The Flyers' Slow Start

Thursday, October 23, 2008 ·

The Flyers have struggled this young season and there have been a few different explanations thrown around. I went with the dangerous cocktail of injuries, poor preparation and lack of execution.

Our defense looks shoddy without Jones and Parent, and it will be a while before we get them back. Alberts was expected to fill in but has been mediocre thus far, and was benched in favor of Lasse Kukkonen last night. Injuries are noone's fault, they just happen.

Poor preparation on part of the coaches. This team doesn't seem to be prepared to play, and at certain times looks lost. They show flashes of brilliance which are eventually squelched. The team has yet to play a full 60 minute game and that is a reflection of the coaches.

Poor execution on behalf of the players. They are the ones on the ice, and they should be held mostly responsible. Yes, there have been factors which lead to not the best players or line combinations on the ice, but they have to deal with it. One specific example would be Biron's two easy wraparound goals allowed. No one is at fault except him. (Note: Not signaling out Biron, merely an example)

With that said, I don't think anyone on the team can admit they have played "great" so far. Sure, some players seem to be playing well but they too have areas of improvement.

Luckily, there are still 76 games left, and the last time the Flyers were winless after six games was 1999-00. That year, they finished with 105 points, first in the Eastern Conference and made a trip to the Eastern Finals.

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