I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we have the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Looks like the Blue Jackets have finally gotten sick of being anonymous, and they made a big splash in the transaction market. Rather than building through the draft around Rick Nash, they made a trade for Jeff Carter with our Flyers. They also traded for James Wisniewski’s rights from Montreal and signed him to a 6 year deal. Gone are a few underachieving high draft picks in Jakub Voracek and Nikita Filatov. It’s about time this team got aggressive. They simply weren’t doing enough to compete. They were an irrelevant speed bump on most teams NHL schedule. In 10 season of existance, they made the playoffs once, and got swept by the Red Wings. With Carts, they have a pretty solid offense now, to go along with a few good, young defensemen. If goaltender Steve Mason can get back on track, the Blue Jackets might finally become a playoff team. They play in a tough division with Chicago, Detroit and Nashville, all clubs that made the playoffs last year and don’t look any worse this year. So an infusion of a few proven players should help them compete.
Last season, it was a game against the Blue Jackets that gave the Flyers a serious wakeup call. Early in the season, they lost a game to a severley undermatched Columbus team. They showcased some very uninspired hockey. It woke up a sleeping giant for the next few months, as the Flyers went on a tear and opened a big lead on top of the Eastern Conference. This year, when we host them on November 5th, it’s going to be a bit personal. Carter will be a on a mission to show that signing him to a long term deal, only to get rid of him ASAP was a bad move. Rick Nash is always hard to handle. And let’s not forget that they still have RJ Umberger helping out. It’s a team whose core players are all in their mid to late 20’s. If they are all playing to their capabilities, and are coached well, then they can be pretty dangerous. This year, the meeting between the teams might actually be something to look forward to.
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