The Flyers The Same Questions Persist
Philadelphia Flyers need to make some
decisions this off-season after losing
in the first round when many expected
them to compete for the championship.
One decision to make is whether they
trade for a goalie who can win it all,
sign one or resign Martin Biron or Antero
Nittimaki, who have both shown to be
(at most) decent regular season goalies
who aren't Stanley Cup run ready.
I've heard are Jean Sebastien Giguere
of the Anaheim Ducks who is stuck as
a back up to young upstart Jonas HIller
or Ray Emery the often off the ice troubled
goalie formerly of the Ottawa Senators
who recently played in Russia. Both Giguere
and Emery have led their teams to the
Stanley Cup Finals with Giguere winning
it all in 2007.
like to see the Flyers make a move for
Giguere but Emery wouldn't be a bad pickup
if the team believes it has the structure
Emery needs to thrive. The Flyers have
always been known as a tough team and
Emery would certainly fit well in that
aspect. No one questions he is extremely
talented and with good direction you
could get a steal. Without it though
good direction, the team could regret
bringing him in.
is questionable because you wonder whether
he's out of gas but I think it's more
about being cold at the wrong time. Giguere
signed a new 4-year deal with Anaheim
in 2007 so they believed he was good
then and I'd trade for him if he's available.
winning goalies don't grow on trees and
the Flyers would clear up any discussion
on who the goalie is (a question since
Ron Hextall left). The Flyers also
need to bring in some defensemen to support
the goalie and not leave him on an
Flyers certainly have the scoring needed
to compete in the next few seasons but
defensemen and goalie have been two positions
that the Flyers have struggled to fill
over the years and the team may have
to sacrifice some scoring to bring in
players to fill those roles. The players
moved to get the salary cap in order
after Daniel Briere came back off injury
was ridiculous and Briere isn't even
a superstar! The team gave up Scottie
Upshall for a bag of quarters namely
Daniel Carcillo, who took bad penalities
and got beat up when he was supposed
to be an enforcer. Move like that can't
be made in the future.
I don't want a return to the big bad "Broad
Street Bullies" of the past. I'd
rather sure up the defense and goalie
position than have the mess that was
this past season for the sake of scoring.
One thing is for certain...team owner
Ed Snider is willing to pay for what
he wants and will allow general manager
Paul Holmgren the funds and flexibility
to make this team more competitive and
well rounded going in to next season.
A Brief View of The Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are hitting
well and have had one of their few
winning April months without their
pitching helping them. This will change
and I think the Phillies will again
place themselves in a position to win
Howard is around the .300 mark and while
Jimmy Rollins is struggling I don't expect
that to remain the same as the weather
picks up. Raul Ibanez has made the people
forget about Pat ("The Bat")
Burrell in left field and at the plate
hitting for power, average and fielding
well also. Chase Utley seems back from
his off-season hip surgery and Shane
Victorino and Jayson Werth have continued
to prove that they are everyday players
in the big leagues.
bullpen is playing well and compensating
for the 50 game loss of J.C. Romero (to
suspension) with boosted up innings from
Clay Condrey and new pitcher Jack Taschner
has done well to fit in. The fifth starting
spot is still up in the air as Chan
Ho Park has looked bad thus far but
it's good to know that there are
a few arms available to step in if needed
in bullpen guy J.A. Happ and Triple
A pitcher Carlo Carrasco if they
want to give the rookie the ball.
fans don't need to sweat just yet.
This team should see better days
from it's starters in the coming months
and has some options for once if
things don't work as planned.
Harry The K You Were The Man
The Philadelphia sports scene, heck the
national scene as well, lost a legend
in Harry Kalas. Not only was Kalas
a announcer with the Philadelphia Phillies
for over two decades but he also did
voiceovers for the NFL and other companies.
Kalas collapsed in the booth in Washington
D.C. about to call the Phillies/Washington
Nationals game that afternoon in their
new ballpark. Word has it that he suffered
from heart disease.
didn't look as fit as he did in previous
years and there was talk in recent years
about how long he'd stay in the Phillies
plans with some fans saying he lost
a verbal step and the Phillies hesitating
on his contract extensions.
I'm not glad to see him go, I am glad
we never had to see the day that Kalas
was let go of in the fashion that
the Detroit Tigers did Ernie Harwell
(a fellow Cooperstown Baseball Hall of
Famer). The Tigers brought his age
up as an excuse and that's something
I'm glad I never had to see.
brought his best and he could have
been 120 years old and I'd want to
have hear just that! He's in the
sports reel of my life and it's fitting
that he finally got to call a World Series
championship clinching final pitch
(at the time of the 1980 series,
local broadcasters were prohibited from
calling the game) in the season before
he left the world.
will always remember Harry saying: Swing
and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia
Phillies are 2008 World Champions of
in peace Harry Kalas, you are up there
with "Whitey" Ashburn lighting
a cigar in heaven. Never will his trademark "Outta
Here", Mickey Morendini and Michael
Jack Schmidt sound so good! The Phillies
broadcasts are in capable hands but
something will be missing forever.
This too shall pass..
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