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The Concern About Wasting Giroux's Prime Years Has Writers & Fans Buzzing

If Ron Hextall thinks he can make this team a Cup contender within the next 3 - 5 years, he'll need Claude Giroux to drive that goal.
If Ron Hextall thinks he can make this team a Cup contender within the next 3 - 5 years, he'll need Claude Giroux to drive that goal.
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 31 days ago

NHL Scoring Has Been on a 30 Year Slide, And No One Wants To Talk About It

The game's different today. Players aren't scoring like they used to. But that doesn't mean today's NHL is lesser quality than what it once was.


The game's different today. Players aren't scoring like they used to. But that doesn't mean today's NHL is lesser quality than what it once
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 33 days ago

30th Anniversary of Pelle's Death: A Time for Honorable Remembrance & Awareness

In the end, we learn from our mistakes and grow from them. Unfortunately Pelle had to pay for one with his life. Let today and tomorrow share both honorable remembrance and awareness. 
In the end, we learn from our mistakes and grow from them. Unfortunately Pelle had to pay for one with his life. Let today and tomorrow
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 34 days ago

Eliminating Bias; How Often Do Our Scorers Score?

None of this data provides much context such as our struggle on the blueline, strength of schedule, injuries impacting chemistry, time spent defending possession in our own zone, time devoted to killing penalties, or anything else of substance that exists outside the walls of a calculator. Not one player on that list is defined by his percentage, or any figure on that table. One coach, one system, even one player-change could alter the course of that table in an instant. 
None of this data provides much context such as our struggle on the blueline, strength of schedule, injuries impacting chemistry, time spent
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 59 days ago

Hextall Won't "Reinvent" History When It Comes to Prospects & NHL-readiness

At the end of the day I'd be surprised to see one of these defensive prospects make the roster outta the chute. Given the context of our system and the people in it, we're close... but not there just yet.


At the end of the day I'd be surprised to see one of these defensive prospects make the roster outta the chute. Given the context of our
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 91 days ago

My Quick Rebuttal to the "Expansion Dilutes Talent" Argument

To me, Expansion doesn't mean "diluted talent pools". It means more opportunity to discover tremendous hidden talents out there.
To me, Expansion doesn't mean "diluted talent pools". It means more opportunity to discover tremendous hidden talents out there.
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 131 days ago

Morning Tweets: We're Developing a Window of Time, Here

I took to Twitter this morning to sorta broadcast my outlook on this crop of defensive talent, and, more particularly, the wait we're "suffering" through before they become NHLers.
I took to Twitter this morning to sorta broadcast my outlook on this crop of defensive talent, and, more particularly, the wait we're
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 152 days ago

Evgeny Svechnikov, Maybe an 'Under the Radar' Option at 7th

I'm not saying the Flyers will likely select Evgeny at 7th Overall. But we should not eliminate it as a possibility, or any other strong prospect ranked outside the Top 10 - 15 because, frankly, it's not unprecedented. 
I'm not saying the Flyers will likely select Evgeny at 7th Overall. But we should not eliminate it as a possibility, or any other strong
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 188 days ago

Medvedev Addition Buys Us Time

By signing Medvedev to a one-year deal, Hextall is buying time in the interim. It’s so obvious that he’s readying the roster to absorb a number of our prospects by 2016.
By signing Medvedev to a one-year deal, Hextall is buying time in the interim. It’s so obvious that he’s readying the roster to
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 207 days ago

Finding The Next Backup Goalie Will Be An Interesting Challenge

Find me a high-end No.2 goalie with starter qualities, has pro experience, who comes at a cost less than $1 million, and trading is a last resort. To Europe we go! 


Find me a high-end No.2 goalie with starter qualities, has pro experience, who comes at a cost less than $1 million, and trading is a last
Michael DeNicola submitted 2 years 234 days ago

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