In years past, July 1 was like a mini Christmas for the hockey world. Free agency brought out big contracts, massive payouts and exciting new names in new cities and jerseys. In recent years, free agency, especially for the Flyers, hasn’t been as exciting, and 2017 was no different.
There’s a lot to dive into here. Free agency starts in a couple of days, but both the Expansion Draft and Entry Draft happened the last couple of days. We’ll start with the who Vegas took from the Flyers and move on to who Philly added.
This morning, the NHL released the protection lists each team submitted ahead of the expansion draft. So in a completely useless exercise, I’m going to break down which player on the Flyers roster is most likely heading to Vegas.
“The Flyers were looking to trade Giroux at the deadline.”
Someone I know told me recently. I admit, I was a little surprised, but then I realized, yeah, it makes sense.
Some people just rolled their eyes and stopped reading this article. Some are thinking “Giroux sucks, get rid of him,” while others are wondering why I’m even bringing this up. Well, should they?
Saturday night, the Flyers had their biggest win of their 50th season. They won the second pick in the upcoming draft.
Another early golfing year for the Orange and Black. It feels weird to say that as I grew up in a time when the Flyers were perennially fighting in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But recently, missing the postseason has been all too common.
Though the Flyers eventually missed the playoffs, they did have some memorable parts of the year and also some parts many fans would rather forget.
Despite the Flyers beating the Wild Thursday night, I don’t hold out much hope that the team will push into the playoffs. They’re wildly inconsistent and truthfully don’t have the scoring depth to make it. So, since I can’t get my Stanley Cup hopes up, I decided to take a look at some prospects the Flyers may have a chance to draft.