Not entirely sure who here on BSH knows of the 'Detroit Man' but over at the Cannon I wrote a fiery sermon blasting him and his obscured thought process. Here is a link to it if you wish to read the article. One-Sided Argument...
Now I wrote that after a long night of work and my thoughts usually move faster then my fingers so I'm sure there are continuity problems where I'm jumping all over the place but hey...I was tired and I was pissed, so gimme a break. Another quick point to address is that, it's not like he didn't make a few interesting points but the fact that there was no telling this guy any way but his way. He is right, You are wrong...accept it!
Ok, so now to the real point of it all, we were talking the other night and I don't necessarily remember how it all went down because this weekend was spent in New York for my sister's wedding so details are slightly sketchy. Apologies. Basically we got on the subject of line combination's and he brought up Pittsburgh saying along the lines that they had more depth then Philadelphia did...'really?' I asked him, with a puzzled look on my face.
I admit that Pitt has more depth at the Center position overall compared to Philadelphia but overall line depth? I don't know about that. Maybe that is the homer in me saying that but I just don't see how the Pens lines 1 - 4 outmatch Flyers lines 1 - 4. I really don't think Pittsburgh has great depth at their winger positions (I guess if you count Malkin as a winger, which I'm fairly sure he isn't naturally because he is a Center) so they rely on Kunitz, Talbot, Kennedy, Asham(now), Cooke....these aren't sure fire offensive dynamo's you are working with along side Crosby, Malkin, Staal....IMO.
Of course, we banter back and forth but then he lays another bomb on me and says that he would take Pittsburgh 2nd line over Philly's 1st line....ouch! That really got a twisted look on my face when he said that. "Are you sure about that?" If he said their 1st line (IDK exactly what it would be, I see Cooke, Crosby, Malkin) then maybe I would agree with that statement but their 2nd over our 1st?!?!?! No way. You are giving them too much credit and giving us too little. Montreal proved if you can cut off the head(being their All-Star centers) they really can't get too much going offensively, you then have to rely on the wingers mentioned above and compared to Philly's wingers...I'd stick with the Orange & Black on that one.
Seeing as it's not quite hockey season yet and the news is still slow, figured this would be nice to post up and get some thoughts and reaction from everyone. It's been awhile since I really posted anything here on Broad Street so I thought this was as good of time as any to do it.
but... I'm not completely done just yet.
Anyone pick up a copy of the NHL 2011 Yearbook? I did (with Captain Mike Richards gracing the cover it was a no-brainer) but they gave their predictions for the overall outcome for the 2010-2011 season so I decided to post it up and get your 'Yay' or 'Nay' response with how they ranked our Flyers and the rest of the league. Here it is...
- New Jersey Devils - Prediction is 2nd in Division, 4th in Conference
- New York Islanders - 5th in Division, 15th in Conference
- New York Rangers - 4th in Division, 12th in Conference
- Philadelphia Flyers - 3rd in Division, 7th in Conference
- Pittsburgh Penguins - 1st in Division, 1st in Conference
- Boston Bruins - 1st in Division, 3rd in Conference
- Buffalo Sabres - 3rd in Division, 6th in Conference
- Montreal Canadiens - 5th in Division, 10th in Conference
- Ottawa Senators - 2nd in Division, 5th in Conference
- Toronto Maple Leafs - 4th in Division, 9th in Conference
- Atlanta Thrashers - 4th in Division, 13th in Conference
- Carolina Hurricanes - 3rd in Division, 11th in Conference
- Florida Panthers - 5th in Division, 14th in Conference
- Tampa Bay Lightning - 2nd in Division, 8th in Conference
- Washington Capitals - 1st in Division, 2nd in Conference
- Calgary Flames - 4th in Division, 11th in Conference
- Colorado Avalanche - 2nd in Division, 8th in Conference
- Edmonton Oilers - 5th in Division, 12th in Conference
- Minnesota Wild - 3rd in Division, 10th in Conference
- Vancouver Canucks -1st in Division, 2nd in Conference
- Chicago Blackhawks - 1st in Division, 1st in Conference
- Columbus Blue Jackets - 5th in Division, 15th in Conference
- Detroit Red Wings - 2nd in Division, 4th in Conference
- Nashville Predators - 3rd in Division, 5th in Conference
- St. Louis Blues - 4th in Division, 13th in Conference
- Anaheim Ducks - 3rd in Division, 7th in Conference
- Dallas Stars - 5th in Division, 14th in Conference
- Los Angeles Kings - 1st in Division, 3rd in Conference
- Phoenix Coyotes - 4th in Division, 9th in Conference
- San Jose Sharks - 2nd in Division, 5th in Conference
There you have it. Some surprises, some not-so surprising. Talk it up. Enjoy.