The newest question circulating around Flyer nation is…
When will Peter Laviolette step down from being the coach?
Signs of frustration are apparent, and rightfully so. So, if the fans are that frustrated, you can imagine how the organization must feel. Replacing a coach usually is the first attempt to problems within a team. So when the Flyers handed Stevens a pink slip and hired Laviolette quickly signing him to a three-year contract, a fix was expected.
So Flyers nation, we can all understand frustration, but let’s get a grip. Is there a way for GM Paul Holmgren to right the ship and avoid a season like 2006-07? Hopefully, but I don’t think it will be either certain or quick.
I caught a story today over at Habs Inside/Out, which they reported a rumor that might make a lot of sense for both clubs involved. Of course, if this trade was close to happening, it might not go down as such now due to last night’s Flyer game. Regardless, the trade rumored is…
Boucher left last nights game with a lacerated finger and received “more then a few” stitches leaving him with no timetable for returning.
What this trade brings for the Canadiens: A pure, first-line player and proven goal scorer and a veteran back-up netminder to give Carey Price a decent option when he needs a break. This trade would also could help them come playoff time should the Habs be able to sneak in.
What this trade brings for the Flyers: A young, solid goalie and a pure second line center. The trade also gives the Flyers their much needed shake up.
This reporter would tweak this deal a bit to look more like…
2nd Round Draft Pick in 2010
However, we can clearly see why the Habs would want Carter over Gagne. Injuries to the latter certainly decrease his values while Carter represents a hefty ransom for their young goalie with the capability to be a starter in this League
If there was any smoke to these original reported rumors, it might only be coming from the back burner at this point. Unless Boucher has a miracle recovery and is ready to jump back into action within a weeks time, GM Bob Gainey most likely shuts the door on these talks. In addtition, I know that the great fans of Montreal would not be happy about this move as they currently praise the play of Plekanec, hoping he signs long term. But hockey is a business, and in this business you have to give to get.
Either way all we can do is allow time to take it’s course and if a deal does happen, we hope that it works out for both teams involved.
Will there be a Christmas miracle for the Flyers this year? Probably not. Makes you wonder how NBC feels about involving the team in this years Winter Classic. I, for one, am in a state of shock.
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