goaltenders can. This will be a key component since the Flyers lack a leader because Chris pronger is injured beyond repair. He had an adequate season last year with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. His season is also unpredictable and you never know what will happen with Flyers goaltenders. You never which way Ray is going to go either.
The Flyers may also consider testing out prospect Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights this year. If they are already out of playoff contention giving Stolarz a few extra games for experience couldn’t hurt.
PART 1: Brayden Schenn - Schenn is poised and ready for a breakout season, and that is exactly what I think number ten will achieve. His quick hands and ability to not give up will propel him forward into a wonderful season. His hockey sense and his competence to see the ice is magnificent. Those skills are key factors for a breakout season. His speed is average, but he is improving every day at practice. He is exactly what this city loves, an exciting playmaker who wouldn’t blame teammates or others for his mistakes. He can also be used as a defensive liability, emphasis on liability. He really shouldn’t have the pressure of getting the puck into the zone, but the pressure should be on his ability to get the puck into the net.
PART 2: Sean Couturier - Sean is also ready for a breakout season, coming off of a dismal forty-two game season last year. He was subpar last year, but this year his name will be in the headlines of The Daily News consistently. Couturier will have to work extremely hard. If his work ethic slips, his statistics will go with it. Couturier wouldn’t be the person to slack off. He would be the figure putting in extra hours, lifting weights and taking shots.
Will they lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup? Probably not. They could have a breakout year or an even worse year than last year. Let’s just hope we can have a good playoff run and let all other variables settle everything out.
By Tom Quary
NHL Logos Rankings
#30 Anaheim Ducks- It’s not a logo, it’s more like a third period art class sketch. I would be much happier if they went back to the Duck goalie helmet logo.
#29 Carolina Hurricanes- Can’t just bring back the Hartford Whalers and their logos.
#28 Minnesota Wild- This array of forests, trees, and moonlight creates a “wild” logo. Not sure if that’s a good thing.
#27 Ottawa Senators- Two words, too much. I would be much more pleased if they switched to the red and black “O” as their logo.
#26 Columbus Blue Jackets- A star wrapped in an American flag. It’s a great big bundle of “meh.”
#25 Dallas Stars- The Stars have recently changed their logo, and just like the franchise, nothing got much better.
#24 Los Angeles Kings- The Kings have just recently changed to the home plate shaped pentagon with “LA” at the top and a crown on the bottom. But hey, at least it isn’t that purple and yellow abomination that hurts your eyes.
#23 San Jose Sharks- A shark biting a hockey stick in front of a triangle. Nothing more.
#22 New Jersey Devils- A red “N” with a devil’s horn “J”. There’s no excitement. Ironically, that’s what Devils fans will be muttering from October to April.
#21 Pittsburgh Penguins- I don’t which is worse, this logo or the triangle shaped penguin.
#20 Colorado Avalanche- I actually like this logo, but it’s so bland. Maroon and light blue don’t mesh greatly either.
#19 Tampa Bay Lightning- I’ll tell you one thing, this logo did not take that long to make. It’s a lightning bolt over a circle.
#18 New York Islanders- I actually like the placement of Long Island in the background. I also like how they turned the “Y” into a hockey stick. Unfortunately, that’s all they did.
#17 Phoenix Coyotes- Maroon and white coyote, they did nothing else with this logo, but it is still pretty striking.
#16 Vancouver Canucks- The whole orca-morphing-out-of-a-C thing works, not immensely, but it works.
#15 Florida Panthers- This logo is so clear-cut and sharp. All parts of this logo work really well with each other.
#14 Calgary Flames- I really like how they were able to contribute the “C” and the flames together.
#13 Toronto Maple Leafs- It’s just a maple leaf with “Toronto Maple Leafs” written inside, but it does get points for being one of the most recognizable logos in all of sports.
#12 Winnipeg Jets- I really like Winnipeg’s logo. I like how they incorporated Canada’s flag and a jet in such a small area.
#11 Nashville Predators- I like how Nashville uses a sabertooth as its predator icon. The sharp teeth, the intimidating nature fits nicely.
#10 Buffalo Sabres- I like how they incorporated both parts of the team’s name into their logo. They have the two sabres hovering over two sabres.
#9 Edmonton Oilers- I really like how Edmonton pieced this logo together. I also like the cascading “Oilers” down the logo.
#8 Boston Bruins- Everyone knows about the black and yellow “B”. Everyone. The Original Six royalty franchise has one of the best logos in hockey.
#7 Montreal Canadiens- Another extremely iconic logo showing the “C” for Canadiens and the “H” for habs, the team’s tenured nickname.
#6 New York Rangers- I really dislike this team, but this logo is stunning and awesome. How could you possibly dislike this logo.
#5 Washington Capitals- I know many people do not like this logo, but I really do. I like how they modeled the “t” into a stick and love how they fit the stars of Washington in there. I like the simplicity of it the most. I just like everything about this logo.
#4 Chicago Blackhawks- The Blackhawks have been here since the beginning, and have set a precedent around the league for being iconic. Everything in this logo is good. Everything complements each other.
#3 Philadelphia Flyers- The flying “P” is so iconic. It just represents the team and the city well. When things get bad in the side streets of Philadelphia, there are the Flyers flying high.
#2 St. Louis Blues- The St. Louis Blues logo is perfect. The music note with wings is simplistic yet magnificent. Nothing is wrong with this logo.
#1 Detroit Red Wings- This logo has everything the other Top 9 logos have: simplicity, excitement, relation to the city, and being iconic. It is the perfect storm wrapped into one logo of pure “Yes.” The wheel with wings will never leave. Times have been tough in the Motor City lately, but sports are the heart and soul of that city. So great.
Going forward, the Flyers look like a team with depth both defensively and offensively. Are there still holes to be filled? Yes, there are is still a top line LW, and finding "that guy" to play 25+ minutes on the blue line every night. Unfortunately, it's extremely hard to find both.
With all of that being I said, I still believe this is a team that will contend for Lord Stanley come next April. I will break down each part of the Flyers game and tell you why.
5 on 5 scoring: Sure the Powerplay was top notch last year, but our 5 on 5 Hockey just wasn't good enough. With the signing of Lecavalier at center, all of that should change for the better. Lecavalier will be our sure second line center. Therefore, he will help balance 3 quality lines to create scoring chances. With Sean Couturier and Matt Read playing on your third line, that indicates a pretty deep team.
Special teams: Penalty killing has always been a strength of the Flyers in past years. That shouldn't change with Couturier, Talbot, Read, and Giroux remaining in Orange and Black. All have been exceptional at doing this job.
The Powerplay seems to have only gotten better with the signings of Mark Streit and Vincent Lecavalier. You could argue Mark Streit is a top 5, maybe top 3 PP quarterback in the league. Lecavalier loves to rip slap shots in the slot and has scored most of his powerplay goals there. I truly think this is the best Powerplay team in the NHL.
Defense: These defense is all about "if". IF they can stay healthy, IF Streit plays well, IF Gustaffson emerges, IF Coburn has a rebounding year. With all of the question surrounding the defense, I'm confident in seeing a much better team in our own zone this year. There's no doubt Mark Streit should help. He will take a good amount of pressure off of Kimmo, and he gives us that wonderful first pass out of our zone. With young guys like Schenn and Gustaffson increasing their role, I like what this defense has to offer this year.
Goaltending: I LOVE the idea of a tandem in Philadelphia because i simply think its just too much for a goalie to do it by himself. Take a look at the 2010-2011 season. There was a tandem of Boucher and Bobrovsky. Things got pretty ugly in the playoffs, but the regular season was a huge success. I see an even better tandem with Mason and Emery. By playoff time, we will know who our guy is. Would love to see both goaltenders play 40 games.
My offseason prediction?
I see the Flyers landing in the 4th seed in the eastern conference. What is your prediction?
Now that it looks like Homer has done his business for the summer and the roster looks set in stone it was time for an update.
Say hello to your new Flyers. Roster page updated.
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