Bare with me here. Last night laying in my bed pretty content after a convincing win over the Devils, something popped into my head. Im not sure if this makes any sense, or is even relevant, but im gonna go ahead and shed some light on it anyways. The Flyers are sometimes, a team of drastics. When they are playing at their best, they are easily a top 5 team in the league. When they play like they did the second half of last season, they look like, well, not very good. But there have been times throughout the last 5 years where we have seen them have success after drastic changes or underachieving.
Change is good. Atleast, it has been good for some NHL team over the years. I am going to try to stay away from stats and just try and publish this article with an open mind. A couple of years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins were having a tough season under Michel Therrien. They were not playing good hockey, and if my memory serves me correctly, dropped to somewhere near 12th or 13th in the Conference near February. They fired Therrien and Bylsma took over as interim head coach. This created a spark for the Pens, and they climbed all the way back to gain home ice advantage, and beat the Flyers in the first round. That season they went on to beat the Redwings in the Stanley Cup Finals, after falling to them the year before. The Pens were able to make a complete turn around and win the ultimate prize.
The Flyers 2006-2007 season was a complete disaster. The Flyers lost some key components that off season, and went on to finish last in the NHL, and their worst season in team history. Bobby Clarke resigned as GM, and Ken Hitchcock was fired. The Flyers had the biggest drop in points from the season before in NHL history. Holmgren, who stepped in as GM, made some huge changes to the Flyers roster during the trade deadline and off season, and the Flyers went from the worst team in the NHL, to making it all the way to the Conference Finals the next year. Huge turn around.
The 2009-2010 season was similar to the Penguins 2008-2009 season. They started off very poor, fired their coach, and were able to find their game and squeeze into the playoffs, going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Although they lost, the Flyers were able to gain momentum and play a completely different game by making a coaching change.
I guess I am trying to make something out of nothing. Sometimes drastics changes to a team can result in immediate success. I know this is not always the case, but what I am hoping is that the drastic changes made over the summer can result in success for the Flyers this year as well. I understand that it is very very early in the season. But hoping that the Flyers can make a run this year after trading away half of their team is not completely out of the question.