Flyers Still a Very Soft Hockey Team

Doug DonofrioCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 10: Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks scores the tying goal in the third period against Ray Emery #29 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on October 10, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Ducks defeated the Flyers 3-2 in the shoot out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Here we go again folks. The orange clad Flyers made several changes this offseason and it may even turn out to be positive as the season moves along.

Do not be fooled. They are still very soft. Watching that game against Pittsburgh made me sick. Braydon Coburn did the ole' at least three or four times against Malkin. Coburn has to hit somebody or this team will go down in flames again in the first round.

Is anyone watching Gagne? At least three or four times he had the puck taken from him in the corners and along the wall by the muckers of Pittsburgh.

Has anyone seen Pronger hit anything yet? Unless the Flyers match the Penguins third and fourth lines in depth, minutes, and grit we will see the same thing again.

What is that?

Another lost season with no Cup. Too many minutes to six players and too few minutes to the support players.

Watch Pittsburgh play the game. You will see their top six get anywhere between 18-20 minutes and their bottom six get anywhere from 12-15 minutes. What this allows is fresh legs from Crosby, Malkin, and Stahl in the tougher miuntes of the game.

Stevens just has not gotten the message. You need all twelve forwards to win in this league. Look at Detroit, Anaheim, and now Pittsburgh, they are deep, play all four lines, and get signifigant scoring contributions from their bottom six.

Soft, top heavy in minutes, and poor contributions from guys like Cote and Asham. This has to stop.

Please somebody tell Stevens that he does not have the luxury of doing the same things he did last year.