Deadline has Come and Gone

The deadline has come and gone. Flyers GM, Chuck Fletcher simply subtracted but did not add. So, what we see is what we get. In the age of salary caps, was he hamstrung financially? Did “No Trade” clauses enter the game?


Washington dominated the team and it made it clear. If this team somehow awakes from the funk in and gets in the playoffs, how far can it go and is it worth it? Fletcher picked up a few draft picks. Are they enough to package for any quality in the soon to be offseason? Finance wise, how much leverage does the GM have? I clearly am not versed on the contracts. The finances, to me, are kept close to the vest.

Has Carter Hart become the Flyers version of Carson Wentz? To me, the absolute hardest position to play in Philadelphia, other than Quarterback, has to be Flyers goaltender. Much akin to the Eagles QB, who, once he has a bad game, we, as fans immediately want the back up. At times you get what you wish for.  Can we say Bobby Hoying? Every now and then a Michael Vick (yeah, I know) works out but, most times the Flyers get a Bunny Larocque or Michael Leighton.

But, back to the bigger picture. Has Alain Vigneault lost the team or is it simply, the team is what they are, leaderless underachievers? So, off-season wise, Fletcher, to me at least, is stockpiling draft picks. Finance wise, smart enough. Flyers fans are usually very patient and, despite their angst, will sit back and see what unfolds… or will they? The deadline has come and gone so what is next?

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.