Thursday, January 29, 2009
Yeah, that's right. Mike Richards has gone on record saying the Flyer's current penalty issues harken back to the days of yore. Way back to the Broad Street Bullies, you know, nearly a decade before Mike Richards was even born. Only 4 currently on the Flyers were even alive during the mid 70's (Hatcher, Timonen, Knuble, Metropolit), let alone old enough to comprehend hockey. Yet, the Flyers penalty differential of -64 is Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, and Bill Barber's fault.
The Flyers have had 174 powerplays but have been shorthanded 238 times. They've got the 3rd most penalty minutes with 842 (Anaheim has 879, but they've played 4 more games), 2nd in the league in minor penalties (265) and lead the league with 18.4 minutes a game.
Amazingly enough they've been called for 11 too many men penalties, 11. That's coaching, plain and simple. Can't really blame Barry Ashbee for that. Fred Shero wouldn't put up with that shit, John! Hey, speaking of too many men...
Fags. But of course, coach Stevens would want to shoot down such a conspiracy right? Nope.
"I really do believe there's an aura about the Flyers. There's a tradition, an identity that's been there. It will always be there," Stevens said. "The Flyer teams play hard, and they're an aggressive team. You look at the Super Bowl coming up, and they're talking about the linebackers in Pittsburgh. Coaches have changed, but the whole identity of a Pittsburgh linebacker has never changed. So there's certainly some things historically that stay with teams, and certainly our aggressive play suits us. That year we got away from it, we weren't a very good team.....I think we've done a great job of not getting involved in scrums after the whistle, because those clearly are situations where, based on our reputation, we're going to come out on the bottom end."If anything, the conspiracy goes back to the Downie, Hartnell, and Boulerice suspensions of last year. I mean, 5 guys with multiple game suspensions? Frankly I think Scotty Hartnell, for the first time ever, has the level head on his shoulders.
"It seems like most of our penalties are little hooks and holds and that has to do with being on the wrong side of guys or getting beat off the wall."It's time for the Flyers to quit making excuses. They most certainly have the talent to make a deep run, but in the playoffs they won't be able to outscore opponents, they'll have to keep themselves out of the box. Stevens needs to emphasize that here going forward.
But hey, maybe it's not such a bad idea to keep an eye trained on these guys, after all, they are the Philadelphia Flyers.