Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 11/30/11 at 05:39 PM ET
With that loss to the Rangers this past weekend, the Flyers have had a few days off to recharge before a long grind that will culminate with the Winter Classic on January 2nd. It comes at around the quarter mark of the season, giving us the perfect chance to recap what was, what is, and what could be.
So get your thinking cap on, because it’s time to look back at what was for the Philadelphia Flyers this year.
With all the offseason moves the Flyers made, there was no shortage of questions leading up to the opening puck drop. They entered the season as complete X factors, polarizing many with their extreme makeover: Homer edition. Some picked them to miss the playoffs, and some picked them to win the cup? So where do we even begin?
The offense might have been the biggest concern. Heading into the season without the help of Richards and Carter to anchor the middle of the ice and the offensive punch, no one had any idea what to expect from the increased workload on Giroux and Briere. Given their size, it was only natural to wonder if they could handle it.
The wing depth looked equally diminished, sporting some size but lacking established talent. There was no bigger question mark in the league than Jaromir Jagr, regardless of his key to the
rink. He didn’t start off exactly repressing doubts either; remember when he was snake bitten to start the season? The solution seemed to lie in the powerful hands of young JVR, a notion cemented with a lucrative contract as the season began.
Jagr brings more than a sweet ‘stache to the fold
Rounding out the scorers and bringing up the rear was a new collection of grit and depth that the Flyers had hoped would set them apart from the rest. Led by acquisition Wayne Simmonds and FA signee Max Talbot, this group of bottom six bruisers was full of interchangeable parts, leaving everyone hungry lest they wish to stay in the press box long term.
One of the biggest diversions from the Orange and Black norm came from the influx of rookies sprinkled throughout the lineup like a careful seasoning. There was a point where we weren’t sure if Couturier would technically be in the pros come November, but he found himself in a great spot with an opportunity to learn from both vets and other, more established rookies.
Brought in to solidify the goaltending, Ilya Bryzgalov surprisingly came into the fold as yet another unknown. His tandem with a fellow Russian left this Hammer and Sickle to man the crease and turn the goaltending misfortunes around in Philadelphia. Has it happened? That depends on who you ask.
But the biggest, most epic what was thus far for the Flyers? That would be the mustachio bashio that took place on Claude Giroux’s upper lip:
Quite the sexy party.
Tomorrow, Vindisi will be bringing you what is; and from there, I will try and break down what can be. What do you think of what was for the Philadelphia Flyers – what did I miss?
Lets Go Flyers!
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