Flyers Begin Tonight!
Welcome back Hockey and Flyers fans alike! It’s Christmas day for us puck heads, as the puck drops on the 2014-2015 NHL season. The Flyers begin with a 7:30 puck drop against the mighty Boston Bruins.
This season will likely be a tough one for the Flyers. With an extremely thin blue line, with Kimmo Timmonen out indefinitely with blood clots the Flyers will need someone to step up as a leader on the blue line.
It’s difficult as a team to do serious damage without their top 2 defensemen (Pronger is still technically on the roster under the LTIR.) Put simply, it sucks. The Flyers leaned heavily on Timmonen last year as the anchor on the power play and without him they’ll likely look towards Andrew MacDonald.
On the offensive side of the puck it looks a little more bright. Claude Giroux will again be the catalyst coming off a slow start to the 2013-2014 season, he’ll need to come off quick this year to show last year’s early season struggles were a fluke.
Brayden Schenn is coming on with a nice “bridge” contract, 2 years/5million. He’ll look to prove his worth for his big money contract by working on the 2nd line and racking up the points.
Under the new leadership at the GM, Ron Hextall is working with a relatively young team and even younger team in the minor’s and rights in the juniors. This is a year of “what is the future” in my eyes.
Unfortunately , with these kind of years I don’t see much how the Flyers will be serious contenders. What works in their favor is the serious lack luster Eastern Conference, expect for the juggernaut in the Boston Bruins, it’s very open. Having said that, I don’t see the Flyers making the playoffs this year, narrowly on the outside looking in.
Enjoy the cold and vulcanized rubber puck heads!