Wayne Simmonds came to Philadelphia in the offseason with a fresh start and an expanded role. He looked like he could be the answer to the team’s problems in front of the net. His size and speed was raved about by every coach, fan, and pundit.
Wayne Simmonds, Flyers fans turn their lonely eyes to you.
But first, they have to find you.
The fighting, grinding, forechecking Simmonds was fantastic early on in Philadelphia. In his first seven games, he notched five points. He brought a physicality that was needed. He dug at pucks in the crease. He illustrated the art of screening the opposing goaltender.
The Winter Classic saw it's first preview of the season with the two teams squaring off at center ring in Madison Square Garden. But it was New York who threw the first punches in their 2-0 shut out win Saturday afternoon.
It didn’t take long for Pierre Gauthier to listen to fans and the media. Something needed to be done. Something needed to change. Someone needed to be held accountable for the start: the worst start in the franchise’s history.
So 90 minutes before the game Gauthier fired assistant coach Perry Pearn. Pearn and coach Martin go back a long way but that relationship ended tonight and that change led to the Canadiens walking over the Flyers tonight. That is what Gauthier would want everyone to believe!
After a long day of hearing everything from fire everybody to trade Carey Price...
The Philadelphia Flyers headed to Ottawa looking to snap a seven-game losing streak at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night. A place that had haunted the franchise seemed like a good place for a 'trap game' with the Washington Capitals awaiting on Thursday.