Flying on a Roller-Coaster

Martin BironIt’s been quite the few years for the Philadelphia Flyers.

They’ve been through new coaches, GMs, goalies, star forwards, and some serious changes in the standings, as they went from a 101 point season in 2006, to a 54 point outing in 2007 – the largest point total drop in franchise history.

Out goes Bobby Clarke, in comes “interim” general manger Paul Holmgren.

Clarke has never been able to add a solid number one goalie to his squad. Sure, Robert Esche was good, but not Stanley Cup good. Same goes for Antero Niittymaki.

So Holmgren brings in Buffalo’s backup, but former number one, Marty Biron, who came to Philly equipped with a question mark, having previously lost his job to Ryan Miller.

But so far, Biron has proved doubters wrong and has backstopped his team to a 4-1 record.

The Flyers are looking like the Anaheim Ducks of last season right now.

They’ve got the star power, with world class forwards Danny Briere and Simon Gagne. They’ve got the youthful presence with promising World Junior Gold Medal winners Scottie Upshall, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Ryan Parent. They picked up veteran leadership in long time Oilers captain Jason Smith, and also added size, speed, and an offensive upside to their defence with Lasse Kukkonen and Kimo Timmonen.

Add those players along with Joffrey Lupul, Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble and Sammi Kapanen, and ladies and gentleman, we’ve got a serious Stanley Cup contender on our hands.

Tonight’s 4-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers brought the Flyers their fourth win of the season; a mark they didn’t hit until November 15th last season.


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