The goaltending fiasco that has plagued the Philadelphia Flyers organization for years is beyond evident. Roman Cechmanek was their starter in 2000. I laughed writing his name because he was in the 2001 NHL All Star Game. He was egregiously bad at his position. For Christ sake their two goalies in their Stanley Cup run in 2010 were Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton.
Here’s a picture of Cechmanek holding a helmet.
And then there’s Bryzgalov. Acrually I really can’t even get into the Ilya Bryzgalov era.
Just go to YouTube and watch his other scene stealing monologues in the HBO Sports 24/7 winter classic for Rangers/Flyers. Jagr didn’t even wanna sit with him and eat lunch. That speaks volumes. Jagr’s easily top 5 weirdest guys alive.
Petey Lav gets the team to the cup immediately after being hired. Gets the boot couple years later. Craig takes over. They weren’t very good. They fire Craig and bring in this Dave Hakstol guy. I’m fuckin tellin ya, GM Ron Hextall absolutely hired him because they borderline have the same last name.
10 goals allowed in two games. You can say after two games into the season Philly looks like dog shit. Saturday night was a pure shallacking. Jagr and the Cats put up 7 against the Flyers. Jagr scored twice against his former team and my boy Trochek put up 4 points that night. The team already had a closed door players only meeting. I mean whatever you gotta do to get the morale back up do it because you guys play the Panthers again tonight and you might wanna figure some shit out.
Check out Jagr’s two goals from Saturday.
Bryz was 100% schemin in this one. Guy def loved every stoppage.
People say that Glen Sather does some pretty stupid things but Holmgren and Snider are right up there with stupid decisions. From exiling Richards and Carter to bring in Bryzgalov then bringing back Emery after buying out Bryzgalov you can say their resume for stupidity is growing. With that being said firing ‘Lette might be a good thing for this team. When Laviolette came in as coach in 2010, he brought these dicks to the Stanley Cup at the 8th seed and gave ChiTown a good run for their money but failed. 2010-2011 season came around and they were nasty throughout the regular season and then lost in the second round meanwhile they were picked to go to the Stanley Cup.
2011-2012 they were knocked out in the Semi Finals by the Devils and then Philly didn’t even make the playoffs last year. I guess them sucking carried over into preseason as they went 1-5 and now 0-3 to start the season. They just seem to be going backwards. I mean that’s good for fans of teams that root against Philadelphia. It’s a demanding sports city. I mean the fans are crazy, they’ll just fight people over stupid shit. I guess Holmgren and Snider expected the second coming of Christ from Laviolette but it just didn’t work out. ‘Lette’s a very good coach, a Stanley Cup winner keep in mind I guarantee he will a job because some team is bound to do terrible and fire a coach.
Craig Berube is taking over the mantle as head coach. Guy’s got a such a funny name. Craig. Also Craig’s remarkable flow back in circa ’98 was damn near flawless. On par wit Jags:
One more thing, I strongly feel that the greatest thing Peter Laviolette ever did as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers was tell Steve Ott to go fuck himself.
Hey Philly way to fuck up your whole franchise. Just about 2 years ago I sat and watched as Paul Holmgren dealt away the biggest strength of his near championship lineup (1-2 centers Mike Richards and ffeJ retraC) in order to secure solidarity in goal in the form of Ilya Bryzgalov, who was commin off of 2 slightly above average seasons in the desert. Both of those seasons by the way were capped off with less than stellar efforts in the postseason and predictible early round exits. Now granted Richards and Carter were glorious disasters away from the rink: a friend of mine from Philly informed me that multiple bartenders/owners in Old City were pissed at the trades since it meant waaayyy less business and tips commin their way from the Canadian bros. Add that to the allegations that Carter basically caused Hartnell’s divorce and you’re in a no win situation as Flyers GM. But really at what point during all their galavanting do you step in as a General Manager or even the owner to tell them to clean up? Its as if they turned a blind eye and then dealt them when they could.
The end result is no playoffs this season and Mr. Universe predictably becoming another disaster in goal and finally being bought out of his asinine 9 year contract. At least Flyer fans can take solace in the fact that your team will be paying him $14M over the next 17 years. Oh wait that sucks too. Good luck with Steve Mason.
P.S. My Warrior rep at my other business happens to also be the Flyers pro rep for that same company and flat out told me that Bryz HATES to practice. You’re a pro bro.
P.P.S. Chances Boucher comes back a third time?