Every year at free agency time, the city of Philadelphia collectively takes a very, very deep breath. For years we’ve had General Managers throw absurd contracts at hot ticket free agents, only to blow up in our faces. Today, we exhaled. Finally some management in this city understands how you run a successful sports team. The Flyers desperately need scorers and power forwards, and Ron Hextall knows that. With the likes of Kyle Okposo, Milan Lucic, and David Backes all free agents at the beginning of the day, Ron could’ve more than easily thrown all our available cap space at one of these guys and hopefully fixed the problem. However we all know how these things happen, we throw lots of money at someone who use to be really good at something, then suddenly they aren’t good anymore (or never were) and now we’re paying our weight in gold for an aging bench warmer, and yes I mean you Vinny Lecavalier. Instead, Ron stuck to his guns and didn’t mortgage the future for now. Instead we signed Dale Weiss, Boyd Gordon, and some AHL depth players. This means two things for the Fly Guys.
Not Better, Deeper
So let’s be real here, did the Flyers get better today? Short answer, no. However just because we didn’t get better doesn’t mean today wasn’t a success. Today, the Flyer did a fantastic job of bolstering their bottom six and adding depth. In today’s NHL, it’s important to be able to run 4 capable lines, and today the Flyers moved closer to being able to do that. We essentially replaced Ryan White, who signed with Arizona, with Dale Weiss. Not only is Weiss’ cap hit better than White’s, I believe that Weiss is also the better player. Imagine Ryan White, but with an offensive upside and veteran experience. The other NHL name the Flyers signed today, Boyd Gordon, is a PK specialist. If there is one thing the Flyers’ playoff run taught us, it’s that you can never have enough penalty killers. On top of this, we added some depth at the AHL level as far as forwards go. Which leads me to my next point
OH MY GOD THE FUTURE IS HAPPENING
When Ron Hextall was asked to comment on the events (Or lack there of) of today, he admitted that he was unable to get the team a scorer. However he countered this by then making the biggest name drop of the year. Ron Hextall himself said that while we didn’t find our scorer, the extra money we saved leaves room for TRAVIS KONECNY and IVAN PROVOROV should they make the roster. This is not a drill ladies and gentlemen. Basically Ron Hextall is saying that if Konecny and Provorov are good enough, and we all can clearly see that they are, they have a space in our roster. After seeing the effect that Gostisbehere had on our entire team, I can’t be the only one excited to see what two younger and more skilled would do to this team. However this is what Hextall had planned all along, we now have the option to fix our problems with skill from within the organization for pennies, instead of throwing fortunes at free agents. And that ladies and gentlemen, is why Ron Hextall is right for the City Of Philadelphia.