During this past offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers lost four of their key players. Three of them were traded while one of them was allowed to walk away in free agency. All of them came to Philadelphia with high expectations, but all left on notes that were somewhat less than positive. Let’s see how these guys are doing now.
Out of all the Flyers who had issues with new head coach John Tortorella, the conflict between Tony DeAngelo and Tortorella lasted from the late fall throughout the year. Tortorella tried to encourage Tony D to play a more defensive minded game. DeAngelo refused to change his style up. By the end of the season, he found himself riding the pines.
Because of the well documented issues between the Flyers and DeAngelo, the trade market was pretty thin. Eventually, the Carolina Hurricanes took him back. After having a messed up career pre Carolina, it was hoped that he could salvage his career with the team he had his best success after bottoming out with his hometown club.
The Hurricanes have battled through some injuries so far this year and are off to a slow start. DeAngelo has one goal and five assists. Not surprisingly to Flyers fans, he is also a -8; second worst behind teammate Dmitri Orlov’s -9. He’s also the second lowest defender in average time on ice (16:09…ahead of only Jalen Chatfield’s 13:53).
He’s not playing poorly, but he’s not playing well either. Carolina is currently in second place in the division. It will be interesting to see how well this team performs when all their star players get healthy. Likewise, it will be interesting to see if DeAngelo picks his game up or not.
DeAngelo wasn’t the only one who had a lot of drama with the new coach. Forward Kevin Hayes had his share of run-ins as well. Despite being the lone Flyers All-Star last year, Hayes’ journey in orange and black ended this past summer when he was traded to St. Louis.
Hayes has gotten off to a rather slow start. He has scored two goals with three assists in 13 games. To put it in comparison, Louie Belpedio has the same amount of goals as Hayes and Bobby Brink and Sean Walker have more points.
The Blues have started off well enough. If the playoffs started today, they’d be in it. St. Louis isn’t a high scoring team, scoring just 36 goals (good for 27th), but defensively, they are not bad (7th in the NHL with 35 goals allowed). With the Flyers paying for half of Hayes’s salary, the Blues are happy for right now. It will be an interesting reunion when Hayes returns to Philly in March.