Since dealing two of the franchise's most prominent stars of the 2000's, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it seems the Philadelphia fan base has surgically dissected every single move made by the Flyers front office.
The two most scrutinized moves in the past two years though are the dealings of young stars James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky. To be fair, the former was an even trade that benefited both the Flyers, who got Luke Schenn, and the Maple Leafs, who landed the scorer in van Riemsdyk.
As for the latter, Bobrovsky was traded this past offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he won the starting job over now-current Flyers back-up goaltender Steve Mason. After turning the Blue Jackets around and nearly making the post season, Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.
(Pictured: Serge Bobrovsky against the Stars on April 25, 2013. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Flyers fell short of the Ben Bishop sweepstakes and went for plan B.
The Flyers acquired goaltender Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving them a strong back-up goaltender for Ilya Bryzgalov. Bishop, who they were targeting, was traded to the Lightning earlier.
The Flyers gave up a 2015 third round pick and Michael Leighton for Mason.
With the NHL 2012 Entry Draft rapidly approaching, Friday June 22nd, 2012 into Saturday June 23rd, 2012, there are many selections left to be determined. Most importantly to us is where do the Islanders fit in, in this year's draft. Once again the Islanders have a pick in the top five, this year it is the number 4 pick and there are a few ways in which the Islanders can use this pick. (Photo Credit: The Hockey Writers)
The lowly Jackets did not look so “lowly” last night in the game they faced against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30PM. The Wings were not able to capitalize the way they did in the game against the Jackets on Monday, March 26th when the Wings won 7 to 2. The final score won't please you that way, I promise. Unless you are a Columbus fan of course.
The Wings made plenty of poor mistakes giving the Jackets the chance to capitalize early in the game and giving them a momentum that the Wings just could not shatter. Goalie Allen York started for the second time this season for the Jackets and was said to be so excited he could not even sleep, which could have added to ...
The Wings have a road game that they will play tonight at 7PM against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Can the Wings stop their losing streak tonight? Well, let's consider the different factors.
The Blue Jackets are by far the worst team in the National Hockey League. They have won a whopping 18 games out of their 62 games played. This season, the Wings hold a 2-1-0 lead over the Blue Jackets yet so far. However, the only loss the Wings have this season against them is at the Blue Jackets' home ice in which Detroit lost 4 to 1 in October. It is understandable to worry if the Wings are going to fall short, especially with their road game slumps.
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre, the world of the season for the Montreal Canadiens may have changed from "inconsistency" to "redundancy".
You don't have to look too far back in the archives here at TCL to notice that most of the writers haven't exactly been happy with the level of effort the team has been showing on most nights. Win or lose, there always seems to be something major to complain about with every passing game. Either they're barely holding on for win, or simply unable to score any goals or play consistently for sixty minutes.
The Detroit Red Wings take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in Hockeytown in a matchup of a team that is undefeated and one that has no wins.
The Red Wings are off to their best start since 1997-98 when they won the Stanley Cup, going 4-0 in their first four games. Columbus, on the other hand, has gone 0-5-1 in their first six and sit last in the league. Of the 15 teams in the Western Conference, only 2 don't have two wins, obviously the Jackets, while the other is the San Jose Sharks.
This is one of those games where you expect Detroit to dominate and get the win. With my experience in these matters, usually the opposite happens. While I expect Detroit to win because ...