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.
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.
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.
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.
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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