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Upshall for Carcillo Trade

May 7, 2009

Daniel Carcillo, sportsnet.ca

Daniel Carcillo, sportsnet.ca

This trade happened at the NHL trading deadline, so the topic is definitely old news. However, I wanted to touch on a few quick points:

  1. 1. This gave the Flyers more cap space to maneuver players for the rest of the 08-09 season.  An important point to note, that was rarely discussed in any media, is that Upshall wouldn’t have been resigned with the Flyers for the 09-10 season, unless they did some major salary cap overhaul. Also, I think Holmgren made the move to help Upshall.  Phoenix is a place where Upshall will be a top line player and have the opportunity to have a long career there, assuming the Coyotes will invest in his contract – I think they will.
  2. I liked Scottie Upshall with the Flyers.  He wasn’t my favorite player, nor do I think they need him to win.  People obsessed over the loss of Upshall, I just don’t get it. He did play with grit and a lot of emotion, which the Flyers missed in the playoffs.  However, I think there are plenty of other players on the Flyers that also have the potential and should play with the emotion exhibited by Upshall.
  3. Daniel Carcillo is not a zero.  I think he is a better player to have on the fourth line than Riley Cote.  Carcillo has some skill, can skate rather well and can drop the gloves.  He should have been an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia, but he takes bad penalties and lets his anger/emotions get the better of him.  He scored an energizing goal in game 4 against Pittsburgh that shows he has some skill.  Cote would have whiffed on that.  If Carcillo gets his head together and the referees stop targeting him, he could turn into a strong fourth line energy player for the Flyers.
  4. This trade wasn’t covered well by the national media and all I read in the Philadelphia media was the loss of Upshall, not the potential of Carcillo.  Philadelphia local television may have covered this better, but I don’t know.

  
Of course, the Flyers have been known to give away guys because of salary cap issues or their perceived “lack of fitting into” the Flyers.  For example, Patrick Sharp has turned into a solid producer in Chicago, a young Vinny Prospal was sent away in a trade and RJ Umberger was dumped because of salary cap issues.

The lesson here is that Carcillo still has a chance to prove everyone wrong and be a solid player for the Flyers.  Regardless, the Flyers management of their talent evaluation and salary cap need to be improved.

Flyers – Final Thoughts on the 2009 Playoffs

May 5, 2009

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers


Now that the Flyers first round playoff loss is over 10 days old, I am more capable of discussing the poor showing in the playoffs. I needed some time to cool off. In the local Philadelphia media, it was repeatedly written about the lack of leadership and the lack of urgency on this Flyers team. That may have been apparent and obvious to the media and fans, but I think it was something more.

Mike Richards is the captain. Kimmo Timonen and Danny Briere were both captains of their former clubs. Mike Knuble and Marty Biron have been in the league for years. The Flyers have leadership. What they are lacking is the grit, determination and mental toughness. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter both played through injuries, which exhibit the above, but it diminishes their skill needed to win games. The supporting players, specifically, Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupul and Simon Gagne, came up small. I expect more out of players making between 3 and 5 million a season. Gagne plays hard, but doesn’t step-up to be that go to player when the team needs him because Richards and Carter were hurt. Hartnell is supposed to bang in front of the net, but he can’t when he is in the box. Joffrey Lupul has speed and shot, but was trying to be too fancy. For every Richards, Carter, Briere and Giroux, a team needs the bangers, gritters and intangible guys. Richards is both. The skill guys aren’t off the hook, either. They didn’t put the puck in the net. So, my diagnosis and the problems with this team were the players not playing their roles.

This off-season is going to be interesting. I am curious to see what the Flyers are going to do with the goaltending situation, solidifying the defense, managing the salary cap and developing their young talent. If Holmgren makes the appropriate moves and tweaks, this team can compete and build on their experience over the last two years.

Coming up in the next few weeks, I will develop my thoughts on how the team should look next season and my take on Daniel Carcillo.

Philly Flavor

April 21, 2009

It frustrates me every day that the national media breaks local Philly sports news before the home-town media. I mean, really, what are the Philly sports channels and websites doing? Just in the past week, there have been two prime examples of this:

1)      Jason Peters signs with the Eagles – I first received a text from a Bills fan offering me his Jason Peters jersey.  Immediately, I searched the Eagles web site, then Philly.com, and finally, CSNphilly.com.  Nothing!  So, I hit up ESPN, and of course, there it was.  OK, so I got the breaking news, but it didn’t have a local feel to it. I didn’t know how the organization pulled off the deal or its internal thinking, nor did I have any idea how the fans reacted.  Personally, I’m rather pleased by the signing.  As long as Peters plays to his potential (which he can in the right environment), the Eagles got a great deal regardless of how much they paid him— the Eagles have the cap room.

2)      The Daniel Carcillo suspension – in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t such a big deal, but I didn’t even know the league was investigating Carcillo until I spotted a buried headline on TSN.CA.  Considering it relates to the first round playoff series the Flyers are playing against the Penguins, one would think that the local websites would carry this story, In fact, I don’t recall seeing anything related to the Carcillo suspension until the following day on Philly.com.

All I am asking is for some up-to-the minute sports news from the local Philadelphia media. As an out-of-towner, I want the local brand name and not the national generic.