The Philadelphia Flyers with the firing of head coach Peter Laviolette this morning after the first 3 games of the season has shown once again this franchise is lost. If Peter Laviolette was not the right coach then he should have been let go following the end of last season now after the first 3 games of this season. Granted no one wants to start the season 0-3 but really the NHL season is a marathon not a sprint.
But this latest move by the Flyers is just another move that is nonsensical. This past off-season the Flyers did add 2 very good veteran players in Vinny Lecavalier and Mark Streit but they paid each player like they are front line players in the prime of their careers.
The Flyers gave Lecavalier a 5 year deal for 22.5 Million which is 4.5 Million against the cap
and Lecavalier will be 38 years old at the end of this deal. Lecavalier is already lost a bit on his game which is only natural since he is now 33. What is he going to be like in a couple of years let alone 5 years from now? But the Flyers were not done with Lecavlaier they gave Mark Streit a year deal for 21 Million which is 5.25 Million against the cap. Streit will be 39 when this contract ends and while he is a good offensive defenseman he isn’t the strongest D-man in his own zone. A couple of years ago Streit missed the entire season due to a shoulder injury and many feel his game has taken a bit of a dip since then. Again the Flyers paid Streit like his a top flight D-man when is a 2nd pairing defenseman at an advance age no less.
You would think heading into last off-season the Flyers would have learned from so
many big contract mistakes they made in the recent past and with the cap situation
for all teams more difficult to deal with. Remember the Flyers used 2 amnesty
buyouts on Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers just burned money away. Not
to mention they still have to deal with Chris Pronger‘s contract over the next 4
years still (4.9 Million cap hit from ages 38-42).
But apparently they did not learn any of their lessons as the Flyers are right up against the cap for this season and it appears they will be cap strapped the next 2 seasons past this year 2013-14 season.
But the cherry on the sundae might have been a couple of years ago when the Flyers
traded young net minder Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2nd and
4th round draft picks. Bobrovsky at age 24 (just turned 25) won the Vezina trophy
last season on a non playoff team with the Blue Jackets.
The decision makers on this team are running this franchise into the ground. Just
because you have a big wallet to spend money does not mean you will make good
decisions which the Flyers are proving.
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