The Flyers are set to take on the Detroit Red Wings in Saturday matinee action, for the third and final time this season. Both squads have split the season series so far, with the two games coming in a 31-day span (Oct. 25 and Nov. 26).
The Flyers signed two players to entry-level contracts this week -- Danick Martel of the QMJHL's Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and Cornell University's Cole Bardeau. Martel's 48 goals are tied for second in the 'Q,' while his 102 points are good for second in the league as well. Stunningly enough, he's posted those numbers in 64 games this season.
Bardreau posted five goals and a team-leading 22 points in his final season with the Big Red, and also served as alternate captain. The Fairport, N.Y. native cut his teeth in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, and won the 2013 World Juniors tournament alongside Shayne Gostisbehere.
As the Flyers playoff hopes fade away and the end of another season closes in, the time has come to look for the reasons and scapegoats responsible for another long offseason.
There will be a lot of changes made to the Flyers in the coming months. A coaching change is likely on the way. The roster could undergo an overhaul – maybe not of the Chip Kelly variety – during the offseason as Ron Hextall continues to try to mold the team into his own.
One thing that should not change is the player that is considered the leader of the team. Claude Giroux’s leadership and captaincy should not be in question.
Last night in St. Louis, longtime NHL head coach Ken Hitchcock joined some very, very rare company. The Blues bench boss earned his 700th career coaching victory. He is currently fourth all time in wins and one of only four head coaches in NHL history to hit the 700 mark.