Vincent Lecavalier was the premiere free agent during the 2013 offseason, and the Flyers went out and signed him. At the time the Flyers needed defense and goaltending, but after buying out Daniel Briere they also needed a veteran center; enter Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers on July 2, 2013 to a five-year deal. Unfortunately, July 2 just might be the high point of Lecavalier’s tenure in Philadelphia.
Since joining the team in the 2013 offseason, Lecavalier has struggled mightily. The surface numbers of 20 goals might not stand out to you as a struggling player, but as you look deeper into the numbers it only gets worse and worse. Were there underlying signs that the Flyers front office missed when signing Lecavalier? Perhaps, let's take a quick look.
In today's piece we will take a look the first month of the NHL season. There have been some hot starts by teams and individual players. There have also been some poor starts by others. First up will be team statistics through the first month.
Michael Raffl scored two goals in three games for the Flyers this week.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
It's time once again to name Flyerdelphia's Player of the Week and Play of the Week.
Our Player of the Week is Michael Raffl. Raffl scored in both the Flyers win over the Kings on Tuesday and added a second goal on Thursday in Tampa Bay. Despite two losses in the last two games, Raffl registered four shots on Thursday and five shots on Saturday against the Panthers. Before being held off the board on Saturday, Raffl had a streak of goals in three straight games, scoring four goals in that time.
Our Play of the Week goes to Ray Emery. His clutch save against the Kings was just one of the many Emery made to help the Flyers force overtime before Brayden Schenn's game-winning goal.
On this save, Emery loses his stick and is forced to throw his arms up while sitting down in the crease. From his rear end, Emery swats the puck to the corner. Video of the save is below.
Check back next week for our next Player and Play of the Week following three more Flyers games against the Oilers, Panthers and Avalanche - all at home - next week.