No I am not a homer! I have watched the Philadelphia Flyers since the early 80's or as long as I can remember.
I have never been this excited about this team in the summer as I am right now!
There were serious issues with this team's attitude which were addressed.
Just last year Chris Pronger propelled them to a finals appearance. They did this with a waiver wire goalie mind you.
Look for James Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux to step up into their roles.
The Philadelphia Flyers Management has anointed them not as captains but as the cornerstones to which they will lay this team's foundation.
I have been a huge fan over the years but an objective critique. One thing I always gave the front office credit for was their ability to judge young talent. Clarke, Barber, Pouland, Tocchet, Kerr, Recchi, Lindros, Richards, Carter, and now Van Riemsdyk, Giroux are all young names this team has stood behind.
Sure they have busts from time to time but they usually are right on the money.
The goal tending situation has been the biggest issue. Ilya Bryzgalov will shine with this team in front of him. He won't be tired from carrying a team all season long like he did in Phoenix and will be fresh for the playoffs.
Guys like Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot will give the push this team needs when the chips are down.
Chris Pronger knows management threw their hat in his ring this year. He will be determined and this team will respond.
Peter Laviolette won't have the mutiny on his hands he had last year.
Yes Jagr is old but he lives for the playoffs and when that playoff blood gets flowing he will forget about being 40.
I mentioned earlier the Flyers and Penguins will settle their season long feud in late May. They will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. This time the Flyers will rise victorious into the Stanley Cup finals.
They will go on to avenge their '97 sweep against the Detroit Redwings too!
What better way for Bryzgalov to shut up his critics by beating them out for the hardest championship in sports!
Don't let the haters fool you Flyers Fans, this is your year! Tell'em GENE!!!!!