So what can we expect now? The Gagne saga has ended, the defense position has been taken care of, all the forwards are set and most of all there are no more options as far as goaltenders go. As this off-season has gone on, more and more goalie names have come off the market. To think that with such a vast number of goaltenders out there this off season that the Flyers would not take one. For a team like the Flyers who were seemingly in the market for a goalie, it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, it was not the ending I (and probably a lot of you) were hoping for.
So do the Flyers have anything else up their sleeve? Is Holmgren making us sweat and then is going to pull off a deal that will blow us away? Or is he simply just standing pat? I'm trying to understand what he is thinking, and I've tried to consider other options than thinking that he was just staying the way he is, but now that Marty Turco has come off the market, I get the impression that that is the case.
When I saw the goalies out there this season, I was excited. I originally hoped for Evgeni Nabokov or Turco, then that fell through. Then I hoped for Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick, not happening. I then thought for sure it was going to be Chris Mason or Dan Ellis, and once again I was left wondering. I then thought for sure once Gagne was traded that we'd once again make a BIG push for Turco, and that was a no-go.
So as this off-season slowly comes to it's close, and final rosters start to fall into place, I am in no way satisfied with the off-season. Yes, we did accumulate good defensmen and constructed a phenomenal defensive core, but at what cost? We lost our best winger and longest tenured Flyer Simon Gagne, we are up against the cap now more then we ever were last season and are set to have big cap problems next year, and most of all our goalies are still terribly weak. Am I saying the Flyers have a terrible team, absolutely not, but do I think they have a shot at the cup, not very likely.