At long last, hockey is back. There will be meaningful hockey games on tonight and I cannot wait. These are my predictions that yes, I could have just tweeted but this seemed a little but easier to keep track of. Hold me to these because I definitely know what is going to happen *shakes head*. If you want to discuss more in depth, feel free to DM me on twitter @scusu33.
Chuck Fletcher is at it again with some more moves. In this article, I will be talking about four particular moves he made: the Hartman trade, the Sanheim extension, the Eliott extension, and the Hayes contract. Fletcher has done some serious work to this team and free agency has not even begun. So let’s get started.
Boy, Chuck Fletcher was not kidding when he said he’d be aggressive in making changes to this team. You have … More
The Flyers made a trade today, and to say the least, I’m not thrilled. The official details of the deal are Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen of the Washington Capitals. The Flyers also agreed to retain just over $1 million of Gudas’ $3.35 million salary. That comes to 30%. Before I dive into why I don’t like this deal, let’s learn about the two players involved.
Kevin Hayes is a 27 year old center with 5 NHL seasons under his belt. He’s played an average of 76 games per season, so he generally does not get injured and puts up solid offensive numbers. He’s a just under 50-point center who you can rely on defensively and can put in time on the power play and penalty kill. This is something the Flyers need, as for the past few seasons, they have relied on younger guys to fill roles and surprise, surprise, they’ve been inconsistent, alternating between making and missing the playoffs.
This is Fletcher’s time to shine, a young, deep team with talent. Talent that has been misused under former head coaches but hopefully will be used correctly by newly hired head coach Alain Vigneault. Some of that talent is not under a contract, but is still technically under team control. Welcome to restricted free agency. These 8 players are the Flyers’ restricted free agents, here is what I think they should do with each of them:
Pandemonium, absolute pandemonium. Around me, my friends were cheering, but I kept my eyes on the TV. Seeing all those fans go ballistic is what made me fall in love with this great (and sometimes dumb) sport. More specifically, this is when I fell in love with the Flyers.