Why Not Us!!!
It’s a great line. Plus, I think its very fitting for this team. From last year to this year one can not argue that its one of the biggest turnarounds in professional sports. Holmgren did a fabulous job revamping the roster and the Flyers for the first time in several years have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Now, we see our beloved team down 3 games to none during this series. It appears that injuries have finally caught up to them. What is left is a bunch of savvy veterans that have a never say die attitude but it’s appearing that is not enough anymore. The breaks the Flyers were getting in the early series and the one Pens have been getting throughout the playoffs are now going directly to the Pens. Which is fine because the Pens should’ve been here sooner rather then later.
Our team was not built by several high draft picks.
Our team was not build with a stud Russian player that is finally getting the talent around him.
Our team is not Canada’s team.
Our team does not have a great mix of European talent that has gelled over the years.
Our team does have a long outstanding American Star who is making what could be a final run to the cup.
Our team was built by decent draft picks, trades and free agency. I for one did not expect them to make the ECF. I still believe they are a year away because of the chemistry that is needed to win in this league. All the experience they are gaining will only help them in the years to come. I would rather have a team built on depth then a team built around a few stars. The Flyers had this and we saw how they became a one/two line team. The blueprint that I see this team copying is Detroit’s with their depth and their chemistry.
I am applauding Jim Dowd because I believe he has played his best hockey in the last half of the year.
I am applauding Kappy because he is still one of the true heart and souls on this team but now I see him at most a 4th line guy.
I am applauding Hatch for coming back and playing on one leg. I truly am amazed no matter what people have to say about his foot speed.
I am applauding Cote in busting his A—each year to become a decent fighter and a heck of hockey player considering he doesn’t spew natural talent.
I can go on and on, but my point is this…
I am proud to where the Flyers have gotten too this year and I’m looking forward to what the future has in store with them. With the salary cap it will interesting to see how this team (I would point out any team) stays together because money talks first not chasing the Cup. The nucleus is here and Mike Richards will be the Captain of the team.
I have not written off my team but it will be a formidable task.
As much as the Flyers are hated throughout the league, I know I am proud to say this is my team through and through.