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Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats: Flyers In Neutral, Prospects, Steve Mason

Some of the local media believe the Philadelphia Flyers did nothing while the whole division improved. Whether or not that belief is true is up for debate, but Eric Goldstein of the Star-Ledger believes the Flyers are stuck in neutral.

Steve Mason and Ray Emery will go head-to-head for the Best Save Of the year.

Mason’s save is from one of the final games of the year against the Penguins. Beau Bennett had a wide open net to shoot at, but Mason slid the pad over to rob Bennett. Emery’s save is a bit more surprising because he went side-to-side.

My vote is for Mason because he had to find the puck in traffic and then slide the pad over.

Goldstein’s most recent article dives into the offseason, where he believes the Flyers have done nothing to improve.

I really do not get why some reporters are so upset with the Flyers offseason. Ron Hextall did not have the funds and not one single free agent was going to make an immediate impact. The Capitals overpaid for Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. Dan Boyle was a decent signing for the Rangers. Christian Ehrhoff was a steal for the Penguins. The Mike Cammalleri signing is going to haunt the New Jersey Devils in the future.

Hextall made the right move by not signing anyone to a bloated contract. The big, sexy free agent signing has not worked for the Flyers in years. Unless Hextall gives a reason not to trust him, let him build the team according to his vision.

Bill Meltzer breaks down Flyers prospect Michael Parks and the benefits of college hockey.

Parks just wrapped up junior season with the University of North Dakota. Paul Dionne, a scout, believes Parks could become a solid energy player in the bottom six.

“He sees the game well and is a very intelligent hitter. Very smart, fast, energetic and refrains from taking bad penalties…Think Max Talbot, but slightly more gifted offensively.” -Paul Dionne

The Flyers seem to have lots of forwards who project as bottom six players. They have the liberty of having that kind of imbalance with Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier all under the age of 26. That doesn’t not even include Jakub Voracek or Wayne Simmonds, who are both 24.

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