It's time for another edition of Between The Pipes. In this edition, we have thoughts on the coaches challenge from a former referee, an update on the Phantoms spate of injuries after a weekend split, and an update on Flyers Prospects.
Sam Gagner joined the Flyers in a move that's widely considered to be one of GM Ron Hextall's best, yet still managed to stay somewhat under the radar at the start of the season.
After all, the transaction was more about what Hextall gave up, rather than what he got back in return. In a move that could be considered as one part hockey sense and another part Harry Potterian wizardry, Hextall not only gave up much-maligned defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, but managed to remove Chris Pronger's contract from the Flyers' books. Sure, it helped that the Arizona Coyotes needed to get to the salary floor, but nonetheless, Hextall's move was quite savvy.
Factor in the hoopla that comes with hiring a new coach, and it's understandable that a player like Gagner could fall under the radar.
Under most circumstances, a five-day break between games in not ideal. This especially holds true when a team is coming off a convincing 3-0 shutout of the defending Stanley Cup champions, and next faces a team that's considered one of the preeminent offensive juggernauts of the Western Conference.
It also holds true when the same team's backup goaltender posts shutouts in consecutive games, and in doing so, generates a conversation about a potential goaltending controversy (no matter how early it may actually be for such a conversation).
A lot can change over the course of a weekend and that was the case for six of the seven winless teams in the NHL. Toronto, Anaheim, Carolina, Los Angeles, Edmonton and New Jersey all picked up at least their first wins of the 2015-16 season.
Since last Wednesday's win over the Blackhawks, many have been talking about the dreaded five-day break the Flyers faced through the weekend. But why all the worry?
Think about it, a five-day break from the grind. Who wouldn’t be rejuvenated and ready to give his or her best when they returned to work? The Flyers were given this break early in the 2015-16 season, and this can be a positive point.
Here are five reasons why this hiatus can be a good thing for the team.