Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/29/12 at 05:29 PM ET
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
For Ed Snider, founder of the Flyers, this offseason has a different feel than last year.
Even though the Flyers were eliminated in the second round for the second straight season, Snider is much more optimistic about the team’s direction.
“To me, every year we want to win the Cup, so if we don’t win the Cup, it’s an unsuccessful year,” said Snider in a phone interview Tuesday from his mansion in Santa Barbara, Calif., just prior to playing in a tennis match. “Having said that, I’m really, really happy with an awful lot that happened during the course of season and even in the playoffs.”
Snider praised the deals that sent Mike Richards and Jeff Carter packing, said he loved the Flyers’ young nucleus, and added he thought the team would have won the Cup if defensemen Chris Pronger and Andrej Meszaros had been healthy. He hinted that the Flyers would make a move for a defenseman (Nashville free-agent Ryan Suter?) and said goalie Ilya Bryzgalov “wasn’t prepared for Philadelphia fans” but that “without question” he was happy he signed him.
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