The Philadelphia Flyers Are Not Close To Winning Lord Stanley's Cup

Doug DonofrioCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 25:  Andrew Alberts #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers congratulates Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins after Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Wachovia Center on April 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-3 and won the series 4 games to 2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Okay, let's be frank. This team is not close to winning a Stanley Cup. We have seen this two years in a row, as Pittsburgh spanked the hapless and lethargic Flyers around like beaten dogs with their tails between their legs.

Turnovers through the neutral zone, poor outlet passes, ill-advised clears out of their own end, too many minutes stretching the core players too thin, a fourth line that cannot get on the ice, poor face-off draws from everyone who was not named Metropolit, too many soft forwards who play like jello bunnies in the recent playoff series against Pittsburgh, and a lack of mental toughness are just a few of the glaring deficiencies this team has a propensity to sport quite vividly.

Six forwards with 25 or more goals means absolutely nothing to me. It's time to get this team right. It's time to find someone to bang Crosby up and down the ice like a ping-pong ball. It's time to find defensemen who can clear the puck out of their own zone. It's time to find a fourth line that can finally contribute...i.e. Talbot, Kennedy, and Satan of the Eastern Conference Champion Penguins. It's time to find a defenseman who will put someone on their rear-end in front of the net instead of having pucks plucked out of the air like cherries and shot in from the crease much like Utley when he is in a groove at the plate. It's time to find a goal scorer that can take over a game or in the most recent case a series...i.e. Crosby and Malkin of Pittsburgh.

Aren't we all tired of seeing the Red Wings and Penguins vying for Lord Stanley's Cup? I am. With an equal salary cap across the league why are the Red Wings and Penguins again on the grand stage?

It's time Philadelphia. It's time Mr. Holmgren. It's time Mr. Snider to get this thing right. I am tired of watching champagne poured over everyone not named the Philadelphia Flyers.

Are you with me Philadelphia?