Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: On to free agency!
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*Seems like overall, most people think Hexy and crew did pretty good. [Inquirer]
*Here's what we can learn from draft weekend as a whole. [Puck Daddy]
*Dave Hakstol is already impressed by Nolan and indicates that the kid definitely has a shot of making his team. [CSN Philly]
*Next up on the Summertime Fun calendar is free agency. Should we expect anything from the Flyers? [Inquirer]
*One thing the Flyers definitely need is a goalie, and when we talked to Keith Jones Friday night he thought that Brian Elliott might be Hextall's target. Well, looks like Elliott might end up much farther north. [NBC Sports]
*Mark Recchi is finally an NHL Hall of Famer. [TSN]
*Lucky for us, DGB doesn't think the Flyers are facing a lot of pressure this offseason. [Sportsnet]
Subject: Nolan Patrick is a Flyer!
In which the gang has a rather vigorous debate about the Brayden Schenn trade and takes an in-depth look at the Flyers entry draft haul
Nolan Patrick is officially a Philadelphia Flyer, but before that can truly be celebrated, the big trade of the weekend must be addressed, and BSH Radio is back to do just that. The shocking trade of Brayden Schenn to the Blues has the panel divided, with Steph railing against the move and the rest of the gang viewing it more positively. Linked to the trade was the pick of Morgan Frost, and Charlie joins Steph in her skepticism of that pick. Then, it's onto the rest of the draft, led by the one and only Nolan Patrick. His bright future and probable role as a rookie, along with the pick's impact on Claude Giroux, gets the panel back on the same page once again. After going through each individual Flyers pick, the show closes out with yet another goaltending discussion, and whether there is any chance whatsoever that Steve Mason could return.
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Subject: 2017 draft class exposes Flyers scouting weaknesses
Let’s have a conversation about the Flyers and their drafting strategy because it is all the way messed up.
The dust has finally settled on draft weekend, and as our vision clears, we know one thing for certain: for the Philadelphia Flyers, the 2017 draft has been absolute, total, inexcusable, objective failure.
Some might say this is a hasty declaration. Haste is for losers. Are you a loser? No, I didn’t think so. Losers play the wait and see game. Losers wanna see how things pan out, see development and growth and all that boring shit. Not us. We already know that things are bad, and we know exactly why.
Let me back up a little bit.
Don Cherry, hockey’s racist grandfather, is known for several things. Racism? Check. Goofy suits? Check. Good-Canadian-Boy-itis? Check-a-fuckin-roo. After the festivities of the draft had ended, Cherry tweeted this:
MVP of the Stanley Cup was a Canadian, two top goalies (Fleury, Murray) in the playoffs were Canadian, MVP of the season was a Canadian, scoring champ was a Canadian, most goals a Canadian, most assists Canadian, Ted Lindsay award Canadian, best defenceman Canadian, I could go on but we all know we are the best. I’ve got to admit though after reading, listening and watching the draft I would never have guessed we’re the best. We just love those foreigners. First round 11 Canadians were picked. Strange, Toronto coach Mike Babcock says guys from Ontario play harder in Toronto and that is so true because of family and friends watching but yet 4 of the 5 first Leafs picks never mind born in Ontario, they were born in another country. Of the 7 Canadian teams only Ottawa drafted a Canadian in the first round.
That’s 145 words of blistering, unapologetic Don Cherry-brand xenophobia, right there. That good, uncut shit.
But you know what? He’s right. He’s so totally right. Not about Canada being perfect at hockey. Personally? I think Canada is the worst country at hockey. But that’s exactly where we stumble upon The Point. Canadians. We’ve got a ton of them. They’re just bumbling fools out there. Fuckin’ Matt Strome has never skated forward, let alone backward, in his entire life and we drafted him in the fourth round. We got a Swede, a Russian, a Belarusian! All the makings of a great sitcom, but a hockey team? I’m not so sure.
I mean, if you saw a cheesesteak skating around the Wells Fargo for the first time, you’re telling me you wouldn’t get up and yell? The excitement that would surround that pick would be phenomenal, overwhelming. That’s what we need. That’s the thing that Ron Hextall has never addressed in his tenure as our general manager. Where are all the icons? Where are the stars?
No soft pretzels drafted, no water ice, no liberty bell? How in the hell has he not even thought about drafting Rocky? Not once in these three years? How do we keep explaining away his questionable choices? Sure, Nolan Patrick might work out maybe, but are you telling me a Wawa couldn’t absolutely wipe the floor with that rosy-cheeked chump? There’s no competition.
Philadelphia is strong, ripe with talent. There’s no explanation for this negligence, nor should there be any excuses. We should be demanding more from this organization. And for all of the naysayers, the fanboys and girls who want to tell you that Ron Hextall is a competent GM or that the song “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John is incorporeal so it couldn’t actually play hockey because it doesn’t possess a physical form? Ignore them. We know better.