As I sit here in YVR, Vancouver’s International Airport, Trade Deadline has come and gone, and I am still sitting in the same stand I’ve occupied for the past few hours at a Starbucks Coffee store.
Holmgren stayed quiet on Deadline Day As far as the present is concerned, the Flyers did nothing before the 3:00 PM EST deadline, meaning that General Manager Paul Holmgren feels confident in this current group to get the job done. His confidence is warranted by the recent play of the Orange and Black, winners of 7 of their last 10. Jeff Carter has goals in his last five games, Mike Richards looked electric following a Gold Medal stand here in Vancouver as a member of Team Canada, and Michael Leighton began the post-Olympic break looking to prove he was no fluke, stopping 35 Tampa Bay offerings in a 7-2 win last night.
Now, however, nothing will change. This is the Flyers team that will go into the stretch run, and this is the Flyers team that will have any say as to whether or not a Stanley Cup Parade comes to Broad Street in June. It’s not going to be easy, but it sure as hell will be interesting.
Let’s take a look at the current roster as it looks to be the same – barring injury – the rest of the way. Forwards: Arron Asham, Blair Betts, Danny Briere, Daniel Carcillo, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Ian Laperriere, Ville Leino, Darroll Powe, Mike Richards, James van Riemsdyk. Defensemen: Oskars Bartulis, Matt Carle, Lukas Krajicek, Ryan Parent, Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen Goaltenders: Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton …Not a bad group. Not amazing, but not horrible, and definitely better than most. This team could very well make noise come playoff time. More reaction to come later. Hopefully the team comes to play . Let’s Go Flyers!