There are a lot of things about the Flyers that are rather perplexing, and I'd like to get your thoughts.
Bobrovsky - What does he have to do take the starting job? When you compare his numbers against Bryzgalov's, it certainly seems like he should be the #1 guy. You can't tell me that the only reason he's done better is because he's been more fresh, few goalies have started more games per season than Bryz, he's used to it. Bobrovsky had a pretty damn good record last year, especially for being a rookie. It's gonna take a lot for me to think that signing Bryzgalov was a good idea, especially with the start he's had so far. I think Bob deserves to get a lot more starts.
van Riemsdyk - A lot of us were wondering why JVR hadn't gotten back to playing the way he did in last year's playoffs this season, and were recently given an answer in some talk of his apparent hip injury in addition to a few other (minor?) bumps and bruises. Didn't Richards have the same problem last year with his wrist injury that hampered his play all season? Why not let JVR take some time off to heal up, get surgery, whatever, so that he'll be back to close to 100% for the playoffs? Now that the team is healthier than ever (with the exception of Pronger), I think that the best time to let him heal up is now.
Goons - Any reason other than injury that we should see Sestito, Rinaldo, or Shelley play at all for the rest of the season? Other than a few minor gaffes, I think yesterday was one of the best games the Flyers played all season, which I think was largely due to the fact that we were rolling 4 full lines of talented hockey players. No goons or tough guys needed. If a fight needs to happen, we have a few guys who can take care of it. I'm convinced that Wayne Simmonds is the baddest MoFo in the NHL, so why bother with playing guys whose only purpose is fighting or agitation?
Defense - Do we need to trade for a defenseman? Our defense seems to be fairly solid, but the team was supposed to be anchored by the dominant play of Chris Pronger, and without him, there's a lot missing. Props to the rookies who've stepped up this year, and it'll be interesting to see how Gustafsson plays when he returns, but the question remains. Is it a good idea to go after someone like a Shea Weber or Ryan Suter? Either would be a great addition to the team, and could be for many years to come.
Cap - Maybe that cap space gets saved until next year when the question of whether Jagr returns or not arises. If Jagr leaves, it'd be nice to see the front office have enough cap to find a solid replacement for him. It'll be tough to find someone as good as him for so cheap. Anybody know how much cap space we actually have right now?