Sunday, February 7, 2010

Consistently Inconsistent

The 2009/2010 Flyers season has been the epitome of a roller coaster thus far. Just look at these stats.
Starting at the beginning of the season...

10/2-10/6--> 3-0-0
10/8-10/16--> 0-2-1
12/23-1/12--> 9-1-1
1/14-1/28--> 3-4-0
1/30-2/1--> 2-0-0
2/3-2/6--> 0-2-0

The Flyers are undoubtedly the streakiest team in the NHL. You never know what you're going to get on any particular night. They may score 7 goals in one game against an elite goaltender, then score 1 goal in two games against two rookie goalies (one playing for the worst team in hockey). They need to start playing (particularly scoring) with some consistently if they want to make the playoffs, let alone advance in them.

Maybe a trade is the thing to solve this problem. Bringing in new and fresh players sometimes changes the way a team competes on a nightly basis. But there isn't a lot of cap room for Paul Holmgren to make a trade though (the lack of cap room is partially his fault by the way). The Flyers are taking a 1.5 mil. cap hit on a player who isn't even in the organization (Randy Jones). Simon Gagne is getting payed 5.25 mil. this season and has only scored 6 goals (Bobby Clarke contract).

The trade of OKT and a 5th for Ville Lieno does little to nothing to help improve this team. It remains to be seen if Holmgren can/will make a significant trade before the March 3rd deadline. All the Flyers can do until then is survive the back-to-backs with the Devils and the Canadiens and hope they can win with more consistency after the Olympic break.

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