With much of this season coming as a pleasant surprise, there is still one topic that is able to sour even the most positive of discussions.
If you are a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, the majority of your conversations this season have been about the team’s less than stellar defense.
Allowing the seventh most goals against in the entire the league, the team has a glaring issue that many feel needs to be addressed at the trade deadline that is quickly approaching on February 28.
While there is still plenty of speculation as to what the Flyers will do before the figurative clock strikes 12 on their last opportunity to improve their team (the literal deadline ends at 3 p.m., for those of you wondering), there is one thing they will have to do no matter what moves they do or do not make.
It's well-known that the Chicago Blackhawks are shopping for at least one defensemen, although they're hardly the only team to be doing so.
A question which needs to be asked is: Is a possible solution to Chicago's defensive issues already on the team, but spending the majority of his season in the press box?
Finnish defenseman Sami Lepistö was a summer signing, fresh off a gold medal win at the World Championships. Despite what looked like a decent depth signing for that sixth blue line role, Lepistö has spent just 11 games in the Blackhawks lineup. There are certainly bloggers out there eager to decry him as bad (and those same writers are even eager ...
When the Montreal Canadiens signed Hal Gill three years ago, everyone was wondering where the defenseman would fit into the line-up. He was big, he was slow, and he came into the organization at a time where it seemed as if the Habs had good depth on the back-end. Needless to say, the reaction wasn't entirely positive.
But over the course of the next two seasons, Gill would go on to prove everyone wrong. The road was often rocky, but the aging defenseman would often be a force to be reckoned with on the Canadiens' blue line, and definitely proved to be a valuable member of this team in more ways than one. While scoring goals a...
Where have all the good veterans gone... and where are all the leaders? Where's our street-wise PK Subban, to fight the rising odds? Isn't there a white night upon a fiery steed? Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what PK needs.
He needs a hero. PK's holding out for a hero until the end of the night. He's gotta be strong, and he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta be fresh from the fight. Yes, he needs a hero, and we're holding out for him until the morning light. He's gotta be sure, and it's gotta be soon, because PK thinks he's larger than life.
Okay, that was terrible, and I apologize for it immediately. But you...
The All-Star break is an exciting time of year for an NHL hockey player. Whether they are playing in the game or watching from home, the weeklong break is a welcome vacation from the marathon that is the NHL season.
For those involved, the event is a tangible example of their achievements and acknowledges a job well done.
For those who don’t take part in the game, the weeklong break is a time to re-charge their batteries in preparation for the stretch run towards the end of the season.
Some players will spend their time catching up with family or friends. Some will go on vacation, play some golf or maybe visit their hometown.
Hopefully, Philadelphia Flyers rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon will spend some of his time going over game film.
While the Philadelphia Flyers have a successful record halfway through the season, there are still things that need to be improved upon down the stretch -- namely, defense.
The Flyers are 26-13-4 heading into their 43rd game of the season. They have the offensive depth it takes to make them Stanley Cup contenders, but a team needs to be balanced throughout the entire roster to go all the way.
The struggles of Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Flyers has been highly publicized.
He is not playing at the level expected of him.
However, the 128 goals allowed by the Flyers so far this season have not all been Bryzgalov’s responsibility. The defense has struggled, and struggled mightily in some cases.