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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Still Offensively Challenged

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers ended their franchise's fifth-longest scoring drought earlier in the week, but their offensive funk continued Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

They scored an early goal but didn't generate many quality chances the rest of the night and fell to the New York Islanders, 3-1, at the Barclays Center.

The Flyers haven't scored an even-strength goal in 257 minutes, 58 seconds, more than four games ago. Their last even-strength goal was scored by Claude Giroux on Nov. 17 in a 3-2 shootout loss to Los Angeles.

They have scored one goal, total, in goalie Steve Mason's last three starts.

"It's been a struggle, obviously, the last few games to get the puck in the net, and for the goaltenders there's no room for error right now," said Mason after making 33 saves. "It just puts that much more emphasis on trying to be as perfect as possible. Just go out and focus on stopping the puck, and you just hope that the goals will come."


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The Philadelphia Flyers Can’t Score

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

The numbers are stupefying.

The Flyers, who dropped a 4-0 decision to Ottawa on Saturday, have scored just 34 goals, their lowest 20-game start in franchise history.

Blanked in their last two outings, they are averaging an NHL-worst 1.7 goals per game, and only two teams have a worse success rate than the Flyers on the power play (13.3 percent).

Jake Voracek, Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier each have one goal; they are on a four-goal place. Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds, wingers being conservatively counted on for 20 to 25 goals, have three goals and are on a 12-goal pace.

While Ottawa has six players in double-digits in points, Claude Giroux (13 points) is the only Flyer who has reached that not-too-lofty plateau, demonstrating just how low things have gotten for a team that started the season so impressively _ 4-2-1, including wins over heavyweights Chicago and the Rangers.

Since then, the Flyers have won just two of 13 games (2-7-4).


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Claude Giroux On Mike Richards

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

Giroux says it's been sad seeing everything that happened in the last year to Richards, a former two-time 30-goal scorer who is just 30.

"Yeah, I think he did a lot of good things for this organization, and personally, he was really good for me, too," Giroux said.

Giroux recently reached out to Richards to offer support.

"I talked to him maybe a couple weeks ago," Giroux said. "When all that (legal) stuff is gone — I'm not too sure what's happening with that — he's going to back. I don't see how he would not be back in the league. He's a great player and one of the best penalty killers I've seen in awhile."


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A Shot At Ed Snider

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Honestly, it was impossible to stifle a guffaw upon reading Sportsnet’s trustworthy Elliotte Friedman’s report of Philadelphia owner Ed Snider’s ultimatum at last June’s competition committee meeting that, “If you don’t shrink the goalie’s equipment we’re going to enlarge the nets.”

I guarantee if “Mr. Snider” had been able to hire an elite goaltender over the last, oh 28 years or so since Ron Hextall’s early days as a Flyer, his outlook would be very different.

It was then-Flyers GM Bob Clarke, you should remember, who long ago led the charge against goaltenders being able to roam from the net to play the puck, and of course it was just a coincidence Martin Brodeur happened to be in the Flyers’ division.

But the fact Snider — who just might hold the record as the owner with the longest Stanley Cup drought in NHL history, now going on 40 years — has an agenda, whatever it is, doesn’t differentiate him from anyone on the competition committee stocked by active players and an owner.

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Surgery For Mark Streit - Out Six Weeks

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About Those Matt Duchene Trade Rumors

from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,

I think Duchene — who has scored five goals in his last six games and is tied with Jarome Iginla for a team-high seven — is one of the last players Colorado would trade right now. Did he have a disappointing first 10 games? Absolutely. Did Sakic talk to the Senators about a possible trade during that time? Perhaps. As I have often said, the Avs go as Duchene goes. He’s the spark plug. He’s a key piece to the offense … and the Avs love his character and commitment. He’s accountable. And make no mistake, Sakic and his staff truly appreciate the team player.

Following his entry-level contract, he accepted his modest two-year bridge deal with pride and earned his five-year, $30 million deal through 2018-19. Nobody is harder on Duchene than Duchene. Sakic sees it. And lately, Duchene has been his star player. I absolutely think Duchene — who is 24 and at the prime of his career — will continue to grow with the handful of young stars around him in Colorado.

Where did the rumor come from?

Former Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote this piece the other day while talking to Sakic in Boston. Adrian is from the New England area and visiting family and friends.

Apparently, Adrian’s story led to this story from TSN’s Darren Dreger, as a follow-up to his “Insider Trading” segment with Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun. Dreger, McKenzie and LeBrun don’t often miss, if ever, but I have a strong feeling that if there was a genuine conversation between the Avs and Sens about Duchene, it was last month when 9 couldn’t find the net and the team was in turmoil. Right now I believe the Avs have renewed faith in their original plan to build the team around Duchene.

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The Flyers could use a player like Duchene but...

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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Should The Philadelphia Flyers Trade Claude Giroux?

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia  Daily News,

This is no dis of Giroux. It's the opposite. He plays his guts out on most nights, is good in the room, and is a prime-time talent who - unfortunately for him and us - is in his prime years right now. His size, his injury history already, suggests strongly that his value will never be higher.

Ask yourself this: If your fantasy team looked as the Flyers do now and you were building for a big payoff down the road, would you not see what you could get for him in future talent?

Well, that's the Flyers' current dilemma. Or it should be. The more you watch the cast assembled around him play, the more delusional it seems to believe that they are a better team than the last two seasons would indicate. They are saddled with lopsided contracts; their lack of secondary scoring has existed too long now to suggest there is more talent there than the numbers indicate. As Luke Schenn said during a between-period interview the other night, "We're not in a position to take any team lightly."

Nor will they be, with this cast, for the foreseeable future. And so, if the goal is truly to build this team through the draft, and that draft has produced far more talent on the back end than the front, doesn't it make sense to see whether you can even that up by dealing your most valuable piece?


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Video- Ron Hextall On His Team

Too many ups and downs, more accountability needed...


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The Philadelphia Flyers Were Booed Off The Ice

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the final buzzer sounded Tuesday, what was left of the Wells Fargo Center crowd serenaded the Flyers with loud boos as they skated to the locker room.

It was well-deserved.

Colorado 4, Flyers 0.

The Flyers had talked about bringing momentum home from a nice win Saturday in Winnipeg that ended a 1-3-1 road trip, but apparently, they left it in customs.

"We're embarrassed. They're probably embarrassed," Flyers winger Ryan White said when asked about the boos....

"It wasn't a pretty game to watch," captain Claude Giroux said.". . . We need to play better together, support each other and play as a team. It's definitely not that the guys don't care. We have guys that work hard. They come to the rink every day and they're proud to be a Flyer. One day we're going to come together and, day in and day out, play as a team."

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The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Right winger Wayne Simmonds walked into the Flyers locker room after their latest loss Tuesday and you could almost see the smoke coming out of his ears.

Simmonds was incensed at how the Flyers had turned pucks over, at how they couldn't generate any offensive continuity, at how they had allowed the Edmonton Oilers - a team with a 4-8 record and without rookie sensation Connor McDavid for the final 22 minutes or so - to control the third period and register a 4-2 victory.

"We go up 2-1 and Neuvy's standing on his head and is giving is a chance to win," said Simmonds, referring to goalie Michal Neuvirth and the lead the Flyers took into the final period. "And then we just don't show up in the third and play our best hockey when we should have."

The Flyers have lost five straight, and they have looked slow and out of sync during most of that stretch. They are second to pucks and are getting outworked. Their roster looks old and like it needs some infusion of youngsters.


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