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 Dallas Stars.
For three straight years, the Dallas Stars have missed the playoffs. And this past offseason, Brad Richards, their best player, left them for the New York Rangers, netting them nothing in return. Thus, their big hope is that some of their youth steps up. Loui Eriksson should be the guy to step up and lead the offense. Brendan Morrow is a fine leader, but doesn’t score that much. This team has to follow in his footsteps and play hardnosed hockey to grind out some wins. The Stars follow a common trend of many successful teams from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They had some top notch talent, used it to win a Cup, but held on a bit too long. They were unsuccessful in restocking their youth, and thus aren’t considered a real Cup threat.
As far as the Flyers are concerned, this isn’t a team to really worry about. They simply aren’t that good, on paper of course. They don’t have a ton of talent that will help them compete. The one time we’ll see them is part of a 5 game road swing, on December 21st. Unlike last season, there’s no extended Christmas break like last year, so the Flyers won’t have an excuse to look past this game. What we have to look forward to is seeing if the Orange and Black can dominate a team that they really should overmatch. Once again, all this depends on how quickly all of the new line combo’s mesh.
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