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?

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.