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The Flyers' play of late has been absolutely, positively, unequivocally dreadful. Yes.
Their (on paper) all-world blue line looks like it belongs in the QMJHL, not the NHL. Probably.
The goaltender to whom the team paid $51 million this past offseason has been unable to stop anything, by his own admission. Yes.
But before we all panic, let's take a moment to breathe.
Prior to this season, everyone expected the Flyers to have a rough start to the season. After all, this is a team that turned over half its roster during the past offseason. It's a team with a lot of youth and a ton of potential. It's a team that is going to take some time to gel together and find its stride.
That process was made more difficult by a freak injury to captain Chris Pronger and more than a few bad bounces. It's a process that will continue for the foreseeable future. But it's a process that will, in time, make this a very, very difficult team to play against come April.
The roller coaster isn't fun from a fan's perspective. But it's much better to ride it in October than it is to ride it in April. Of that, I'm certain.