Apr 25, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) celebrate win against the New York Rangers in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Rangers, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers: Hard To Say Goodbye

Well the 2013/14 season for the Philadelphia Flyers has come to an end.  Every year it is hard to see it end and as the seasons without a championship continue to grow it just makes it harder.  Now I’m not done watching hockey altogether; its the greatest sport out there so I will just have to root for someone else the rest of the year.  Probably the Chicago Blackhawks.  I like the way that team is made up and they are my hometown team, so why not.  It’s not even close to the same though.  I am usually pretty optimistic every year about the Flyers chances, but I am also not totally unrealistic in that every year “this is the year”.  I wrote a piece right before the playoffs started where I stated that I felt the Flyers had in them to win it all, yet at the same time they also had it in them to bow out in the first round.  Sadly the early exit was what was in store.  Being completely honest they deserved to lose it.  I hate New York especially the Rangers, but they were the better team.  Do I think they are a better team than the Philadelphia Flyers? No.  They just played a lot better in the seven game series that the Flyers did.  For how bad Philly played in this series even making to a game seven is a testament to not only the quality of opponent the Rangers actuyally are, but how great goalie Steve Mason can be.

The Flyers started out this year as a complete mess so to even see them in the playoffs should be seen as a bonus I guess.  As Flyers fans though we want more than just a playoff appearance.  It has been 38 years since the orange and black sipped from the Lord Stanley’s Cup.  That is far too long.  Maybe it’s the optimist in me but with a few key moves in the offseason; Philadelphia is not that far off from being a legit contender.  It is too far away to predict what direction the front office will take this team.  No one can say with any certainty either what even the front office will look like in the coming weeks and months heading up to the draft.

***  As the season ends for the Flyers I wanted to take the time to thank all the readers that not only took their time to read my mindless ramblings over the year, but all of the posts here at Broad Street Buzz.  All of us working here at BSB are die hard Philadelphia Flyers fans just like you and it is with great pleasure that we all do it.  That is what I think really separates BSB from other sites around.  We are fans that bleed orange and black talking to other fans that bleed with us.  So spread the word that we are here so we can grow into something even greater.  With your help we can push Broad Street Buzz to the top of the Fansided network.  Anyway, I am pretty sure that I speak for all of us here at Broad Street Buzz when I say thank you all so much and I look forward to keep it going in the offseason and into next season.  Philadelphia Flyers fans truly are the best fans in the NHL.  GO FLYERS!!!

***  Lastly you can e-mail any questions or comments directly to me at [email protected] and you can follow me on Twitter @RevPhillyD.

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